St. Thomas hangs on for 3-3 tie

 Commanding half-time lead blown

   St. Thomas  watches English FC rally from down three goals

 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

 

  • Andrews in action
  • Aristone in disbelief
  • Norton in action
  • Aristone in action
  • DosSantos in action
  • Aristone scores

 

By Rob J. Ross

ST. THOMAS -  Leading 3-0 at half-time, St. Thomas appeared to be in control, but it all unravelled in the second half.

A red card to the home side and an overall lack of support by the St. Thomas bench, contributed to English FC rallying for a 3-3 final, in Western Ontario Soccer League (WOSL) premier men's action at Athletic Park.

"Bitterly disappointing, but a tie nonetheless," St. Thomas coach David Day said. "To give up a 3-0 lead is shameful. A perfect storm of errors."

English completed their come-back scoring in the final minute of the match.

Goals by Matt Aristone, Aaron Squires and Adam Legg, built a 3-0 St. Thomas lead.

A quick push back from English FC early in the second half, produced two goals, the second an amazing long range strike.

St. Thomas played the last 25 minutes down a player, thanks to a red card for undisciplined retaliation.

 "Bench players under-performed today, so I left some tired players on, rather than using guys who hadn’t been playing well," Day said. "We’ve got to be introspective and get better for next game."

St. Thomas, now sitting in sixth place with a 2-3-3 record, was without striker Alonso Flores, due to injury.

Flores is very dynamic and as threatening a player as there is in the league, says Day, therefore his absence greatly affects the team.

"Overall though the team is poised to improve on last year's standings," added Day. "We’ve integrated some new players into the squad and are capable of beating any team in the league."

A team goal is a top three finish, in the 10-team division.

Winning close games like the match this afternoon, keeping the goals against down and remaining disciplined, will go a long way for St. Thomas in attaining their goal.

"We've actually played well most of the year, but (today) was a missed opportunity to separate from some of the other teams. There are several teams beyond the top two, including ourselves, capable of getting third. However, to do so we must win the winnable games. We can't afford ties like (today)."

St. Thomas strives to be among the top third in goals against.

"Scoring is tough so denying goals obviously leads to wins," adds Day. "1-0 wins are indicative of good defensive shape and organization."

In the WOSL, discipline is stiff for lack of it on the field. Yellow cards accumulate over the course of the season and too many cards lead to suspensions.