League1 Ontario Week 11 Preview

We’re at the halfway point of the League1 Ontario with a full slate of matches this weekend – why not go to one and see what it’s all about?

Need to scratch that mid-week soccer itch?  Luckily for you, the League1 Cup semifinals are being held this Tuesday and Wednesday.  You can find all the details in the last tab below.

Interested in the current standings?  Check them out here!

There are five women’s League1 matches this weekend – check out the full list here!

Sanjaxx Lions (1-3-6, 7th West) @ Durham United FA (5-2-3, 4th East)
Friday, July 7th @ 7:30 pm – Pickering Soccer Complex, Pickering

Durham is hot off an upset against the west-leading Oakville Blue Devils last weekend, who dropped into second place below Sigma after the 3-0 loss.  Can Durham keep the momentum going to claim their third win in four games?  If they can, they’ll move into third place just ahead of Vaughan, who have their work cut out for them against a strong TFC III squad on Saturday.  Sanjaxx will be hurting after their third game in only six days, after a 2-0 loss to Woodbridge last weekend followed by a 3-3 draw against Master’s in a midweek match.  Can they recover and take some wind out of Durham’s sails?  Last year’s meeting ended in a slim 1-0 victory for Durham, and they’ll be hoping to give themselves a bigger cushion in this year’s rematch.

ProStars FC (0-1-8, 8th West) @ Master’s Futbol (3-2-5, 6th East)
Saturday, July 8th @ 1:00 pm – L’Amoreaux Park, Scarborough

This afternoon match between ProStars and Master’s may finally give the latter a chance to earn a solid mid-table reputation.  After earning points in four of their last five games (the one outlier being a close 3-2 loss against Sigma), a win here would move them ahead of Ottawa South and into fifth place in the eastern conference standings – at least until Ottawa South faces London later in the day.  That achievement would probably be the first time that Master’s has been out of the eastern conference bottom three since they entered the league.  ProStars is on an eight-game losing streak after their match last weekend against Aurora was postponed.  Their meeting last year ended in a 1-1 draw.

Vaughan Azzurri (6-1-2, 3rd East) @ Toronto FC III (6-1-2, 3rd West)
Saturday, July 8th @ 2:00 pm – Kia Training Ground, North York

Identical records, identical placement, and identical worries as first place in both conferences slowly gets further and further away for these two teams.  Vaughan was unlucky enough to face Sigma last weekend at the Ontario Soccer Centre and left the field suffering a critical 2-1 loss, leaving Woodbridge now six points ahead for the conference lead.  TFC III was off the field last week after their match against Ottawa South was postponed, but got some help from Durham courtesy of their 3-0 victory over west-leading Oakville.  They can’t rest too easily though, as Sigma’s victory propelled them into the western conference lead, seven points ahead of TFC III.  Both teams will be eager to earn a decisive result in this important match, as a loss for either side may mean that they have to kiss their title hopes goodbye.  Last year’s meeting ended in a 1-1 draw, something that will give neither side any solace should that result repeat itself.

FC London (4-3-2, 4th West) @ Ottawa South United (4-0-5, 5th East)
Saturday, July 8th @ 3:00 pm – MNP Stadium (Carleton University), Ottawa

Both of these teams will be looking to keep their momentum going after big wins the last time each side took the pitch.  London is hot off an 8-0 bruising of Toronto Skillz at home last weekend, giving them two wins and three draws in their last five games.  Ottawa South finally ended their five-game losing streak with an 8-2 victory over the winless ProStars two weekends ago, and managed to avoid TFC III last weekend after that game was cancelled.  Ottawa South is only one point ahead of Master’s for fifth place, and could easily drop into sixth if they don’t claim all three points here.  London won’t move up or down in the standings regardless of the result here, but a win would take them to within one point of TFC III should that side fail to beat Vaughan in the earlier match.  This is the first meeting between these two sides – and since the Ottawa/Windsor matchup is being played at a neutral location – it’s also the longest that any team will have to travel for a match this year; a long six-hour bus ride that will seem even longer for London should they fail to win this one.

Durham United Women
(4-1-3, 4th) @ North Mississauga Women (3-4-1, 6th)
Saturday, July 8th @ 5:00 pm – Hershey Centre, Mississauga

This will be a tight battle for fourth place as both teams try to break the four-way tie they find themselves locked in.  These two sides find themselves each with 13 points nearly halfway through the season, alongside FC London and the Woodbridge Strikers in the standings.  Durham is riding a two-game winning streak after defeating Aurora and Sanjaxx, while North Mississauga is undefeated in six, but has only managed a draw in four of their last five games.  Durham has three players tied as their team’s leading goalscorer, while Laura Twidle currently leads the table for the Panthers.  Last year’s matchups ended in a 1-0 Durham victory and a 1-1 draw.

Interested in more League1 women’s matches?  You can find the full schedule here.

Sigma FC (8-2-0, 1st West) @ Aurora FC (1-1-7, 7th East)
Saturday, July 8th @ 7:00 pm – Highland Park, Aurora

Sigma will be looking to solidify their newly-claimed conference lead after finally moving into first place last weekend.  Sigma is the league’s last remaining undefeated team and you’d have to think that wouldn’t be in danger against an Aurora side which has won only one match all year.  Don’t count them out though!  The last time I predicted Aurora to be a pushover, they held the east-leading Woodbridge Strikers to a tight 1-0 victory.  The closest team ahead of Aurora is a nowhere-close Master’s – seven points ahead of the black & yellow for sixth place in the east.  Sigma holds a two point lead in the west ahead of the Blue Devils, who will likely be earning three points of their own as they face Skillz on Sunday.  Last year’s matchup ended in a fairly respectable 3-0 victory for Sigma.

Woodbridge Strikers (8-1-1, 1st East) @ North Mississauga SC (3-1-6, 6th West)
Saturday, July 8th @ 8:30 pm – Hershey Centre, Mississauga

Woodbridge will be looking to shore up their five-point eastern conference lead against a North Mississauga side that shouldn’t be discounted despite their place in the standings.  This game could be tighter than a lot of people realise and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we see an upset.  The Panthers held all three western-conference powerhouses (Sigma, Oakville, and TFC III) to slim one-goal victories earlier in the season, and are hot off a 3-3 draw against the second-place North Toronto Nitros last weekend.  Similarly, five of Woodbridge’s eight wins this year were by one-goal margins – enough to claim three points, certainly, but suggesting that it may be possible to make this giant fall.  Last year’s matchup ended in a 2-0 victory for North Mississauga – can they shock the league and make it happen again?

Oakville Blue Devils (8-0-2, 2nd West) @ Toronto Skillz FC (0-0-10, 8th East)
Sunday, July 9th @ 12:00 noon – L’Amoreaux Park, Scarborough

Oakville fell out of the western conference lead with a shock 3-0 loss to Durham last weekend, ending an eight-game winning streak that stretched back to the second week of the season.  They’ll be hoping to get back on the right track, and this matchup against the bottom team in the league gives them a great opportunity to do just that.  Skillz will be looking to avenge an 8-0 loss to London last week, but I wouldn’t expect a repeat of that lopsided scoreline – the Skillz match log is littered with one-goal losses to teams like Sigma, Woodbridge, and Vaughan, so Oakville would be wise not to discount Skillz too easily.  Last year’s meeting ended in a 3-1 victory for Skillz – one of only three they managed to claim all season – so anything can happen!

Windsor TFC Stars (2-4-4, 5th West) @ North Toronto Nitros (6-2-2, 2nd East)
Sunday, July 9th @ 4:30 pm – Varsity Stadium, Toronto

The Nitros will be looking to get back on track this weekend after a 3-3 draw last weekend against North Mississauga.  North Toronto’s two-game winless streak puts them five points back of the Strikers for the eastern conference lead, and their ability to challenge for the title will be severely threatened if they can’t manage to right the ship.  Windsor will be looking to break their six-game winless streak as they sit tied with North Mississauga for fifth place in the west.  Last year’s meeting ended in a 4-1 victory for Windsor, something that won’t suit the Nitros’ plans at all.

West Ottawa Women (6-0-6, 2nd) @ Woodbridge Strikers Women (4-1-4, 7th)
Tuesday, July 11th @ 7:00 pm – Vaughan Grove, Woodbridge

West Ottawa SC sits second place in the league standings, three points behind league-leaders Unionville Milliken, but has already powered through 12 of their 20 games this season.  Could a cup championship be the best way to cement their achievements as other teams catch up in games played?  West Ottawa has seen close one-goal results in their last two matches (including a 2-1 loss against Unionville), and will be looking for something a little more decisive this time.  Woodbridge has been alternating wins and losses over their last few games, and will hope that pattern doesn’t continue after their 5-0 victory over Darby two weekends ago.  West Ottawa looks a lot farther ahead on paper, but Woodbridge sits in a four-way tie for fourth place and both sides have identical winning percentages heading into this weekend.  These sides have faced each other twice so far this season; a 4-3 win for Woodbridge, and a 5-0 victory for West Ottawa.

FC London Women (4-1-2, 5th) @ Vaughan Azzurri Women (5-2-1, 3rd)
Tuesday, July 11th @ 7:00 pm – McNaughton Park, Vaughan

We should see another close battle as Vaughan hosts London is this women’s cup semifinal.    Vaughan is circling in third place in the standings, four points behind Unionville and only one point behind Ottawa, while London is yet another of those teams locked in the four-way tie for fourth place.  London is hot off a set of 3-0 wins in league play and will be hoping to add to that in this semifinal.  Vaughan was held to a 1-1 draw against the also-tied-for-fourth North Mississauga last weekend, suggesting that we could see a very close match in this one.  These two sides haven’t met this season as an earlier league match was postponed, but both matches last year ended with a one-goal margin in favour of London.

Vaughan Azzurri (6-1-2, 3rd East) @ Durham United FA (5-2-3, 4th East)
Wednesday, July 12th @ 8:00 pm – Kinsmen Park, Pickering

This matchup between eastern conference rivals could be a great one, as only two points separate these two sides for third place going into the weekend.  Vaughan steamrolled over Master’s with a 6-1 scoreline in the quarterfinals thanks to four goals from Thomasz Skublak, while Durham earned the comeback over Ottawa South thanks to three second-half goals to earn a 3-1 result in their quarterfinal.  The one meeting between these two sides was a 0-0 draw during the first week of the season.

Woodbridge Strikers (8-1-1, 1st East) @ North Mississauga SC (3-1-6, 6th West)
Wednesday, July 12th @ 8:30 pm – Hershey Centre, Mississauga

Are you getting deja vu?  These teams also face each other Saturday night, so there could be some scores to settle in this rematch.  Woodbridge arrives in the semifinals courtesy of three second-half goals against London in the quarterfinals, while North Mississauga found a 24th-minute goal against TFC III to claim the 1-0 victory.  Anything else I can tell you would just be repeating the above!

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Chris Dubsky

Chris Dubsky

Chris is a former youth soccer player who “retired” at the age of 14 when he realized that the easy money is in refereeing – something he’s continued for over 15 years. Born near Toronto and a childhood fan of the Toronto Lynx, he attended university in Kingston and college in the nation’s capital, where the Ottawa Fury claimed a place in his heart. Chris currently lives in Toronto with his wife and two cats, and when not writing about soccer, spends time on Wikipedia keeping Canadian soccer articles up-to-date.

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