Laval tops Toronto 2-0 to advance

Toronto Lady Lynx News Release -

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

TORONTO, ON -- The Toronto Lady Lynx season came to a crashing halt this evening on the heels of a shocking 2-0 loss to the Laval Comets at Centennial Stadium in the Northern Division semifinals.

Gagne scored both goals on free kicks for LavalLaval now advances to the Central Conference Championships this weekend to face the host FC Indiana Lionesses in one semifinal, while the Ottawa Fury will tackle the Chicago Gaels in the other.

The loss is the first-ever home playoff loss for the Lady Lynx, and marks the first time that the team will not advance to the conference championships in their four-year history. It was also the team's first-ever home defeat to Laval in team history.

The match opened slowly on a sloppy pitch, the result of the constant rainfall that has plagued Toronto over the past few days.

Laval managed to master the conditions quickly though and took an early lead with a pair of nearly identical Andreanne Gagne first-half goals. The midfielder struck two free kicks from the top of the penalty area around the Lady Lynx wall and past Elise Kuhar-Pitters into the goal in the 8th and 40th minutes to give Laval a stunning 2-0 lead at intermission.

Toronto attempted to battle back in the second half, but could not establish a rhythm on the slick surface. Countless attacks were broken up by the rugged Comets defense, and other attacks were slowed by players losing their footing on the slippery pitch.

The Lady Lynx were also unable to finish when they got close to the net, with Marie-Pier Bilodeau making a number of key saves in net to preserve the lead for Laval.

The game became chippy as the Lady Lynx pressed late in the match for the equalizing goals, and both Allysha Chapman of Toronto and Laval captain Cindy were ejected following a goal-mouth scuffle late in the match.

The match ended soon after, with Laval holding on for the 2-0 victory.

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