Week 6:Recap

The Pan Am Games have now taken over our city. The best moment so far was the opening ceremony celebration. Down at the Cherry Beach fields for the Friday League, we all had a great view of the CN Tower fireworks. We nearly had to stop our matches, but I’m sure a few players took a peak while playing…hopefully no one was caught watching only to see their opponent pass them and score! Enjoy the Games for what they are a celebration of sport and enjoy this week’s recap.
 

Friday Men’s

On Friday night, Ras Tas Tas took on Osasuna in the early match at LCI. It was ultimately Osasuna that fell to a valiant defeat. They kept knocking on the door but could not find the back of the net. Ras Tas Tas have slowly crept their way into the top 3. Claudio Camanella scored the only goal in this game for RTT, the game ended 1-0. Next up was Superclasico who took on FC Doormat in a hotly contested match. Superclasico took the early lead in this game through Amar Kharoud who got his 1st of the season. Doormat pulled 1 back through Luke Rozga for his 4th this season. The game looked like it would end in a draw as we reached the closing stages until a Superclasico player got himself sent off for an unnecessary flying elbow off the ball. He really let his team down, it was all Doormat after that and Scott Barr eventually found the back of the net. Game ended 2-1.
 
Over at Cherry Beach, TIFC and Toronto Eye Care took steps forward in maintaining their positions of 1st and 2nd in the division. TIFC regained their defensive composure, but could not find the back of the net as their match versus Team England ended in a scoreless draw. Despite the draw, TIFC held on to top position but the gap has narrowed with a few teams in hot pursuit. Toronto Eye Care showed once again why they may be the team to beat in the division as they handily disposed of AS Rosso beating them 4-0. Alon Eizenman opened the scoring on a nice header from a corner kick, Max Spear took over from there scoring a brace on 2 nice runs. The Humble Bees took our recap last week to heart and have got things in order collecting their first win of the season. They did it against the Eeeradicator, who are not easy opponent to beat for different reasons. Maytham Naqvi and Jehanzeb Arshad led the way for the Humble Bees with each player scoring twice. Game ended 4-2.  Despite Rush FC playing their best match of the season, they still went down 3-0 to SKC. Seba “The Scoring Sensation” Carrizo scored a pair to lead SKC to another victory.
 

Sunday Men’s

The festivities kicked off on Sunday morning at Lamport Stadium with 2 sets of Hooligans facing off, the Bay Street Hooligans versus (just) Hooligans. The game ended in a scoreless draw. With the Hooligans of Toronto of Division 1, the League has 3 Hooligans team. When and why did the “Hooligans” team name become so popular!?
 
At LCI, Sportingwood and Cholo FC kicked off at 5 PM and it was a scorcher. It was a slow paced match probably due to the hot weather, but it was Sportingwood that scored the first goal. The match continued to go back-and-forth with both teams trying to not over exert themselves. Sportingwood came out with the scoring 5 goals. The goal scorers for Sportingwood were Dan Friedland, Brendan Seale, Sam Galanis and 2 from Dave Harpula. Matt Bortolussi scored Cholo FC’s 2 goals. Next up Red Stars took on Hell Satans. Red Stars started the game 3 men short but that didn’t stop them from scoring the first goal. Red Stars dominated the game winning 9-1. Accolades go out to Milos Paprica and Eric Foremski for each scoring a hat trick. The Lads lost their first game of the season going down 2-1 to the Care Bears. With the win, the Care Bears maintain 2nd place in Division 2 North and their unbeaten record despite 4 draws. Another team racking up the draws, The New Guys earned their 5th draws of the season which must be a TRFC record. The draw specialists unfortunately don’t have any wins on the season. This week, the New Guys did an admirable job holding down the Hooligans of Toronto potent offense to a scoreless draw.
 
Our next stop, takes us to Crescent Field, where the 6th Division All-Stars and Dynamo kicked off the first game at 5pm. 12 minutes into the first half of the game, Dynamo’s Edwin Akit opened the scoring for his team with a beautiful goal from a penalty kick. Another goal was finished off by Daniel Kalio after a good run. After what seemed like an endless battle, Dynamo’s Martin Kengo rounded out the scoring with only 10 minutes left with the game ending 3-0 in Dynamo’s favour. FIC FC battled it out to the finish against Killtrocity FC. With a goal from FIC’s Ahan Ali, they started the game off with the early advantage. Killtrocity kept their cool and tied it up soon after with a goal from Sam Yu. Little did they know, FIC wasn’t going to give up just yet and their captain Abdeneur Sefsaf proved his worth by scoring a last minute goal as the game ended 2-1 with FIC taking down the top team Killtrocity in a bit of shocker. Though the game began with a slow first half as both teams couldn’t score, Maldini FC blew the audience way in the second half. Alec Turnbull from Maldini FC scored the first goal from a penalty kick, and then Alonso Tello finished the game off against East York City with another goal in the last 2 minutes of the game. Game ended 2-0. To end off the day, Code Blue and Toronto Blues fought to the finish in what turned out to be an exhilarating game. It started off with no goals in the first half, but right at the start of the second half a goal was scored by Toronto Blues’ Mike Bushey on a well placed shot. Code Blue maintained their composure, but the game ended with a win 1-0 for the Toronto Blues.

FTB dominated the match right from the opening whistle and scored an early goal within 10 minutes. Another goal came from a well placed shot into the opposite corner from outside the box by Richard R. Kevin Mitchell received a caution, which seemed to give his team a spark. The next goal came in the first half on a dazzling run skipping past by 3 players; they managed to get off a shot on goal that was partially parried by the keeper, luckily they latched onto to the rebound to put a 4th away before the end of the first half. The same pattern continued into the second half. Conor Harris performed a beautiful Zidane like roulette followed by a long range shot from outside the box to make it 5-0. The domination continued throughout the second half and the game ended 10-0 for FTB over FC Rush. In the late game on Sunday night, the big bad Barca Internazionale took 1st place in Division 1 by storm, grounding FC Eagles in a 7-1 mauling. First half braces by Alex Fando and Djimi Guedei got them off to a flying start. The Eagles pulled one back through Federico Berruti, but a 2nd half hat trick by Marc Anderson saw this game put to bed.
 

Co-ed

It took Division leaders Arselona a bit of time to get going, but eventually they did. Popeyes’ keeper Anthony Kagan made a few early saves to try and keep his team in it. Arselona maintained control of the game and started scoring. Newcomer Eric Farrell led the way for Arselona as they won 4-0 to maintain their perfect record and top position. The Spartans FC – Toronto Rush match was a tough game from the beginning to end, where the two teams were evenly matched. Spartans FC had some chances with some crosses in the box but the Toronto Rush keeper was always up to the challenge. Toronto Rush had 2 open net opportunities from in close, but missed them both. The game ended 0-0.
 
Monday at Cherry Beach, Mosaic took on Brick Squad. Mosaic went ahead and then took a 2-0 on a long distance shot by Kurt Gilberdie, which lobbed the keeper for a beautiful goal. Brick Squad fought back to get one back thanks to Bevan Ashikawa. With only a few minutes to go, Brick Squad looked like they would tie it as Mosaic conceded a penalty kick. Surprisingly, Bevan missed 3 times from the spot as the penalty kick was retaken twice for encroachment. Mosaic keeper’s Rob Weir came up big making the save to secure the win for his side as Mosaic won 2-1.  Over at LCI, it was a night of many goals as 15 in total were scored over the course of 2 games with 14 of those shared by 2 teams. The first game saw the Foggy Goggles beat CIFC 8-1. This game was a total write off for CIFC, no need revisiting it for their sake. David Black went full Giovinco netting 4 times, Justin Baglole followed it up with 3 more, and Nathan Snowie got his 5th of the season for Foggy. Alberto Rocha got one back for CIFC. Next up were the Eagles who beat La Once 6-0. The Eagles got back on track after shipping 6 goals to Arselona last week. That’s how you do it guys, brilliant response by the Eagles!
 
Thanks again to everyone who reads and follows the blog recap! Hope that you are enjoying following the action. Good luck in your upcoming game this week! Let’s continue to cheer on Canada in the Pan Am Games as they try to collect a record number of medals.
 

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