It's all over for Wolves
NEW BRITAIN, Nov. 27, 2002 -- The New Britain Common Council voted unanimously to dissolve the city's three-year relationship with its oft-criticized professional soccer team, the Connecticut Wolves, at a special meeting Tuesday night. In a plan released last Friday, New Britain Mayor Lucian Pawlak wrote the city should terminate relations with the team because of the negative political attitude generated by the team's critics, possible cuts in state aid, and interest from other sports teams in using the Wolves' stadium. (New Britain Herald, Nov. 27)
Two Wolves honored by Pro League
Connecticut's Steve Danbusky was named the D3 Pro League defender of the year while teammate Carlos Sousa earned D3 Pro League rookie of the year honors, the league announced. Danbusky was named top the D3 team of the week three times during the season. Sousa helped the Wolves earn a spot in the D3 semifinals with seven goals and an assist, including the series-winning goal in game 2 of the quarterfinals against Western Mass. (August 20)
D3 Pro League playoffs
Semifinals: Long Island 3, Wolves 0
UNIONDALE, N.Y., Aug. 17 -- Long Island limited to the Wolves to only three shots as they advanced to the D3 Pro League championship game with a 3-0 victory. Playing shorthanded, Georges Haba wheeled past a Connecticut defender for a 1-0 lead with 14 minutes gone in the second half. The Rough Riders, who won their 8th straight, iced the game with two goals in the final 15 minutes of play. Long Island will face Wilmington, N.C. in the finals.
Game 2: Wolves 3, Pioneers 2
LUDLOW, Mass., Aug. 10 -- Carlos Sousa's goal in injury time gave the Wolves an improbable 3-2 win over the Pioneers before 3,422 at Lusitano Stadium and a berth in the D3 Pro League national semifinals. Western Mass. had taken a commanding lead in the series Wednesday with a 2-0 win.
The Wolves won the series, 5-4, thanks to getting a bonus point for scoring three goals in a victory. Each team gets four points for a win. The Wolves (15-9-3, 11-9-2 Pro League) will face Long Island in the semifinals on Saturday, Aug. 17.
Sousa's team-leading ninth goal stunned the Pioneers, who lost at home for the first time since May 18, a 1-0 defeat to the Wolves. In the 89th minute, Connecticut's Daniel Asencio got a loose ball and loft it over the defense to Sousa coming in from the right side. Pioneer goalie Daniel Pires came out on him, but Sousa topped his shot and it dribbled just inside the far post. It was only the second time all year that the Pioneers had allowed 3 goals at home.
EXTRA TIME: The Wolves will face Long Island next Saturday on the road in the D3 semifinals. The former A-League rivals have played twice this year with the Rough Riders winning both games by a combined score of 8-2 [3-1 on June 1 and 5-1 on July 17].
Game 1: Pioneers 2, Wolves 0
NEW BRITAIN, Aug. 8 -- The Wolves made their D3 Pro League playoff debut but fell to the rival Western Massachusetts, 2-0 at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Game 2 is Saturday, Aug. 10 in Agawam. "It's not over," Wolves coach Dan Gaspar said. "We match up well with them. Anyone watching the game tonight realized that we are a better team."
Wolves in NE Cup finals
Wolves named Cup champions
The Wolves were named champions of the inaugural New England Cup series after it was deemed impossible for a final series to be played between the top two finishers the Wolves and the Western Mass. Pioneers. Connecticut went 5-0-1 in the series to take first while the Pioneers were second with a 4-0-2 mark.
The New England Cup was created by Western Mass' general manager Rick Andre', and after much discussion it was agreed upon by the six participating clubs to end this season's competition without a final match being played. The trophy is the first tournament crown won by the Wolves in its history. (August 23)
Connecticut 3, Cape Cord 1
SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass., Aug. 13 -- Seth Lilbum had a pair of goals while Kalee Moore added a third as the Wolves clinched home field for the finals of the New England Cup tournament with a 3-1 win over Cape Cod, the 2002 PDL (Premier Development League) national champions. New Britain native Tony Cartiera had an assist for the Wolves.
Connecticut 2, Vermont 0
NEW BRITAIN, July 25 -- Forward O'Neil Peart had two goals as the Wolves qualified for the finals of the 2002 New England Cup with a 2-0 win over the Vermont Voltage. Connecticut outshot Vermont, 13-3 and improved to 4-0-1 in the round-robin tournament. The date and time for the finals has yet to be determined.
Wolves 2002 results
Sat, Apr. 20: @New York 2, Connecticut 1
Sat, Apr. 27: @Connecticut 2, Reading 1, OT
Sat, May. 4: Conn. 1, @New Hampshire 1 (OT)
Sat, May. 11: @Connecticut 1, Westchester 0
Sat, May. 18: Connecticut 1 at Western Mass 0
Sat, May. 25: New Jersey 3 at Connecticut 2
Sat, Jun. 1: @Long Island 3, Connecticut 1
Sat, Jun. 8: @Connecticut 3, New York 2 (OT)
Sun, Jun. 16: @Connecticut 2, Western Mass 1
Sat, Jun. 22: @Conn. 1, New Hampshire 0 (OT)
Sat, Jun. 29: South Jersey 3 at Conn. 2 (OT)
Sun, Jun. 30: @New Jersey 4, Connecticut 1
Sat, Jul. 6: Connecticut 3 at South Jersey 0
Fri, Jul. 12: @Connecticut 3, Westchester 0
Sun, Jul. 14: @Westchester 1, Connecticut 0
Wed, Jul. 17: Long Island 5 at Connecticut 1
Sat, Jul. 20: @Western Mass. 3, Connecticut 2
Sat, Jul. 27: @Connecticut 2, New Hampshire 1
Fri, Aug. 2: Connecticut 3 at Reading 1
Sun, Aug. 4: Conn. 0 at Westchester 0 (OT)
D3 Pro League playoffs
Northern Conference (best-of-2)
Wed, Aug. 7: Western Mass 2, @ Conn. 0
Sat. Aug. 10: Connecticut 3, @ Western Mass. 2 (Wolves win series, 5-4. Each team receives 4 pts for a win, 1 bonus pt. for scoring 3 goals or more in a win)
Sat. Aug. 17: @Long Island 3, Connecticut 0
New England Cup results
May 22: Wolves 3, Worcester Kings 1
May 29: Wolves 4, Worcester 1
June 27: Wolves 5, Cape Cod Crusaders 1
July 4: Wolves 1, Vermont Voltage 1
July 26: Wolves 2, Vermont 0
August 13: Wolves 3, Cape Cord 1
Finals: vs. Western Mass., cancelled
2002 New England Cup
As of August 23, 2002 FINAL
Team W-L-T Pts. GF GA BP
x-Connecticut 5-0-1 25 18 5 4
Western Mass. 4-0-2 21 20 8 3
New Hampshire 2-3-1 12 20 13 3
Vermont 2-3-1 11 9 14 2
Worcester 1-4-1 6 8 16 1
Cape Cod 0-4-2 3 7 28 1
Each team plays six games in the round-robin tournament. 4 points for win in regulation or OT, 1 pt for a tie, 3 points for scoring more than 3 goals in a game. (BP: bonus points)
x-named Cup champions after final series deemed impossible to play with Western Mass.
U.S. Open Cup qualifying (2-1-1)
April 27: Connecticut 2, Reading 1, OT
May 4: Connecticut 1, New Hampshire 1
May 18: Connecticut 1, Western Mass. 0
May 25: New Jersey Stallions 3, Connecticut 2
New Jersey qualified for the U.S. Open Cup.