By Rocket Robin Soccer In Toronto
Friday October 14, 2011
SC Toronto 2 York Shooters 4 (PK)
Lamport Stadium, Toronto
9 min … SCT David Guzman intercepts YRS goalie Adam Majer’s clearance at 30 yards on right and rolls pass forward for SCT Jarek Whiteman who sends low cross to Alexandros Halis at 12 yards who’s knocked over by YRS Desmond Humphrey. Referee Gianni Facchini does not give a Yellow card but awards SCT a Penalty kick.
9 min … SCT Massimo Mirabelli GOAL
Mirabelli blasts Penalty kick low to right side of net as goalie dives left.
36 min … YRS Fitzroy Christey just inside the SCT box attempts a shot but actually kicks SCT Antonio Zupan in the shin and that force causes Christey to fall at 16 yards. The referee gives Zupan a Yellow card and awards YRS a Penalty kick.
38 min … YRS Kadian Lecky GOAL
Lecky slots Penalty kick into low right corner of net as goalie Scott Cliff slides to left.
40 min … SCT RED card
SCT head coach Carmine Isacco is ejected from the sideline by the referee for complaining about a Yellow card given to YRS Dino Gardener for knocking SCT Casey D’Mello at YRS 50 yards. Isacco then came right up to the press box to accost CSL Director of Officials Tony Comacho who was sitting in the box with us. Comacho ordered him to leave and Isacco watched the rest of the game from the stands.
51 min … SCT Alexandros Halis GOAL
SCT John Louis Perruzza on right rolls ball forward from 25 yards to SCT David Guzman who shoots roller from 15 yards past defender and goalie diving forward blocks the shot but rebound has Halis boot 4 yarder to left side of open net.
60 min … YRS Jason DeThomasis on give and go with YRS Taylor Lord is ‘pushed over’ by SCT Brennan McNicoll at 10 yards on left side of box. Referee awards a Penalty kick.
61 min … YRS Kadian Lecky GOAL
Lecky rolls Penalty kick to left and its just inside the post beyond diving goalie. (The ball hits the net’s back post and deflects out quickly giving the illusion that it hit the goalpost or the goalie stopped it because it came back out of the net and spun wide right of the goal).
73 min … SCT Massimo Mirabelli GOAL
SCT Alexandros Halis rush up right sideline takes pass at 35 yards and cuts diagonally into box shadowed by YRS Rick Titus bumping him and eludes a sliding tackle by YRS Desmond Humphrey at 7 yards and cuts a shot from 7 yards that’s blocked by Titus getting a foot to it as Halis falls over. The rebound rolls over to Mirabelli and he shoots low from 7 yards even with the left post to right side of net beyond the goalie who was still getting up from falling for Halis’s expected shot.
90 min … YRS Goncalo Almeida GOAL
YRS Desmond Humphrey cross from right 15 yards near left end line has Almeida head 3 yarder from right to short side between goalie and post.
93 min … SCT RED card
John Louis Perruzza earns his second Yellow card for arguing a whistle that broke up the run into the YRS box by SCT Jarek Whiteman.
95 min … SCT Alexandros Halis GOAL
SCT Richard Asante 60 yard freekick from left sideline is into box and goalie gets a hand to in crowd of players and throw it backwards and Halis twists header from 7 yards between YRS Marcelo Capazolo and YRS Fitzroy Christey into left corner of net. Even the SCT goalie was in the YRS box. Halis drew a Yellos card for pulling his shirt off celebrating his goal.
96 min … YRS Kadian Lecky RED card
Lecky who had been subbed off at 77 minutes but was watching the remainder of the game from the YRS players’ bench was ejected for arguing the ball on the goal.
Regulation time ends 97:22. SC Toronto ‘wins’ this game 4-3 and ties the series in goals scored at 4-4. That results in extra time and Penalty kicks if required.
Two 15 minute periods of Silver ball Extra Time resulted in no goals.
SC Toronto had already subbed out sure-penalty-takers Alexandros Halis and Massimo Mirabelli. York Region Shooters had subbed out Kadian Lecky, Dino Gardener, and Jason DeThomasis.
1. YRS Chris Turner—Turner runs at ball from the left and shoots down middle but over the net.
1. SCT Jarek Whiteman—Whiteman blasts ball down middle and goalie Adam Majer flies to middle and bats ball away.
2. YRS Fitzroy Christey GOAL…Christey blasts ball to right side of net beyond flying goalie.
2. SCT Alan Badat GOAL…Badat blasts low shot to right that goalie gets a piece of but it deflects under him into left side of net.
3. YRS Mario Orestano GOAL—Orestano runs at ball from right and blasts low shot to center left and diving goalie gets a hand to but deflects it into upper far left side of net.
3. SCT Adrian Pena GOAL—Pena blasts low shot down middle that bends into left side beyond diving goalie.
4. YRS Jalen Brome GOAL—Brome rolls ball to left side of net as goalie dives right.
4. SCT Dane Roberts—Roberts shoots ball to low right side of net and diving goalie pushes ball wide right of net.
5. YRS Adam Majer GOAL—Majer (the Shooters goalie) takes shot to low right side of net and diving goalie gets piece with trailing legs but ball pops up over them into center of net.
Shooters win Penalty shootout 4-2.
Attendance was about 100 people which swelled to 160 by the end as permit holders were waiting for the game to end so their rec league games could start. The night was cold and with a strong wind from the north effecting goalie punts. It eventually blew over two of the corner flags.
This game was the most exciting CSL game I’ve seen since the 2005 Final when Oakville Blue Devils won in extra time against York Region Shooters. This game was full of end to end action at different times of the game. SC Toronto used their ‘best’ lineup tonight as the York University team which about half the team plays for was not scheduled to play until Saturday.
The two calls for awarding YRS Penalty kicks looked weak especially when played over in slow motion on the television broadcast. Ironic or not that referee Gianni Facchini awarded a Penalty kick against Antonio Zupan. Last year Zupan playing for Hamilton Croatia in a game against Toronto Croatia pushed Zupan after being ejected and the game was abandoned and Zupan was eventually given a one year suspension. There were a lot of deserved Yellow cards on both teams.
Best non-scoring chances were at 107 minutes when SCT Adrian Pena took a 15 yard blast from the left that was off the top of the bar near the left post. 113 minutes had Pena take a cornerkick from the left that was cleared back to him and his recross was cleared and a 22 yard shot down middle by SCT Jarek Whiteman had the flying goalie block on the left post and the rebound was flagged offside.
Shooters win the series and as the eighth seed will play their one game semi-final game on the road.