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Woodbridge Keeps Title Aspirations Alive With 4-0 Result Over Masters

09/19/2016, 4:15pm EDT
By League1 Ontario staff

Woodbridge Strikers kept their title aspirations alive after a 4-0 result over visitors Master's FA Saints on Sunday following goals from Luca Baldassarre (38', 42'), Michael Bilak (45') and Tyrese Edwards (72'). 

Woodbridge keepers split the time, with Matt George playing 83 minutes and Nicholas Maffeo taking the final seven minutes of the clean sheet.

"To begin it was back and forth," said Woodbridge head coach, Peter Pinizzotto. "They had a couple chances and we had some too, but I think in the end we deserved the points."

"It was great to see the guys scoring some goals. It was good also to see that we had four U17 players in the team, and it's encouraging to see some young players that are capable of coming in and playing at this level. We have a lot of injuries and suspensions so this was a chance for the young kids to come in and play."

Masters technical director Junior Groves has continually been frustrated at his team's inability to make quality play add up to goals for the Saints, and this match was no different. 

"I'm kind of tired of saying the same thing," said Groves. "You can see our quality on the field, and if you walked up to the field you would think we are leading the game because of how we are playing."

"The length of possession, the movement of the ball, the opportunities - we were all over Woodbridge and that should have been our game. We make one mistake, and then goal, and then two and three goals. That's been a problem for us, and although we are getting better, we must pull this together because we want to be a championship team going into next year."

Groves referenced a banner year for Masters, in which 16 players went away on scholarship, and numerous youth prospects stepped in to play minutes for the academy side, but expressed regret at the poor record of 2 wins - 16 losses - 1 draw. 

"It's not good enough for us just to sit with what we have right now, we all know that," he said.  

"All of the players are frustrated, they know they had opportunities to win the game, and they gave it away. Hopefully we fix this by next game and give a better showing on the goalscoring side."

Woodbridge is eight points back of Vaughan Azzurri with three matches left to play. The Strikers will need to keep up their winning ways, and hope Vaughan cannot claim the single point needed for the Azzurri to clinch the west division title in their remaining two matches, if they are to come from behind and take the east division title.  

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