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Finish From Vaughan's Johnson Snaps London Streak In L1 Cup Quarter-Final

06/24/2018, 4:30pm EDT
By Irene Halis

Vaughan SC advance to the semi-finals of the women’s L1 Cup after a 1-0 win over the defending cup champions FC London.

The game was exciting from the get-go as Vaughan pressed in the early minutes in search of a go-ahead goal.

In the second minute of play, Sarah Wong-Yin Sang’s corner was swung across the six-yard box and slipped through London goalkeeper Emily Gillet's hands, leaving the net wide open for Vaughan to capitalize before London defenders would scramble and get the ball out to safety.

In the 10th minute of play London would counter-attack, as Ashley Campbell flicked the ball on for Jade Kovacevic, who was in one v one with Vaughan goalkeeper Taylor Grant, but she struck the left post.

Two minutes later Vaughan would have their second chance of the game to go ahead with London's Gillet coming out strong to make the save.

Kovacevic had trouble finding the net as she would get a chance to redeem herself in the 16th minute, once again getting in on another one v one with Grant, but this time she would strike a shot off the right post.

FC London kept Grant busy in goal, with Campbell the next to be slotted through on a one v one, but Grant did well to make herself big and deny the London goal.

Vaughan would get on the scoreboard after Wong-Yin Sang's free-kick was swung in from the right side of the pitch, and after a flick on from a teammate Kiyani Beauty Johnson (22’) was able to tap the ball into the net past Gillet.

The rest of the half would see London maintain the majority of possession in search of an equalizer, with London firing some shots on and off target to keep Grant on her toes.

As the second half carried on, the game got very physical with London tallying 11 fouls in this half and Vaughan tallying 8.

A big chance for Vaughan to get the cushion goal would come in the 56th minute as Christina Morelli swung a cross from the right side of the pitch to Nour Ghoneim, who chested it through for Colleen Beesley, but her effort smashed off the crossbar. Coach Carmine Isacco would not be happy with this miss.

London dominated the second half with possession, moving the ball well around the pitch but couldn't execute a finish, often being denied by Vaughan's Grant.

Some of London's best chances came from free-kicks outside the box, but Julia Benati and Campbell were unable to get shots on target.

Kovacevic, Campbell, and Marisa Olveira would all have notable efforts towards goal; London would out-shoot their opponents 12-6 this game.

With this win, Vaughan move onto the semi-finals where they will play the winner of Unionville Milliken and Toronto Blizzard.

Vaughan SC will next host the Oakville Blue Devils at McNaughton Turf on Sunday July 8 (2:00 p.m.). Click here to get all scores, stats, and game schedule for Vaughan SC.

FC London will next play away to North Mississauga at Hershey Centre 1 on Saturday July 7 (6:00 p.m.). Click here to get all score, stats, and game schedule for FC London.

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