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A HOST OF SURPRISES MARKED AN EXCITING CSL SEASON……reviewing the year just ended

Posted by on 3:24 pm in 2016, CSL News, news | 0 comments

A HOST OF SURPRISES MARKED AN EXCITING CSL SEASON……reviewing the year just ended

While Serbian White Eagles would eventually win the CSL title, there was little to suggest in the opening game of the 2016 season on May 28 when losing 3-0 to Scarborough at Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough that the longstanding team going back to the 70s in the forerunner National Soccer League would eventually be crowned champions on the same ground six months later. Two home defeats followed, a 1-0 home loss to Brantford Galaxy on June 3 and the same result at home one week later against York Region Shooters looked bleak for the team that won the CSL First Division just one year earlier, won the championship in 2008 and was the finalist a year later. But 2016 was unpredictable year in the CSL with two unlikely finalists in the championship game at the Birchmount location on October 28. Serbian Eagles ended their regular season fourth of eight teams in the CSL First Division, and Hamilton City a lower sixth spot after struggling for most of their regular season campaign. An unpredictable end to the season came on other fronts, the most notable being in the First Division goalscoring race won by unknown striker Sergii Ivliev of expansion team FC Ukraine United who found the net 15 times in the regular season to finish on top and ahead of more seasoned CSL players Richard West of York Region Shooters with 13, Milton’s Adrian Smajic with 12 and Adis Hasecic of Scarborough who scored 11. West was the CSL’s top scorer in 2015. The scoring ability of Ivliev became apparent during Ukraine United’s first CSL victory against Hamilton City on June 12 when the Canadian-born forward struck twice. While York Region Shooters captured the First Division title with no surprise following their outstanding unbeaten performance in 2014 and third place finish in 2015, the winning margin of 18 points in front of second place FC Ukraine United was a startling, unexpected wide gap not previously experienced in the professional CSL. The Shooters’ defensive record of allowing just 10 goals in 21 games resulting in only two defeats was responsible for creating the rare margin of victory. Despite their season-long remarkable performance, York Region failed to reach the CSL championship final in 2016, but were Second Division champions when their reserve squad survived a penalty in extra time to score a 2-1 overtime victory over Toronto Atomic reserves on October...

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CSL THOUGHTS ARE WITH CHAPECOENSE REAL OF BRAZIL…….most are lost in tragic air disaster

Posted by on 6:39 pm in 2016, CSL News, news | 0 comments

CSL THOUGHTS ARE WITH CHAPECOENSE REAL OF BRAZIL…….most are lost in tragic air disaster

The thoughts and sympathies of the Canadian Soccer League, which has a number of Brazilian-born players within its ranks, are with the Chapecoense soccer club of Brazil following the loss of most of the entire team following the crash of a charter flight on its way to the first leg of the South American Cup in Colombia Monday. Most of the team from Chapeco, Brazil, with coaches, guests and 20 journalists, were among the 71 of the approximately 80 on board reported to have been killed. Early reports say at least three soccer players are listed as having survived. The Chapecoense Real team was set to play the Colombian club team Atletico Nacional of Medellin on Wednesday and the flight was nearing its destination at Medellin when the crash occurred in an area called Cerro El Gordo. Erik Barbosa, one of two part-time staff persons at the CSL office and a native of Bogota, Colombia, is a supporter of the home side Atletico Nacional in what what was considered to be a big match capturing the attention of South Americans throughout the continent.  “The loss of an almost entire soccer team is a loss of huge proportions to South Americans who like their soccer players, ” said Barbosa. The crash compares to the loss of the entire Torino of Italy team that lost all 22 players near Turin in 1949 and the Alianza Lima soccer team from Peru which lost 16 players and its coach in 1987 while returning home from a league match to the Peruvian capital.  Also, the  Manchester United team from England  that went down leaving Munich in 1958 after playing a key game in Germany. Eight Manchester United players and eight journalists were killed. The CSL has sent a message of condolences to the Chapecoense Real club....

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PROCESSION OF INCOMING TALENT KEY TO SUCCESS OF 2016 CHAMPIONS….never ending arrivals keep Serbian White Eagles on top

Posted by on 7:02 pm in 2016, CSL News, news | 0 comments

PROCESSION OF INCOMING TALENT KEY TO SUCCESS OF 2016 CHAMPIONS….never ending arrivals keep Serbian White Eagles on top

Time and again, winger Sasa Viciknez slotted free kicks from just outside the penalty box inches inside the post while playing for Serbian White Eagles in the Canadian Soccer League, the skills of a dead ball specialist developed in northern Serbia and Bulgaria. When Eagles’ defender Mirko Medic was relentless in keeping the ball away from his penalty box, the skills were developed in Serbia, with lots of practice at higher levels in France and Denmark. Viciknez and Medic did not play when Serbian White Eagles defeated Hamilton City for the CSL Championship on October 30, but some new faces were a reminder that the procession of outstanding Serbian players arriving from Europe to play in the Canadian Soccer League is never ending. Serbian White Eagles have developed a reputation over the years of being attractive to watch. Making its first appeared in Hamilton in the late sixties, the team moved to Toronto in 1974,  winning the National Soccer League championship that year and continuing with some prominence  until  withdrawing from professional soccer in 1980 when the club maintained an amateur structure to focus on the development of young, local players. The professional team then re-appeared in the CSL in 2006 and was an immediate hit, drawing large crowds and reaching the championship final, losing to Italia Shooters. The team was a finalist again in 2007, won the CSL championship in 2008 and again runners-up in 2009. Serbian White Eagles also won the then CSL International Division in 2006, 2007 and 2009 and the CSL First Division in 2015. Mike Stojanovic was probably the best Serb player to arrive in Canada. The explosive centre forward  scored 54 goals in his first season with Serbian White Eagles of the National Soccer League (NSL) back in 1974. The NSL was a forerunner league of the CSL.  Stojanovic followed up with 42 goals the following season and was immediately sought by clubs in the North American Soccer League (NASL), the highest level club soccer in Canada and the United States at the time. The native of Lapovo, Serbia, signed for Rochester Lancers of the NASL, followed by San Diego Sockers and was named North American Player of the Year by the Professional Soccer Reporters Association. He was selected for Canada in 1980, the first year ruled to be eligible. The prolific striker made 14 appearances for Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2009. Mike Stojanovic died at Toronto in 2010 while maintaining his unstinting support for the CSL team. He is the only Serbian White Eagles player to have his number (9) retired. Players  Blagoja Tamindzic, Mike Bakic (became a Canadian international), Trifun Mihajilovic, Tibor Gemeri (capped for Canada) and Dragan Popovic were also prominent players for Serbian White Eagles during that period. In recent times, CSL fans enjoyed watching players like Viciknez (2006 – 2012) and Medic.  Other experienced players to make Serbian Eagles one of the prominent teams in Canada are goalkeeper Dusan Belic, Nenad Stojcic, Bozo Milic, Aleksandar Braletic and Niki Budalic.  Zoran Rajovic scored 18 goals in 22 games in 2012 before returning to Europe, Boris Milicic, Aleksandar Radosavljevic, Zoran Rajovic, Ivan Stankovic, Branislav Vukomanovi,  Đorđe Jocic, Milos Kocic, Marko Krasic, Radenko Kamberovic, Milos Scepanovic, Milos Ljubenovic and Uros Stamatovic – who...

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SERBIAN WHITE EAGLES CSL CHAMPIONS……defeat Hamilton City in final

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SERBIAN WHITE EAGLES CSL CHAMPIONS……defeat Hamilton City in final

Photo: Les Jones (Covershots) A winning goal by striker Milos Scepanovic just inside extra time following a 1-1 deadlock at 90 minutes gave Serbian White Eagles the CSL Givova Championship following a hard fought encounter with Hamilton City at Birchmount Stadium Sunday afternoon. Scepanovic  scored after moving through two Hamilton defenders to find the net from 8 yards past Hamilton goalkeeper Adrijan Becic in the second minute of extra time for a 2-1 victory. The deciding goal came after Hamilton took a 1-0 lead at 14 minutes on a goal by forward Domagoj Zubac, then Luka Bojic equalized  for Serbian Eagles  at 59 minutes when on the receiving end of goalkeeper  Becic’s  attempted clearance which rebounded off Bojic into the Hamilton net. Scepanovic came close to scoring a second goal when near the end of the extra time, his drive was saved by Becic. Serbian White Eagles had pressed most of the time during the overtime period, a contrast from the early exchange when Hamilton appeared to have the edge. It was Serbian White Eagles’ second championship victory since winning the title in 2008 and the club’s fifth championship game having been a finalist in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Serbian White Eagles captured the CSL First Division title in 2015. Uros Stamatovic, coach and GM of Serbian Eagles attributed the team’s strong second half to a determination to win. ”While I think fitness was a consideration, we showed a determination that paid off as the game progressed and that led to the two goals. The players really wanted to win and succeeded,” he said, while giving a mention to Scepanovic, Radenko Kamberovic, defenders Branislav Vukomanovic and Milan Kusic. It is Hamilton City’s first year in the CSL following a relocation of the previous London City and while GM Kathleen Nurse considered her team had a strong game, she also showed disappointment at the early injuries, one of which forced team captain Nikola Stanojevic to be substituted. “The injuries in a physical game obviously played a part, but the team played well and it was a close game to the final whistle,” said Nurse. COMPLETE PLAYOFF SUMMARY CSL Championship Final Serbian White Eagles 2, Hamilton City 1 (after extra time) at Birchmount Stadium  Quarterfinals York Region Shooters 5, Milton 0 Hamilton City 3, Scarborough SC 0 FC Ukraine United 3, Brantford Galaxy 0 Serbian White Eagles 1, Toronto Atomic FC 0  Semifinals Serbian White Eagles 1, FC Ukraine United 0 York Region Shooters 1, Hamilton City 1 (after extra time) (Hamilton City won 3-1 on penalty kicks) CSL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL Serbian White Eagles 2, Hamilton City 1 (after extra time) CSL SECOND DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS SC Waterloo and Toronto Atomic FC B gained a bye to the semifinals Quarterfinals Brantford Galaxy B 3, Serbian White Eagles B 2 (after extra time) York Region Shooters B 1, London City 0 Semifinals York Region Shooters B 1, SC Waterloo B 0 Toronto Atomic B 2, Brantford Galaxy B 0 CSL Second Division Championship Final York Region Shooters B 2, Toronto Atomic FC B 1 (after extra...

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IT’S SERBIAN WHITE EAGLES AND HAMILTON CITY SUNDAY……..Teams known for high level players in final

Posted by on 6:51 pm in 2016, CSL News, news | 0 comments

IT’S SERBIAN WHITE EAGLES AND HAMILTON CITY SUNDAY……..Teams known for high level players in final

  Just when Hamilton City were feeling some disappointment at the team’s low finish in the regular season standings – sixth of eight teams in the CSL First Division – the side from Steeltown finds itself with an even chance to be crowned champions of Canada’s professional league. There were earlier signals, however, that Hamilton was underachieving and capable of a much higher standing. Results such as the 1-0 victory over York Region Shooters in a late season game on August 19  – one of only two defeats suffered by the First Division winners in their 21-game season  – provided reason to consider Hamilton as a championship possibility. A relocation of the original London City Soccer Club which launched in that city in 1973 and which  changed ownership twice in recent years, brought the team to Hamilton with high level signings from Europe for some attractive home games at the Cardinal Newman ground at Stoney Creek . To reach the final, Hamilton defeated Scarborough 3-0 in the quarterfinals and York Region Shooters in a penalty kick decider in the semifinals. “We had a difficult regular season but picked it up as we moved into the playoffs and we now look forward to the championship game at full strength and with confidence,” said Hamilton GM Kathleen Nurse. Serbian White Eagles have also signed players from Europe and will be bidding for their second championship victory having won the title in 2008. The same organization goes back much further with a championship victory in the National Soccer League in 1974. Serbian White Eagles finished the regular season in fourth spot in the regular season standings, went on the defeat Toronto Atomic 1-0 in the quarterfinals, then FC Ukraine United 1-0 in the semifinals. Dragan Bakoc, speaking for Serbian White Eagles, commented earlier in the week:  “We are looking forward to what we expect to be a difficult game with Hamilton, a team with some very good players with experience of big games in Europe. They  showed improvement toward the end of the season, but we are ready and with a good positive outlook, he said.” CSL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL  – How they got there ! Quarterfinals York Region Shooters 5, Milton 0 Hamilton City 3, Scarborough SC 0 FC Ukraine United 3, Brantford Galaxy 0 Serbian White Eagles 1, Toronto Atomic FC 0  Semifinals Serbian White Eagles 1, FC Ukraine United 0 York Region Shooters 1, Hamilton City 1 (after extra time) (Hamilton City won 3-1 on penalty kicks)                                                 CSL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL Sun. Oct. 30 Birchmount Stadium 2 pm Serbian White Eagles vs Hamilton City  ...

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SERBIAN EAGLES, HAMILTON CITY IN CSL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

Posted by on 11:48 pm in 2016, CSL News, news | 0 comments

SERBIAN EAGLES, HAMILTON CITY IN CSL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

York Region Shooters, the leading contender for CSL championship honours,  were eliminated  by Hamilton City and Serbian White Eagles defeated FC Ukraine United,  two semifinal games in the CSL Championship playoffs Sunday night. York Region finished on top of the table to take the First Division title at the end of the regular season, FC Ukraine United finished second. Serbian White Eagles and FC Ukraine United were scoreless in the early semifinal at Esther Shiner Stadium in North York until Miroslav Jovanovic of Serbian Eagles beat Ukraine United ‘keeper Nazar Lytvyn with a low shot from 12 yards at the 71st minute mark and the goal was enough to settle what had been a hard fought encounter throughout. Ukraine United pressed for an equalizer in the last 20 minutes, a time during which Serbian Eagles were reduced to 10 men following the ejection by referee Ramee Arbaji of Djordje Jocic at 88 minutes. Jocic was shown the red card following a second caution. York Region Shooters and Hamilton City were scoreless until late in the second half in the second semifinal played at the Joan of Arc Stadium in Maple. Midfielder David Guzman broke the deadlock shortly after entering the game as a substitute. Guzman took a cross from the right wing to beat Hamilton City goalkeeper Adrian Becic at 76 minutes to give York Region a 1-0 lead. Hamilton City equalized just two minutes later when Frane Grbesa found the net past York Region goalkeeper Adrian Ibanez and the 1-1 score held until the end of regulation time and 30 minutes of extra time. Penalty kicks were taken and Igor Krmar, Zdenko Jurcevic and Miroslav Cabrilo found the net for Hamilton City, while Richard West was the lone scorer of four penalties taken by York Region Shooters. Serbian White Eagles and Hamilton City advance to the CSL Championship set for Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough on Sunday, October 30, a 2 pm kickoff. CSL PLAYOFFS SUMMARY CSL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL Sunday, October 30 Birchmount Stadium 2 pm Serbian White Eagles vs. Hamilton City CSL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS TO DATE Quarterfinals York Region Shooters 5, Milton 0 Hamilton City 3, Scarborough SC 0 FC Ukraine United 3, Brantford Galaxy 0 Serbian White Eagles 1, Toronto Atomic FC 0 Semifinals Serbian White Eagles 1, FC Ukraine United 0 York Region Shooters 1, Hamilton City 1 (after extra time) (Hamilton City won 3-1 on penalty kicks)  CSL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL Sunday, October 30 Birchmount Stadium 2 pm Serbian White Eagles vs Hamilton City  CSL SECOND DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS SC Waterloo and Toronto Atomic FC B gained a bye to the semifinals Quarterfinals Brantford Galaxy B 3, Serbian White Eagles B 2 (after extra time) York Region Shooters B 1, London City 0 Semifinals York Region Shooters B 1, SC Waterloo B 0 Toronto Atomic B 2, Brantford Galaxy B 0 CSL Second Division Championship Final York Region Shooters B 2, Toronto Atomic FC B...

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YORK REGION RESERVES CAPTURE SECOND DIVISION TITLE……entertaining 2-1 victory in extra time

Posted by on 11:55 pm in 2016, CSL News, news | 0 comments

YORK REGION RESERVES CAPTURE SECOND DIVISION TITLE……entertaining 2-1 victory in extra time

 Second Division soccer doesn’t necessarily mean second rate soccer. Check out a game at Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough  late Saturday afternoon. The CSL Second Division championship decider between Toronto Atomic Reserves and York Region Shooters Reserves was a demonstration of how far soccer in Canada has progressed in recent years as several young players on both teams – young teens to late teens –  showed skills beyond their years. Just so happened the game turned into a highly entertaining encounter for reasons other than good skills, while the fans were treated to a game in doubt right to the final whistle. The entertaining soccer included three goals that counted, another that didn’t when called offside, a missed penalty, shots saved by the woodwork, a player sent off early, two more ejected later  following some rough and tumble, all in an extended game that went 122 minutes in all. When referee Mike Bradley blasted the final whistle, it was York Region Shooters B 2, Toronto Atomic FC B 1, after extra time. Atomic had more shots on goal in the first half of the well-played encounter which ended scoreless and with one player shown a red card – Atomic defender Vadim Gorbunov was shown that colour after referee Bradley pulled two yellows on the player for reasons which included Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Toronto Atomic’s Hassan Abdulmumini struck the first goal following a corner kick at 54 minutes, a cross which ended up at the midfielder’s feet and close to be tapped past York Region goalkeeper Adam Majer. Abakar Mahamat equalized for York Region Shooters at 75 minutes, a spectacular series of events from a free kick from 20 yards that was saved, rebounded, hit the crossbar then driven into the net by Mahamat past Atomic goalkeeper Andriy Kulik. It was 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes and the game went into overtime which saw two players red carded at 103 minutes for Violent Conduct. York Region Shooters’ defender David Romano was the first to go and Ihor Fedishyn was also shown the red card after both players became aggressive in a manner not part of the game. Mahamat scored his second goal to put York Region into 2-1 lead at 106 minutes and minutes later Toronto Atomic were awarded a penalty which was taken by Igor Melnyk and saved by Majer. The 2-1 score held until the final whistle. Coach of York Region Shooters, Eddy Carowel, praised his players following the trophy presentation, insisting it was a team effort that brought the result against a side that had ended the regular season with 11 points more than his team in the regular season just ended. “We have a young team and it was very much a team effort. The players kept it up right to the end – I thought they played great and deserved the win”, said Carowel. CSL PLAYOFFS SUMMARY The weekend games: CSL CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS Sun. October 23, Esther Shiner Stadium 5 pm FC Ukraine United vs Serbian White Eagles Sun. October 23, St. Joan of Arc Stadium 6.30 pm York Region Shooters vs Hamilton City CSL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS TO DATE Quarterfinals York Region Shooters 5, Milton 0 Hamilton City 3, Scarborough SC 0 FC Ukraine United 3, Brantford Galaxy 0 Serbian White Eagles 1, Toronto Atomic...

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CSL PLAYOFFS CONTINUE….. Second Division Final and Championship semis this weekend

Posted by on 11:48 am in 2016, CSL News, news | 0 comments

CSL PLAYOFFS CONTINUE….. Second Division Final and Championship semis this weekend

Semifinals of the CSL Championship will be played this coming Sunday, October 23 when FC Ukraine United will meet SerbianWhite Eagles at Esther Shiner Stadium in North York at 5 pm and York Region Shooters will take on Hamilton City at the St. Joan of Arc Stadium in Maple, a 6.30 pm start. York Region are First Division winners in the regular season just ended and are hoping to repeat their CSL Championship victory of 2014, while Hamilton City is bidding for the overall league title for the first time. Serbian White Eagles won the CSL Championship in 2008 and their opponents, Ukraine United, are in their first year of professional soccer, ending the regular season in the First Division runner-up position and now making this initial bid for CSL post season honours. The Second Division Championship Final which ends the season for a division of four reserve teams from the First Division clubs together with SC Waterloo and London City, will be played at Esther Shiner Stadium this coming Saturday, October 22 and the finalists are Toronto Atomic B and York Region Shooters B. Toronto Atomic reserves ended their regular season in second spot in the Second Division, then defeated Brantford Galaxy B in the semifinal, while York Region Shooters reserves finished fourth of six teams, then defeated SC Waterloo in the semifinal.  The 1-0 victory by York Region over top of the table team SC Waterloo on October 16 is a consideration in attempting to decide which team will finish on top of what promises to be an exciting season-end finish. The CSL Championship Final is being played at Birchmount Stadium on Sunday, October 30, a 2 pm kickoff, following the CSL Awards banquet which takes place Saturday afternoon, October 29. Tickets for both events can be obtained by calling the CSL office at 905 607-0600. CSL PLAYOFFS SUMMARY The weekend games:  SECOND DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL Sat. October 22, Esther Shiner Stadium 3 pm Toronto Atomic B vs York Region Shooters B  CSL CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS Sun. October 23, Esther Shiner Stadium 5 pm FC Ukraine United vs Serbian White Eagles Sun. October 23, St. Joan of Arc Stadium 6.30 pm York Region Shooters vs Hamilton City CSL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS TO DATE  Quarterfinals York Region Shooters 5, Milton 0 Hamilton City 3, Scarborough SC 0 FC Ukraine United 3, Brantford Galaxy 0 Serbian White Eagles 1, Toronto Atomic FC 0 CSL SECOND DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS TO DATE SC Waterloo and Toronto Atomic FC B gained a bye to the semifinals Quarterfinals Brantford Galaxy B 3, Serbian White Eagles B 2 (after extra time) York Region Shooters B 1, London City 0  Semifinals York Region Shooters B 1, SC Waterloo B 0 Toronto Atomic B 2, Brantford Galaxy B 0  ...

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YORK REGION AND HAMILTON ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS……Shooters and Atomic will meet in Second Division final

Posted by on 11:39 pm in 2016, CSL News, news | 0 comments

YORK REGION AND HAMILTON ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS……Shooters and Atomic will meet in Second Division final

York Region Shooters and Hamilton City advanced to the semifinals of the CSL Championship playoffs Sunday, York Region scoring an emphatic 5-0 victory over Milton SC while Hamilton City defeated Scarborough SC 3-0. Gerard Ladiyou opened the scoring for York Region Shooters at the St. Joan of Arc Stadium, the goal coming at 4 minutes, Ainsley Deer made it 2-0 at 13 minutes, Anthony Bahadur increased the lead for the home side to 3-0 at 17 minutes and Tristan Frankson scored for a 4-0 lead at 23 minutes, the score at the interval. Striker Richard West found the net for York Region at 52 minutes for a 5-0 score which held to the final whistle. Timotej Zakrajsek scored first for Hamilton City at Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough, the goal coming at 23 minutes, forward Zdenko Jurcevic made it 2-0 for the visitors with a goal from the penalty spot following a foul in the box at 31 minutes, a 2-0 score at halftime. Frane Grbesa completed the scoring for Hamilton at 78 minutes a 3-0 victory for Hamilton. The reserve teams of York Region Shooters  and Toronto Atomic will meet in the CSL Second Division Championship final following the 1-0 defeat by York Region Shooters B over SC Waterloo and 2-0 victory by Toronto Atomic B over Brantford Galaxy B Sunday. Simon Petersen scored the only goal for York Region Shooters B at Woodside Park, finding the net at the 12th minute mark and the goal held up through to the final whistle. Luija Johnson struck the first goal at 20 minutes for Toronto Atomic  B in the game at Centennial Park and Michael Fayehun made it 2-0 at the 90th minute. The CSL Second Division Championship Final venue will be announced early the week of October 17. CSL PLAYOFFS SUMMARY CSL Championship – Quarterfinals games played Sunday, October 16 York Region Shooters 5, Milton 0 Hamilton City 3, Scarborough SC 0 Quarterfinal games played October 15: FC Ukraine United 3, Brantford Galaxy 0 Serbian White Eagles 1, Toronto Atomic FC 0 FC Ukraine United, Serbian White Eagles, York Region Shooters and  Hamilton City advance to the CSL Championship semifinals to be played the weekend October 21-23, venues to be announced. CSL SECOND DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP  SC Waterloo and Toronto Atomic FC B gained a bye to the semifinals played October 16 CSL Second Division Championship – Semifinal games played October 16: York Region Shooters B 1, SC Waterloo B 0 Toronto Atomic B 2, Brantford Galaxy B 0 Quarterfinals played October 9 Brantford Galaxy B 3, Serbian White Eagles B 2 (after extra time) York Region Shooters B 1, London City 0 York Region Shooters B and Toronto Atomic B advance to the CSL Second Division Championship Final, the venue to be announced.  ...

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UKRAINE UNITED, SERBIAN EAGLES ADVANCE……..CSL playoffs continue Sunday

Posted by on 11:22 pm in 2016, CSL News, news | 0 comments

UKRAINE UNITED, SERBIAN EAGLES ADVANCE……..CSL playoffs continue Sunday

FC Ukraine United and Serbian White Eagles advanced to the semifinals of the CSL Championship playoffs with quarterfinal victories Saturday night, Ukraine United with a decisive 3-0 result over Brantford Galaxy and Serbian White Eagles with a narrow 1-0 score over Toronto Atomic FC. Oleksandr Muzychuk was the first to score for Ukraine United at Esther Shiner Stadium in Toronto, taking a right wing pass from midfielder Kostiantyn Derevlov to find the net past Galaxy ‘keeper Luka Besenic to score from 6 yards, the goal coming close to the halftime whistle and it was 1-0 at the break. Oleh Shutov made it 2-0 for the home side at 49 minutes, a free kick from outside the box that caught the top left corner leaving Besenic with no chance for a save. Derevlov struck the third goal for Ukraine United driving the ball into the net past substitute goalkeeper Jeff Martins following a breakaway at the 80th minute mark. Krum Bigishkrov missed narrowly for Brantford on two occasions in what was otherwise a deserved victory for Ukraine United, a 2016 expansion team in the CSL. Striker Milos Scepanovic scored the only goal for Serbian White Eagles in the game with Toronto Atomic at Centennial Stadium, the goal coming at 60 minutes following a scoreless first half. Scepanovic picked up the ball following a miscue in the Atomic defence and found the net from four yards past goalkeeper Vasyl Shpuk. PLAYOFF SUMMARY CSL Championship – Quarterfinals FC Ukraine United 3, Brantford Galaxy 0 Serbian White Eagles 1, Toronto Atomic FC 0 Ukraine United and Serbian White Eagles advance to the semifinals to be played the weekend October 21-23 Remaining quarterfinal games:  Sun. October 16 St. Joan of Arc 6.30 pm York Region Shooters vs Milton SC Sun. October 16 Birchmount Stadium 7.30 pm, Scarborough SC vs Hamilton City CSL SECOND DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP  Results to date: SC Waterloo and Toronto Atomic FC B gain a bye to semifinals October 16 Quarterfinals played October 9 Brantford Galaxy B 3, Serbian White Eagles B 2 (after extra time) York Region Shooters B 1, London City 0 Winners advance to the semifinals October 16: Upcoming semifinal games: Sun. October 16 Woodside Park 6 pm SC Waterloo B vs York Region Shooters B Sun. Oct. 16 Centennial Stadium 7 pm Toronto Atomic B vs Brantford Galaxy B...

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