League1 Ontario Week 14 Preview

It’s the last weekend of League1 Ontario matches for July – which ones are happening near you?  Our match of the week is TFC III @ Woodbridge, which will have title implications for both conferences.  It should be a good one!

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

North Toronto Nitros (7-2-4, 2nd East) @ FC London (6-4-2, 4th West)
Friday, July 28 @ 8:00 pm – German Canadian FC Stadium, London

This is an important game for the Nitros if they want to get back on track for the eastern conference title.  After losing 2-0 to Sigma last weekend, North Toronto has won only one match in their last five outings; that being a 5-0 win over Sanjaxx two weeks ago.  With a draw against North Mississauga and a loss to Windsor as part of that stretch, they’re going to have to do better if they want to challenge for the league championship.  Don’t discount London on account of their place in the standings – they only have two losses on the year to the Nitros’ four and have only claimed one fewer point than the Nitros for the entire season.  Aiming for the conference title is probably a stretch too far for London at this point (especially considering Sigma’s dominance so far), but they’re locked in a tight race with TFC III and Windsor for third place, and a win here would go a long way to letting them claim that bragging right.  Last year’s match ended in a 2-2 draw.

Durham United FA (6-2-5, 4th East) @ Sigma FC (11-2-0, 1st West)
Saturday, July 29 @ 4:00 pm – Hershey Centre, Mississauga

It’s Durham’s turn this week to have a shot at breaking Sigma’s undefeated record, and it’s a game they’ll need to win if they have any hopes of winning the eastern conference title.  Durham finds themselves in fourth place in the east, three points behind second place and three points ahead of sixth place, so the result of this match could have a huge impact on the eastern conference standings.  Nine points ahead of Durham lies first-place Woodbridge, so if Durham want to be the best, they’ll need to start by beating the best in this game.  After defeating North Toronto by a 2-0 score last weekend, a win for Sigma in this match would move them eight points ahead of Oakville for first in the west, though that’s likely to return to five points once Oakville faces Master’s the next day (you never know though!)  Above all else, Sigma will have to avoid any injuries in this contest – their next three matches are against Oakville, Woodbridge, and TFC III, and all three of those matchups are sure to have title implications.  Last year’s match ended in a 2-2 draw.

Toronto Skillz FC (0-0-12, 8th East) @ ProStars FC (0-1-11, 8th West)
Saturday, July 29 @ 7:00 pm – Avondale Stadium, Brampton

This is the match that both teams must have had circled on their calendars since the start of the season, as the league’s two remaining winless teams face off on Saturday night.  Either ProStars will talk away with their first win of the season, or Skillz will walk away with their first point – a scary thought for both teams more than halfway into the season.  Any dropped points for Skillz here will officially eliminate them from eastern conference title contention, though I don’t think anyone was holding their breath for that (at least I hope not!)  At the very least, a win here would give either team the hope of moving up to seventh place before the end of the season.  Don’t count Skillz out though; they managed to hold a 2-1 lead against North Mississauga with only 20 minutes left in the match before finally falling 4-2.  Last year’s meeting ended in a 2-1 win for ProStars.

WOMEN’S MATCH OF THE WEEK
Unionville Milliken Women
(7-2-2, 1st) @ North Mississauga Women (6-4-1, 2nd)
Saturday, July 29 @ 8:00 pm – Hershey Centre, Mississauga

It’s a battle for first place in this edition of the women’s match of the week!  Unionville Milliken sits in first place by a single point over North Mississauga, but has only won one match in their past five after starting the season with a six-game winning streak.  Could this be the day when the finally fall out of first?  North Mississauga is riding a different fortune entirely, and will look to extend a three-game winning streak after a 12-1 destruction of Darby FC last weekend.  With five other teams circling the waters within six points of first place, this is a game where neither team can afford to drop points if they hope to win the league title.

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

North Mississauga SC (4-2-7, 6th West) @ Vaughan Azzurri (7-1-4, 3rd East)
Sunday, July 30 @ 2:00 pm – McNaughton Park, Vaughan

This Sunday afternoon match against North Mississauga gives Vaughan a great opportunity to put some pressure on Woodbridge in the eastern conference title race.  The Azzurri have faced Sigma, Oakville, and TFC III in three of their last four matches, and earned a worrying zero points throughout those three contests.  Despite the lack of results, Vaughan now has those tough matches behind them and can focus on reeling in Woodbridge, especially as that competition has a tough match against TFC III later on in the day.  Did I mention that Vaughan and Woodbridge face each other in their next match?  Three points in both of those matches could land Vaughan only one point below Woodbridge for the eastern conference lead, and would shake up that race considerably.  North Mississauga won’t see a change in the standings with this match, but Windsor sits only five points ahead and won’t play another match until mid-August thanks to the intricacies of the schedule.  Last year’s match ended in a 1-1 draw; something that certainly wouldn’t suit Vaughan’s needs.

Aurora FC (1-1-10, 7th East) @ Sanjaxx Lions (1-3-9, 7th West)
Sunday, July 30 @ 2:00 pm – Monarch Park Stadium, Toronto

Just like Skillz vs ProStars, this is another match between teams who are desperate for a win.  The only side both teams have defeated?  Toronto Skillz.  During back-to-back games in mid-June no less.  Aurora has lost five straight – most recently a 3-1 defeat in London last weekend – while Sanjaxx’s last result was a 3-3 draw against Master’s at the start of the month.  A loss here for Aurora, coupled with a Woodbridge win over TFC III later in the day, would officially eliminate Aurora from the eastern conference title race.  Last year’s meeting ended in a 2-0 win for Sanjaxx.

Master’s Futbol (5-2-6, 6th East) @ Oakville Blue Devils (10-0-2, 2nd West)
Sunday, July 30 @ 4:00 pm – Sheridan Trafalgar Stadium, Oakville

If there’s one thing I don’t do anymore, it’s count out Master’s.  Master’s has won three of their last five games – their only loss in that stretch was a 3-1 defeat at the hands of TFC III last week – and they have the potential to pose a real challenge to Oakville in this one.  For their part, Oakville is back on a winning streak after an important 2-0 win over Vaughan last weekend, which at least keeps them within shooting distance of Sigma for the western conference lead.  Like with Sigma, Oakville’s eyes will already be turned to their next match against Sigma, and a loss in that contest would all but hand the title to Sigma.  Can’t get there without winning this one first!  Master’s has a great opportunity to move up in the standings with this match – Ottawa is taking the week off (having moved up their meeting with Windsor to a couple of weekends ago) and with Durham facing Sigma, Master’s could conceivably be tied for fourth by the time the weekend is done.  Last year’s meeting ended in a 3-1 win for Oakville.

MATCH OF THE WEEK
Toronto FC III
(8-1-2, 3rd West) @ Woodbridge Strikers (9-2-1, 1st East)
Sunday, July 30 @ 7:00 pm – Vaughan Grove, Woodbridge

We’re saving the match of the week for our last entry as TFC III travels north to take on the east-leading Woodbridge Strikers.  TFC III has four wins in four outings against eastern conference teams so far this season (including Woodbridge rivals Vaughan and Durham), and the Strikers will be looking to break that streak and gain some valuable footing in the eastern conference title race.  Though they’ve had some disappointing dropped points against mid-level western teams, Woodbridge hasn’t faced any big names since a 2-0 loss against Vaughan back in early June, and will be challenged over the next few weeks with matches against Vaughan and Sigma (not to mention the cup final against Vaughan!) after this one’s done.  After beating ProStars 4-0 in their last outing, a win here would be a huge coup for Woodbridge, especially since all of their closest rivals lost their matches last week.  TFC III’s path to the western conference title is looking awfully slim at this point, even if they benefit from most teams losing their better players back to NCAA play – they’re sitting ten points back of Sigma for the lead, admittedly with two games in hand, but Sigma hasn’t shown any signs of letting up so far.  A win here would keep TFC III in the race for the time being, but a loss (especially if Sigma beats Durham) would probably end their hopes.  The coast isn’t all clear for TFC III either; London is only three points back in the standings, and Windsor another three points behind them.  Last year’s meeting ended in a 3-2 victory for Woodbridge.

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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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