September 30, 2007 CSL details of Sunday's games (from CSL media release)

Sunday - September 30, 2007
Lions clinch playoff spot

St. Catharines Wolves won the National Division title without kicking a ball this weekend, Canadian Lions clinched a playoff berth while defeating Windsor Border Stars 3-0, North York Astros edged Trois-Rivieres Attak, 3-2, and Italia Shooters blanked Portuguese Supra 2-0 in three CSL games played Sunday.

It was a must-win situation for Trois-Rivieres Attak in their last game of the regular season if the Quebec-based team were to stand a chance of capturing the National Division title, but their North York Astros opposition also needed three points to stand a chance of making the playoffs.

The Astros will have to wait to see if their playoff bid will be successful, but their 3-2 victory gave St. Catharines (11-4-6 for 39 points) the divisional title, while Trois-Rivieres will finish second. St. Catharines still have one game remaining.

Astros’ defender Marco Picione scored from the penalty spot after just two minutes at Esther Shiner Stadium following a foul in the box and Selvin Lammie made it 2-0 at the 23rd minute mark. Nicolas Lesage scored his 18th of the season for the Attak at 42 minutes and Darko Kolic tied the game 2-2 for Trois-Rivieres at the 70th minute.

North York midfielder Brian Carbajal scored the winner for a 3-2 score at 78 minutes and the score line held to the final whistle, despite considerable pressure from Trois-Rivieres in the last 15 minutes.

North York Astros have a 5-12-4 WLT record for 19 points with their last regular season game scheduled for October 7 against Italia Shooters. Trois-Rivieres end their inaugural regular season schedule in the runners-up position in the National Division with a 10-4-8 record for 38 points.

Canadian Lions will be in the playoffs following their decisive 3-0 shutout at Birchmount Stadium and it was 16 year-old forward Jelani Smith who led the way with 2 goals – a penalty shot at 55 minutes and a second seven minutes later. Smith is the youngest player in the league. Darryl Gomez struck a third for the Lions at 72 minutes, a 3-0 final score. Border Stars’ defender Milan Marsic was shown the red card at the 84th minute mark in what appeared to be dangerous play.

Canadian Lions have a 5-7-8 record for 23 points with two games remaining, while Windsor Border Stars have a 4-12-4 record for 16 points and also two games still to play in the regular season.

Denny Velastegui opened the scoring at 27 minutes for Italia Shooters in their game with Portuguese Supra at Centennial Stadium and Stalin Cardenas made it 2-0 six minutes later.

The 2-0 win gives Italia Shooters an improved 11-4-6 record for 39 points with one game remaining and an opportunity to take the runner-up position in an International Division. The divisional title will be won by Serbian White Eagles or Toronto Croatia and these two teams meet on Tuesday, October 2.

Italia plays its last regular season game against North York Astros on October 7.

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