Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Strikers Over Impact 1-0

From the Montreal Gazette:

"With sixth place in the North American Soccer League on the line, the Montreal Impact lost 1-0 on Saturday, against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, at Lockhart Stadium, in Florida.

Strikers' midfielder Gerson Mayen scored the lone goal of the game, at the 70th minute, after receiving a pass from Mike Palacio behind the Impact’s defence. Mayen was alone in front of goalkeeper Evan Bush, and beat him on a low shot to his left. The Strikers goal ended the Impact’s streak of three consecutive games without allowing a goal.

“It was a tough game tonight and overall it was not a great performance,” said Impact head coach and sporting director Nick De Santis. “The effort to fight and to get the tying goal was good; however, we did not play our best game tonight. In the second half we were better. Perhaps their goal was questionable, but we’ll have to wait to watch the video. Now we need to regroup and go to Puerto Rico with the right mindset. Hopefully we can go there and get a positive result.”

This was the last of four matchups between the teams this season. The teams had previously played to three draws this season. With the win, the Strikers now hold the tiebreaker over the Impact, if necessary."