Result of the Thursday July 5th, 2012 PDL game
between Toronto Lynx and Chicago Fire Premier
played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke
46 min (1st half)...Lynx Joshua Portillo GOAL...
Lynx Anthony Doran sends in low cross from right
sideline from 25 yards that has Portillo turn and
fire low 8 yard shot from right under defender
and goalie Sam Euler to left side of net.
74 min...Lynx goalie Ben Ur pushes over Fire
Brady Wahl as he ran by him on right to get to
ball that porbably would have bounced over end
line for goalkick. Referee Steve Senderovich
calls a Penalty kick.
75 min...Fire Bryan Ciesulka blasts Penalty kick
low and goalie dives to right and pushes the ball
just wide of the post for a cornerkick.
Final Score:......Toronto Lynx.......1......
Chicago Fire Premier......0.........
Attendance was about 30 on this afternoon that
started off sunny, very hot and humid and then
became overcast and the temperature dropped
from unbearable to just uncomfortable.
Ben Ur earned the shutout for the Lynx. He stopped
the Penalty shot as well as made some other diving
saves to ensure the victory.
Best non-scoring chances were at 23 minutes when
Fire Bryan Ciesulka blasts a 25 yard freekick down
the middle that hit a head in the player wall and
deflected just over the bar. 35 minutes had
Ciesulka take a cornerkick from the right that had
CF Andrew Oliver head a 12 yarder down the middle
that the diving goalie pushed wide right of the'
net. 43 minutes had Oliver rush along the 22 yard line
and cut a shot that the diving goalie saved
on the right. 48 minutes had Lynx players have
a chance when the Fire goalie dove out to make
a save at 12 yards and a defender held back a player
and the ball was cleared. 91 minutes had Fire Art
Garza send in a low cross from 25 yards that had
a lunging Taylor Morgan miss the ball at 5 yards
and the goalie made the catch. Lynx efforts
to protect the lead in the last ten minutes were
hampered by constantly being called offside when
they'd have a breakaway. One chance they had at
92 minutes when Randy Ribero got a breakaway,
he deliberately held up on the edge of the box and
instead of running to the corner to waste time
fired a shot well over the net giving the Fire
one last chance.
The Lynx improve their record to 3-8-2 and are
still last among the eight teams in their
division. They started the season with five
straight losses so they are somewhat mirroring
another Toronto soccer team. Fire Premier
record drops to 4-6-3 for their worst season
since they started in 2001. I've counted back
and found this to be their tenth meeting (since
Lynx dropped to PDL in 2007) and this is the
first time the Lynx have won! Four ties
and five losses before today.
All Fire players wore high numbers into the 90s
except lone forward Taylor Morgan who wore '3'.
Both teams had their roster listed as 4-5-1
formations but both teams employed two forwards
from almost the start of the game.
Lynx next home game is Tuesday July 10th at
11:00am against River City Rovers of Louisville