The Week’s Soccer Happenings

A Windsor TFC defender breaks up an FC London attack during the 1st half of play in Windsor, on 9 September 2018.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A Windsor TFC defender breaks up an FC London attack during the 1st half of play in Windsor, on 9 September 2018.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor TFC dropped their final home match of the season at McHugh Soccer Complex last Sunday, succumbing 3-1 at the hands of 2nd place FC London. Despite striking first with a goal by Windsor’s Fiston Mumbere in the 37th minute, London responded before the half and added two more in the 2nd to capture their 11th win of the season.

Windsor scheduled meeting against Ottawa today in Vaughan has been cancelled. That completes Windsor’s 2019 season in League 1 Ontario.

Windsor's Mike Pio catches some air to get his head on the ball to break up FC London pressure during the 1st half on 9 September 2018.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor’s Mike Pio catches some air to get his head on the ball to break up FC London pressure during the 1st half on 9 September 2018.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

St Clair Opener

The St Clair Saints men’s side opened the OCAA regular season last Saturday with a trip to Ancaster to meet the Redeemer Royals. Though they took an early lead in the 20th minute on a goal from Windsor’s Nick Bauer, the Royals continued to press forward and were rewarded by drawing even in the 50th minute.

Redeemer then took the lead for good 15 minutes later for a 2-1 decision.

The Saints returned to Amherstburg for their home opener on September 11 when the Fanshawe Falcons visited the Libro Centre. St Clair managed just 1 goal, by Tyrone Mulder, against the West Division Falcons (2-0-1), who put 4 in for the victory.

St Clair hosts Niagara today at 4pm in Amherstburg.

The women came away from Ancaster with a 2-1 victory over the Royals. Cassie Nicholas, of Holy Names, and London’s Cassie Rose-Medeiros accounted for the Saints scoring, while Madison Kaldenbach made 12 saves in goal.

They were unlucky against the Falcons as the strong London side (3-0-0) ran to a 3-nil win.

Today’s match vs Niagara will kick off at 2pm.

Northern Lancers

The Windsor Lancers women’s side came away from Sault Ste Marie with 4 points as they played to a 2-0 win and 0-0 draw last weekend against the Algoma Thunderbirds.

In Saturday’s match, Sophia Ferrazzo and Kaylea Cunliffe scored for the Lancers and Sienna Novak earned her first OUA shutout. On Sunday, the Lancers couldn’t pull the trigger despite holding a 9-0 shots on goal advantage.

The women returned to Alumni Stadium for a Thursday night match against Laurier. Ferrazzo and Kaitlyn Austin scored for Windsor as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Golden Hawks. The visitors built a 3-nil lead, but the Lancers comeback fell short.

Kristina Brooks faced 4 shots in the loss.

The men took both matches from the Thunderbirds after registering 3-1 and 4-2 victories last weekend.

Fifth place Windsor (3-2-2) came from behind in both games, but got scoring from Windsor TFC veterans Kyle Ruggaber, Celso Carapau, and Stefan Milidrag in game 1. Shawn Hunter recoded the game 1 win for Windsor.

Ruggaber also notched two goals on Sunday along with singles by Jamar Redhead and Tanner Page, the latter three all within a 15 minute stretch. Windsor TFC Academy keeper, Shervin Mollahassani made 2 saves for the win in goal.

Thursday against the Hawks, the Lancers played to a nil-nil draw with Greg Chac back between the pipes for Windsor.

The women kick off at 1pm tomorrow when the Waterloo Warriors arrive in town. Them men get under way at 3:15pm.

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Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata