Serbian White Eagles were defeated by a single goal Friday night and toppled from their long-standing top position in the CSL First Division. Beaten 1-0 by York Region Shooters, the Vaughan-based team was rewarded for Friday’s victory by taking over the lead position in the standings.
A 7-2 win by FC Vorkuta over Brantford Galaxy the following day moved the expansion club into second place, and Serbian Eagles dropped to third in what has become a three-way tussle for the First Division league title.
In two other First Division games played over the weekend, Milton SC gained a 4-2 away victory over SC Waterloo on Sunday and in the late game Royal Toronto FC and Scarborough SC played to a 3-3 tie.
It was a scoreless first half between Serbian Eagles and York Region Shooters at the St. Joan of Arc Stadium, with Richard Edwards getting the all-important winner at 67 minutes. The prolific striker took a pass from his left in the penalty box to drive the ball past the helpless Goran Skaric in the Serbian Eagles goal.
While pressing for the equalizer, Serbian White Eagles were reduced to 10 men at 79 minutes when the referee showed the red card to Djordjije Jocic for Violent Conduct. The score remained at 1-0 to the final whistle.
It was the first defeat of the season for Serbian White Eagles.
Sergii Ivliev and Yaroslav Svorak each scored twice for FC Vorkuta in the 7-2 victory over Brantford Galaxy at Lions Park on Saturday. The win leaves Vorkuta with 29 points in the standings, one point behind the leading York Region Shooters with 30 and one point ahead of Serbian White Eagles with 28.
York Region Shooters have completed their 14-game regular season and their hold on the top position in the standings may be temporary. Serbian White Eagles has played 13 games with one game remaining and Vorkuta has played 12 games with two games remaining.
Adnan Smajic and Leandro Aguilar each scored twice for Milton SC in securing the 4-2 victory over SC Waterloo at RIM Park on Sunday, while Mato Mrkonjic and Ilija Bajcetic scored for Waterloo.
Scarborough’s Aleksander Stojiljkovic completed a hat-trick for his side in the 3-3 tie with Royal Toronto in the late game at Birchmount Stadium Sunday night.
Royal Toronto FC completed its regular season Sunday night and will enter the playoffs at the foot of the First Division.
There were two games in the CSL Second Division over the weekend when Burlington B defeated Brantford Galaxy SC B 3-1 at Lions Park on Saturday and Ukraine United B beat Royal Toronto FC B 4-2 at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke on Sunday.