July 5, 2019 – The North Mississauga Soccer Club’s women’s team’s next test, against Hamilton United Elite, will hopefully be a way for players on this young team to improve and to wind down the season. 

The Panthers will be returning home to the Paramount Fine Foods Centre after nearly a month on the road. A boost from the home fans is appreciated by the players and coaching staff on the team, but Coach Tjanetis looks at in a much more everyday fashion. 

“A short drive to the field and home is always nice,” said Tjanetis. 

Photo Courtesy Bob Twidle

There’s no getting around the reality that the Panthers have had a difficult season. They have gone without a point in nine games so far this year. 

But the team has had some bright spots. Tori Evans has scored two goals this year despite limited playing time, and teenage goalie Sam Beckles has shown flashes of brilliance in games where she has faced a lot of shots. 

Carla Briscoe also scored a goal last week against Alliance United F.C., who is ranked fourth in League1 standings. This was the first time the team scored since a June 7th game against Darby F.C., where the team lost 5-2. The team kept the game close, until the closing moments. 

Against a Hamilton team which is third last in the standings, there are some strategies that Tjanetis hopes to employ in order to be competitive. 

“We have to put pressure on their back line,” said Tjanetis. “We have to look to move the ball quickly and switch the play often.” 

After this game, the Panthers will have three remaining games: two on the road against FC London and FC Oshawa and the season finale at home against Unionville Millikin F.C. on July 26. Let’s go Panthers!