Keeps Olympians in the Hunt
by Winnipeg Fury
Monday, September 17, 2001
FOUR-GOAL MANCINI KEEPS OLYMPIANS IN THE HUNT
Weekend split for Ottawa Wizards
VAUGHAN—Midfielder Dave Mancini, a late starter who joined Toronto Olympians mid-June following his term at Fairfield College in the U.S., banged in four goals to lead the defending CPSL champions to a resounding 6-0 win over Glen Shields Sun Devils at Birchmount Stadium yesterday. Mancini, a 22 year-old rookie, led his team with a win that kept the Olympians in first place in the standings, a precarious one-point edge over Ottawa Wizards. The Wizards suffered a rare loss yesterday, a 2-0 decision to Brampton Hitmen at Victoria Park to give the team from eastern Ontario a weekend split following their 1-0 victory over Durham Flames the previous day. Mancini had previously scored four singles since joining the team. Other Olympians' scorers in the 6-0 rout, were Danny Ziannis and James Bridge. Ivan Jurisic and Kurt Mella scored for the Hitmen in their 2-0 surprise victory.
Olympians now have a 14-5-1 W-L-T record for 43 points, while the Wizards are at 13-2-3.
Toronto Supra improved their playoff hopes with a 2-1 win over North York Astros at Brockton Stadium yesterday to move into third place on an improved 9-4-5 record for 32 points. Ryan Gamble led the way with two goals for the Supra and they led 2-0 until Bill Androutsos found the net for the Astros four minutes from time.
THE PLAYOFF PICTURE
With North York Astros and Durham Flames slipping out of the playoff picture, there now appears to be four teams fighting for the two of the four playoff spots available, assuming Toronto Olympians and Ottawa Wizards occupy the top two.
St. Catharines Roma Wolves registered their determination to be one of the top four with a 7-1 win over London City on Friday and that followed a 2-1 win over North York Astros on Wednesday. Toronto Croatia kept pace with a 2-1 win over Brampton Hitmen at Memorial Park on Friday and Montreal Dynamites, idle over the weekend, stay in contention with games in hand over their three rivals. The Dynamites sit in a handy fifth place with 31 points, just two behind St. Catharines.
The Roma Wolves and Dynamites meet at Club Roma this Saturday.
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