League1 Title Race Heats Up In Final Stretch
Ontario Soccer – Tight battles at top of men’s east and west divisions, with a four team race in women’s division
Vaughan, ON – As the League1 Ontario 2017 season enters the final stretch, all divisions are tightly knotted with teams at the top attempting to repel the would-be giant-killers.
In the men’s west division, Sigma FC found a timely hat-trick from former Toronto FC forward Molham Babouli to get a 5-1 result over Woodbridge Strikers and force joint-leaders Oakville Blue Devils to a late comeback win over Aurora FC to keep pace.
Woodbridge Strikers started Matchweek 16 in style by beating their closest rivals Vaughan Azzurri, but fatigue set in as they collapsed against Sigma FC and were forced to watch Vaughan partially close the gap again with a win over Sanjaxx Lions. Woodbridge holds a five point lead on local rivals Azzurri with only seven matches remaining in their respective seasons.
On the women’s side, FC London extended their unbeaten run to eight matches with a valuable road win against West Ottawa, but leaders North Missisauga Panthers made use of their double game matchweek with two victories over Durham United FA and Sanjaxx Lions.
North Mississauga hold a five point lead at the top, but with a three way tie for second place between FC London, Vaughan Azzurri and Unionville Milliken – the Panthers cannot afford a slip-up.
Men’s Division Results
Woodbridge Strikers continued to heap misery on Vaughan Azzurri, beating their closest east division rivals 3-0 in league play just days after defeating the Azzurri in the L1 Cup Finals. Click here to read the match report, watch video and find photos.
Centre-back Cameron Brooks scored a hat-trick to lead Durham United FA to a 5-0 result over Pro Stars FC. Click here to read the match report, watch video and find photos.
Former TFC player Molham Babouli led the way for Sigma FC with a hat-trick and a resounding 5-1 result over men’s east division leaders, Woodbridge Strikers. Click here to read the match report, watch video and find photos.
2016 Golden Boot winner Elvir Gigolaj scored four as FC London made it ten games unbeaten with a 4-1 defeat of Masters FA Saints. Click here to read the match report, watch video and find photos.
Oakville Blue Devils squeaked out two late goals to defeat Aurora FC 3-2 and remain in a two-way tie with Sigma FC at the top of the men’s west division. Click here to read the match report, watch video and find photos.
TFC III gave up their first loss since May, as North Toronto’s Niklas Bauer scored a ten minute hat-trick and guided the Nitros to a 3-2 comeback win. Click here to read the match report, watch video and find photos.
Jarek Whiteman scored three and remained the men’s Golden Boot leader in a 3-0 Vaughan Azzurri win over Sanjaxx Lions. Click here to read the match report, watch video and find photos.
Toronto Skillz got their first win of the season in a 3-0 home defeat of Windsor TFC Stars. Click here to read the match report, watch video and find photos.
Women’s Division Results – Presented by Peel Regional Police
North Mississauga Panthers staved off Durham United FA – one of the form teams in the women’s division – with a convincing 2-0 away win. Click here to read the match report, watch video and find photos.
Jade Kovacevic led the way again with a brace to give FC London a valuable 3-0 away win over West Ottawa SC and cement second place standing. Click here to read the match report, watch video and find photos.
Unionville Milliken SC got a 3-1 result over Toronto Azzurri Blizzard, continuing the three way deadlock for second place in the women’s division. Click here to read the match report, watch video and find photos.
Aurora FC were led by a Meghan Reynolds hat-trick and a brace from Courtney Chocol on their way to a convincing 7-0 defeat of Woodbridge Strikers. Click here to read the match report, watch video and find photos.
North Mississauga needed a late comeback to secure a 3-2 win over Sanjaxx Lions and maintain their five point lead at the top of the women’s division. Click here to read the match report, watch video and find photos.
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About Ontario Soccer
Founded in 1901, Ontario Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization in Canada. Its members include more than 650 Clubs servicing over 24,000 teams with 380,000 registered players, 70,000 coaches and managers, and 10,000 match officials. Ontario Soccer develops and delivers exceptional and sustainable programs and services throughout Ontario with the mission of providing leadership and support for the advancement of soccer in collaboration and cooperation with our membership, partners and other stakeholders. Ontario Soccer also operates League1 Ontario, a provincial professional-amateur men’s and women’s league as well as the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL).
About League1 Ontario
League1 Ontario is the only professional-amateur, standards-based, league in Ontario. Founded in 2014, the league began with a 10 team Men’s division, which has now grown to 16 teams and includes a separate 11-team women’s division. League1 Ontario serves as a stepping stone between the youth, amateur ranks and the full-on professional sides. Sanctioned by Ontario Soccer, the league’s focus, first and foremost, is the development of Canada’s future stars.
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