League1 Ontario Week 12 Preview

League1 Ontario action is heating up as we’ve now entered the last half of the season (you heard that right – soccer season’s half over!)  Let’s check out what games they have in store for us this weekend.

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

WOMEN’S MATCH OF THE WEEK
Unionville Milliken SC
(7-1-1, 1st) @ West Ottawa SC (6-0-6, 2nd)
Friday, July 14 @ 7:00 pm – Beckwith Park, Carleton Place

It’s a battle at the top of the table as West Ottawa hosts Unionville Milliken this Friday at Beckwith Park.  League-leaders Unionville are four points ahead of West Ottawa for the title but have an incredible three games in hand against their competition.  It’s not entirely clear-sailing for them though; they’ve only managed one win in their past three matches, and were only able to salvage a single point last week against the mid-table Woodbridge Strikers.  West Ottawa finds themselves in second place largely as a result of having a few more games under their belt, but they’ll be battling to stay in the race – especially with a match against the third-place Vaughan Azzurri on the horizon next weekend.  Beckwith Park is just outside Carleton Place down Highway 7, but it should be a great match if you can make it!

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

Vaughan Azzurri (6-1-3, 4th East) @ ProStars FC (0-1-9, 8th West)
Saturday, July 15 @ 11:30 am – Avondale Stadium, Brampton

Vaughan will be looking to reverse their losing ways with this Saturday morning matchup against ProStars FC.  The Azzurri have lost their last two matches – each by one-goal margins against western conference powerhouses Sigma & TFC III – and they now sit dangerously far away from the eastern conference title.  With Woodbridge now ahead by seven points, Vaughan dropping to fourth place after Durham’s win last weekend, and a matchup against the Oakville Blue Devils next weekend, a win here is critical if they hope to stay in the race.  ProStars will be looking to prevent a 10-game losing streak after picking up their only point in week one against Sanjaxx.  Last year’s matchup ended in a 3-0 victory for Vaughan.

Windsor TFC Stars (3-4-4, 5th West) @ Aurora FC (1-1-8, 7th East)
Saturday, July 15 @ 4:00 pm – St Max Kolbe, Aurora

Windsor will be looking to close the gap against FC London with the latter in a tough fight against Durham United this weekend – a win would allow the Stars to move into a tie for fourth provided London loses to Durham later this evening.  After a tough six-game stretch without a win – facing pretty much every top team in the league during that time – Windsor finally notched their third win of the season in a surprise 3-2 result against the North Toronto Nitros.  With two games this weekend (they face Ottawa tomorrow while both teams are in the Toronto area), they’ll be looking for an easy victory against an Aurora side which has kept things close but haven’t found any success in the standings.  Last year’s meeting ended in a 3-0 win for Windsor.

Ottawa South United (4-1-5, 6th East) @ Sigma FC (9-2-0, 1st West)
Saturday, July 15 @ 4:00 pm – Hershey Centre, Mississauga

Ottawa will have their work cut out for them this week against the still-undefeated Sigma FC.  After a five-game losing streak squashed a promising start to the season, Ottawa has now earned points in their last two matches – including an impressive draw against FC London last weekend.  OSU is locked in a battle for fifth place with Master’s Futbol and will be hoping to regain that spot if at all possible.  Sigma continues to hold the western conference by two points after defeating Aurora by a 3-1 score last weekend and will be looking to expand on that lead as Oakville has a tough match against Woodbridge on Sunday.

FC London (4-4-2, 4th West) @ Durham United FA (6-2-3, 3rd East)
Saturday, July 15 @ 6:00 pm – Pickering Soccer Complex, Pickering

This match has the potential to be a great battle between these two teams, as both will be looking to improve their place in the standings.  Durham took advantage of losses by both Vaughan and North Toronto last weekend to move into a tie for second with the Nitros, and sit one point ahead of the fourth-place Azzurri.  With both of those rivals likely to claim victories this weekend (not to mention conference-leaders Woodbridge in tough against Oakville), Durham will be looking to pick up a victory here to maintain their spot in this tight race.  London will be looking to guard against Windsor – only three points behind them, but having the potential to pick up six points this weekend as they face both Aurora and Ottawa – while a win would move them to within three points of TFC III who sits idle this week.  Last year’s meeting ended in a 2-2 draw for these two sides.

Master’s Futbol (4-2-5, 5th East) @ North Mississauga SC (3-2-6, 6th West)
Saturday, July 15 @ 8:30 pm – Hershey Centre, Mississauga

The Hershey Centre’s second match of the day could turn out to be a great one, fought between two underdog teams which have both been surging and putting up some great results lately.  Master’s has only one loss in the last six matches – a 3-2 decision against Sigma – good enough to move into fifth place just ahead of Ottawa.  North Mississauga hasn’t quite had the same success in the standings, but draws during the past two weeks against both Woodbridge and North Toronto show that these guys shouldn’t be underestimated.  Last year’s meeting was a 8-2 victory for North Mississauga – something that this Master’s side is far too strong to let happen again.

Ottawa South United (4-1-5, 6th East) @ Windsor TFC Stars (3-4-4, 5th West)
Sunday, July 16 @ 1:00 pm – Vaughan Grove, Woodbridge

This is the second match of the weekend for these two sides, as they take advantage of a favourable schedule to avoid the otherwise-required cross-province road trip.  Ottawa will almost certainly be looking for their first points of the weekend after Saturday’s matchup against Sigma, and they’ll be looking to keep close to Master’s after they were passed in the standings last week.  A win for Windsor could conceivably bring them to 19 points if they also manage to beat Aurora – which would be good enough to at least tie London for fourth, and would leave them only three points back of TFC III (admittedly with three more games played).

North Toronto Nitros (6-2-3, 2nd East) @ Sanjaxx Lions (1-3-7, 7th West)
Sunday, July 16 @ 2:00 pm – Monarch Park Stadium, Toronto

North Toronto will be desperately looking to reverse a losing trend which has left them missing a great opportunity to challenge Woodbridge for the conference title.  The Nitros are winless in three games after dropping a 3-2 decision to Windsor last weekend, and are now virtually tied with both Durham and Vaughan for second place.  Their schedule doesn’t get any easier, either; they’ll face Sigma next week and TFC III two matches after that, so winning here is critical if they hope to stay in the title hunt.  Sanjaxx has had a tough schedule lately but have managed to keep it respectable – only a combined -3 goal differential in their last three matches against Woodbridge, Master’s, and Durham.  Last year’s meeting ended in a 3-1 victory for North Toronto.

Woodbridge Strikers (8-2-1, 1st East) @ Oakville Blue Devils (9-0-2, 2nd West)
Sunday, July 16 @ 4:00 pm – Sheridan Trafalgar Stadium

Without doubt, this is the match of the week, as east-leading Woodbridge takes on the second-in-the-west Oakville Blue Devils.  Woodbridge currently leads the eastern conference by six points, but they can’t take that for granted – they’ve got three games in a row against TFC III, Vaughan, and Sigma starting only two weeks from now, and they could rue the missed opportunity in this game should they drop decisions during that stretch.  Oakville is in a similar situation, with a meeting against Vaughan next weekend and an all-important showdown against Sigma two matches after that – Sigma will likely claim all three points against Ottawa this weekend, and the Blue Devils will want a win here to keep them within reach.  Last year’s meeting ended in a 1-1 draw – something which won’t suit the needs of either team for this rematch.


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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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