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L1O Weekly Rewind

By Matt Bates, 05/09/22, 11:15AM EDT


Vaughan Azzurri's Leah Pais netted her second hat-trick in three games and Electric City show everyone how to host a home opener.

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Plenty went down in the third weekend of League1 Ontario in 2022 and we’ve summarised the action.

We’re gonna rock down to Electric Avenue

Electric City set a new L1O attendance record during their inaugural Men’s Premier Division home game with 1,565 people at Fleming College on Saturday.

The party atmosphere continued on the field as Jamie Sherwood’s side defeated Windsor TFC 3-0, resulting in more singing and drumming, post-game fireworks, and an elated panda mascot.

A brace from Jordan Brown followed by David Schaefer’s finish secured the men’s team’s first three points of the season.

Darby FC also earned a 3-0 victory over BVB IA Waterloo on Saturday,  which moves them into third place in the table, building on the four points earned from the opening two games.

The Darby FC Women’s side started the winning trend for the club on Friday evening with a 3-1 win against Electric City, which was their first three points of the new campaign. Blue Devils and NDC Ontario shared the spoils in the other Women’s Premier Division game that evening.

Electric City players and fans celebrate

Electric City players and fans celebrate.

Leading the way

FC London currently top the Women’s Premier Division table after securing a win against Woodbridge Strikers, but are one of five teams with maximum points from their first three games.

That group includes Vaughan Azzurri who recorded a 4-0 victory against Guelph Union as Leah Pais scored her second hat-trick – and eighth goal in total – of the season.

Sabrina Bisante is also having a solid season for St Catharines Roma Wolves, netting her third goal of the campaign in her side’s win at ProStars on Sunday and keeping the Roma Wolves in the leading pack.

BVB IA Waterloo also ran out 3-0 victors against Unionville Milliken to take their points tally to nine, and Simcoe County Rovers defeated Burlington for their third win on the bounce.

Pickering picked up their first point of the season thanks to Olivia Crombie’s late equaliser against Tecumseh and North Toronto Nitros and Alliance United also battled out a draw on Saturday.

Goal frenzy

ProStars overturned a two-goal deficit at half time against Guelph United in the Men’s Premier Division to win 3-2. A trio of goals in the space of 11 second half minutes, including a brace from Ameer Kinani helped them to their second win of the season.

But this game wasn’t just about football; Guelph goalkeeper Svyatik Artemenko also played his first minutes in L1O this season after returning from serving in Ukraine in their war with Russia.

There were a dozen goals scored across the three Men’s Premier Division games on Friday night. Joshua Algeria’s double helped Unionville Milliken to a win over St Catharines Roma Wolves, North Mississauga edged out FC London, and Scrosoppi thrashed Master’s FA 6-1 with six different scorers.

Woodbridge Strikers defeated Hamilton United 3-1 on Sunday and Blue Devils picked up their first win of the men’s season in their 2022 home opener, snatching the three points after going a goal down against Pickering.

Vaughan Azzurri maintained their 100 per cent record this season with victory at Burlington. North Toronto Nitros also scored twice in the final 13 minutes of their game against Sigma to secure their third win on the bounce, and Alliance United put two past Simcoe County Rovers with no reply.

Still to come

Hamilton United’s women visit North Mississauga in L1O’s only game Monday night, before three games in the Women’s Premier Division on Wednesday.

NDC Ontario will head to BVB IA Waterloo, and Unionville Milliken host reigning champions Woodbridge Strikers as Vaughan Azzurri and Darby go head-to-head.