by Bill Spiers
OTTAWA SLIPS 1-0
One point separates Olympians, Wizards
ST. CATHARINES—Sunday, September 23, 2001 —Ottawa Wizards went down to a determined Roma Wolves by a 1-0 score today, just when it appeared the team from OZ was about to step into the league title in their first season in the CPSL.
The heartbreaker of a goal came just seven minutes from time when St. Catharines forward Carlo Arghittu found the net to send Ottawa reeling and realizing it is probably going to take a win against Toronto Olympians on October 7 if they are to clinch the title. That will be the last regular season game for both teams and the only league game remaining for the team from Toronto. Ottawa also have a game against Montreal Dynamites 24 hours earlier, on October 6. Both games are at the OZ Stadium. Today, Olympians lead the table by one point with a 15-5-1 W-L-T record for 46 points from 21 games, while Ottawa are 14-3-3 for 45 points from 20 games.
The Olympians made no mistake in their one weekend game played tonight, defeating York Region Shooters, 3-1 at Crosby Park, and in a game played by the Wizards on Friday, the team from eastern Ontario defeated London City 2-0 at Cove Road.
FOUR-GOAL WEEKEND FOR BRUNO NUE
St. Catharines and Montreal Dynamites tied 1-1 on Saturday on goals by Gary McGutchan and Bruno Nue respectively and Nue followed up his tying goal by scoring a rare natural hat-trick to lead the Dynamites to a 4-3 win over Durham Flames in a thriller at the Civic Stadium tonight. Durham led 2-0 until their Alan Fotgetti and Miles Devine were ordered off in the second half, each with a second yellow card, and this was followed by three successive goals by Nue, all in seven minutes. His four goals over the weekend gives the Montreal midfielder 12 on the season.
Toronto Supra kept their playoff hopes alive with a decisive 4-0 win over London City at Brockton Stadium today. Supra improves to 11-4-5 for 38 points and remain in third place with two games remaining.
In the other game played today, Glen Shields took their sixth league win of the season, a 1-0 shutout of Brampton Hitmen on a goal by Paul Hillman. Sun Devils’ goalkeeper Adam Morandini kept the Hitmen off the scoresheet to earn the shutout and give his team an improved eighth-place position with a 6-10-3 record and 21 points, tied with North York Astros who were idle over the weekend when their game with Toronto Croatia was washed out.
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