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Simcoe Rovers inaugural debut results

Soccer is alive and well in the Simcoe County region.

Rovers FC played their inaugural home openers on Sunday afternoon. Consequently, the women’s club triumphed dominantly, winning 3-0 over Blue Devils FC. What’s more, the men’s team battled Oakville to a 1-1 draw.

Alyssa Nikkel scored the historic first goal for the Rovers in the 37th minute of the first half.

Additionally, Cloey Uddenberg doubled the lead in the 78th minute. Lia Foster piled on with a third tally late in the contest. It was a decisive victory for the women, setting the tone for a competitive campaign this season.

Afterward, the men’s club took to the pitch at J.C. Massie Field. It was an evenly contested match after a scoreless first half. While the Blue Devils drew first blood early in the second half, the Rovers responded two minutes later thanks to a tally from Leaford Allen. Further, Allen became the first men’s club team member to score a Rovers goal.

Equally important was the solid performance from the Rovers’ goalkeeper Daniel Buckley. The netminder stood tall despite repeated attacks from the Blue Devils. Overall, it was a strong performance from both Rovers teams.

Henceforth, the Rovers compete for League1 Ontario supremacy.

Barrie Colts split weekend playoff games

Colts County’s quest for a Memorial Cup began Friday night against the Mississauga Steelheads. The Colts made their first appearance in the OHL playoffs since 2018 and narrowly defeated the Steelheads 2-1 in overtime of Game 1. Further, Evan Vierling delivered the heroic game-winner off a crisp feed from Declan McDonnell.

In addition, Mack Guzda played incredible between the pipes while making 38 saves.

Next, Game 2 returned to Paramount Fine Foods Centre. While the Colts battled hard, the Steelheads prevailed this time around in a 2-1 overtime result. Furthermore, Guzda delivered another spectacular performance in goal, making 40 saves on 42 shots.

Cooper Matthews scored the lone Colts goal.   

Game 3 sees the Colts return home to Sadlon Arena to host the Steelheads in a pivotal match. The Colts and Steelheads hit the ice tonight at 7:30 pm.

Correspondingly, playoff tickets are still available here.

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