A Clean Sheet Helps Windsor Stay On Pace In West

Shalapata-Header(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor TFC is on a roll as they pick up their third victory in the last four matches by defeating Aurora United at home, Friday evening, 3-0. The win entrenches Windsor in 3rdp place of the L1O West Division with 16 points, an even 5 behind FC London and ahead of Oakville, though the blue Devils have a game in hand.

The home side started fast and furious Friday as the team’s leading scorer, Mike Pio, connected inside the 3rd minute. Pio then added his second of the night and 7th on the season five minutes later.

Pio was joined by Celso Carapau in the 11th minute to extend Windsor’s lead to 3-nil.

Alternate referee John-Morgan Pizzuti watches for a foul as Windsor's Jumbo Iyowuna eyes the goal while pressured by an Aurora player at Alumni Field on 24 June 2016.Photo by John Skinner.

Alternate referee John-Morgan Pizzuti watches for a foul as Windsor’s Jumbo Iyowuna eyes the goal while pressured by an Aurora player at Alumni Field on 24 June 2016.
Photo by John Skinner.

“We had a slow start today and they scored 3 goals in 10 minutes before we got going,” Aurora coach Jim Brennan said. “The last 20 minutes in the 1st half we started getting our legs and getting forward and I thought the 2nd half was much better. I wish we could take that 15 minutes back in the 1st half.”

However, at this point the headiness took over and Windsor eased back on the throttle, allowing Aurora a number of chances to get back into the match.

Celso Carapau, in blue, scored Windsor's 3rd goal in a 3-nil victory over Aurora United at Alumni Field at the University of Windsor in Windsor, on 24 June 2016. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Celso Carapau, in blue, scored Windsor’s 3rd goal in a 3-nil victory over Aurora United at Alumni Field at the University of Windsor in Windsor, on 24 June 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

“I would say night and day between the first 20 minutes and the rest of the game,” Windsor head coach Dave Rimbert told The Square after the match. “When you score three goals, and the come quick, I think it is normal for the focus to go down. Against a better team we might have been in trouble. The second half wasn’t pretty at all.”

Starter Kyle Vizirakis and Michele Catani shared the clean sheet, and both made key saves on strong United challenges. Catani, making his first appearance of the year, showed his rustiness, but made a big stop when called upon.

“[Michele] is a great kid. He works hard and he’s still young,” Rimbert said of Catani. “He had a little mishap there, but he got a get-out-of-jail-free card, but he did good.”

Michele Catani (L) saw his first minutes of the season during the League 1 Ontario match between Aurora United and Windsor TFC at Alumni Field at the University of Windsor in Windsor, on 24 June 2016. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Michele Catani (L) saw his first minutes of the season during the League 1 Ontario match between Aurora United and Windsor TFC at Alumni Field at the University of Windsor in Windsor, on 24 June 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor heads out on the road for five games in July. They won’t see the friendly confines of McHugh Soccer Complex until August 5 when they host Vaughan Azzurri at 7:30pm.

“I think we’ll be fine as the commitment on this team is real good so I think we’ll be fine,” Rimbert said of the lengthy trip away. “I think it’s improved. I think the last 4 or 5 games the soccer has gotten better. More importantly we’re getting stronger and stronger at the back.”

Ciprian Codea (L) watches the ball as an Aurora player attempts to draw a foul during the 24 June 2016 match between Windsor TFC and Aurora United.Photo by John Skinner.

Ciprian Codea (L) watches the ball as an Aurora player attempts to draw a foul during the 24 June 2016 match between Windsor TFC and Aurora United.
Photo by John Skinner.

A key defensive performer all season has been Jack Sargent, who leads Windsor’s midfield component. He found the United pressure a challenge, but was complimentary of a timely substitution.

“The first 15-20 minutes in the 2nd half was a bit tough,” he explained. “But I think we got more compact in the end. Then Bogdan [Suciu] came on at right back, he did really well, he helped us stay tight and secure.

Windsor TFC heads to Oakville this Sunday for a 3:00pm start at Sheridan College, where they will attempt to put more ground between them and the Blue Devils. Windsor needed to come from behind to score twice as the teams drew 2 apiece when they met in Windsor on May 7.

Jumbo Iyowuna (R) leverages some purchase as he challenges for the ball against an Aurora player on 24 June 2016.Photo by John Skinner.

Jumbo Iyowuna (R) leverages some purchase as he challenges for the ball against an Aurora player on 24 June 2016.
Photo by John Skinner.

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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