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Novak Hat-Trick Leads Title Defence For Oakville In Five Goal Victory

04/30/2018, 9:15pm EDT
By Kacian White

Oakville Blue Devils beat Toronto Skillz 5-0 after Anthony Novak (9', 10', 16') scored a hat-trick in ten minutes early in the first half.

Goals by Filipe Vilela (23') and Braeden Duarte (50') extended the scoreline, solidifying the Devils victory.

The Blue Devils kept Toronto Skillz defence busy first half as they fought off numerous Blue Devils' attacks led by Novak, T. McNamara and Vilela.

Attacks down the flanks were particularly effective, seting up the goal scoring opportunities that helped Novak and Vilela score in the first half.


Anthony Novak (Photo: Martin Bazyl)


Anthony Novak (Photo: Martin Bazyl)


Filipe Vilela (Photo: Martin Bazyl)


Hitesh Joshi (Photo: Martin Bazyl)

Skillz goalkeeper Peter Katsaras was busy both halves, as the Blue Devils were able to break through the defence and cause Katraras to stretch across the goal line, making fingertip saves and bending in various position to save almost every shot that came his way in the second half.

Katsaras single-handedly guarded the score-line, preventing a number of Vilela's attempts to add to the goal tally.

Oakville Blue Devils' keeper Matt George was able to keep a clean sheet after blocking four attempts made by Skillz. Toronto Skillz struggled to gain possession as every attempt to connect the ball was intercepted by Oakville's attacking force.


(Photo: Martin Bazyl)


(Photo: Martin Bazyl)

With five goals in the season opener, the Blue Devils are eager to defend their championship status. Today's win and goal tally ensures that the Blue Devils start the season off at the top-of-the-table.

The loss places Toronto Skillz in last place on the final day of Matchweek 1.

Oakville Blue Devils will next play Unionville Milliken SC on May 6 (4 p.m.) at Sheridan College. Click here to keep up on all the news, goals, wins and statistics for the Blue Devils on their team page.

Toronto Skillz will next play Vaughan Azzurri on May 5 (3:30 p.m.) at McNaughton Turf. Click here to keep up on all the news, goals, wins and statistics for the Lions on their team page.” 

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