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Weekend Preview

By League1 Ontario staff, 06/23/23, 10:45AM EDT


Another big weekend across both L1O with it all to play for at the top of the divisions.

Guelph player running with the ball

Can the 2021 Premier Division champions reclaim the title this year?

Guelph could join the leaders

Guelph United travel to Darby on Friday night knowing victory will take them level on points with the teams at the top of the Men’s Premier Division standings. They will be buoyed by their impressive win last time out against champions Vaughan Azzurri, who had been unbeaten in the regular season since 2019, while Darby come into the match struggling for form; they’ve won one of their last eight games.

In the women’s division St Catharines Roma Wolves host bottom-of-the-table ProStars who are searching for their first win of the campaign. Yet a win for the home side will move them within four points of a playoff spot, despite currently sitting in 15th, and help them close the ground on the Premier Division places in the Road to 2024.

Wins crucial for men’s top sides

We have an action-packed day in the Men’s Premier Division on Saturday with three of the top four taking to the field.

Leaders Blue Devils travel to Unionville Milliken knowing there are three teams – Scrosoppi, Sigma who play on Sunday, and North Toronto Nitros – that can move ahead of them by the end of the weekend should they slip up. Blue Devils are the only team yet to be beaten in 2023, making it a tough assignment for the home side who are yet to win this season, and you can predict the way the game will go in our Twitter poll.

Scrosoppi are in action as they welcome Windsor City to the Ontario Soccer Stadium. This could be a tough game for the team in second place because Windsor have won their last two matches and beat Scrosoppi when they met last season.

North Toronto Nitros host playoff hopefuls Burlington. The visitors are on a winless run of three games, but three points would move them level on points with fifth-placed Simcoe County Rovers who are not in action this weekend.

Alliance United, Electric City and ProStars are separated by one point and remain in the hunt for a top-six spot, but can’t afford to drop points. Alliance are up against North Mississauga, ProStars host St Catharines and Electric City travel to FC London.

There are also three games in the Women’s Premier Division taking place on Saturday with Alliance United and North Toronto Nitros looking to put pressure on the top two.

The Nitros travel to BVB IA Waterloo on the back of a 5-0 win against ProStars last weekend, while a victory for BVB would be important for their playoff aspirations. Tecumseh are the challenge for Alliance United; the sides couldn’t be separated when they met last season with the game ending 1-1.

Electric City host Darby with the pair sitting close together in the 2023 standings and the Road to 2024, so a win for either team is crucial.

BVB IA Waterloo vs Electric City in front of sunset

BVB IA Waterloo and Electric City shared the spoils in their midweek clash

Women’s top two take to the field
The reigning Women’s Premier Division champions and current leaders both have matches on Sunday as the title fight intensifies. Vaughan Azzurri travel to Guelph Union, who beat Tecumseh in midweek, as they look to keep their place at the top of the pile, while NDC Ontario make the trip to Blue Devils. NDC Ontario sit two points behind the Azzurri but with three games in hand and a faultless season to date, they’ll be confident that it’s only a matter of time before top spot is theirs.

Woodbridge Strikers will hope to put further distance between themselves and teams chasing their playoff spot when they host FC London. Burlington face Simcoe County Rovers who need three points to remain in the hunt for the top six.

Unionville Milliken and Hamilton United face off in our remaining women’s game. Both are sat in the bottom three and this match represents a great chance for either side to claim another three points. Despite their struggles this season, both head in on the back of a win last time out.  

Sigma will be keeping a close eye on their Men’s Premier Division rivals before they take to the pitch on Sunday. They sit level on points with Scrosoppi and Blue Devils and will likely need a victory against Woodbridge Strikers to remain alongside them at the top.

Master’s FA will be looking for their second win of the week when they travel to Hamilton United. They beat North Mississauga at home on Wednesday thanks to a Christian Inchima goal, for their first victory of the season.

Vaughan Azzurri have the opportunity to bounce back from their loss last weekend with BVB IA Waterloo their opponents on Sunday. Waterloo are struggling for form and have conceded the most goals in the division this season.

There are two Men’s Premier Division games on Tuesday as Electric City host Darby and Windsor City travel to Guelph United.

Unionville Milliken players embrace post-game

Can Unionville Milliken build some momentum with Hamilton United the visitors this weekend?