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Rochester Eliminates Montreal


The old rivalry emerges again as Montreal comes into Rochester to try and eliminate Rochester from the playoff race. The first game of the two match series ended with 0-0 so both teams future rested in tonight's match. Montreal and Rochester have long been one of the best rivalries in the A-League [despite the absence of Montreal from the League at times]. This season Montreal has been bighting at the heels of Rochester all year and to be king they knew they must beat the king.

Both sides came out firing in the first half trading time on attack. The solid defenses of both sides stop any chance of attack or forced shots to go wild. The physical nature of the match became apparent in the 26th minute when Rochester's Yuri Lavrinenko was issued a yellow after receiving a few warnings from the official and Montreal's Patrice Bernier received his yellow in the 43rd minute. The half ended with neither side managing to break down the other defense. The offensive chances that were created either fell apart with poor passing or stalwart defensive plays.

In the second half the back and forth attacking continued with Rochester having an apparent advantage with ball control. During one of Rochester's attacks they controlled the ball deep in the corner and took a tough angled shot that Montréal's Goalie Sutton tried to push out. He did manage to push it put it went right to Rochester's Bill Sedgewick who made good on the chance he was given.

After the goal Rochester did something that surprised most fans, they kept attacking. After getting a lead Rochester has the tendency to fall into a defensive shell, but playing a team of Montreal's caliber, that strategy would only guarantee defeat. As the clocked continued to tick the tension I the stand reached their boiling point in the 87th. Montreal was awarded a free kick just out the 18 yard box. Rochester put 4 men in their wall trying to cut of any easy shot. Montreal placed the shot in the upper left corner only to be thwarted by and outstretched Pat Onstad. With that save Rochester sealed their victory and once again make it to the A-League semi-finals where they will face Richmond.

Scoring Summary
	1	2	Final
MIN	0 	0 	0 
ROC	0	1	1

Goals: 
Rochester 62'	Sedgewick

Rochester Lineup: G- Onstad, D-Demmin (Zavala 89'), D-Schweitzer (Walton 58'), 
D- Sedgewick, D-Bankov, M- Mladenov, M- Lavrinenko, M- Nash (Suarez 82'), 
M- Steenkamp, F- Wilson (J. Tanner 72'), F- Dove  

On a scale of 8 (highest), here’s how the Rhinos fared versus Montreal:

Pos.

Name

Keith’s Rating

Comments

GK

Onstad

8

Came up big and saved the day

D

Demmin

6

Steady in the back

D

Schweitzer

6

Played great. Hurt and taken off in the 58th

D

Sedgewick

8

Excellent defense and great positioning for the goal

D

Bankov

7

Fantastic speed and awareness

M

Mladenov

6

Steady presence in the middle

M

Lavrinenko

6

This guys hustles!

M

Nash

7

Nice runs and passes

M

Steenkamp

7

Narrowly missed a header and fantastic positioning

F

Wilson

5

Looked tired early. Had one on one with Sutton and did not take the shot

F

Dove

7

Constant thorn in the defense and midfield of Montreal

-

Coaches

6

Question about starting Wilson

 

Many Thanks to News Digger John Zukas who scours up all of the local news links during the year.