CPSL weekend futnotes
Aug 11, 2003 Author: Soccer Online - It's Called Futbol

Dave Benning has been replaced as the coach of the Vaughan Sun Devils by assistant coach Sam Medieros until the end of the season. Benning had directed the Sun Devils to a more than respectable 4-1-3 record in league play for third place in the CPSL’s Eastern Conference, a vast improvement on the team’s 2002 placing (2nd last place).

Benning’s departure came immediately after Vaughan’s elimination from the Open Canada Cup by the Metro Lions last Monday. The Sun Devils, under Medieros, gave away a two-goal advantage in the last quarter of an hour against the Toronto Supra and had to settle for a 4-4- draw. The goalfest at both ends of the park continued for Vaughan tonight at the Civic Stadium in Oshawa, where the visiting Sun Devils nipped past the struggling Durham Flames 5-4.

Since the Hamilton Thunder and Duncan Wilde parted company, the team has lost two straight games – 3-0 to London City at Cove Road under Ivan Markovic and 2-1 to the Brampton Hitmen at Brian Timmis under Manuel Goncalves Gomes.

Perhaps the Thunder and the Sun Devils will adjust quickly to their new coaches, as the Metro Lions appear to have done. Goran Miscevic lost his first game to the Supra, two days after replacing Aldwyn McGill as the Lions’ tactician.

The following two games demonstrated that Miscevic and his players are now on the same page. Metro posted a stunning upset of the Vaughan Sun Devils in the Open Canada Cup and -- perhaps even more impressively – manufactured a 0-0 draw against the Ottawa Wizards at the OZ Optics Stadium in Carp, by far the most difficult venue for a visiting CPSL team to earn points.

However, it was a weary Lions team that travelled from Ottawa to Laval today and dropped a 2-1 decision to the hometown Dynamites.

In other CPSL action, the Hitmen put a big hurt on the North York Astros, posting a 4-0 victory at Victoria Park in Brampton. Two teams heading in opposite directions in the standings.

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