Vaughan runs rampant as they demolish Sanjaxx

Results and details of the Sunday June 14, 2015 League 1 Ontario game between Sanjaxx Lions and
Vaughan Azzurri played at Esther Shiner Stadium in North York at 7:00pm.

7 min…VA Joey Cicchillo GOAL…VA Mario Kovacevic short run on left and rolls pass to center
at 8 yards and Cicchillo standing even with left post puts foot out and redirects ball to right
corner of net leaving goalie Tayjon Campbell sprawled in the center of the net.

16 min…VA Jonathan Lao GOAL…Lao 22 yard freekick from right is low and into far left corner
of net. It looked like it rolled through the player wall and may have been redirected off
a defender.

22 min…VA Matthew Stinson GOAL…VA Joey Cicchillo cornerkick from right has Stinson leap
in front of crowd of players and flick 10 yard header down middle just under bar. It appeared
Stinson was the only one to jump on the play.

41 min…VA Dena Iezady GOAL…VA Malcolm Loukides crosses in from 35 yard line on left side
line and Iezady charges behind defenders and heads ball from 12 yards over goalie and ball
drops into net.

47 min…VA Dena Iezady GOAL…VA Jonathan Lao sends low cornerkick from left along end line
and Iezady redirects ball in at 1 yard on left post.

71 min…VA Joey Cicchillo GOAL…Cicchillo pass to VA Kyle Crichton at 20 yards and Crichton
drops ball back to Cicchillo who bends 20 yard kick from right turns inwardly to top left
corner of net.

85 min…VA Andre Dyer GOAL…VA Lucas Puntillo on left end line from 15 yards rolls pass back
and to center for Dyer to charge forward and shoot low 12 yarder through crowd of players and
into right side of net.

Final Score:…..Sanjaxx Lions……0…….Vaughan Azzurri……7……

Attendance was about 35 on this warm, wet evening. It had rained off and on for much of the
day but there was no rain at all during game time. The game had been moved up 9:00pm from the
original schedule months ago to this more reasonable time. I don’t know if that was because
North York Astros are no longer operating in the CSL and now there’s more prime time
opportunities. Lions yellow colour shirts give me flashbacks of the Astros though most
of their existance.

Liam McQueenie earned the shutout for the Azzurri. He didn’t have much to do except make
a few routine catches because the Lions couldn’t get past the defenders to get close enough
for really dangerous shots.

Referee Jeff Fearnall gave out only one yellow card that I counted (to Sanjaxx) and that was
after the same Lions player (Aidan Cooper Zuccatti) had tripped a guy in almost the same place one
minute earlier. He drew more criticism from assessors for playing three minutes of added
time in this blowout score—an injury to the Lions goalie and VA Tyrone Downes in a collision
easily accounted for that time alone. VA Joey Cicchillo and Dena Iezady were still both
on the field trying for hat-tricks. That extra time was the least dangerous time as VA players
couldn’t get close enough to get a shot away.

Best non-scoring chances (hey what didn’t go in?) were at 36 minutes when Lions Lael Daniel
blasted a 20 yard freekick from the right that the goalie palmed over the net. 64 minutes had
the Lions goalie and VA Tyron Downes crash together on a header from 7 yards near the right end
line and the retreating defender Zeb Thompson who’d just been subbed on 20 seconds earlier headed
the ball on the right post over the net to prevent a goal.

VA captain Matthew Stinson started as a right back rather than his usual midfield spot (he’d move
up later) and looked very strong on runs down the wing and got away some powerful shots besides
scoring on the header. He only played the first half and answered me after the game that he didn’t
continue because he’d picked up a few tweaks.

Lions continue to have defensive problems. I counted three goals from set pieces that weren’t
defended well. I couldn’t believe that VA Dena Iezady was guarding the Lions left post and knocked
in a cornerkick from one yard to the short side.

Vaughan Azzurri’s record improves to 5 wins, 2 ties, 0 losses and trail only
Oakville Blue Devils for first place in the twelve team league.

Sanjaxx record falls to 1 win, 0 ties, 7 losses with 4 goals for/28 against.
Their next game is at home next Sunday to Pro Stars FC who were beaten 7-1 by Sigma FC last night.
PSFC record is 0 wins, 2 ties, 5 losses for last in the league with 8 goals for/27 against.
That might be tempting to go see—will the game be 7-7 or 0-0? The alternative
is Woodbridge Strikers hosting Vaughan Azzurri.

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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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