At the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan, Vaughan Italia Shooters hosted the second round of the Canada Cup. Their opponents were the Oakville Blue Devils – the 2005 CSL Champions who defeated Italia Shooters 1-0.
Both teams added many new players to their roster since the 2005 playoff game (won by Oakville) and so the game was not quite the hot re-match one would expect. Oakville Blue Devils also have a new head coach (last year’s player and captain Phil Ionadi took over the coaching job after retiring from playing). Check top rated elliptical machines over here.
The Shooters made some changes to player positions to try and get a winning combination and better play then from their recent matches. Danny Sanna played central defense (changed from midfield) and Frank Bruno played outside midfield. Up front was the first start for forward Jason De Thomasis. These three changes seemed to pay immediate dividends for the Shooters as they pressed for most of the first half. Some good play-making allowed the Shooters at least four shots on the Oakville net with two breakaways stopped by the Oakville goalkeeper. The first half ended 0 – 0.
At the beginning of the second half, newcomer Alvaro Yaques took over for a tired Frank Bruno in midfield and this move seemed to spark the Shooters as they took total command of the midfield. A few minutes later another newcomer from the youth farm system, 18 year old Josue Jaramillo came for midfielder Joey Todaro. While being only 18, Josue along with Alvaro took command of the midfield and about ten minutes later, a one touch Alvaro pass to Jason De Thomasis who also made a one touch a pass to Josue for a Shooter breakaway. The Oakville goalie had only one chance and that was to come out and block the shot—but Josue cooling chipped the ball over the goalie into an open net for a 1-0 Shooter lead.
At the 65 minute mark, forward Kaiden Leckie made his first appearance for the Shooters and with his fast pace took the Oakville defense by complete surprise. It seemed that the only way the Oakville defense would stop Kaiden would be by fouling him – which they did but they did it in the Oakville penalty box area. Danny Sanna took the penalty shot and coolly beat the goalie with a top right corner perfect shot. Game ended 2-0 for the Shooters who now await the winners of the other Canada Cup games to see who will be their next Canada Cup opponent.
The next season regular home game at the Vaughan Soccer Centre is on Sunday July 9 vs Toronto Croatia. Croatia won the first meeting by a score of 2-1. It is a must win game for the Italia Shooters against a divisional rival if they hope to make this year’s playoffs.