A Tie Is Like Kissing Your Sister

Damon Johnson was beaten to the ball by Toronto FC III, and Canada U17, goalkeeper Gianluca Catalano during 1st half action on 10 June 2017.<br>Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Damon Johnson was beaten to the ball by Toronto FC III, and Canada U17, goalkeeper Gianluca Catalano during 1st half action on 10 June 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor TFC pushed its undefeated streak to five games after settling for a 0-0 draw with sister club Toronto FC III Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field. The streak, however, includes just one win sandwiched between four league match draws.

The trend, though, doesn’t concern WinTFC head coach Zibby Piatkiewicz.

“The things will come,” he said. “We are still in transition from one season to another. I am still trying to put my stamp on it one step at a time. We have to go from there and turn it up a little bit and find ways to score goals.”

Both sides tested their opposing defenders with close chances at either end of the pitch despite most of the play taking place in the midfield. The keepers were equally called upon to maintain a clean sheet, and were up to the task.

Windsor’s Man of the Match, Michael Jonathon Brait, played a sound defensive role, forcing Toronto’s strikers to work faster than they wished. On the occasions penetration was made, goaltender Kyle Vizirakis shut down the threat.

Kyle Vizirakis was called upon, but was equal to the task to log his second clean sheet of the season. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Kyle Vizirakis was called upon, but was equal to the task to log his second clean sheet of the season.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Up front, Windsor’s forwards had to contend with the constant clutching and grabbing by the TFC III defenders. By contrast, TFC III head coach Danny Dichio gave credit to Windsor’s effort.

“They held in there and kept trying to play,” Dichio said. “They are a team that like to play football the correct way, and I like that.”

While Dichio believes that Toronto should have won the match, his thoughts are opposed by Windsor captain Stephen Ademolu.

“I was disappointed with [Toronto]. They’re not doing as good as they did the last few years,” he said. “Now it seems slower. Not much of an identity like before.”

Ademolu also thinks Windsor should be playing better than their record shows.

“I give us all props, but I just wish we could get a win. It would have been nice to get this, but overall I think we did good,” he said.

Windsor had to contend with a lot of clutching and grabbing by the Toronto players.<br> Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor had to contend with a lot of clutching and grabbing by the Toronto players.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The game also featured the appearance of six Academy call-ups, five of whom saw time on the pitch. It was a display of the academy system working the way it should.

After seven weeks of play, WinTFC occupies the 5th rung on the West Division ladder with 10 points and a 2-1-4 record. The team now has a shortened break before their next home match this Friday at 8:00pm when they welcome the Woodbridge Strikers to town. The Strikers are 6-1-0 and lead the East Division with 18 points.

Windsor's leading scorer, Celso Carapau, was held back during play against Toronto FC III on 10 June 2017.<br>Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor’s leading scorer, Celso Carapau, was held back during play against Toronto FC III on 10 June 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian Shalapata
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
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