Fifth place Pro Stars dropped points to seventh place Sanjaxx Lions in matchweek 9, losing at home by the thin margin of 2-1.
Martina Loncar (64') was the lone scorer for the home side, while Chavon Douglas (85') and Nykosi Simmons (62') provided goals for the Lions.
A pacy Lions side had the Pro Stars markers running from the opening whistle, and Pro Stars heach coach Benjamin Falkenstein gave credit to the opposition's mentality.
"The turning point for us - their speed caught us by susprise and they were hungrier on the day," he said. "Their back four and goalie did very well, but we play them again next and we will be working on a few things in training where we think we can do better."
In searching for a winning formula in the match, Pro Stars utilized their bench to great effect. Falkenstein named two substitutes as his MVPs.
"Jo Fletcher made a high impact for Prostars coming off the bench, as did Aubrey Martin," he said.
With only three points separating the two teams, and Sanjaxx holding a game in hand on Pro Stars, the matchweek 10 rematch between the two should be a cracker.
On this occasion, Sanjaxx will play host to Pro Stars at Monarch Park Stadium, Toronto, on Saturday July 25, 6 p.m.