April 20th, 1997
Battery Blast Lynx
Defensive problems continue for new club.

by Paul Hendren

On Saturday afternoon under warm summer skies the Toronto Lynx failed to find their winning ways losing 4-2 to the home town Charleston Battery in front 1,620 spectators at intimate Stoney Field. The Lynx have now conceded seven goals in just two games forcing Assistant General Manager David Gee and Head coach Peter Pinizzotto to reassess the club's defensive deficiencies.

By the nineteenth minute the Battery went up by two with goals from Juan Castillo and Alvin Boisson. Paul Stalteri , who made his Lynx debut narrowed the margin to 2-1 with a goal in the 27th minute. The Battery regained their two goal lead on Terry St. Louis' goal with one minute remaining in the first half.

In the second half Lynx forward Dwayne DeRosario pulled the visitors to within one with his first goal of the season at the 71st minute mark. Charleston's David Hoffmann put the game away with a goal at the 75th mark sending a ball past former Toronto Italia Gaolkeeper Joe Ciaravino. With seconds remaining Toronto had two sparkling chances to pull even but former Moroccan International Khalil Azmi ensured a win for the home town Battery.

Toronto has a one week bye to regroup before travelling to Worchester on May 2 to play the Wildfire. The Lynx open their inaugural home schedule at Varsity Stadium on May 19 when they take on the Rochester Raging Rhinos.

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