Kadell Thomas (19', 54', 56', 90') put away four goals to help secure a 7-0 win for Sigma FC over Sanjaxx Lions that keeps the Mississauga academy in the hunt for the west division title.
"Anytime you score seven goals in a game and get three points you are obviously going to be happy with it," said Sigma FC head coach, Bobby Smyrniotis.
"We knew from the beginning that we were going to have to show a lot of energy in the first fifteen or twenty minutes because it is an opponent that, the longer they stay in the game, can do some damage to you. We did our job and are happy with the three points. We wait now to see what happens on top of us in the standings."
Kadell Thomas (Photo: Dave Chant Photography)
Giuliano Frano (8'), Daniel Jodah (34') and David Velastegui (36') added single goals each to the one-sided result, while Sigma keepers Triston Henry (80 minutes) and Baj Mann (10 minutes) shared the clean sheet.
Sanjaxx assistant coach Devon Porter said the loss had much to do with his team's inability to finish their chances on goal, but added that the downtown Toronto based academy was more interested in the progress of individual talents than results at this stage of the season.
"I wouldn't say this was a devastating result," he said. "Although the opposition scored seven goals, we are working with a young group and developing them to move forward. If you look at the game, if we took our chances the game would probably have finished 7-5."
"The kids played well and I'm happy. It is not about the result or winning the league, the aim at Sanjaxx is to develop players so they can get out of here with university scholarships or a professional contract. If we can do that, it's a job well done."
"Stefan [Nikolic] is going on Tuesday to Italy to play in the third division," he added. "This is his aim, and this is our aim - to help them move forward."
Stefan Nikolic (Photo: Dave Chant Photography)
Sigma remain six points back of west division leaders, Oakville Blue Devils, with three matches remaining. Sigma need Oakville to manage no more than three points in their final two matches, while Sigma must win all three of their matches, to force a single-match playoff for the west division title.
"We're obviously going for first place still but we need some help with Oakville losing some points," said Smyrniotis.
"We just keep being steady with one game at a time and next we have North Mississauga next Friday. We want to take three points each time and we have three games left. Our job is to get the maximum nine points and at the end we will see where that takes us."
Sigma FC will next play North Mississauga SC on September 29 at Hershey Centre, Mississauga.
Sanjaxx Lions will next play Oakville Blue Devils on October 1 at Monarch Park, Toronto.
(Photo: Dave Chant Photography)