May 29, 2016 USL–Toronto FC II vs Wilmington Hammerheads

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

 called off.


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.

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Robin Glover

Robin Glover

Robin has been writing about soccer in the Toronto area for message boards and his own website since the early 1990s in the days of 2400 baud modems to USENET sites. In the 2014 season he attended 76 games in various leagues that played in the GTA area.

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