(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.
“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.
“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.”
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.”
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.