(WINDSOR, ON) – For the first time since the historic announcement of the partnership between Toronto FC and the local League 1 Ontario franchise, Windsor TFC took to the pitch at Alumni Field last Friday evening in regular season play. The players celebrated the new arrangement by defeating Toronto Skillz FC 5-nil in front of almost 200 fans.
Playing under the lights with a determined breeze from the north, Windsor TFC received strong contributions from the defenders as keep Kyle Vizirakis recorded his third clean sheet of the season, and second in a row.
Marco Bernabo got the ball rolling, moving up from defense to the left midfield position. Bernabo knocked the ball into the Toronto goal after being set up by Jack Sargent in the 16th minute.
It would take Windsor another 16 minutes before beating Skillz keeper Viktor Lyczywek on a shot by Jumbo Iyowuna for his 5th goal of the year. The Windsor striker buried the ball on a cross from Bernabo.
The first 45 would run down with the score 2-nil as the teams departed for the dressing rooms.
The 2nd half would see a determined Toronto side, but an equally staunch Windsor defense. Skillz was awarded a penalty shot on a doubly questionable call, but karma intervened as the ensuing kick was put over the crossbar.
It appeared as if Toronto would escape with a 2-nil loss, but just as 3 minutes of stoppage time was announced, Mike Pio deftly deposited the ball into the far corner past Lyczywek. Sargent added a a goal of his own with a shot from the top of the 18 yard box, to make it 4-nil.
To add insult to injury, Pio connected with his 5th goal of the season and Windsor’s 5th of the game.
Less than 48 hours later, Windsor was kicking off away against Woodbridge Strikers at Vaughan Grove.
A curling free kick found its way past Vizirakis in the 16th minute for an early 1-nil lead for the home side. And, the Windsor keeper kept his team in the match with a fingertip save on a clear shot in the 40th minute.
Vizirakis then made not one, but two saves after Windsor was assessed a penalty inside the box shortly into the 2nd half.
Windsor’s luck ran out in the 68th minute as Woodbridge went up 2-nil when Emmanuel Issac found himself alone in front of the net.
After a strong 1st half, Windsor wasn’t able to muster any offense to counter the Woodbridge attack. The 2-nil loss evened Windsor’s record at 4-4-1, 7 points behind 2nd place London in the League 1 Ontario western division.
Windsor TFC will return home June 24 to host Aurora United at Alumni Field, kicking off at 7:00pm. Aurora currently sits in 6th pace in the eastern division with a 1-6-1 record and 4 points, and winless in their last two outings.
Windsor will then take to the road for the month of July, playing five matches away from the friendly confines of their home pitch.