K-W Opens Season with Win over TFC

Posted 19 May 2015 9:03 pm

K-W United FC opened the 2015 PDL season with a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC Academy at the Kia Training Ground in Toronto, Tuesday afternoon.

After starting the past two seasons with a tie, the Black and Blue finally opened the campaign on a high.

The elements were not friendly on this day in Downsview, Toronto, and it showed early. Both teams struggled to find a rhythm, unable to keep possession with the gusty winds playing a factor.

After a quarter of an hour passed, United began to get the upper hand, pushing TFC on the back foot and testing former United goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod with a few shots on target. The pace of striker Wesley Cain proved to be a tough task for the Toronto defenders to handle.

United found the break through when third year player Jarek Whiteman found the back of the net. After some nice build up play, captain Sergio Camargos deflected pass fell to Whiteman who outmuscled a defender, putting the visiting team ahead in the 33rd minute.

TFC managed six shots and only two on target, unable to get anything going in the opening half. The dominant midfield play of duo Ken Kroclicki and Joel Perez proved to be key, as United saw much of the ball, allowing the home side no momentum.

The defeat means Toronto fall to 0-2 to open their inaugural season in the PDL following their loss to the reigning league champions Michigan Bucks on Saturday.

Former United head coach Stuart Neely's TFC pressed hard and often in the second half, but failed to muster any shot on target.

Toronto's best chance of the game came at the midway point of the half after United keeper Nathan Ingham was beat on a cross, with the ball falling to Raheem Thorpe at the back post, who was unable to convert it into the open net.

Ingham, also entering his third season with the club, registered the shutout with two saves. The keeper will appreciate the solid defensive play of centre backs Louis Cross, Quante Smith, and Justin Springer in front of him, who blocked several shots and allowed the opposition no time on the ball.

Louis Cross was named Man of the Match for his performance.

United head back on the road Saturday to take on Michigan Bucks in a battle of the top two finishers in the Great Lakes Division from 2014.