July 6, 2009 W-League Hamilton Lady Avalanche vs Toronto Lady Lynx (from Lynx media release)
Lady Lynx Salvage Tie
Late goal clinches 1-1 draw against Lady Avalanche
Toronto Lady Lynx Press Release - www.lynxsoccer.com
Tuesday, July 7
Hamilton, ON - The Toronto Lady Lynx wrapped up their 2009 road schedule this evening with a come-from-behind 1-all draw against the Hamilton Lady Avalanche. The Lady Lynx, who are missing five regular starters on national team duty, improve to 3-3-4 (13 points) on the year, while Hamilton improves to 2-5-2 (8 points) on the campaign. Jen Agueci scored her first for the Lady Lynx in the draw.
The affair was a typical Toronto-Hamilton encounter, with tight tackling and close marking throughout the match. Toronto controlled the play from the opening whistle, but could not convert their advantage into scoring opportunities.
Hamilton weathered the early Lady Lynx pressure and opened the scoring in the 27th minute on a scramble at the top of the penalty area. Kelly Heaton beat Lady Lynx 'keeper Justine Bernier to a loose ball just inside the box, and the Lady Avalanche forward stabbed it towards the goal. Neither Allysha Chapman nor Erica Henderson could beat the ball to the net, and it rolled just past the goal line for an early 1-0 lead for the hosts.
Hamilton tightened up following the goal, and the remainder of the half was played mostly in the midfield as both teams battled fiercely for every ball. Neither team was able to convert their limited chances and the Lady Avalanche took their lead into the break.
Toronto regrouped as the second half opened, and began to control possession. Hamilton's defense held tight and the hosts generated a number of chances on the counter-attack against play.
The Lady Lynx pressed their advantage further as the half evolved, and the team's relentless tenacity was rewarded in the 81st minute on Agueci's first career goal. Stefania Morra took the ball deep in the penalty area, and fed the newcomer, who calmly slotted the ball past a diving Amy Holt low in the far corner to level the match.
Hamilton missed a golden opportunity to take the lead back four minutes later when their free kick from the top of the penalty area was athletically punched over the bar by Bernier, keeping Toronto in the match. The hosts pressed aggressively until the final whistle, but the Lady Lynx defense corps held up and the game ended deadlocked at one. Bernier made a number of saves in the dying moments to preserve the tie for Toronto.
The Lady Lynx now return home for their final four matches of the year. With the Lady Lynx locked out of Centennial Stadium due to the still-unresolved city workers strike, the team will play these remaining home games at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.
The Laval Comets will kick off the four-game home stand this coming Wednesday morning with an 11:00 AM match as Toronto hosts their annual Youth Day matinee. The Ottawa Fury will then form the opposition for the Lady Lynx on Sunday afternoon, July 12, at 1:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Lynx ticket hotline at 416-251-4625 x 31, or at the stadium box office one hour prior to kick-off for each match.
Lineups Toronto: Bernier, Chapman, Henderson, Conley, Schroter (Brown, 52), Mangal (Dimitrakopoulos, 56), Frederick, MacDonald, Agueci, Morra, Ruhe Lischke Hamilton: Holt, DiFazio (Gair, 56), Heydorn, Spencer, Machado (Sarguni, 73), Kukla, Greco, Vanderwoude (MacDougall, 37), Heaton (Marler, 67), Edgar, Martin Officials Referee: Steve Senderovich Referee’s Assistants: Matthew Arduini, Mack Meloche 4th Official: James Bliss Cautions Toronto: 0 Hamilton: 0 Ejections Toronto: 0 Hamilton: 0 Shots Toronto 14 Hamilton 15 Saves Toronto 9 Hamilton 8 Fouls Toronto 6 Hamilton 9 Offsides Toronto 3 Hamilton 7 Corners Toronto 5 Hamilton 7 Scorers Toronto: 81’ Agueci (Morra) Hamilton: 28’ Heaton (Greco)
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