Result and details of the Thursday September 24, 2015 League 1 Ontario game between Woodbridge Strikers
and Sigma FC played at Vaughan Grove in Woodbridge at 9:00pm.
46 min (1st half)…Sigma Marcel Zajac GOAL…Sigma player takes short throw-in from 30 yard line
on left and Zajac lets ball bounce as he turns direction to face goal and he runs forward and steps
between group of defenders to get away low 18 yard shot from left that banks in off the inside of the
right post beyond diving goalie Matt George.
49 min…WS Cameron Brooks GOAL…WS Victor Munoz cornerkick from right has leaping Brooks in crowd
of players in middle flick header from 5 yards into left side of net by stepping in front of the
goalie leaping to make the catch.
76 min…WS Emmanuel Esho GOAL…WS Christian Cavallini at 45 yard in middle pass
to WS Jonathan Parolini on right and his cross from 20 yards has charging Esho leap and
head 7 yarder down middle into right side of net.
77 min…WS goalie Matt George trips up a Sigma player on the right end line. Referee
Ramee Arbaji signals for a Penalty kick.
78 min…Sigma Marcel Zajac GOAL…Zajac blasts Penalty kick low to right corner of net
beyond diving goalie.
83 min…WS Emmanuel Esho GOAL…WS Stefano Voci from 40 yards in middle passes over
to Esho on right and from 25 yards he chips goalie Corey Marques at 15 yards and ball
is into left side of net.
*97 min…game ends.
Final Score:…….Woodbridge Strikers……..3……..Sigma FC……..2…….
*Six minutes of added time announced—mostly because of the injury to Sigma’s Lucas Ferrito
who was down for five minutes and needed to be helped to limp of the field by the trainer
and team captain. More time was added when at 90 minutes Sigma Jesse Samaniego took
a 35 yard freekick down the middle that had the WS goalie and Sigma Nolan Holdridge injured
in a crash for the ball at 10 yards. A minute before Sigma couldn’t win a Penalty kick
when Manvir Brar was checked on the left end line just while inside the box.
Attendance was about 60 for this rescheduled game. Holding this midweek and at such
a late starting time meant there were no schoolchildren except the ball boys.
Referee Ramee Arbaji gave out two Yellow cards (both to Woodbridge) in a game that was
rough in places. Sigma goalie Corey Marques made an overhead catch at 44 minute on the
right post and he backed into it on his landing and we could hear a loud clunk but
he held onto the ball although was shaken up. Arbaji waved off about four questionable
Penalty kicks when guys went down too easily. Woodbridge players had more instances
of being called offside than Sigma.
This game had been postponed from Sunday August 9th because these teams met on that
same day at the League 1 Ontario Cup Final that same day. That championship game was
moved to the Ontario Soccer Centre about 1000 yards away. Strikers won that game 2-1.
Woodbridge stays in the race for the league title until at least this weekend as the
only team that can catch Oakville Blue Devils. OBD have a record of 16 wins, 2 draws,
2 losses for 50 points and now Woodbridge closes to 13 wins, 1 draw, 4 losses
for 43 points (1 game in hand). Woodbridge would have to ‘win out’ their three games
to finish with 52 points and have OBD not win either of their two remaining games.
They play at Durham United next Wednesday (another rescheduled game) and the next
Sunday play Toronto FC Academy. Their postponed home game from July 19th against
Windsor Stars has not yet been rescheduled. Last year’s Woodbridge vs Windsor game
at Vaughan Grove was never played and was the only game that went into the books
as a forfeit. I don’t expect that to happen this year if this game is needed
to decide the title.
OBD faces Toronto FC Academy on Sunday at TFCA’s home ground. It won’t be easy
as TFCA have won their last six games. OBD’s last game is at home October 3rd against
Pro Stars FC so that may be the week they win.
Sigma stays in fourth place tonight with a record that drops to 11 wins, 5 draws,
4 losses for 38 points.