The women’s team won in a 4-0 rout against the Burlington SC Individuals. They had one draw and two losses before the match.
It became Kayla McQueen’s spectacle for the first half as she scored twice for ECFC in the 18th and 34th minutes of the match. She leads the team with 10 goals this season.
ECFC continued their relentless onslaught with Aysia King scoring her second goal of the season in the 64th minute. Captain Holly O’Neill got the insurance scorer with her eighth goal of the year, scoring in overtime.
ECFC goalie Breanne Carreiro posted a shutout in her first start as starting goaltender Mykaela Volpe had started in the team’s previous 12 games.
“I think we did a good team job. Everyone worked hard both offensively and defensively and in turn we came away with four goals, a clean sheet and three points,” said midfielder Angelika Mihalopulos, “It was a successful night and hopefully we can bring that same energy to what should be a 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.
For the first 12 seconds of the match, both teams and officials took a knee in opposition to racism. The gesture was in reference to the ECFC women’s game last Wednesday where a member of Current 1819, the team’s fan club, allegedly hurled a racial slur at the Simcoe County Rovers FC goalkeeper.
The kneeling was a collaboration between players from both teams.
“We pretty much wanted to show both on and off the pitch that there’s zero tolerance for this,” said ECFC defender Josh Panello. .”
“This is a very serious, very sensitive issue and I collectively support my team-mates,” said ECFC striker Ethan Gopaul. “There’s no place for that here and we both agree that it’s very important that it’s clear that we both support that.”
The team designed t-shirts with the words “united against racism” which were 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 until half-time. Brown nearly completed the natural hat trick with an undisputed header, but the Waterloo keeper denied it with a fantastic save.
ECFC keeper Quillan Roberts was tested early with two scoring chances from Waterloo but managed to stop a chance and force the opposition to fire wide on the other shot.
Electric City continued to extend their lead in the second half as Gopaul scored his first of the season with an assist from Brown for an easy goal in the 80th minute. The goal sealed ECFC’s 3-0 victory.
“I’m glad JB made a selfless decision considering he had already scored two goals,” Gopaul said. “He could have gotten a third one for the hat trick, but he decided to slip it to me for an easy trick and it’s really all him on that one. Luckily he snuck under the crossbar for my first goal, so I’m happy with that.
The win ended a two-game winless streak that moved the men to a 4-4-2 record. The men’s team is undefeated at home.
“We are complete and we wanted to be good in all areas of the pitch,” said ECFC caretaker coach Randy Ribiero. “It was nice to see it all fall into place and the boys defended fantastically and we really limited the number of chances the opponent could create.”
The women are at home against NDC Ontario at Fleming College this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. The men hit the road to face Hamilton United on the same day at 8:00 p.m.