(WINDSOR, ON) – In his first start after coming out of retirement, Anthony Santilli backstopped Windsor TFC to a 1-1 draw against North Mississauga on August 11. After the visitors took a 1-nil lead in the 25th minute, the Windsor roster replete with the future stars of the Academy kept the score within striking distance.
In extra time, Windsor was awarded a penalty shot after strong pressure inside the Panthers box. Gianni Ferri made no mistake and struck home the game tying goal.
The roles were reversed in Sunday’s match as Sanjaxx Lions arrived in town.
With Santilli again in goal, it was veteran Mike Pio who put Windsor up with a low shot across the front of the visitor’s net from 20 yards out, in the 19th minute. Both sides pressed forward in turn, each failed to finish, ending the half with Windsor TFC ahead 1-nil.
Windsor’s head coach, Zibby Piatkiewicz, parked his squad inside their own half through the 2nd half to clog the open space and defend the lead. The strategy worked until Sanjaxx went to the penalty spot during stoppage time.
The result did not mimic the earlier match as the shot caromed off the crossbar and sent to safety. Windsor successfully played out the remaining time for victory.
Windsor now prepares for Toronto Skillz FC to visit McHugh on August 26 with the kickoff slated for 4pm.