Jose De Sousa (Photo: Martin Bazyl)
North Miss built on some impressive form of late by beating Toronto Skillz 3-0 on Thursday night. Daniel Gosciniak earned the clean sheet.
"I think this was probably one of the most complete games of the season," said North Miss head coach, Rick Titus. "Obviously we’ve had to work on emotion, including myself. Because as a coach you want to make sure that you are guiding a team and guiding them in the proper way and you have to be that example if that’s what you’re looking for."
"For some players [the emotion] can be difficult to break because its something they are so used too but on a whole we have tried to build a positive team energy and one that promotes good football. That’s what you saw tonight."
Lee-Victor Massunda (1') and Jose De Sousa (42') put the home side up early, with Antoine Paul (58') making the mountain too big to climb for Skillz with a third just before the hour mark.
“It was tough because we go through a lot of tactical stuff in practice and 30 seconds into the game, you give up a goal," said Toronto Skillz head coach Leslie "Tiger" Fitzpatrick. "They just aren’t following the tactical game plan."
"It has been two or three games in a row now where that has happened and so it makes you question why we emphasize that stuff if its not going to translate onto the field. It’s a little disappointing, no a lot disappointing; that we aren’t able to follow through with what we work so hard on in practice."
North Miss is now unbeaten in five matches, including three wins and an important draw against top four side Vaughan Azzurri. The win puts North Miss on thirteen points, currently in fourth position in the west division.
"When you’re looking to build a team, there’s always going to be pieces you’ll want to build over time," said Titus. "Like the mid-field's connection to the offence and the offences connection to the striker but I felt like we finally got that connection working."
"The last few games you could see it finally coming around and this game was a culmination of all that work."
North Mississauga's next match is away at Vaughan Grove on July 3 (7 p.m.) against east division leaders, Woodbridge Strikers.
Still hunting for their first league win after nine matches, Toronto Skillz play again on July 4 (8 p.m.) against Sanjaxx Lions at Birchmount Stadium, Scarborough.
"There are some individuals who do give you that glimmer of hope and the reason you keep going is them," said Fitzpatrick. "Especially tonight we started to bring in some of our academy players."
"We had a 2001 born player who went out and showed he can handle these games. We had a striker who is 1999 and he showed that he could also do it. So at this point you just start to build for the future and build from within."