CPSL: Olympians, Wizards Win Weekend Games
by Winnipeg Fury

VAUGHAN—Monday, September 10, 2001


Go toe to toe in stretch run for CPSL league title
Toronto Olympians and Ottawa Wizards are pulling away in their quest for the CPSL league title, the first leg of a triple crown mid-October ending to a season that also has the OZ Optics League Cup and Rogers 
Cup yet to come.

Olympians are determined to make the most of the few regular season games remaining in a gallant bid to hold on to their one-point lead at the top of the table and they did so in fine style with an exciting 3-1hard-earned win over Toronto Supra at Brockton Stadium yesterday. Willy Giammara, Tom Kouzmanis and Biatte Smith were the Olympians' goalscorers with Jason Faria getting the consolation goal for Supra. All goals came in the second half. The Olympians move to a 13-5-1 W-L-T record for 40 points, while Supra sit at 8-4-5 for 29 points, tied with Montreal Dynamites who were idle over the weekend.

The Wizards blanked Toronto Croatia 4-0 at the Oz Stadium and once again Kevin Nelson led the way with two second-half goals, his 19th and 20th of the season, while Abraham Osman, his 16th of the season, and Robin Hart each scored singles. Nelson is hitting his best stride at the right time for the Wizards and has tallied seven goals in his last three games. Ottawa improve to 12-1-3 for 39 points while Toronto Croatia are at 6-6-4 and 22 points and sixth in the standings.


North York Astros won their second game in succession in a cliffhanger at Esther Shiner Stadium in North York last night. Just when a 1-1 tie with Durham Flames looked inevitable, Astros' Kadian Lecky scored the winner in injury time to give the North York side hope for a playoff position. The Flames were the first to score when Jimmy Kuzmanovski found the net right on half-time, but Astros' Paul Finisitied the score at the 71st minute mark. Astros have 21 points from a 6-7-3 record to move into a tight seventh position, while Durham continues to slip with a 6-7-2 record and 20 points.

Glen Shields and York Region Shooters played to an exciting 2-2 tie at Dufferin-Clark last night. Timo Garzon opened the scoring after 30 minutes for Glen Shields and Robert Black tied the game for the Shooters 11 minutes later. Garzon scored his second goal four minutes into the second half but York Region levelled the score after 55 minutes on a goal by Matthew Palleschi. Sun Devil Dave McDonald missed a golden opportunity to win the game for Glen Shields in the dying seconds when the ball came back off the crossbar. Glen Shields have 18 points from a 5-9-3 record, while York Region are at the foot of the table with nine points from 2-11-3.

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