It took the North Mississauga Panthers over an hour to break down a stalwart Sanjaxx Lions's defence, but Tracy Pizarro-Steffler (72') and Sophie Keiely (71') each managed to find a way through and secure a 2-0 win for the home team.
"Lots of chances were created by North Mississauga, but found it hard to convert past resilient goalkeeper, Sarah Anish Bradbury," said North Misissauga assistant coach, Trevor Bertrand. "She kept Sanjaax alive through the first half with some wonderful saves. She was outstanding."
"The player who made the difference for us was Sophie Keiely, who came as a sub in the second half and was able to penetrate and connect with some timely passes."
North Miss made a few necessary tweaks to their system during the half-time interval, and mid-way through the second half an opportunity appeared.
"Half time we asked the girls to step up the intensity and this was evident as North Mississauga pressed and was rewarded with a goal on a set-play free kick just outside the box to the left side," said Bertrand.
Both Sanjaxx and North Mississauga are utilizing squad depth at this point of the season, with training ground work an integral piece of the puzzle.
"Both teams were fielding young players and trying to find good momentum," agreed Bertrand.
"We will continue to work with the girls at practice to blend, getting to better understand each other and the tactical aspect of the game, he continued.
"Understanding their roles and the type of runs with the offensive and defensive transitions is our priority for the new group of girls."
North Mississauga Panthers meet league leaders' Durham United F.C. on Saturday September 5 at Oshawa Civic Field #5, Oshawa - 5 p.m. kickoff.
Sanjaxx Lions are at Monarch Park, Toronto on Sunday September 6, facing Vaughan Azzurri - 6 p.m. kickoff.