City squads in Cup finals

KATHY RUMLESKI -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

There's something magical about the Canada Cup for London City.

Keith Andrew, who came off the bench in overtime, scored the golden goal for City in the 30th minute of OT last night to defeat the Vaughan Shooters 3-2 at Cove Road field and send his team to its second Canadian Professional Soccer League's Canada Cup final in three years.

"This is pretty sweet. This is the game you dream about --scoring in extra time," Andrew said.

City's Rob Della Croce was sent off for his second yellow card with 14 minutes to go to make the drama more intense.

On the winning play, Andrew was parked along the Vaughan goal line as the ball was headed toward the net by Marco Peeters.

City's leading scorer, Karim Ben Sari, had his shot blocked and it bounced back to Andrew.

"Your first instinct is to bury it," Andrew said.

The London City Selects also won their Canada Cup semifinal, defeating the Durham Regional Allstars 4-2 in the inaugural women's Cup.

It's the third year of Cup play for the men and City won in 2003.

"It's historic that the men and women both get to the final of the Canada Cup," said men's team manager Harry Gauss. "This is delicious."

In the men's game, Vaughan scored in the 35th minute but City answered three minutes later on a 28-yard free kick by Miguel Knox.

In the second half, Vaughan scored first again before City's Dennis Peeters popped in a rebound in the 63rd minute to set up overtime.

Seven new women suited up with the Selects yesterday, including goalkeeper Ashley Strocki, as several City players returned to university prior to this weekend.

"Every one of them improved our play," said Selects coach Tonino Commisso. "I'm very pleased with the result."

Kitchener resident Tammy Scurr scored twice for London, including the game winner on a penalty kick.

Scurr, who recently won a silver medal at the national women's softball championship, said a Canada Cup victory today would "cap off the summer."

Eva Havaris opened the scoring for London only eight minutes in, with the prettiest goal of the game -- a left-footed kick that curled into the corner of the Durham net.

Erika Lapari also scored for London.

CANADA CUP FINALS

Today: At Cove Road field.

Women: London vs. York Region Lady Shooters, 1:08 p.m.

Men: London vs. Windsor, 4:08 p.m.


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