Woodbridge vs Sigma: Men’s Cup Final (August 9, 2015)

Results and details of the Sunday August 9, 2015 League 1 Ontario game between Woodbridge Strikers
and Sigma FC played at Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan at 6:00pm. This was the Men’s Cup Final.

18 min…WS Darian Bygrave GOAL…WS Christian Cavallini pass from middle is rolled forward
to WS Damion Scott on right and he taps ball to Bygrave whose low 12 yard shot from right is under
sprawling goalie Corey Marques at 6 yards in middle of net.

54 min…WS Jonathan Parolini wins Penalty kick from referee David Barrie on sliding tackle
on left side of box. Sigma Dominic Samuel earns a Yellow card for the tackle.

55 min…WS Christian Cavallini GOAL…Cavallini blasts Penalty kick low to left and goalie dives
to block and gets a hand to it but the momentum spins the ball over him and into left side of net.

87 min…Sigma Jordan Kalonji GOAL…Sigma Kadell Thomas rushes on left and cross has Sigma player
take a short cross from the right and Kalonji jabs midair 7 yard kick into left of net beyond
goalie Matt George.

Final Score:…….Woodbridge Strikers……..2………Sigma FC……….1…….

Attendance was about 300 on this hot and sunny evening. The crowd was evenly split judging
by the noise level. Admission was free but I felt attendance was hurt because I saw no notice
of this game being scheduled until earlier in the week.

In league play Sigma were tied for second place with a record of 9 wins, 3 draws, and 2 losses
while Woodbridge sixth with a record of 7 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses with four games in hand
on each team ahead of them.

Cup play involved each of the twelve teams drawn into groups of three and one game against each
team with the first and second place team advancing to the quarterfinals then semifinals.
Woodbridge won Group C with victories over Durham United and Sanjaxx Lions then a quarterfinal win
over Windsor then a semifinal victory over Durham United (again) on Penalty kicks. Sigma was
in Group B finishing first on goal differential despite a 1-1 record (all teams finished with
that record). They then beat Kingston Clippers in the quarterfinal and fellow Group B team
ANB Futbol in the semifinal.

Referee David Barrie gave out four Yellow cards (three to Woodbridge) that I counted with on two
for Woodbridge given out for kicking the ball away after a freekick call then again after the goal
against them.

Sigma pressed hard for the last the minutes with injury time chances by Sigma
captain Nolan Holdridge coming forward from defence to take a long throw-in from the left and
a defender headed away but the ball was then passed back to Holdridge and he crossed but
it deflected off another defender at 15 yards but Sigma Kadell Thomas got to the loose ball
and rolled the ball back to Sigma Justin Stoddard who fired from 12 yards from the left that
the goalie palmed over the net. Stoddard took the resulting cornerkick from the right and the
Sigma goalie up in the WS box for the play headed from 12 yards just wide right of the post.

Goaltender Matt George of Vaughan won the MVP for this gameand was presented with the game ball.
His saves were game savers. Each team was given medals–Vaughan’s were gold–and Damian Scott
insisted that his gold be put around the neck of the baby he carried out to the field.
Vaughan’s captain Andrea Derayeh was then presented with the Cup trophy.

Last year the League Cup semifinal and final were held in mid October. The semi-finals were
supposed to be played on a Thursday night but were both postponed by storms that were more
like mini-floods. This pushed those games to Saturday and the Final was held Sunday at BMO Field.
I asked league chair Dino Rossi Jr if that’s why the games were held earlier this year. Yes it
helps relieve fixture congestion as teams will now be able to concentrate on league play.
The later dates last year meant that a lot of teams lost players to US colleges but Rossi pointed
out that if they were interested in having their best possible rosters, the final would have been
two weeks ago before players were called back to their schools. Sigma was onto their third
roster (down to a lot of high schoolers) by that time of year.

In last year’s inaugural cup final Sigma lost 2-1 to Vaughan Azzurri to fall into an early
time-trap of the New England Revolution MLS Cup Final record.

Woodbridge doesn’t have long to celebrate because they are back to league action on Wednesday
night at 9:00pm by hosting Toronto FC Academy at Vaughan Grove—500 yards away. In a quirk in the
schedule tonight’s league game would have had Woodbridge host Sigma at Vaughan Grove at 7:00pm.

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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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