17 May 2024

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This weekend marks a return to divisional action for some teams who featured in the L1 Cup and are looking to kick on from their midweek results.

Back-to-back blockbusters

After last week’s head-to-heads between the top four teams in the Women’s Premier, this matchweek kicks off with another huge clash at the business end of the standings.

Leaders NDC Ontario, who defeated the previously invincible FC London last week, now face more top-four opposition in North Toronto. North Toronto sit second in the league having tied with fellow unbeaten side Vaughan Azzurri last week, and are hosting a Scarborough Simbas session pregame to raise awareness of the program’s great work in soccer.

There are also four teams in action in the Men’s Championship. Windsor City host Unionville Milliken, who have six points from their first two outings, and Pickering face a Darby side who were defeated by Simcoe County Rovers in the midweek L1 Cup action.

Pushing on

After winning 4-0 against BVB IA Waterloo in the L1 Cup, FC London will be aiming to get back to winning ways in the Women’s Premier against Guelph United. Despite sitting eighth, Guelph are no team to be messed with having dispatched reigning champions Alliance United a week ago.

Simcoe County Rovers are currently winless in both Premier Divisions. The women’s team face seventh-placed North Mississauga, and the men’s team will be aiming for three points against bottom side Sigma having bagged their first win of the campaign in the L1 Cup midweek.

The two leading teams in the Men’s Premier Division meet in the L1 Cup Round of 16 next Wednesday, and both will be aiming to go into that mega matchup with a 100 per cent record this season.

To do this, they’ll both need to defeat unbeaten teams in this Saturday’s Premier Division schedule, with Burlington visiting Alliance United and Scrosoppi facing Woodbridge Strikers. Like the Women’s Premier Division served up last weekend, these two blockbuster games feature the top four teams in the standings.

Vaughan Azzurri are not far behind that pack either. Having dispatched St Catharines Roma Wolves 4-1 in the L1 Cup on Tuesday, they’ll have eyes for a second victory of the week against the winless Hamilton United.

Two more teams still looking for their first wins of the regular season meet on Saturday. ProStars’ meeting with North Toronto last year sparked a five-goal thriller which was eventually won by North Toronto, and the 2024 matchup could be another close encounter.

Rush Canada, Sudbury Cyclones, and The Borough FC are all in action in Men’s League2 on Saturday, with The Borough fresh off the back of experiencing Premier Division soccer. They were defeated 3-0 by Guelph United in the L1 Cup in midweek and no doubt they will be taking some valuable lessons into their League2 campaign. Master’s FA also host Simcoe’s ‘B’ team in the Women’s League2 Division.

Scrosoppi players celebrate

Flourishing in the Championship

Scrosoppi’s women’s team shone in the L1 Cup in midweek, defeating the Premier Division’s Blue Devils 6-2 – in-form striker Jahkaya Davis scored five of those goals herself.

They return to divisional action this Saturday, having won two from three in the Championship this season, and face former Women’s Division champions Pickering.

Unionville Milliken visit Tecumseh United in a battle between fifth and sixth in the Women’s Championship respectively, and Rush Canada host Burlington in a matchup between eighth and ninth.

Men’s Championship leaders TFC Academy, who have a 100 per cent record this season, meet North Mississauga this weekend, and the league’s bottom side St Catharines Roma Wolves face the undefeated FC London.

BVB IA Waterloo are impressing in both Championship divisions. The men’s team have two wins from their first three games and face Master’s FA this weekend, and the women’s team will be aiming to continue their 100 per cent record and extend their place at the top of the standings on Sunday against Darby.

Sunday soccer

Two more Women’s Premier games will take place on Sunday. Blue Devils will be looking for their first points of the season against Woodbridge Strikers, before Alliance United do battle with Vaughan Azzurri. The last time the Azzurri met Alliance was in the 2023 Women’s Premier postseason, with the girls in orange and white winning 2-1.

Darby’s women’s team beat North Mississauga in the L1 Cup on Thursday to become the second Women’s Championship side in the quarterfinals. They meet BVB IA Waterloo in the division this Sunday; BVB were defeated by FC London in midweek.

Bottom side ProStars, who have one point from their first three, entertain Hamilton United on Sunday afternoon.

More matches? Yes please

Guelph United and Blue Devils meet in the final Men’s Premier game of the matchweek on Monday – one point apart from each other in the standings.

Then attention returns to some huge matchups in the L1 Cup Round of 16. You can read more about those fixtures in our Special L1 Cup Preview that was published earlier this week.

Published On: 17 May 2024

League1 Ontario staff