June 10, 2007 W-League Toronto Lady Lynx vs Ottawa Fury (from Lynx media release)


Lady Lynx Suffer First Defeat
Fall 4-2 to Ottawa Fury

Date: June 10, 2007

Venue: Centennial Park Stadium, Toronto, ON

Kick Off Time: 4:00 PM EDT

Final Score: Toronto 2 Ottawa 4

Match Summary:

The Toronto Lady Lynx suffered their first defeat of the 2007 season at the hands of their arch-rivals, the Ottawa this afternoon in a physical match at sunny Centennial Park Stadium. The loss drops the Lady Lynx record to 4-0-1, but the club remains atop the Northern Division with 12 points, 3 ahead of Laval and Ottawa. The Fury’s record improves to 3-0-0, good for nine points and second place in the division. Ottawa has two games in hand, however, over the Lady Lynx. The two teams will meet twice more this season, with both games in Ottawa. The Lady Lynx will look to earn their first-ever victory over the Fury in those meetings.

Ottawa jumped out to a quick lead with a pair of goals in the first 20 minutes. Anna Laue opened the scoring when she beat Lady Lynx ‘keeper Justine Bernier in the third minute after a scramble in front of the Toronto goal. The strike was the first goal conceded on the season by the team. Carmelina Moscato put the visitors up by two in the 17th minute, slotting a Ciara McCormack feed into the Lady Lynx goal.

Toronto regrouped, however, and a pair of goals in a three-minute span saw the hosts draw even. Adrienne Ruhe Lischke chested down a Kate Qually pass inside the Fury penalty area, and blasted a powerful kick just underneath the crossbar to make the score 2-1 in the 23rd minute. Three minutes later, Stefania Morra scored the goal of the year when she tapped the ball under a diving Vanessa Philips-Bosshart, hurdled the supine keeper and drove the ball into the open Fury goal. The goal was Morra’s fifth of the season, the most in the W-League. The two teams traded chances to close the half, but the score remained level at the break.

The Fury came out strong to start the second half, and were rewarded in the 54th minute when Leah Robinson struck a free kick from 22 yards out just inside the far post past a lunging Bernier to make the score 3-2 for Ottawa. The game became a tight, hard-tackling affair after the goal, and midfielder Claire Ramsdale was sent off for the Lady Lynx in the 70th minute after a hard foul on a Fury forward, leaving Toronto to finish the game with 10 players. Ottawa put the game out of reach in the 78th minute when Annie Hamel was left unmarked in the Toronto box and toed a Kelly Parker pass into the Toronto net to make the score 4-2 in favour of the Fury. Toronto pressed furiously as the game ended, but were unable to score and the game finished in favour of Ottawa.

The Lady Lynx hit the road for their next five home games, including an 11:00 AM matinee on Wednesday, June 13 against their QEW rivals the Hamilton Lady Avalanche. The trip will also feature two return matches in Ottawa against the Fury where the Lady Lynx will seek to avenge this afternoon’s defeat. The Lady Lynx return to Toronto on Wednesday July 18 for a 12:00 PM match against the Rochester Rhinos on the team’s annual Youth Day matinee. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Lynx ticket hotline at 416-251-4625 x 31 or at the Centennial Park Stadium box office 2 hours prior to kick-off.

Final Score:     Toronto 2 (2)   Ottawa 4 (2)

Toronto: Bernier, Blair, Beckles (Bisnott, 82), Marton, Bodashefsky (Schwarz, 45), Romagnuolo, Ramsdale, 
Qually (McCalla, 82), Moore (Melander, 64), Morra, Ruhe Lischke

Ottawa: Philips-Bosshart, Jeffers, Axon (Sioman, 80), McCormack, Nault, Laue, Moscato, Parker, 
Robinson, Hamel, Valerio (Julien, 62)

Referee: Claude Henoud
Referee’s Assistants: Deborah Mitchelmore, Ken Van Dyke
Fourth Official:   Leif Matland

Toronto:  2 (Schwarz, 53; Romagnuolo, 72)
Ottawa:  0

Toronto: 1 (Ramsdale, 70)
Ottawa: 0

Shots:              Toronto 9           Ottawa 15
Saves:              Toronto 3           Ottawa 3
Fouls:               Toronto 15         Ottawa 10
Offsides:           Toronto 3           Ottawa 3
Corners:           Toronto 1           Ottawa 2

23’        Ruhe Lischke
26’        Morra (Qually)

3’          Laue
17’        Moscato (MacCormack)
54’        Robinson
78’        Hamel (Parker)

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