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Woodbridge Back On Top Of Women's Division After 3-1 Defeat Of Panthers

By League1 Ontario staff, 09/12/16, 7:00PM EDT


Mikayla Dayes (20', 40') led the way with a first half brace for Woodbridge Strikers, while Nicole Samuel (63') added a single, as they regained position at the top of the women's division table following a 2-1 result over North Mississauga.   

Cathryn Rogers (26') scored the sole marker for the North Miss Panthers, in a match that had major implications on the women's division title race.

"I think under the conditions it was important that we got the result, that is what is important to set it up for next week against London," said Woodbridge head coach, Joe Parolini.

"We had our three senior players out there with Alyscha [Mottershead], April [Symes] and Diamond [Simpson], and our '99s are very good players, and we had a couple call-ups from the OWSL that gave us a lot of pace down the side," he added. 

"I don't think the result was in doubt for us, but you have to give North Miss credit - they fought all the way to the end." 

Woodbridge is now level on points with London at the top of the women's table, with 36 points from 15 matches. However, due to the head to head tiebreaker, London occupies second position.

Woodbridge and London will play on September 17 in a supercharged end of season match that could decide the title. If Woodbridge wins this match - their last of the season - they will be crowned 2016 title holders.

If the two teams draw, Woodbridge would remain in first with London getting one more crack at the title when they play their final match on September 25 versus Durham United FA - the 2015 women's division champions. 

If London wins the match against Woodbridge, they will be crowned 2016 title holders.

With the loss to Woodbridge, North Miss' season ends with the team in fifth position on 20 points. 

"We had a lot of call-ups today and I thought they did well, I'm satisfied with their performances," concluded North Miss coach, Trevor Bertrand. 

"We tried to concentrate a lot on the middle, where the goals came from, but there were loopholes in the middle and they capitalized on the errors. Still, I felt we did pretty well."