Result and details of the Sunday October 2, 2016 League 1 Ontario game between Woodbridge Strikers and Aurora United FC played at Vaughan Grove at 7:00pm.
13 min…WS Oscar Cordon GOAL…WS Nicholas Chiarot rush on left has shot from 15 yards blocked. Cordon following up blasts 10 yarder into top center of net over goalie Alexander Jakma.
58 min…WS Luca Baldassarre GOAL…WS Oscar Cordon runs down left after turning two AU players at 40 yard line to get ball. Cordon passes centering pass at 25 yards, WS Jonathan Rivera taps pass from center and Baldassarre takes 12 yard shot that bends inwards around diving goalie Adam Scanlon and into right corner of net.
69 min…WS Luca Baldassarre GOAL…WS Stephen Almeida cornerkick from right is through players who miss it. WS Michael Bilak then rolls pass between players at 20 yards up middle. A WS player taps ball and Baldassarre shoots low 7 yarder inside the right post.
74 min…WS Oscar Cordon GOAL…Cordon is given pass at 30 yards and he runs up the middle and takes low 15 yard shot into left side of net.
87 min…WS Luca Baldassarre GOAL…WS Michael Bilak sends low cross from 22 yards on right and Baldassarre shoots low 8 yarder up middle into left side of net.
Final Score:….Woodbridge Strikers……..5………Aurora United FC…….0……
Attendance was about 40 on this wet night with alternating light rain, harder rain, and no rain switching every few minutes. Tonight I begged to stand under the fourth officials/relay message operator’s tent so I could make notes like I always do from pen to notebook.
This time of year, rosters are thin. Both teams only had four subs including a spare goalie.
Matt George and Nicholas Maffeo earned the shutout for Woodbridge with George playing the first 83 minutes and made a few routine saves. Maffeo did have one shot to stop. Aurora started with Alexaander Jakma in net and subbed in Adam Scanlon at halftime.
Strikers must be grateful for the League’s slow disiplinary process. Both Oscar Cordon and Stephen Almeida were Red carded in the team’s Wednesday game, a 2-0 loss against North Toronto Nitros yet got to play tonight. Whether this will mean the suspension will take place at the beginning of next season, no one was quite sure. They were a scoring threat all night.
The subbing of Luca Baldassarre for Richard Parker at 56 minutes made coach Peter Pinizzotto look like a genius. Within two minutes he had scored and finished with a hat trick. He is one of the few players I’ve ever seen who wears a pair of strap-on glasses.
Referee Scott Bowman gave out no cards tonight in a game that was pretty tame. Strikers players were hard to catch.
Best non-scoring chances were at 14 minutes when AU Joe Tituana took a 30 yard blast up the middle that had a deflection off a defender and the goalie dove to smother on the left post. 19 minutes had WS Eric Soares intercept a pass at 40 yards and centers for WS Oscar Cordon who blasted a 20 yarder that the goalie batted away. 41 minutes had WS Richard Parker rush on the left cutting towards the middle and the goalie smothered the ball before Parker could get away a 10 yard shot then survived Parker flipping over him. 66 minutes had WS Michael Bilak blast a shot from 25 yards up the middle that hit the top of the bar.
This was the last game of the season for Woodbridge. The win moves them back into second place over North Toronto Nitros who won Friday night. Strikers finish the season with 15 wins, 5 losses, 2 ties for 47 points. The finish 8 points behind Eastern Conference champs Vaughan Azzurri. They can take pride in only allowing 17 goals in 22 league games which was best in the league. Also they won the League Cup back at the end of July over Vaughan.
Aurora, one of the new teams this year, stays in seventh place in the eight team East with a record of 3 wins, 15 losses, 3 ties for 12 points.