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League1 Canada Men’s Review – Week 3

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What a week of matches! From first matches to first wins to whatever in the world happened in L2ON action at the Bills Crothers Turf Field this week, here’s a recap of all the League1 Canada action from Matchweek 3 from Canada’s third-division leagues.

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This article will touch upon the men’s leagues. You can find the women’s recap here.

As we always do, let us take a ride out west and begin in beautiful British Columbia.

Photo Credit: Kyle Gill (X: @kylekagejib)

League1 BC: Harbourside Sinks, Altitude Aclimatizes

Altitude FC (M) 2 – 1 Harbourside FC (M)

Altitude FC (M) 0 – 0 Rivers FC (M)

Harbourside FC (M) 2 – 3 Vancouver Whitecaps Academy FC

Unity FC (M) 0 – 2 TSS Rovers FC (M)

Week Three was unforgiving on our friends in Nanaimo and North Vancouver as both Harbourside FC and Altitude FC ran double duty in an attempt to climb the tables, though only one side succeeded.

It all kicked off on Wednesday as Altitude FC hosted their 2024 home opener to an adoring crowd at the beautiful Kinsmen Field. For 57 minutes their Nanaimo-based opponents held them off until a trip up by Tristan Cornwall allowed Athos De Siqueira to beautifully place a shot into the back of the visitors’ net. Carson Buschman-Dormond would compliment this five-minutes later to bring Altitude their first win of 2024.

Three days later, Altitude was back at it again, this time hosting Rivers FC. A tense affair between two sides looking to rebuild following a disappointing 2023 season saw five bookings including a red given to Rivers keeper Svyatik Artemenko following an apparent kick to the back of the Altitude Yigal Bruk. In the end, the sides would draw even, holding steady at four points a piece.

Photo Credit: Mary Kessenich (IG: marytookaphoto)

Harbourside were also back at in on Saturday, hosting the Whitecaps’ Academy at Q’unq’inuqwstuxw Field. Although the ‘Caps would strike first, a back and forth match would ensue with Riley Ferraro playing the hero with a last-minute brace at the 83′ and 90+3′ as Kevin Lindo’s backline struggled with the Whitecaps’ offensive speed.

Unity FC also made a homecoming this week as they brought the TSS Rovers to their new ground at the Cloverdale Athletic Park in Surrey, BC. Unfortunately for them, Matteo Polisi and Gurman Sangha would spoil the party with two second-half goals, shooting the Rovers into first place in the province.

Photo Credit: Adrien Bazinet (IG: adrien.b.photography)

League1 Alberta: Wild Rose Country Rise Up!

Calgary Foothills (M) 0 – 0 Callies United (M)

Cavalry FC U21 2 – 3 Edmonton Scottish SC (M)

BTB SC (M) 2 – 1 Calgary Blizzard DC (M)

Calgary Foothills (M) 1 – 3 St. Albert Impact FC (M)

This first week of League1 Alberta demonstrated exactly the level of talent and fast-paced football that we saw on display last year during L1AB’s ‘Exhibition Series’. All seven teams were in action this week with the former USL2 side Calgary Foothills taking to the pitch twice.

League newcomers Callies United took part in the first inter-city Tuesday match this year against the Foothills. A testy yet scoreless affair took place with eight bookings across the board including a double-yellow to the Foothills’ Charles Tchouya Nana. Despite this, the scoreboard remained blank for the whole match with the points splits evenly.

Photo Credit: Calgary Foothills FC

Cavalry FC’s academy took part in their first match of 2024, against the storied Edmonton Scottish SC on Friday. The action begun two minutes in with the Cavs’ Daniel Neves getting a yellow early, and would not end until added time at the 90+3′ as the Scottish scored three unanswered goals in the final 15 minutes of the match to end the game 3-2.

Edmonton’s Born To Be (BTB) Soccer Club hosted one of two additions to the L1AB men’s division, the Calgary Blizzard at Strathcona Athletic Park for a late 9:45pm kickoff. 27′ in and it seemed that the game would end in a draw as Josua Flaksman and Sacre Musa netted goals for their respective sides. But BTB’s Frankroy Cain would prove the hero as his 83′ zinger would secure the ‘dub.

The week was rounded out by a rematch of the 2023 L1AB men’s finals with the Foothills bringing in the St. Albert Impact to the Stampede City. What ended as a 3-0 Foothills victory last year would see the script flipped as the Impact’s Peter Jones, former Eddie Ousman Maheshe, and Evan Houle would net one each for a 3-1 victory for the Edmonton-based side.

Photo Credit: Simcoe County Rovers

League1 Ontario: The Biggest Losers Lost Hard…

The three L1ON tables saw some minor adjustments between weeks two and three as the matches have slowly begun to separate the wheat from the chaff. This week also served as warm-up matches for next week’s L1 Cup Round of 16 matches. Here’s what happened over L1Ontario’s 26 matches from week three.

L1ON Men’s Premier

Guelph United FC (M) 0 – 1 Burlington SC (M)

Simcoe County Rovers (M) 1 – 3 Woodbridge Strikers (M)

Alliance United (M) 2 – 0 Sigma FC (M)

Scrosoppi FC (M) 4 – 2 North Toronto Nitros SC (M)

Prostars FC (M) 0 – 1 Vaughan Azzurri SC (M)

Hamilton United (M) 0 – 3 Blue Devils FC (M)

Justin Springer’s Guelph United men’s side struggled to find success against Burlington keeper Erik Hermann as the Bayhawks rallied hard against the Royal City. Ultimately Augustus Oku would silence the home crowd with the only goal of the match in the 53′, giving BSC their third straight win.

Simcoe County played in their second double-header of the 2024 season as both their men’s and women’s squads suited up against the Woodbridge Strikers. Unfortunately for SCR and the J.C. Massey Field crowd, Woodbridge would strike (pun intended) first in the 5′ and would clinch the ‘W’ by the 46′ as Pinto, Spizzirri (above), and Mella spoiled the party.

Scrosoppi FC would take the win against the North Toronto Nitros on Saturday, but not after a tense and heated bout. Leading 3-0 into the 64′, a red card to SFC’s Tristan Marshall would almost turn the tides as the Nitros followed it up with two quicks goals in succession. Tomasz Skublak would save the game in the 83′, maintaining his side’s perfect record.

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Bobby Smyrniotis’ former academy has seen their fair share of success since joining the L1 level. Despite this, Saturday would not bear the same fruit against a strong Alliance United side. Sigma would hold off AU for the majority of the match, but Dusan Kovacevic’s 77′ opener followed by Pacific FC draft pick Michael Maslanka’s 90′ closer would steal the show and the full three points.

Photo Credit: Martin Bazyl / League1 Ontario

The undefeated Vaughan Azzurri struggled to get off the ground at first against their ProStars opponents, but a half-an-hour in and former Birmingham Legion defender Mathieu Laurent would net the one and only goal of the match, sending his Vaughan side over the top for the win.

Rounding out Premiership action this week saw the Blue Devils visit McMaster’s Ron Joyce Stadium as they took on Hamilton United. Pain would come in three’s for the hosts as the Oakville-based Blue Devils netted shots at the 48′, 77′, and 86′ marks, stealing their first win of the season.

Photo Credit: TFC Academy

L1ON Men’s Championship

BVB IA Waterloo (M) 3 – 0 Darby FC (M)

North Mississauga SC (M) 4 – 4 Pickering FC (M)

St. Catharines Roma Wolves (M) 0 – 2 Master’s FA (M)

TFC Academy (M) 3 – 0 Windsor City FC (M)

Unionville Milliken SC (M) 3 – 0 FC London (M)

Borussia Dortmund’s Waterloo-based academy has very much turned around their fortunes from 2023 to 2024 and their 3-0 trouncing of Darby FC displayed that perfectly. Logan Reick’s brace paired with a solo shot by 84′ substitute Josip-Pavle Stohanovic shut down any hopes of a comeback by their Whitby opponents.

North Mississauga and Pickering went to each other’s throats in a 4-4 draw on May 10th. Five goals came within the first half alone, including three from the spot putting Pickering ahead by one. The second half came with a late resurgence from the Panthers as they tied up the match 4-4 in the 90+4′, splitting the points evenly and giving hope to the home crowd.

The Roma Wolves probably did not see their 2024 season starting off with only 1 point, but facing off against the 0W-0D-2L Master’s, they saw an opportunity. Alas, SCRW were unable to stay out of the ref’s book with six of their players getting booked including a red to Michael Solomon. Master’s would capitalize as Avila and O’Keefe scored after having dominated possession the entire match.

For an in-depth recap of TFC Academy’s home opener against Windsor City FC, you can find that below here:

READ MORE: Rose City Rattled: TFC Academy Triumphs Over Windsor In Home Opener

Closing up Championship action during week three had FC London taking the 401 up to the Ontario Soccer Centre to face off against Unionville Milliken SC. A stellar performance by George Akpabio sent the visitors back home disappointed as his two goals guaranteed his sides victory, including this incredible individual effort seen below. Teammate Kaden Bennett would contribute as well to seal the deal.

League2 Ontario

(South-West) BVB IA Waterloo II (M) 1 – 3 Scrosoppi FC 2 (M)

(South-West) FC London 2 (M) 1 – 0 Windsor City FC 2 (M)

(South-West) Hamilton United 2 (M) 1 – 3 Rush Canada Academy (M)

(South-West) Guelph United FC 2 (M) 7 – 1 SC Roma Wolves 2 (M)

(South-West) SC Roma Wolves 2 2 (M) 2 – 1 FC London 2 (M)

(North-East) Darby FC 2 (M) 1 – 3 Simcoe County Rovers 2 (M)

(North-East) Pickering FC 2 (M) 2 – 5 Master’s FA 2 (M)

(North-East) Alliance United L2 (M) 11 – 0 Unionville Milliken SC 2 (M)

(North-East) Master’s FA 2 (M) 1 – 1 Sudbury Cyclones (M)

(North-East) Simcoe County Rovers 2 (M) 4 – 5 Pickering FC 2 (M)

(Central) North Mississauga SC 2 (M) 0 – 1 North Toronto 2 (M)

(Central) Sigma FC 2 (M) 2 – 0 Blue Devils FC 2 (M)

(Central) Prostars FC 2 (M) 2 – 2 The Borough FC (M)

(Central) Woodbridge Strikers 2 (M) 5 – 2 Burlington SC 2 (M)

(Central) Burlington SC 2 (M) 6 – 0 Prostars FC 2 (M)

Photo Credit: Chris Kruk

Holy moly that’s a lot of games!

Rush Academy’s League2 roster got off to a good start this past week as they took a commanding 2-nil lead just 35′ minutes in to their match versus Hamilton United 2. Hammer substitute Ben Bowden would make an impact when he entered the match scoring his side’s one and only goal, but Harkaran Sahota’s 60′ strike sealed the deal for Rush.

Guelph United’s Second squad made quick work over the Roma Wolves’ L2 side with a dominant 7-1 victory. A brace from Gregor McKeon, a Yuki Obie hat trick, and great individual efforts by Adrian Andrasic and Axel Koenig-Parris rounded out the phenomenal performance by Don Ferguson’s roster.

Photo Credit: League1 Ontario

Despite having won their L1O-Championship match over FC London, Unionville’s L2 side were obliterated this past week by opponents Alliance United II. AU forward Abbaglivo Lorenzo made quick work of the Unionville backup keeper with 3 goals in 9 minutes, as starter Parsa Olyaeifard was sent off in the 20′. Panaite, Prested, Shaikh, Srirangan, Glavanov, and Mcdonald all contributed in Alliance 2’s first win of 2024.

The Sudbury Cyclones, riding high off of their first win in club history, had to rally around keeper Josh Bondoc and a late goal Aliu Olatoke after having gone down 1-0 in the 33′ to Master’s FA 2 squad. A string of bookings in added time defined this game with MFA Gaffer Bryan Cerqueira and Matin Mohammadi being sent off alongside Sudbury’s Isaac Ajani.

The Borough FC also came to a draw versus their ProStars FC 2 opponents at Terry Fox Stadium as a second-half goal fest captured the crowd. Goals by ProStars at the 53′ and 84′ could have captured the game. compared to TBFC’s sole production in the 69′, but Ancelmo Pascoal saved his side from defeat in added time after a weird bounce off of defender Joey Carabetta.

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Ligue1 Quebec: OSU Finally On The Board

AS Laval (M) 2 – 1 FC Laval (M)

CS Longueuil (M) 1 – 1 CS St-Hubert (M)

Académie de CF Montréal (M) 2 – 2 Royal Sélect Beauport (M)

OSU Atlético (M) 3 – 0 CS St-Laurent (M)

CS Mont-Royal Outremont (M) 4 – 0 Celtic de Haut-Richelieu (M)

Ligue1 Quebec’s match week presented shock to many league observers and fans as normally-dominant sides fell to their opponents, all the while CS Saint-Laurent continue their preparations for the second leg of their Canadian Championship series against MLS side Toronto FC.

The Battle of Laval this week saw AS Laval host FC Laval as the former hunts down first place from the latter. A testy affair saw FCL’s Rafiq Abdessamad strike first in the 42′, but after teammate Bilal Bouchemella got ejected after accumulation, AS Laval would net two at the 73′ and 90+2′ to take all three points.

OSU Atletico have finally come into form after a trio of strong yet disappointing performances leading to two losses and a draw. Going up against reigning L1QC champs CS St-Laurent this week, Ontario lone side in the league scored thrice with Franck Diablo Zadi and Adam N’Goran scoring for their side, securing the first win of 2024 for OSU.

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Longueuil have struggled so far this season with 2 draws and a loss on the season while opponents CS St-Hubert were so far 0W-1D-1L. The two sides challenged one another in a very equal match, but Olivier Dubé and Omar Tangara’s goals were the only points of celebration, with both sides leaving Parc Laurier with a solitary point.

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