Week 8: Recap

What is up footy heads? Is there anyone else out there as excited as I am about the impending start of the English Premier League? The community shield match kicks off this weekend between League Champs Chelsea and FA Cup Champs Arsenal. Jose Mourinho is snatching headlines throwing shade left right and center again, and everything is right with the world. Here at Rush, we have reached the midpoint of the season. The tables are starting to tell their own tales, and the competition is stiff in all divisions. Let’s get into it, here is your week 8 in review.

FRIDAY MEN’S

Kicking off the week on Friday night at Cherry Beach, Team England took on struggling Osasuna. The whole first half, Team England was down a man but managed to keep the score at 0-0. In the second half, England finally got its full squad and the 2 teams exchanged chances. Unfortunately England’s Taras Krutous had an old injury act up and had to sit out the rest of game with 25 min left to play. Osasuna finally capitalized on the man advantage and John O’Brien scored from a cross from winger Raian Khan. In the final minutes of the game, England had amazing opportunity to tie things up with a foul being committed in the box. Team captain Edwin Akit took charge to handle the penalty kick, but cleared the wood works by two feet rifling the ball into the abyss of the cherry beach bushes losing a glorious opportunity to put them back into the game. This was the last chance Team England had and Osasuna held on until the final whistle making the final score 1-0. In the next match, FC Doormat opened the scoring at 31st min of the first half. Doormat’s Ahmed Holder got a through ball just past the Toronto Eye Care last line of defense and asked the keeper if he had ketchup! The keeper with confusion asked why and Ahmed wittily responded that he needs ketchup for his CHIP!!! The ball floated past the keeper like a flying dove and landed gracefully in the net it for a GOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLL. TEC was not phased and kept strong with the soccer gods answering their prayers, as they were able to tie it up off a terrible error by FC doormat with the own goal making it 1-1. In the midst of dismay, Ainsley Romano heard the call for someone to step up and answered the call with his skill, speed, and persistence in pushing the last line of defense that FC doormat had to offer. He placed a right footed goal to the bottom left corner of the net while being challenged by the keeper and defender! This goal claimed the match 2-1 in favour of TEC, and also earned Mr. Romano the Player of the Match honours!

In the next match, AS Rosso made quick work of a depleted Rush FC team beating them by a final score of 8-0. Klevius Jata stepped up big time scoring 5 of the goals. With Klevius and Alex Ryfka, AS Rosso has formidable 1-2 punch up front. Combined, they have scored 18 of the team’s 26 goals so far this season. Finally, SKC picked up their third draw of the season tying Humble Bees 1-1 in their match. With the point, SKC maintains a tie in fifth spot with FC Doormat. Humble Bees have had trouble scoring this season, and the same issue came up this week as they could only manage 1 goal. They’ll need to score more if they hope to win some matches this summer and make a push for the playoffs. Over at LCI, Ras Tas Tas and FC Superclasico played out to a 1-1 draw. RTT gave up 2 points to allow AS Rosso, who are chasing closely behind them in 4th to go level on points with RTT, now only behind on goal difference. Fab Garcia and Marcos Albarracin were on the score sheet.

SUNDAY MEN’S

It was a beautiful sunny day for football with Mother Nature making sure we knew summer was finally here! The Bay Street Hooligans started their match a man down vs a full force East York City FC. The Hooligans were still able to match East York as if the game was evenly matched on numbers. East York had a few opportunities to switch momentum and take advantage of their extra number but they were not able to capitalize. It was an exciting game in the end, the underdogs getting a 2-1 win over East York. In the next game, it was Sportingwood who put a huge dent in title hopes for Toronto Blues beating them on a shocking 7-4 result, despite Rasih Pala netting a hat trick for the Blues. The Blues fall 4 points behind in 3rd place. In the last game, Killtrocity stayed out ahead of the pack in D2S with a win over Hell’s Satans FC. Victor Lu and Mark Petrov netted the goals for Killtrocity, the game ended 2-0.

In the early game at LCI, Barca Internazionale ran through and were charged up as they delivered a 6-0 thumping to an under manned Code Blue. Barca in their 6th high scoring game in a row this season got yet another high end scoring performance by one of their players. Alex Fando netted 4 times for Barca in a commanding performance, as Peter Christidis and Raheem Rose rounded off the scoring. In the next match, FTB put FIC FC to the sword winning an impressive and controlling 3-0 game to earn them their 16th point of the season. FTB showed mental strength to get back to winning ways after losing to Red Star last weekend. In the final game of the night, Ruslan Gadjiev of Dynamo and Corey Stewart of Maldini FC earned their teams a point each as the sides played to a 1-1 draw.

The first match on Sunday night at Cherry Beach started late due to high level of traffic and activities in the area. Between the Pan Am Games closing ceremony, the beach parties at Cabana and Cherry Beach, the 2 teams were ready to go but the referees must have gotten come up in all the “attractions”! Eventually, the referees got to there and the Hooligans of Toronto Cholo match got under way. The Hooligans played “their game” picking apart the Cholo defense scoring 4 times. Jordan Fisico led the way for the Hooligans scoring a brace. Game ended 4-1.

At Monarch Park on Sunday night, Care Bears and 6th Div. All Stars played a 1-1 draw. Ted Killin got a goal for Care Bears, Tyrone Grey netted for 6th Div.

SUN/MON CO-ED

At Monarch Park on Sunday night, Brick Squad beat La Once 3-0 to get their 12th point of the season. The result puts them in the hunt for a playoff spot with no more than 2 points separating the 3 teams above them. Ryan Bond got his 6th goal this season, followed by John Brucker and Erin Mccormick who got the other 2. At LCI on Monday night, Arselona crushed Toronto Rush FC with an emphatic 10-1 win. Arselona is still at the top of the table with their perfect win percentage intact. Their latest offering makes me feel like they are there for the long haul. Next up it was Eagles who beat Foggy Goggles 3-0, Cam Medwin with a brace and A.J. Park got the last goal. Despite all of Arselona’s dominance, the Eagles are only 3 points behind, waiting for an opportunity to get revenge on their rivals. The last game of the night saw Mosaic FC beat Spartans FC by 3 goals to 2 in an exciting game where both sides traded blows the entire night. Newcomer Chloe McKenzie, Kurt Gilbride and Andrew Murdoch got the goals for Mosaic, Stefanie Di Francesco and Adam Harrison got the consolation goals for the Spartans. This week’s edition of Monday Night Soccer at Cherry Beach saw the surging CIFC, who have won 3 of their last 4 games take on Popeyes FC. Aziz Ouedraogo opened the scoring for CIFC, while Popeyes could just not muster much of an attack. Any time they did get close, CIFC’s keeper Brendan Dobson was there to make the stop or cut off the through ball. Towards the later part of the match, Charles Vansteelant made a nice solo run to score and seal the victory for CIFC. Game ended 2-0.

There we have it ladies and gents. We’d like to remind all captains that any player who isn’t on the online roster or hasn’t paid their player fee is ineligible to play for the rest of the season. There will be no games this week as we take the long weekend off, everybody be safe out there and enjoy your summer vacations! We’ll see you at the same time and same place in a couple weeks, and most importantly enjoy your footy!

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