Sanjaxx Lions took their first points of the season after a 2-0 win over Pro Stars FC. Forward Hilliard Serrao (25', 62') got a brace for the Lions, while keeper Matt Zaikos kept the clean sheet.
"The boys took their chances today," said Sanjaxx head coach, Peter Mellon. "We had a bit more progression."
"We went out with a game plan and they executed it very well. I was very pleased by the overall result and the effort of the players as well."
Hilliard Serrao (Photo: Martin Bazyl)
With the brace, Serrao extended his goal scoring tally to three in four matches, and the Lions demonstrated a keen sense for team defensive principles to ensure Pro Stars couldn't find a way to net.
"We implemented a strategy and we stuck by it, we kept our discipline and it paid off," said Mellon. "We keep it compact and solid, and have been working on defensive technique and strategies, working as a group, keeping all the different lines tight and in play. Today it payed off."
Matt Zaikos (Photo: Martin Bazyl)
Pro Stars kept the majority of possession, but could not find a way through the lines to create offensive patterns and threaten the Lions goal.
"I think we looked good in possession of the ball but struggled to penetrate for sure," said Pro Stars head coach, Omar Jhabhi. " At times we possessed just for sake of possession."
"As coaches we need to help the players realize when to possess and when we can find openings going forward."
Peter Mellon (Photo: Martin Bazyl)
Pro Stars were punished for some errors in possession by Serrao on the day, but Jhabhi said the experience will help the team in the long run.
"We are learning that if we make mistakes we will be punished, and we need to learn that when other teams make errors we need to punish them," he said.
"It is hard enough to make chances, and when you make them you have to finish them."
Pro Stars host Toronto FC Academy on June 4 (7 p.m.) at Hershey Centre 2, Mississauga, while Sanjaxx also go to Hershey Centre 1, Mississauga to play North Mississauga on June 4 (8 p.m.).