August 11, 2019 League 1 Ontario--Vaughan Azzurri vs Pro Stars Academy game report (by Rocket Robin)

Results and details of the Sunday August 11, 2019 League 1 Ontario game between 
Vaughan Azzurri and Pro Stars Academy played at North Maple Regional Park in Maple at 7:00pm.  

7 min...VA Jarek Whiteman GOAL...VA Maksym Kowal runs up right sideline and sends in low cross 
from 10 yard line into box and Whiteman one-touch banks a 7 yard shot into right corner of net.  

46 min...PS Odain Simpson whiffs on clearance attempt and pops ball up at 25 yards.  VA Jahsua Mills 
rushes by him to take ball when it comes down and Simpson slides in from behind and trips him in box.  
Referee Braeden Krampert gives Simpson a Yellow card and signals for a Penalty kick.  

47 min...VA Maksym Kowal GOAL...Kowal shoots Penalty kick low to right side of net as goalie 
Christian Campanico dives left.  

55 min...VA Federico Leal GOAL...Leal receives a cross from the right side of the box and heads ball 
back across box at 12 yards but no teammate was there and ball was headed away.  Leal now with his back 
to goal bicycle kicks a 15 yarder into top right corner of net over goalie.  

87 min...VA Raheem Rose GOAL...VA Julian De Sousa rolls pass from 30 yards on left between 
defenders and Rose in open in center at 20 yards steps forward and shoots low 15 yarder 
into left corner of net.  

Final Score:......Vaughan Azzurri.........4.........Pro Stars Academy FC......0........

Attendance was about 40 on this mild evening with a blindingly bright sun in the north west that 
gradually set in the second half.  There was a breeze that helped keep the mosquitoes away until 
the very end.   

I saw another Goal of the Year candidate tonight with Leal's bicycle kick.  I saw another bicycle 
kick goal almost exactly one month ago when Windsor played OSUF from Ottawa which for travel reasons 
was held at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan but that had no-one filming it on the usual 
camcorder-on-a-pole method the league uses.  A lot of local underemployed videographers in the GTA 
could have been found on a day's notice but poor WTFC Tyrone Mulder's effort will be forgotten.  
Leal's goal should beat out the July 21st Rinat Kassimgeryev 65 yard chip downfield over the goalie 
(like Wayne Rooney) for Toronto Skillz and July 28th Kenny Lioutas tough-angle 22 yard dipping 
freekick (Giovinco style) when Alliance FC was here to play Vaughan two weeks ago.  Only reason 
there wasn't one last week may have been that L1O took the holiday weekend off!  

VA Maksym Kowal's Penalty kick goal wasn't spectacular but it does give him a share of the Goal Leaders 
with 11.  He and Connor Wilson of FC London who also scored once today broke away from a four way tie 
as the only leaders who scored this weekend leaving Aurora's Felipe Vilela and Sigma's Leaford Allen 
one behind—one reason is those two didn't play.      

Matt George earned the shutout for Vaughan.  He had to make some key saves to keep the lead and keep 
Pro Stars from making a comeback as the game was still in doubt until 55 minutes.  It also didn't 
help that Pro Stars ended many efforts by being called offside.  

Referee Braeden Krampert gave out seven Yellow cards tonight (four to Vaughan) plus the Penalty kick.  
He gave out six in the first half to keep things from breaking down.  The L1O website for the game 
can't track goaltender Yellows but they both got one.  PS Christian Campanicco's was funny in that 
at 14 minutes he slid forward to grab a through ball pass and found himself sitting outside the box 
with the ball in his arms.  VA Federico Leal put the subsequent 20 yard freekick over the bar.  
George earned his at 41 minutes for arguing a call when PS Dominic Parris was injured on a tackle 
from behind by VA Shiquan Lowe sliding from behind at 20 yards setting up a PS freekick and earning 
Lowe a Yellow too.   

I hadn't seen the Mills brothers play together for Vaughan this season but they are finally all listed 
on the roster.  Jahsua Mills was a starter and played the first 70 minutes, Brandon Mills was 
a substitute but not used until 81 minutes and Jason Mills was listed on the gamesheet as suspended 
for the game (Red carded in Thursday's game against Masters FA).  

Best non-scoring chances were at 19 minutes when VA Leal took a low 25 yard shot that the diving 
goalie pushed wide left of the post.  34 minutes had VA Rose given a long high pass and his 15 yard 
shot was batted down by the sliding goalie at 10 yards and a defender made a bicycle kick clearance.  
First half added time had VA Leal take a 28 yard freekick from the left and the goalie dived to save 
on the left post and the big rebound he gave up was cleared behind his own line by PS Dylan Micallef.  
Next minute had VA Kowal take a low 20 yard shot from the left that the goalie saved on the left post 
and Kowal leapt over a sliding defender but couldn't get to the ball.  48 minutes had VA Jahsua Mills 
round defender Odain Simpson who kept him to the outside on the left but Mills got a 7 yard shot past 
the diving goalie but between the near post and the mesh of the net.  50 minutes had PS Camaal Reid 
bend a 22 yard freekick from the left just over the bar.  66 minutes had VA Jahsua Mills given 
a through ball at 22 yards on slight left and he rounded the goalie at 10 yards then shoot a 6 yarder 
into the webbing of the net.  71 minutes had PS Halburto Harris cross from the left and PS Micallef 
headed an 8 yarder up the middle off the left post and he couldn't get away the rebound.  86 minutes 
had PS Micallef send in a long cross from 30 yards that the goalie palmed left of the post.  
PS Khubaib Mahboubullah followed up the play with an 8 yard chip that the goalie caught on the left post.  

Almost all teams have played 14 games.  Vaughan leads the league in scoring with 41 'goals for'.  
They have 14 goals against.  Pro Stars are 13-30 so their 'goals for' is among the lowest in the league 
and that has been their problem with many player changes during the season.  

Since this wasn't a clash of first place teams like two weeks ago, there was only about a third 
of the crowd when Alliance FC was here and York 9 FC and L1O Oakville players were here to enjoy 
the game.  Actually today there was a clash of first place teams as Oakville was hosting Alliance.  
The Oakville game was originally scheduled for 4:00pm but was moved to 5:00pm and the Vaughan game 
was moved up from 8 to 7 pm so there was no way I could take in both games.  It was my chance 
to see Pro Stars for a third time this season.  

That Oakville game ended up with Oakville winning 1-0 and leaping to first place.  With the win 
tonight by Vaughan they move into second place and Alliance with their first loss of the year drop 
to third place.  Next week these top three teams finish the regular season with road games against 
teams below the playoff line but with Vaughan and Alliance with the tougher games as Aurora FC 
and Darby FC (respective opponents) still have a chance to finish in the top eight with a win 
and other results going their way.  

Vaughan's win improves their record to 11 wins, 2 losses, 1 tie for 34 points, one point out 
of first place.  

Pro Stars' record falls to 5 wins, 7 losses, 2 ties for 17 points.  That keeps them in twelfth place 
of the sixteen teams and are out of the playoffs as tonight was a 'must win' game to keep their 
slim playoff hopes alive.  22 points is the current playoff line.  

Two weeks ago I complained about the new NMRP facilities having the Men's washroom with a 20 foot 
ceiling but only one urinal and two toilets.  Could it be worse?  Yes...because tonight the building 
was fenced off except for the dressing rooms and we spectators had to use some port-a-potties brought 
in to the other side of the parking lot.  

Rocket Robin
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