(WINDSOR, ON) – After dropping a pair of results each to open the 2018 season away at Guelph and York, the Lancers men’s and women’s soccer programs rebounded this past weekend at home.
Facing the visiting Brock Badgers on Friday evening, the women went ahead in the 10th minute when Jade Samping fired a pass from Paiten Stephens by the Brock keeper. An early 2nd half own goal by the Lancers, however, drew the sides even at 1and Windsor had to settle for the single point.
The next afternoon, the women again struck first when Lea Pentney found the back of the net with a header in the 5th minute against McMaster. The Hamiltonians knotted the score at 1 a half hour later, but Windsor’s Kaylea Cunliffe deposited her first goal with the Blue and Gold to put the home side ahead by 1 heading into the halftime.
The Marauders kept the pressure on the Windsor defense in the 2nd half and were finally rewarded with the tying goal shortly before full time.
Eighth place Windsor (0-2-2) will search for their first win of the season as they hit the road to Sault Ste Marie to meet the Algoma Thunderbirds for a pair of matches next weekend.
The men found more success against Brock Friday under the lights. Windsor’s Greg Chac earned a clean sheet after making 2 saves, leading the Lancers to a 3-nil victory.
Scoring for Windsor was completed by a trio of Windsor TFC alumni, who grouped their goals around the mid-point of the match. Jamar Redhead opened the scoring in the 36th minute and halftime was bookended by Stefan Milidrag in the 50th minute.
A beautiful set-piece goal off a free kick by Celso Carapau closed out the scoring, earning the Lancers the home opener win. In total, the Lancers directed 16 shots toward the Brock goal.
On Saturday, fans had to wait until the 2nd half before any scoring took place. First place McMaster found themselves on the scoreboard first when Joseph Guindy’s shot made it past Chac in the 61st minute. Milidrag notched his second goal of the season when his 82nd minute goal found twine after a half hour rain delay.
The Lancers (1-2-1) now have 4 points and occupy the 6th rung of the West Division ladder. They’ll follow the women up to the Sault for a double header with Algoma this coming weekend.
Windsor TFC, coming off a 3-3 draw with Toronto Skillz last week, were idle in League 1 Ontario over the Labour Day weekend. They are preparing for the final home match of the season when they host FC London at McHugh on September 9, kicking off at 4pm.
Windsor jumped into a 2-nil lead against Toronto when Olivier Love threaded a pass across the mouth of the goal to Paul Di Meo, who made no mistake burying it in the mesh in the 29th minute. Di Meo’s tally was followed by Toronto keeper Peter Katsaras upending Love deep in the 6-yard box, resulting in a penalty kick.
Katsaras guessed wrong and Mike Pio easily potted his second goal in as many games.
Toronto could not be counted out as Rinat Kassimgereyev got his team on the board in the 62nd minute, but was soon followed by Di Meo, who was the recipient of a Pio breakaway pass.
The visitors then applied pressure to the Windsor defense and were rewarded with a goal in the 77th minute and, much to the dismay of fans, another shortly before full time.
Windsor has earned 5 points over the past three matches and will attempt to extend the streak when London (9-2-2) arrives in town.
Detroit City FC
Detroit’s entry in the National Premier Soccer League is planning to go pro this fall. The highly successful Detroit City FC hopes to create more opportunity to build its fanbase by expanding the number of home matches.
Currently playing just a 12-game schedule, team CEO Sean Mann told Crain’s Detroit that it’s likely the team will turn pro this year as the team is in talks with other clubs to form a new league. If negotiations fall through, DCFC will return to the NPSL next season.
This season Detroit augmented its home schedule with a series of international friendlies vs German, Italian, and Mexican teams as well as Windsor TFC.
DCFC’s success on the pitch has translated to fans in the stands, as the team average almost 6,000 fans per game last year. It has established Detroit as soccer hot spot, but the success could be a double-edged sword that could work against DCFC if Dan Gilbert is able to secure an MLS franchise and draw away some of the fanbase.