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2021 League1 Ontario Season: Matchweek 7 Recap

By Marty Thompson, 09/13/21, 1:45PM EDT


Women’s Premier Division Matchweek 7: Kovacevic shines as London builds on lead


FC London remained the story of the women’s premier division as they stayed undefeated with a 4-0 romp over North Toronto Nitros. Jade Kovacevic's road trip hattrick put the Londerers on 18 points (6-0-0) and two wins ahead of second-placed Hamilton United, who had the weekend off.

Two matches Sunday ended with a one-nil scoreline, starting off with Blue Devils FC downing competitive rivals Woodbridge Strikers on the road. Amanda Shmalz goal's was enough for the Oakville side that bounced back from consecutive losses to London and Hamilton. Elsewhere, Vaughan Azzurri narrowly defeated travel-hardened Tecumseh FC 1-0 Sunday at North Maple Regional Park thanks to a goal from veteran operator Jessie Faber.

Vaughan and Oakville, third and fourth in the standings, will clash Friday (8pm ET) in a crucial make-up-ground tilt as the season crosses its halfway mark. Elsewhere on Friday, Hamilton hosts bottom side North Toronto Nitros (7pm ET).

FC London celebrates a goal. (Paul Hendren / League1 Ontario)

FC London celebrates a goal. (Paul Hendren / League1 Ontario)

Men’s Premier Division Matchweek 7: Masters, Woodbridge entertain as late-season push looms


Best viewing on the men’s side came late Sunday when reigning champions Masters FA exploded for five second half goals in a 5-2 thriller over Woodbridge Strikers. Reshon Phillips scored a late quickfire brace to insure the Saints draw level for second place in the eastern division on 10 points (3-1-1).

Vaughan Azzurri kept a similar pace Sunday night with a 2-0 win over North Toronto Nitros. Julian DeSousa and Reggie Laryea netted for Patrice Gheisar’s side, who sit top of the east division on 13 points (4-0-1).

Best viewing in the western division came from Brampton with the hometown ProStars dropping a 4-2 decision to FC London. Ethan Gopaul continued his in-form streak for FCL, adding a brace to reach seven goals on the season – all coming in the last five matches.

Elsewhere, North Mississauga downed Scrosoppi FC 3-1 for their first win of the season Friday. Darby FC edged 1812 Barrie 3-2, and Blue Devils defeated Windsor TFC 4-1 in Amherstburg.

A top-of-the-west clash between undefeated Guelph United and Sigma FC on Saturday was postponed by league officials after the latter side was subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

Men’s Championship nears conclusion + Reserves at midway point


Elsewhere, the Men's Championship Series wrapped up its initial slate of matches Saturday with two tilts; Whitecaps London dispatching 4-0 Blue Devils B and Toronto FC U17 edging Vaughan Azzurri 3-2 – a result that insured TFC’s status at the top of the standings (13 points, 4-1-1) going into the finals slated set for later this Fall (more details coming soon). Postponed matches are expected to be rescheduled soon as well.

Women’s and Men’s reserve divisions continue as teams reach the halfway point on the season. Men’s division midweek action saw six matches including Unionville beating Masters “C” 6-2 and undefeated Guelph United “B” besting Tecumseh “B” 7-1.

Woodbridge Strikers “B” remains the team to beat on the women’s side after thrashing Techumseh 14-1 on Sunday to remain top of the standings on 22 points (7-0-1) and a staggering +39 goal differential.