Result and details of the USL game between Toronto FC II and Wilmington Hammerheads
played on Sunday May 29, 2016 at Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan at 7:30pm.
22 min…TFC Shaan Hundal GOAL…TFC Robert Boskovic at 55 yard line passes down
left sideline. TFC Sal Bernal who from 20 yard line runs to left end line and
sends low cross from 22 yards into box between three defenders and Hundal
at 8 yards spins in middle, steps forward and shoots low shot from 6 yards
to right side of net beyond diving goalie John Smits.
29 min…WM Jeff Michaud is given short pass forward up middle by WM Justin Moose
and is upended by sliding tackle by TFC Skylar Thomas at 7 yards on right.
Referee Pierre Acouri gives Thomas a Yellow card and awards WM a Penalty kick.
29 min…WM Bruno Perone GOAL…Perone blasts Penalty kick low to right corner
of net as goalie Quillan Roberts dives left.
58 min…TFC RED card…Skylar Thomas earns his second Yellow card for wrestling
WH Kyle Parker at 20 yards and carrying him into box before he fell. Referee also
awards WM a freekick at 20 yards.
81 min…WH Mael Corboz GOAL…Corboz at 20 yards taps ball back
to WH Justin Moose at 28 yards in middle and he passes low to 20 yards
to WH Stefan Defregger who taps ball back to Corboz who steps around
TFC Robert Boskovic on run to right and cuts 20 yard shot from right
to left side of net.
89 min…WH Matthew Barnes-Homer GOAL…WH Tom Parratt chips ball from 75 yards
downfield and ball bounces at 25 yards. Barnes-Homer steps around TFC Robert Boskovic
and beats goalie who is trying to pick up ball on right edge of box.
Barnes-Homer has to step back for ball then rushes to 10 yards on right and
his low shot is just ahead of sliding Boskovic and into left side of open net
with retreating TFC Mitchell Taintor too late to stop.
Final Score:…….Toronto FC II….1…Wilmington Hammerheads…….3……
Attendance was around 750 on this mild evening with people arriving late
maybe waiting until the threat of the thunderstorm warnings had been
Referee Pierre Acouri gave out four Yellow cards—three to TFC II but that
included two to Skylar Thomas for pull downs including one for a Penalty
kick. The game was wide open with no viciousness.
Best non-scoring chances were at 32 minutes when TFC Chris Mannella took
a 22 yard freekick from the left edge of the box and the goalie batted
the ball down. TFC Skylar Thomas then shot a 12 yarder that the defenders
were able to block at 4 yards. Two minutes later WH Austin Martz rushed
on the right and crossed into the box from 20 yards and WM Kyle Parker
headed a 10 yarder down the middle that the goalie caught on the right
post. 37 minutes had TFC Mannella take a 30 yard freekick from the right
that was over to TFC Brian James on the left end line and he crossed
to the middle of the box and TFC Shaan Hundal popped up a header that the
goalie turned back towards his net and caught near the left post. 69 minutes
had WH Martz rush forward from 60 yards eluding defenders and as TFC
Mitchell Taintor pushed on him got away a 15 yard shot up middle that
the goalie batted down. WH Jeff Michaud blasted a 10 yard shot from the
left that the goalie stopped on the left post and Taintor then kicked
the ball behind the end line.
I was sitting with what became a cheering section of about 20 family and
relatives for former Toronto resident John Smits who is the goalie
for Wilmington. He started with North Mississauga and was then with
Erin Mills. He was the goaltender for University of Toronto from 2009
to 2011, FC Edmonton of NASL from 2012 to 2015 which included a short
stint with Montreal Impact of MLS in 2015. Before this season he was
signed by the Hammerheads and has played nine games. He took no chances
with some punch aways instead of catch attempts in crowded situations.
This was the second time a visiting team has pulled out a Toronto area
goalie. Gregory Ranjitsingh continues to lead the league with a 0.19
goals against average and a .909 save percentage. He shut out TFC II
when Louisville City came to town May 4th. He worked his way through
the Sigma FC system.
Two years ago Wilmington were the Toronto FC USL team for getting players
playing time but there never seemed to be more than three at once.
There were also restrictions at certain times to bring players across
the border. It’s so much easier to have the players in the same town
to call up on short notice. TFC II did not have any of their MLS
bring-downs (aka players that wear numbers less than #30) on the
roster today. It appears with injury problems at the big team,
only captain Chris Mannella who’s been marooned here all year
was in the line up.
Security asked to check my bag. He asked me if I had any sunflower seeds
which must have become a concern as outside food can be brought in.
TFC had lost their previous three road games and now have a four game
losing streak. Their record is now 2 wins, 7 losses, 2 ties for 12th place
out of 14 teams in the Eastern Conference. Wilmington had been only
one point ahead of them but improves to 3 wins, 4 losses, 3 ties.
TFC II next Saturday are away against Charlotte Independence. Their next
home game is here Saturday June 11th against USL defending champions
Rochester Rhinos at 7:30pm.