waymoresports report on Toronto Lynx vs Charleston Battery.
Lynx drop sixth straight
Jun. 10, 2002. 02:05 PM
From Canadian Press
Kevin Anderson scored in the 61st minute to help Charleston stretch its winning streak to six games with a 1-0 victory over Toronto in the Lynx home opener in A-League soccer action Sunday afternoon.
Toronto had a marvellous chance to tie the game in injury time but Milan Kojic's diving header off a fine Robbie Aristodemo cross flashed wide.
The loss was the sixth in a row for the unlucky Lynx, beaten 1-0 in overtime in Charleston on Friday night.
The winning goal Sunday came after Morgan Zeba ran down a long cross at the goalline near the corner flag and sent it back in. Five-foot-six midfielder Anderson's downward header left goalkeeper Theo Zagar in a tangle and the Battery were ahead.
There were fireworks in the 70th minute when Battery defender John Wilson threw a couple of punches at a prone Shawn Faria. Referee Sonia Denoncourt red-carded the Charleston player.
The win improved Charleston's record to 9-1-1.
Toronto (1-7-1) deserved a kinder fate Sunday but it has been that kind of season for the A-League team.
The Lynx were forced to play their first eight games on the road because their new home, modest Centennial Park Stadium in suburban Etobicoke, was not available. The team played its first five seasons at Varsity Stadium but the downtown facility is being redeveloped.
The road trip produced a 1-6-1 record and a scoring drought. But five of those losses were by one goal and three came in overtime.
The Battery, in contrast, arrived in town with a 32-point bulge over the Lynx. The Battery are the best A-League team money can buy, bolstered this season by former Canadian international defender Mark Watson, MLS defender Andrew Lewis, former Irish international Terry Phelan and former MLS star Raul Diaz Arce of El Salvador.
Lewis, Phelan and Diaz Arce, second in career MLS scoring, were all on the bench to start Sunday. A-League MVP Paul Conway started up front.
Charleston also boasts Eric Wynalda, the all-time leading scorer for the U.S. national team, but the striker suffered season-ending knee damage.
Entering Sunday's game, the Battery had given up just five goals with goaltender Dusty Hudock posting seven shutouts. In contrast, the offensively challenged Lynx had scored just eight goals in eight games.
Toronto is tied with the Calgary Storm and Hampton Roads Mariners at five points, worst in the 18-team league.
The chasm between Toronto and Charleston in the standings was evident in the early going as Hudock didn't touch the ball for the first 12 minutes — and that was only to return a ball to a teammate for a throw-in.
But the Lynx persevered and manufactured scoring chances off a pair of rainbow throw-ins by Adrian Serioux. A 29th-minute swerving free kick from Niki Budalic forced Hudock into action, fisting the ball away.
Watson, troubled by a pulled groin in recent days, hobbled off in the 41st minute.
Toronto outshot Charleston 5-1 in the first half although most were off-target — a trend that continued in the second half.
Notes: Toronto's David DiPlacido celebrated his 100th game in a Lynx uniform. ... Lynx defender Mauricio Vincello and forward Irasto Knights missed the game through suspension.
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