Sigma FC vs Vaughan Azzurri‏: Match Report (Sept 12, 2015)

Result and details of the Saturday September 12, 2015 League 1 Ontario game between Sigma FC
vs Vaughan Azzurri game played at Hershey Fields in Mississauga at 8:00pm.

47 min…Sigma Marcel Zajac GOAL…Sigma Patricio Espin passes to Zajac who rolls 18 yard shot
from right into left side of net past goalie Andrew D’Souza sliding at 10 yards.

58 min…Sigma Kadell Thomas GOAL…Sigma Aaron D’Souza low cross from 15 yard line on left has
ball go between a Sigma and a VA player tangled while in line with post and Thomas at 15 yards
in middle shoots low shot to left corner of goal.

69 min…Sigma Lucas Ferritto GOAL…Sigma Patricio Espin on run down right passes forward to
Ferritto who rolls 15 yard shot from right into left corner of net.

84 min…VA  Dwayne Ewart GOAL…VA Massimo Ferrin cornerkick from left has Ewart have open header
from 10 yards on left into right side of net with goalie stuck to left post.

94 min…VA Christian Copetti GOAL…VA Adam Giorgio runs down right to 22 yard line and rolls cross
after turning defender and Copetti fires low laser shot from 25 yards between players to left corner
beyond diving goalie Corey Marques.

95 min…game ends.

Final Score:……Sigma FC………3………Vaughan Azzurri………2…….

Attendance was about 70 on this rainy night.  It surprised even team officials that so many fans
were out as we’re talking sheets of rain for the first 65 minutes of the game.  The rain slowed
then stopped for a few minutes before starting again slowly by the end of the game.

This game had the second place Vaughan against sixth place Sigma with both teams having a chance
to finish first place.  Should be good but referee David Barrie warned me before the game about
the absence of players.  Sigma had six players who’d gone back to school he said and since York
University (#1 ranked men’s soccer team in Canada who have quite a few Vaughan players) played
on Thursday beating #2 McMaster Marauders and play tomorrow afternoon against Guelph Gryphons,
they’d be missing the stars that I know.  That certainly looked true.  Glad I had the game sheets.
Seeing a big guy wear #9 or #25 maybe is familiar because those uniforms are the largest size but
these weren’t the players we’re used to watching.

Barrie gave out only two Yellow cards during the game that I counted—both to Vaughan with one
to the goalie for mouthing off during injury time.

The artificial turf wasn’t flooded although there was a lot of rain that fell.  The  ball didn’t
noticeably skip out of bounds for throw-ins or goal and corner kicks any more than a normal game.
The players didn’t overcompensate with sliding tackles.

Vaughan almost had scored one minute earlier than their first goal then couldn’t win a Penalty kick
two minutes after that goal.  Sigma had a goal called back for offside two minutes before the
Vaughan second goal.  Vaughan just ran out of time.  Why hadn’t they started playing like this earlier?

The win improves Sigma’s record to 11 wins, 4 draws, 3 losses for 37 points in 18 games.  They
slingshot from sixth to third place in just one game passing Woodbridge Strikers, Durham United FC,
and ANB Futbol.

The loss for Vaughan leaves them in second place with a record of 11 wins, 6 draws, and 3 losses
for 39 points in 20 games but they can now NOT win the championship (in the 22 game schedule) because
they can’t catch leaders Oakville Blue Devils who already have 46 points.

I wouldn’t have been able to take notes like I did without being allowed under the PA systems
guys’ canopy which they built today with two tents–twice as large as usual to shelter the speakers.
Juggling binoculars, pen and notebook, and taking pictures while holding an umbrella in driving
rain wasn’t something I was looking forward to.  Thanks Sigma staff!

I wasn’t expecting to be at this game.  I had planned to go to the Pro Stars FC vs Kingston Clippers
game and drove to Victoria Park Stadium in Brampton not realizing the game was cancelled.
That wouldn’t be a surprize as the City of Brampton has been very protective of this real grass
field over the years dating back to my days falling the CSL.  Still a sign would have been nice
on the gates to go along with the obvious clue of an empty parking lot.  I’d left my cell phone
at home by accident recharging after the Toronto FC SSH BBQ and left in a hurry without it.
I happened to remember this other game was taking place an hour later.  It took me an hour to drive
to Brampton but only 20 minutes to come the extra few miles and be entertained.  Great to live
in the GTA!   A league official said tweets were sent out cancelling the game but I’m home now
reading the schedule.  Last tweet to remind us to go was at 1pm.   I’d been faked out the night
before with a change of venue and time and now it’s  happened again.

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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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