Sanjaxx Lions vs Pro Stars: Match Report (June 21, 2015)

Results and details of the Sunday June 21, 2015 League 1 Ontario game between Sanjaxx Lions
and Pro Stars FC played at Esther Shiner Stadium North York at 9:00pm.

47 min…Pro Stars Jordan Piccinin GOAL…Pro Stars David Alva gives pass to Piccinin
at 50 yards after Piccinin’s quick throw-in at 50 yards and he races down right wing.
He fakes a move that he is going to cross at the 15 yard line and runs to 7 yard line and
takes 15 yard shot that catches far left corner beyond goalie Matthew Zaikos who was
guarding the right post.

78 min…Lions 2nd yellow (RED) card…Dawit Teki earns his second yellow card in two
minutes for a check on a Pro Stars player at Lions 40 yard line.

89 min…Pro Stars 2nd Yellow (RED card…Jeffrey Valcius earns his second Yellow card
for a collision with a Lions player at Pro Stars 50 yard line.

Final Score:…..Sanjaxx Lions……..0………Pro Stars FC…….1……..

Attendance was about 40 on this warm night with the sun just setting at the beginning
of the game with the temperature cooling once this happened.

Referee Michael Stenbring gave out at least eight Yellow cards that I counted and this
eventually added up that two players drew a second card. Actually there could have
been more as I didn’t notice when Valcius picked up his first card unless I mixed him
up with another player’s.

This game was rough with many injuries but not vicious as many of the challenges were
just clumsy and mistimed. A few players crashed together with their eyes on the ball
to get to passes and crosses. A referee’s assistant even took a ball to the groin
when a desparate Lions defender near the sideline headed the ball out of bounds.
Plenty of rushes to send in forwards were called offside on mistimed runs. Offside calls
may have been in double figures for both teams.

Zachary Borzovoy earned the shutout for Pro Stars by making a few key saves.
Both goalies were aggressive by coming to the edge of or even out of the box to clear
or smother through ball chances.

Best non-scoring chances were at 5 minutes when Pro Stars Thomas Winski took a 35 yard
freekick from the right that has PS Jammar Allison head an 8 yarder in crowd of players
just over the net. 39 minutes had PS Mujtaba Ameen send in a low cross from near
the left cornerflag and PS Jordan Piccinin shot a low 8 yarder up the middle that
the diving goalie saved on the right post. Three minutes later had PS Winski cross
from 40 yards near the left sideline that had the charging PS Leaford Allen head the ball
downward from 8 yards and the ball hit the ground and bounce over the bar. 88 minutes
had PS Piccinin sent a through ball up the middle by PS Alva and he took a 15 yard low
shot that the sprawling goalie stopped with his face at 8 yards.

Both teams improve their ‘goals against’ statistics with both teams still over three
given up per game while less than one scored. The Woodbridge Strikers vs Vaughan Azzurri
game I’d expect would have been of a higher quality but this stadium is only a ten
minute drive and I had time to write up the TFCA vs Durham United game of this afternoon.

Lions record falls to 1 win, 0 ties, 8 losses for 3 points for 11th out of 12 teams.
Pro Stars win their first game in league play and jump from a tie for last place
up to 10th with a record now of 1 win, 2 ties, 5 losses for 5 points.

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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. Follow Robin on Twitter and on his website

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