BARRIE - Hyped as the biggest matchday in franchise history last Saturday, the Simcoe County Rovers did not disappoint.
In front of nearly 700 fans at J.C Massie Field at Georgian College, both the men and women were victorious on the hot, historic afternoon.
The day began with the women beating ProStars FC to clinch a playoff spot – and they did so in a convincing 5-0 fashion.
Brianne Desa opened the scoring in the fourth minute for the home side before Courtney Chochol scored a pair of goals in the 14th and 51st minutes to extend the Rovers lead to three.
Soumaya Bouak and Jessica Sheers then added on with goals of their own in the 75th and 87th minutes to secure the victory for the Rovers, who extended their unbeaten streak to six.
The team also recorded their eighth clean sheet of the season, which is made all that more impressive when you consider star goalkeeper Yazmeen Jamieson has been away from the team for the last little bit due to CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers.
Jamieson represents the Jamaican National Team, who clinched a spot in the 2023 Women’s World Cup in the most recent qualifiers.
The women will look to close their regular season out in style on Sunday when they travel to Windsor to face 6-7-4 Tecumseh SC.
With a win, the ladies can secure the right to hold a home playoff game, pending on what happens elsewhere across the league.
Regardless of whether or not they host a home playoff game, the playoff schedule will be released early next week, so please stay tuned to our socials for more information.
As for the men, they were not in a position to clinch a playoff spot like their counterparts, but they managed to put themselves one step closer to doing so after beating Scrosoppi FC 3-1.
Down 1-0 at half, the Rovers struck for three unanswered second-half goals – with two coming from star striker Ethan Beckford – to secure the win.
Ryley Wishart also found the back of the net for the Rovers for his first goal in the blue and white.
The win moved the Rovers to fourth place in the League1 standings and if that holds by season’s end, they will host a playoff game at Georgian College in late August.
There is still lots of work for the Rovers to do before they can get there, though, with five games still to be played before then.
Their push for home field and a playoff spot kicks into overdrive on Saturday when they travel to Fleming College to take on Electric City FC in the second leg of the inaugural Trent-Severn Cup.
The two women’s teams draw 1-1 last month, setting the stage for a winner-take-all match on Saturday to determine the winner of the Trent-Severn Cup.
Should the game be tied after 90 minutes of play, the winner will be decided on penalties.
The men return home on Saturday, July 30th for their last home match of the season when they take on North Toronto Nitros.