As many of you know, an unfortunate accident happened in the last game of the night. The Plastics keeper Ryan Wood suffered a broken jaw, orbital bone and possibly some degree of concussion. Good news is that after seeing the doctor they have assessed that there was no neurological damage, and he will be going in for surgery on his jaw next week. I know we’re all wishing Ryan a swift recovery.
Kandy Krush vs Stay Classy FC
After jumping out to a sizeable lead, Stay Classy FC opened the door for Kandy Krush FC to claw their way back into the game. With Andy Kenyon, Sammy Mulimbwa, and Andres Bergen on the field, no lead is safe, and Kandy Krush proved that they may be down, but should never be counted as out. The tension in this one came down to the wire, but the Classy folks managed to hang on to the W by a thread.
Les Bleus vs All the Right Mauves
Les Bleus becomes the fourth team in a row to wreak havoc on the Purple Party. In a tough back-and-forth match, the Mauves once again relied on dying seconds heroics to avoid a loss, this time from goaltender Mirzet Alekic who is the first netminder of the year to score a goal. There are apparently some grumblings from the Mauve camp about their recent inability to close things out, so a friendly reminder that no one likes a sour grape.
Team Blue vs The Plastics
Mitchell Link returns for The Plastics as he plays for only the third time this season, new and improved with ankle braces. His presence helped the Mean Girls execute some great ball movement and locked them in a tie with Team Blue after a tough match by both sides. With Team Blue’s Roger Reid away, defender Paul Rothery slipped back into his ways of years’ past and looked pretty comfortable back in net, but Pink goalie Ryan Wood was the definite hero of the game, making some incredible saves against the league’s top scoring team.
The Wolfpack vs Grass Kickers
Adam Conci is officially out for the season, so the Wolves permanently add Stan Mazur to their Pack. Even with the addition, the dogs continue to have attendance issues, however managed to they come up big against a Grass Kickers team struggling for consistency between the pipes. Cory Sulyma stepped into the net for his second game in this league and unfortunately it didn’t seem to be a pleasant experience. Let’s try to be a little more welcoming (or at least less wolf in sheep’s clothing) in the future: we need goalies!
Yellowcards vs Fishin’ in the Dark
We have our first suspension, folks! In a going-for-the-ball-hard play reminiscent of Kyle Kusiak, Jean Fillion took out... well... Kyle Kusiak...along the boards. While initially it was called a team foul, Filly just couldn’t hold in his “pardon my French” and things quickly escalated into a yellow card: his third of the season. The Yellowcards tried hard to keep the fishers down, but ultimately had trouble getting anything past Mark Tomiak. With the loss, they fall to 7th place, dead even in goals for and against. Shout out from last week: Derek Malis scored his first career goal (no more pouting that you didn’t get a mention, okay?) and it seems he and Jared Kukelko have started a “belly celly” when they help each other score.
The Plastics vs Kandy Krush FC
With the Actuarial Conference hitting Kandy Krush hard, the team had to resort to a few spares to avoid being short-benched. But with Andy Kenyon away, Andreas Bergen simply had to step up and be the play maker for the Krush, setting up all three of their goals this week, two of them for spare Jeff Valdiva. Not to be outdone, The Plastics Erica Irwin proved that a little time away from the office is great for soccer as she picked up her first point of the season – a beaut to the back of the net.
Team Blue vs Fishin’ in the Dark
Team Blue has suffered their first loss as the Dark secures second place all to themselves, hook, line, and sinker. The Fishermen came to play, and they played hard against Team Blue this week, holding Salman Riyaz to only three points and beating up on Roger Reid, who hasn’t given up more than a handful since opening night. With two players on the Dark with two yellow cards apiece, the Blue strategy to draw a suspension for Filly seemed to backfire as any attempt to push him over the edge resulted in a team foul against the red army instead. Watch for these two teams to clash again before the season is through.
Les Bleus vs Yellowcards
Les Bleus was another team victimized by the conference this week, losing their netminder in favour for unknown and untested rookie Cory Sulyma, who did decently well stepping into an unfamiliar league. Unfortunately it seems no one warned him about Kyle Kusiak’s special brand of hospitality as Kyle took full advantage of the inexperience to climb closer to the top 10 players in the 2018 league. Despite the blank, Les Bleus were able to hold on to fourth in the league by the slimmest of margins: better start hitting the score sheet, Mesdames and Messieurs.
All the Right Mauves vs The Wolfpack
The Wolfpack pick up some extra players to help them field a team, and it seems to have paid off! Subbing for his second team of the night, Stan Mazur continued his run as a “supa-spare”, and Andreas Bergen got out of the A column and into the G to help the Wolfpack hand the Mauves their second tie of the season. It’s been a rough few weeks for the Mauves, who haven’t won a game since May 9. I guess the league has caught on to the purps consistently fielding Jordie Lomonaco and Mike Siwicki at the same time and have learned to shut the pair of young’uns down.
Stay Classy FC vs Grass Kickers
Fishin’ goalie Mark Tomiak stepped back between the pipes to help out a Kickers team short their regular netminder for the fourth time this year. After an impressive game against Team Blue, he may have been out of steam as the News Crew scored lucky number 7 against him for the second time this year. Unfortunately for Tomiak, the Grass Kickers were unable to equal the feat, able to put only 2 to the back of the net. The Grass Kickers are a team who just haven’t quite lived up to potential this year, but don’t count them as down and out just yet!
Grass Kickers vs The Plastics
After last week’s soul crushing tie, the Plastics came out full on Mean Girl to take a W* against the Grass Kickers who were short their netminder this week. With a few players missing, the Ladies requested a couple of spares, and it seems they did more in one game than the team does most weeks, picking up 4 goals and an assist between the pair. With the loss, the Grass Kickers remain the lone basement dwellers of the league.
Yellow Cards vs Team Blue
Rookie Alex Palmer (who shone so bright in the GWLHL) has finally hit the back of the net in the MISL after a tip from captain Chris Gesell that ‘soccer is just like hockey’. This game was closer than the score lets on for much of the game, as the Yellow Cards presented more of a challenge than the redshirts expected as Mark Beyer hit the net for the first time this season, and twice at that!
Les Bleus vs The Wolfpack
Wolf-eared captain Andrew Lee celebrated his birthday with a loss to a Les Bleus team driven hard by their captains. Alex Gravenor and Scott Van Hellemond combined for a total of 9 points to outshine the silverbacks. The Wolfpack were once again dealing with a short bench, a situation they seem to be in a lot. Hopefully the pack can increase their ranks as the season goes on.
Fishin’ in the Dark vs Kandy Krush
The Dark has proven they are a force to be reckoned with as they Krush the Kandies, who seem to be faltering after racing out of the gates earlier this season. For what initially seemed like a bit of a rag-tag bunch, the Fishermen show they can reel in the wins as good as any as they continue to fly under the radar and slowly climb the ranks.
Stay Classy FC vs All the Right Mauves
The Mauves were unable to match their dying seconds tie of last week as they fall to the News Crew. Karen Morris picked up her first point of the season, and it was a slick one as Purple goalie Mirzet Alekic was putting all the Mauves on Gaetan Infantino, leaving Karen a wide open net and she capitalized! This match was a grueling back-and-forth the whole time and left the Mauves with all the wrong, bitter taste of defeat.
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Les Bleus vs Stay Classy FC
Stay Classy FC has proven for the second time this season that the team is lost without Gaetan Infantino. While a decrease in scoring was semi-expected with his absence, the complete collapse of defense is somewhat surprising. Les Bleus was able to take full advantage of this and blew a half dozen by Dan Nichols. Bleus co-captain Alex Gravenor doubled up on her rookie year (2017) goals with her second of the season, which she took unassisted to the back of the net.
The Wolfpack vs Yellow Cards
The Wolfpack stunned the Yellow Cards in a victory that got them out of the basement, and tied them up in the standings with their aggressive adversaries. The Pack’s Ashley Kletke continues to prove that she is a force, cracking the double-digit mark in points. Convener Dan Desrosiers also surprised himself as well as the Card’s Salim Tourabaly with a shot square in the nose. Not to be outshone, Dan’s 2017 co-convener Steph Fraser put one to the back of the net... her own...
All the Right Mauves vs The Plastics
Heroics abound with a 7.2s remaining goal to tie up the game by the Mauves. The Plastics had looked to have their third win in the bag until it was snatched from their grasp in a rather rude manner. Once again, Mauve was in need of some girl spares, and they seem to be missing Alyssa Vergata on the score sheet, which the Plastics definitely took advantage by keeping the Mauve offense to a minimum; however that pesky Jordan Lomonaco couldn’t just let things be. He's going to go in the Burn Book for sure.
Fishin’ in the Dark vs Grass Kickers
The Grass Kickers show for the third week in a row that they are here to play, but ultimately were unable to rise above the Dark cloud. Green Machine co-captain Sam Miller stepped up her game to assist a couple of goals as she tried to fire up her team’s offense now that their defence has solidified. And true to form, Jared Kukelko hit the scorecard again and once again proves to be “good for a point a game” as the Fishers try to spread their offense around. Unfortunately, the Fishers are also feisty, as Jean Fillion is now the second player on that team with two yellow cards on the season.
Kandy Krush FC vs Team Blue
Team Blue becomes the first team in the 2018 season to have every active player earn at least one point (we are excluding Daniel Chukwuma who went out in the second game of the year with a potentially season-ending injury). Unfortunately, they again prove to be overly reliant on striker Salman Riyaz, who if he were his own team would be tied for first place in terms of “goals for”, and now has more goals scored than the next two scorers combined. The Krush were without (k)Andy Kenyon this week, limiting their offence, but their defence was able to keep Blue down to “only” four goals. Andy’s absence allowed the rookies to shine as Paolo Medina hit the net for the second time this year and Kim Kim Ly picked up her first assist.
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