Week Five: Recap

Happy Summer everybody, may your days be warm, your beers be cold, and your nights be filled with footy. First order of business… USA! USA! USA! USA! Congrats to the USWNT for their World Cup victory, completely bossed that final. Honourable mention goes to the Lionesses who finished 3rd exceeding every expectation. Better luck next time around to the Canucks who fell in the quarters. In other world footy news, congratulations to Chile for taking the Copa America crown at this summer’s games, beating Argentina in the final on pens. That’s another international final loss for the world’s greatest player Messi (do hush Madridistas). It seems his national team hoodoo hasn’t quite worn off since last summer. Finally of course and as always, we’ve got this week’s edition of Toronto Rush Week in review.

FRIDAY MEN’S

At LCI on Friday night, Osasuna valiantly defeated the Humble Bees, the Bees are in a bit of a rut falling to their 4th loss in 5. I’ve really been pulling for the boys but they’ve got to get it together and fast. Osasuna got the well worked goals from Jeremy Wilkes, Alexey Rudkovskiy and Raian Khan. Osa are slowly coming together in this league registering their 2nd win and moving into the positives on goal difference, game ended 3-0. Next up was FC Doormat’s destruction of usually solid Eeeradicators putting 7 past them, 2 goals from Luke Rozga, and David Plow each, Plow netting a beauty free-kick. Shailin Gosalia, Manuel Reyes and Scott Barr rounded off the scoring for Doormat. John Wilson pulled 1 back for Eeeradicators. Game ended 7-1.

Across the City at Cherry Beach, Toronto Eye Care didn’t cease to amaze with a kick start of a 2-1 lead in the first half against SKC. SKC’s Peter Arbouzis refused to lose by scoring a goal in the first half, but with another 3 goals in the second half, Toronto Eye Care closed the game with a score of 5-1 against SKC. In the next game, Ras Tas Tas’ Claudio Campanella showed off some of his silky skills and gave his team a lead by 2 goals against Team England. Edwin Akit fought back by scoring a goal for Team England, but it didn’t stop Ras Tas Tas from winning the game with a score of 3-1 against Team England, the win puts them at 4th. Surely one of the most intense games of the night at Cherry Beach, 2nd placed AS Rosso and 1st placed TIFC kept the folks in attendance quite entertained during their game. Alex “Ronaldo” Ryfka gave another awesome performance by scoring another hat trick for AS Rosso to take his tally this season to a mind boggling 11 goals in 5 games. TIFC kept their composure and brought it back ending the game with a score of 4-4 against AS Rosso, keeping their 2nd placed rivals at bay for another week. It seems like we have a title fight on our hands folks. Last game of the night saw FC Superclassico keep their cool to win their game against Rush FC. Anthony Lamana dominated the game by scoring one goal, followed by another from Sergio Marchesini. The game ended with 3-0.

SUNDAY MEN’S

The Sunday morning Lamport match saw the New Guys take on Cholo FC. This turned out to be quite the entertaining contest that went back and forth, and was filled with lots of well taken goals. The New Guys built up a 3-1 lead, only to see Cholo score 3 unanswered goals take the lead back at 4-3 on a couple of nice goals finished off by Domenic Dettore. With only a minute or so left in the match, Player of the Match and New Guys stalwart striker Nick Robinson surprised everyone tying the game on a bicycle kick, his second of the game with the match ending 4-4.

At Crescent School, captain Benjamin Yellowlees got his team, 6th Division All Stars’ off the mark 15 minutes into the game. It looked like 6th Division All Stars would win the game, but with only 13 minutes left Hooligans finally struck the back of the net. The game ended 1-1. Next up, Killtrocity FC dominated in their game against Red Star FC. Victor Leu and Seung-Hwan Ryoo hit a brace a piece to carry their team to their 5th straight win. They are absolutely tearing it up in division 2 south, opening up a 5 point lead on FTB, who are in 2nd. League legend Duncan Smith went full Arshavin in the next game, netting 4 goals in an 8 goal mauling of Code Blue. When it rains it pours clearly as Code Blue’s first loss of the season has seen them give up their positive goal differential and third place to the surging Toronto Blues. Hooligans of Toronto seemed determined to hold on to the top spot this season, recording a 4th win in 5 and now sitting top of the goal scoring in division 1 with 23 goals. This game ended 8-2. In the last game at Crescent, Toronto Blues, eager to put the abysmal performance of 2 weeks ago behind them, went for the jugular against FC Eagles. Rasih Pala scored an amazing hat trick for the boys in blue and they are back to winning ways. Game ended with a familiar score line 7-1, this time for the Blues.

In the west end, Sportingwood and Barca faced off. 13 minutes into the game, Raheem Rose of Barca stole the ball from the centre and danced around the Sportingwood players to find the right bottom corner of the net. As Barca continued to press the rest of the half, Sportingwood’s keeper Donovan made some key saves to keep the score at 1-0 at half. Quarter of the way through the second half; a foul was committed outside the 18 yard box. Raheem Rose once again stepped up to the plate and curled the ball into the right hand corner of the net, making it to 2-0. Barca continued to dominate the rest of the game with the final score of 4-0. Marc Anderson and Luca Lee rounded off the scoring. In the next match, both FIC FC and Rush FC were looking for their first wins of the season so the stakes were high. Both teams had their goal scoring opportunities, but it was FIC FC that took the points home with a 4-0 win with goals scored by Vincent Pruefert, Romain standaert, Abdeneur Sefsaf and Miguel Sanchez. Congrats on the first win boys!

At Monarch, The Lads put 3 past Dynamo to extend their lead at the top to 5 points. Michael Nowacki scored a goal and David “The Big” Grabowski netted a brace to record the Lads to their 4th win in 5 this season in a dominating performance. Dynamo have given up 10 goals this season, despite scoring the most in division 2 north. They need to sort out their defence and fast, the only team that has conceded more is last place and ironically named Maldini FC.

At Cherry, Hell’s Satans did their best to hold off the FTB attack in the first half, but a few defensive mistakes cost them the match in the end as they lost 3-0. Satans injured player and acting coach Andrew Kobus was not too upset after the match as the strategy he tried to implement worked despite the mistakes. In the end, FTB was just too good on this occasion.

CO-ED

At Cherry beach on Sunday, Spartans secured their second win of the season beating Popeyes FC 3-1. Popeyes did their best to keep the game close only to see the Spartans pull away in the end. The following night at Cherry Beach, Mosaic beat La Once in a hotly contested match. An early injury caused Chad Camacho to sit this one out; we wish him a speedy recovery. Captain Sam Snell was the utility man extraordinaire for Mosaic as they seemed to dominate possession based on whichever role he took up on the field, it’s always good to see a captain leading by example. Andrew Murdoch netted twice for Mosaic, Kim Pulchny rounded off the scoring for her team. Game ended 3-1.

Over at LCI on Monday night, Arselona and Eagles squared off. Both teams had this game marked on their calendar from the beginning of the season as they are known archrivals. Even though we are only 5 weeks into the season, this match could determine the co-ed league championship. With a whole slew of subs, the Arselona army took an early lead only to see the Eagles fight their way back into it. Coupled with Arselona’s dominating play and Eagles injuries, Arselona retook the lead from that point on and never looked back. Seth “The Legend” Bamfo and Sean Beck each scored a brace to help Arselona secure the 6-2 victory. In a bit of an upset in the next game, CIFC came up with one of their best performances of the season to beat Brick Squad 3-2. Lionel Dossou and his French teammates did a good job to lead and help his CIFC team “focus” on the match. Well done team!

That’s all folks, hug your children, and all your mates as we prepare for carmageddon. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, the Pan-Am games are upon us and may the traffic be in your favour. Remember to allow yourself ample travel time to get to your games over the next few weeks, and you carpoolers may even get to use those dreaded HOV lanes we keep hearing about. We’ll be back same time same place next week, and as always footy fanatics enjoy your football!

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