14 May 2024

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Special preview: Women’s l1 cup round of 16

It’s a huge few weeks for League1 Ontario clubs as the L1 Cup Round of 16 takes place, with the remaining Premier Division teams entering play.

Blue Devils vs Scrosoppi – Tuesday, May 14

Women’s cup action kicks off with Championship-side Scrosoppi looking to cause an upset against top-flight Blue Devils.

Scrosoppi have won two of their three games in the division and sit second in the standings, whereas Blue Devils have been yet to get off the mark in the Premier Division having lost their opening three games.

Shipping goals has been part of challenge for the home team, conceding 14 times across their three games, as opposed to Scrosoppi’s four. Visiting striker Aalayah Lully may be one to watch after she scored a brace against ProStars at the weekend.

Vaughan Azzurri vs Rush Canada – Wednesday, May 15

Rush Canada face a challenging clash with in-form Vaughan Azzurri. The home side won this competition in 2016 and haven’t struggled this season either, remaining undefeated with two wins and a draw in the Women’s Premier.

The away side will be looking to improve on their performance at the weekend, having lost a lead twice in the final 10 minutes of their game against Pickering, denying them their first league win of the season. They were however 5-0 victors in the First Round of the L1 Cup against Master’s FA.

Vaughan Azzurri meanwhile will be planning for business as usual to see themselves through to the quarterfinals.

FC London vs BVB IA Waterloo – Wednesday, May 15

This is a huge clash between two striving teams as the Premier Division’s FC London go toe-to-toe with Championship leaders BVB IA Waterloo.

Both teams are in fine finishing form, scoring a combined 19 goals this season, and it’s a good opportunity for Waterloo to prove early in the season that they deserve a top-flight spot next year by upsetting an FC London side who fell to their first loss of 2024 against NDC Ontario at the weekend.

The away side will be aiming repeat their form from their last game, as they cruised to a 3-0 lead inside 17 minutes against Burlington with a brace from Abby Kraemer. She eventually scored her hat-trick in a 5-1 victory.

Woodbridge Strikers vs Pickering – Wednesday, May 15

These two sides have mixed results in the regular season, so this game presents both sides with the chance to boost their form.

The 2018 L1 Cup champions Woodbridge will be aiming replicate the success they achieved six years ago. Hat-trick hero from the weekend, Samantha Murphy, may have a big part to play in their cup campaign as her goalscoring form goes from strength to strength.

But it will not be easy against Pickering who have a never-say-die attitude, scoring two late equalizers in the final 10 minutes of their game at the weekend, and progressing through to the Round of 16 in the L1 Cup via penalties against Hamilton United.

North Mississauga vs Darby – Thursday, May 16

Darby will travel to North Mississauga in good form, coming off the back of a 2-1 victory at the weekend and having won two of their three games in the Championship.

North Mississauga also gained three points in the Premier on Sunday, and will be looking to build on their first win of the season after failing to gain anything from their first two games in the league.

Darby beat Unionville Milliken 2-0 in the previous round of the cup to book their tie against Premier opposition.

Guelph United vs NDC Ontario – Tuesday, May 21

In this all-Premier clash, 2022 Premier champions NDC Ontario travel to Guelph United having impressed in the top division so far this year and picked up every point available, while also becoming the league’s second-highest scorers.

The home side have only managed one win this season and find themselves towards the lower end of the standings, but that victory was against reigning Women’s Premier Division champions Alliance United.

Annabelle Chukwu has been among the goals for NDC Ontario this season and may be one to watch in this game next week, but Guelph have shown they are not intimidated by previous champions.

Simcoe County Rovers vs St Catharines Roma Wolves – Tuesday, May 21

St Catharines Roma Wolves will face their biggest test of the season as the League2 Division side make the journey to Barrie.

The home side Simcoe have struggled for form in the Premier and have accumulated just one point as things stand, whereas their opponents have showed some promise in the third tier having won two of their first three games.

Despite their contrasting league positions, both sides have scored four goals in their respective campaigns this season; the difference in this matchup being there’s nothing to lose for the away side as they come into the game as huge underdogs.

North Toronto vs Alliance United – Wednesday, May 29

This may be the closest cup tie of the round between two top Premier teams.

They are currently separated by just three points in the standings. North Toronto recently earned a tie against high-flyers Vaughan Azzurri and have impressed in the final third with seven goals this season. Alliance United have also shown prowess in front of goal, especially through the in-form Holly Whelan.

Either way, this game will see a big trophy contender fall in the early stages of the cup, and the winner will face either Woodbridge Strikers or Pickering in the quarterfinals.

Published On: 14 May 2024

League1 Ontario staff