April 10th, 1997
Lynx Feel Bite of the Sundogs

By Paul Hendren

After several friendlies against teams from the amateur ranks, including their convincing victory over third division side Daytona Tigers earlier in the week, the Toronto Lynx fell short in their first test against A-League opponents.

On Wednesday evening at the University of Central Florida the Lynx suffered a 4 -1 loss at the feet of the Orlando Sun Dogs of the A-League's Central Division.

Defensive lapses in the first half cost the Lynx dearly as Orlando scored on their first three shots. The Lynx picked up their play in the second half forcing the Orlando Goalkeeper to make several difficult saves and Lynx forward Elvis Thomas finally put his team on the score sheet.

The very opportunistic Sun Dogs , however, responded to make the final score : Orlando 4 : Toronto 1. Lynx Assistant General Manager David Gee identified the inexperience on defence as being his club's achilles. Toronto was without the services of Danley Johnson (ankle sprain) and Armandinho (broken bone in his hand). Both players are not expected to be in the line up on Saturday.

The Lynx open their inaugural season on Saturday when they take on the Jacksonville Cyclones in Florida.

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