The North Mississauga SC Panthers women’s team are continuing their rebuilding year on the road against Aurora FC on the road this Saturday, June 15th which will give another test for a team that has been making dramatic changes.
The Panthers signed seven new players as part of a rebuilding process before last week’s game against Darby FC. The team lost the game 5-2, but this represented quick, dramatic improvements over the team that has yet to win or tie in six games this year. Panthers head coach Judy Tjanetis said she hopes that the game against Aurora this will be lucky number seven.
“The new additions bring experience with them along with physical strength,” said Coach Tjanetis. “The mood in the locker room is good. The players that are there are happy to be playing.”
The team was highly competitive in the first half of their last game, ending that half with a 2-2 score before letting in three in the second half. Tjanetis emphasized the importance of putting in a complete effort if they want to beat Aurora, a team that has four losses and two draws this year.
But for a team with as difficult a start to the year as Mississauga has had, they know nothing is going to come easy, and they will have to play a full game in order to win.
“We need to stay focused in the second half from the start and not conceding early goals,” said Tjanetis. “We have a lot of changes again this week, so the plan is to stay focused mentally, win our one-on-one duels (especially in and around the 18-yard box) and defend as a unit.”
The game will be played at the Stewart Burnett Park in Aurora, Ont. Kick-off will happen at 7 p.m. If you can’t make the game in person, you can watch the game live on League1’s website at www.league1ontario.com