The women’s team won 4-0 against the Burlington SC Individuals. They had one draw and two losses in the game.
It was Kayla McQueen’s first half show as she scored two goals for ECFC in the 18th and 34th minutes of the game. She leads the team with 10 goals this season.
The ECFC continued their relentless attack as Aysia King scored her second goal of the season in the 64th minute. Captain Holly O’Neill scored the winner in extra time with her eighth goal of the year.
ECFC goalkeeper Breanne Carreiro scored a shutout in her first start, as first-choice goalkeeper Mykaela Volpe had started all of the team’s 12 previous games.
“I thought we showed a good team performance. Everyone worked hard both offensively and defensively and in return we got away with four goals, one goal conceded and three points,” said midfielder Angelika Mihalopulos of the good game on Saturday.”
The women move to a 7-5-1 record and are 6th overall.
The men shared similar success with a 3-0 win over BVB IA Waterloo at Fleming College.
In the first 12 seconds of the game, both teams and the officials knelt against racism. The gesture was in reference to last Wednesday’s ECFC women’s game, where a member of Current 1819, the team’s fan club, allegedly used racial slurs on the Simcoe County Rovers FC goalkeeper.
The kneeling was a collaboration between players from both teams.
“We wanted to show, both on and off the pitch, that there is no tolerance for that,” said ECFC defender Josh Panello.”
“This is a very serious matter, very sensitive, and I stand with my teammates,” said Ethan Gopaul, ECFC forward. “There’s no room for that here and we both agree that it’s very important to make it clear that we both support that.”
The team designed United Against Racism t-shirts to be worn by players before kick-off and by staff before and during the game.
Forward Jordan Brown led the charge with two goals in less than three minutes in the first half. He scored in the 24th and 26th minutes to keep ECFC ahead at half-time. Brown almost completed the natural hat-trick with an uncontested header, but Waterloo’s goalkeeper prevented it with a fantastic save.
ECFC keeper Quillan Roberts was tested early on with two chances from Waterloo but was able to stop one chance and force the opposition to go wide on the other shot.
Electric City continued to extend their lead in the second half when Gopaul scored his first goal of the season with a pass from Brown in the 80th minute. The goal sealed ECFC’s 3-0 victory.
“I’m glad JB made an altruistic decision considering he’s already scored twice,” Gopaul said. “He could have gotten a third for the hat-trick but he chose to throw it at me for an easy one and that’s really all from him. Luckily it crept under the bar on my first goal so I’m happy with that.”
The win sparked a two-game winning streak that pushed the men to a 4-4-2 record. The men’s team is undefeated at home.
“We’re complete and we wanted to be good in all areas of the pitch,” said Randy Ribiero, ECFC caretaker coach. “It was nice to see everything come together and the lads defended fantastically and we really limited the number of chances the opponent could create.”
The women play NDC Ontario at home at Fleming College this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. The men take to the streets at 20:00 on the same day to play Hamilton United