Guelph United

United secures first in West and home playoff match

MISSISSAUGA – Guelph United FC clinched top spot in the League1 Ontario Men’s Premier West Division soccer standings when they wrapped up their regular season with a 3-1 victory over Sigma FC at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre’s Iceland Fields Saturday afternoon.

United shot ahead with a pair of goals by Jace Kotsopoulos in the first half before Tomasz Skublak completed their scoring early in the second half.


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“I am very pleased with our team’s performance and the result since a win today was crucial,” Kotsopoulos said in a news release. “Not only did we clinch first place in our first season, but now we are entering playoff on a solid win (with) lots of confidence for the playoffs.”

Kotsopoulos opened the game’s scoring eight minutes into the match, but Sigma was quick to tie it as the hosts tallied a minute later.

United shot ahead for good 20 minutes later when Kotsopoulos potted a penalty-kick goal for his league-leading 15th goal of the season.

Skublak completed the scoring when he netted his 10th of the season.

United finishes the regular season atop the West Division at 10-2-0 while Sigma will finish fifth in the eight-team division at 4-6-3.

By finishing first, United will host a league semifinal against the defending champions, Master’s FA of Scarborough. Master’s finished second in the East Division at 6-3-3.

Vaughan Azzurri, first in the East at 11-0-1, will host the West’s second-place finisher in the other semifinal. Blue Devils FC (8-1-2) of Oakville and FC London (8-3-0) are to play Sunday afternoon in Oakville with the winner finishing as runners-up in the West. If they tie, Blue Devils will finish second.

United and Master’s are to play in their semifinal next Saturday at 5 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal