League1 Ontario women’s long weekend play took place Saturday with two matches – including the highly-anticipated tilt between second-place Blue Devils FC and first place FC London which ended in a 1-1 draw. A Jade Kovacevic penalty in the first half ensured a stalemate in London and kept their undefeated season alive.
Meanwhile, down the road in Windsor, North Toronto Nitros thrashed Tecumseh SC 4-0 following a brace from Morgan Fenton and other goals from Jessica Collantes and Laera Gattoni.
Women’s action will kick up this week starting with an important Thursday night tilt between Hamilton United and Vaughan Azzurri (9:00pm). A win could see Vaughan launch into a tie with Hamilton for second. Both teams will face a short turnaround on a busy three-match Saturday with Hamilton heading south to face Tecumseh SC and Vaughan (4:00pm) following right behind them to visit London (8:00pm). Elsewhere Woodbridge Strikers are set to take on North Toronto Nitros (6:00pm).
In the Men's east division, Vaughan Azzurri maintained their perfect season on a 4-1 win over Darby FC via goals from Dujon Martins, Thomas Bielanski, Ryan Robinson, and Orlendis Carlos Benitez Hernandez. Vaughan’s stellar defence was on display again as Patrice Gheisar’s team stands at just six goals against – less than half the second-best L1O team in the category.
As you likely already saw, the matchweek kicked off with an absolute thriller at the Ontario Soccer Centre with 1812 Barrie and Masters FA playing out a 4-4 shootout. Markell Saddler’s hat trick led the Barrie side to a 4-1 lead… Only for that to evaporate after a Masters three-goal second half that included a ‘keeper red card. Barrie completed a two-match week with a 3-1 to Unionville Milliken and are set to face Masters again this Saturday. Elsewhere in the east, Woodbridge Strikers downed North Toronto Nitros 3-0.
The most notable result in the west division this weekend came Friday night when Scrosoppi FC upset FC London 2-1 following a bizarre injury-time sequence. Scrosoppi, down a man and up a goal, received a second red card two minutes into added time. London equalized in the 98th minute only to have their GTA opponents score the winner in the 100th. The defeat was Mike Marcoccia’s third on the season as the Londoners slipped out of the top two in the west with the result.
Meantime, Guelph United remained top of the west with a solid 4-2 win over bottom Windsor TFC. Denilson Clamp and Jimmy Yancy scored their first goals for the club as the club’s seasonal attacking onslaught continued.
Blue Devils FC is right behind Guelph after extending their undefeated streak to five matches in a 3-0 win over ProStars Brampton.
Elsewhere in the west, Sigma FC continued its late-season rebound on a 4-1 win over North Mississauga SC Thursday on goals from Jason Squeo, Noah Mehta, and Abdul Edusei – with North Miss. throwing in an own goal for good measure. The win ensured Sigma the Credit River Cup, the Sauga City Collective's trophy awarded to the top team from the city. Sigma won the first leg 2-1.
L1O’s men’s matchweek kicks off Tuesday when perennial contenders Sigma take on new boys Guelph United for the first time (8:30pm ET in Guelph). That Sigma team will complete a pseudo-Southwestern Ontario trip when they face FC London on Friday.
Wednesday will see Unionville Milliken take on Vaughan Azzurri while Saturday brings a three-match slate: Scrosoppi FC vs. ProStars, 1812 vs. Masters, and Vaughan Azzurri vs. North Toronto. Sunday will see Guelph host Blue Devils and Darby FC take on Woodbridge.