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Edmonton Wins 10-9 in Calgary

January 11, 2009 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) - Calgary United News Release

For the second time this season the Edmonton Drillers have traveled to Calgary United and come away with full points in PASL action. The 10-9 Driller victory on Saturday had huge playoff implications in the Canadian division, and was a letdown for United, who were fresh off a successful road trip to Wenatchee and Stockton.

A win for Calgary would have given them some breathing room at the top of the CMISL, but a quick goal by Edmonton's Sean Fraser proved the Drillers meant business, despite traveling with a squad decimated by the flu. Calgary countered immediately with markers by Milan Timotijevic and Felix Napuri, but Edmonton came right back to level the score 2-2 with only 3:04 gone in the first quarter.

Much like their previous encounter, a 7-6 OT thriller, Calgary did well to pin Edmonton back in the final third but were vulnerable to the speed of the Driller counter attack. After Andre Duberry put Calgary ahead off a nifty feed from Napuri, a goal by Phil Pavicic and two more from Fraser gave Edmonton a 5-3 lead going into the second quarter.

In the second quarter Calgary defended better and took advantage of some good passing to tie the score at 5 before halftime, but neither team seemed interested in marking up to open the second half as the clubs traded goals back and forth. United made out the better of the two with a 9-7 lead going into the final frame, but once again Edmonton refused to go easily.

Fraser's fourth on the day made it 9-8, and an easy tap in from in close with twelve and half minutes left made for a tense finish, the turning point coming when Calgary failed to capitalize on a two man advantage. Pavicic's boarding penalty was also the clubs 6th foul, but despite sustained pressure United couldn't find the back of the net. Two minutes later Pavicic netted the eventual winner from in close as Calgary failed to clear their lines.

Tristan Ilko turned in another strong performance in goal for the Drillers, but Pavicic and Fraser split the man of the match honour with four goals each. Felix Napuri's hat trick and determined tackling earned him the nod for Calgary.

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