CHESTERVILLE – It was Friday the 13th and there was no luck in the early going for the North Dundas United as they took on the West Ottawa Kazatele at the Chesterville Fairgrounds.
But, a steady attack, the calm demeanor of the back line and substitute keeper Tony Wouters and a bit of patience paid off with a hard-fought 3-1 victory.
The Kazatele played an excellent first half and used the bounces to their advantage. The United were the victims of a handball in the box despite Donny Vreman’s arm being in a natural position. However, the referee felt the need to award a penalty kick and Jeff Swrjeski made good on the opportunity giving the Kazatele the early 1-0 lead.
Jason Eitzen had appeared to score the equalizer late in the first half, but the goal was stifled by the referee when he called the play back on a handball that he somehow managed to spot from well behind the play.
The United went into the break empty-handed and clearly frustrated after several missed opportunities, and some inspired play by the Kazatele keeper.
The second half began much like the first half ended as the United continued to press for the equalizer. Using their outside speed to their advantage, the United continued to generate scoring opportunities until a break finally went their way.
The ref made an almost identical handball call on the Kazatele defender in the box, awarding the United a penalty kick.
Vreman made up for his first half handball and scored on the penalty shot.
The United kept up the relentless pressure and broke through twice more with Robin Gowan scoring the winner, and Duy Ngo adding the insurance marker late in the game to make it a 3-1 final.
This latest triumph improves the United record to 7-0-1 (W-D-L) and 21 points. They sit alone in second place, five points clear of the third place OISC Alliance and only three behind the league-leading Ottawa Eagles.
The United will now play their next two on the road before closing out the regular season schedule at home on Fri., Aug. 3 at the Chesterville Fairgrounds.
Their next match is a lengthy road trip to Chelsea Fri., July 20 to take on a Lions team that has won two of its last three games, but is coming off a tough 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Korean Whitecaps.
The Lions currently sit in a three-way tie for seventh place with a 3-1-4 record with 10 points.
Sonics close but not close enough
Two is a groove, three is a rut and four is a trend.
It’s safe to say then that the Sonics are trending in the wrong direction with another heartbreaking one-goal loss Wed., July 11 to the Lynwood Eleven FC.
This latest defeat, a 2-1 decision, is the fourth one-goal loss in a row for the Sonics.
The Eleven, tied for first in league play, were a tough test for the Sonics as they have the leagues top offence and have yet to lose a game this season.
The Sonics can take some positives from this latest setback with a strong defensive showing against the Eleven and striker Julian Whittam finally hitting the score sheet again with his first goal since the opening game of the season.
Frustration is mounting for the players in what could be a very different season had the Sonics had a break or two go their way as it did last year when they finished in second place.
The Sonics will try to get the second half of their season back on track with a game against the bottom feeding OISC Maniac tonight (Wed., July 18) at 6:30 pm at Elizabeth Manley Park.
The Sonics beat the Maniac earlier this season 2-0 in Mountain in what was their last victory on the season.
With seven games remaining the season is not yet lost but this week is an absolute must-win for the Sonics to have any chance of climbing back into the race.
Women’s winless streak hits four
Although it is officially recorded as another loss in tough season for the North Dundas Women’s Rec3 team, this latest decision could count as a moral victory.
The women travelled to Lytle Park West and took on the league-leading OSU Vortex and dropped a 3-1 decision.
The Vortex powerful offence has amassed 31 goals on the campaign and boasts two of the top three scorers in the league – Devon Elson and Manuela Fonseca.
Elson showed off her abilities with two more markers in this game, running her season total to nine. Charlotte Lennon scored her first of the season for the Vortex.
Taylor Shelp scored the lone marker for North Dundas and has accounted for four of the last five goals they’ve scored in the past four games.
The ladies will travel to St. Pius to take on the last place Croatian Jadran Thurs., July 19.
The game is crucial for North Dundas who hold a 1-1-6 record as they are only two points clear of the basement dwelling Jadran.