May 24, 2004 CPSL Vaughan Shooters vs Toronto Supra (from CPSL web site)


Vaughan Shooters defender Jorge Molina (white) gets the ball in a successful challenge against Martin Peraza of Toronto Supra in the hard-fought CPSL opener. Peraza was later ejected in the 2-2 tie.

Forward Joey Todaro of Vaughan Shooters struck for two goals and was a constant threat to Toronto Supra throughout, but his efforts were not enough for victory as the two Eastern Conference teams fought to a 2-2 tie in the opening regular season game in the Canadian Professional Soccer League before a good crowd at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan Monday night.

And for those who had Victoria Day fire crackers in mind, the game did produce fireworks that resulted in a player from each team being ejected late in the second half.

Supra and Vaughan (Sun Devils in 2003) continued where they left off last year to produced the same brand of fast pace entertaining soccer that lifted the teams to second and third respectively in the east, a position that eventually took Vaughan to the league championship final where they went down to Brampton Hitmen last October 5.

Todaro’s goals came at the 14th and 65th minute mark, while substitute Sebastian Busto (51 minutes) and Danny Amaral (70 minutes) scored for Toronto Supra.

The close physical contest produced injuries on both sides and tempers flared late in the game causing referee Michael Lambert to show the red card to Martin Peraza of Supra and Fitzroy Powell of Vaughan Shooters.

The next game of the CPSL regular season goes at the Brian Timmis Stadium in Hamilton where the Thunder are at home to Metro Lions on Thursday night, an 8 pm kickoff.

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