(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor TFC closed out the home portion of their 2017 schedule with a 3-2 win over the visiting FC London, at Alumni Field on Sunday. The hard-fought victory earned the home side 3 points and vaulted them over Ottawa for the 11th rung on the league ladder.
Windsor opened the scoring with a goal by veteran Mike Pio in the 9th minute after a London give-away on their side of the center line. Pio made no mistake as he side stepped a sprawling Anthony Sokalski to ease the ball into the back of the net.
London drew even in the 20th minute when Ben Vyfschaft picked the corner on Windsor keeper Shervin Mollahassani. However, Paul Di Meo picked his own corner to re-establish the 1-goal margin for Windsor, with his 2nd tally of the season.
FC London wouldn’t roll over and equalized shortly before the break when Sandro Rajkovic scored from in close.
“You want to force the game into a certain direction, and that is what we want to teach our players in the program,” said FC London coach Eduard Schmidt. “hat’s the way we played today.”
With London applying the strategy of continually pushing forward, Windsor coach Zibby Piatkiewicz decided to have Windsor TFC sit back and look for the break on the counter attack. His plan worked, but Piatkiewicz and the team had to wait until stoppage time for capitalizing on another London error.
“We stayed back and waited for our opponent to come to us,” said Piatkiewicz. “We then took it to them and it opened up and, actually, it worked.”
With Vladimir Zoksimovski’s number on the substitution board, and moments away from being removed from the game, the Windsor striker took a pass from Di Meo and out ran a London defender into the 18-yard box. He then picked the left corner on Sokalski, but the ball rebounded toward the corner flag. Immediately, assistant referee Jason Vaillancourt signalled the ball had entered the net, much to the relief of the 100+ fans in attendance.
“As soon as I took the shot I knew it went in,” said Zoksimovsi. “I looked directly at the assistant referee to see if he spotted it and he did. So, I knew right away.”
Windsor will now finish the schedule away against Sigma FC in Mississauga this coming Saturday at 2pm.