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Result of the Sunday May 18th, 2003 exhibition game between the W-League Toronto Inferno and provision W-League member Sudbury Canadians played at Milliken Mills Park in Markham at 3:00pm.

Both teams wore numbers but I didn't have a lineup for either team. The frequent substitutions, sometimes four at a time, would have been too hard to follow a shot by shot game.

1st Half hilights:...Inferno defended the north end in the first half and were effected by the strong wind from the sourth east.

16 min...Sudbury Lauren Podolski GOAL...Podolski rushes in from 45 yards and her 25 yard shot is over sliding goalie Emily Holbrook.

19 min...Sudbury Kristy McKenzie GOAL...McKenzie rushes in and holds off defender to chip 18 yard shot into left side of net.

31 min...Sudbury Lauren Podolski GOAL...Podolski gets through ball from center and beats speed of two defenders chasing her to send low 20 yard shot into net.

31 min...Inferno replace goalie with Ann-Marie Woodco replacing Holbrook. Holbrook appeared to stay on her line too much instead of coming out to challenge the angles.

2nd Half:...now maybe the Inferno can take advantage of this wind.

48 min...Inferno Robyn Brady GOAL...Inf #16 passes into box that goalie Julie Boschetto blocks and Brady on right slides ball from 5 yards into low left corner of net.

64 min...Sudbury Lauren Podolski GOAL...Podolski rushes through middle on 1 on 1 and chips 15 yard shot into right corner of net.

66 min...Inferno change goalie again with Anne Ogundele replacing Woodco.

88 min...Sudbury Kristy McKenzie GOAL...McKenzie gets pass from left and 20 yard shot that flying goalie pushes away but just further into right corner of net.

*or was this 5th goal scored by Lauren Podolski? Could one of the fathers please send me an e-mail for proper credit?

Final Score:.......Toronto Inferno..........1.........Sudbury Canadians..........5..............

After the game Canadians coach Frank Malvaso held the local journalists in awe talking about the players and Sudbury's available facilities. He was quite apologistic about his team's style of play which was long ball today. Against a lesser calibre team than Inferno they try to play more of a possession game but with the Inferno they worked the long ball and kept bouncing through balls over and between the Inferno defenders to fast breaking 16 year old Lauren Podolski and Laurentian University student Kristy McKenzie. Many of the players are just 16 and 17 and play against men's teams to get a tougher competition and their tough style shows that experience. Podolski has played in tournaments and has received 62 'letters' (as she's too young for NCAA scholarship offers) from American Universities. Her progress has been pointed out to Canadian national team coach Even Pellurud.

The Sudbury team plays mostly road games this year in their provisional season with the W-League.

The city has what sounds like a venue that just needs some modification before it becomes a stadium for 17000 ! We Toronto journalists jaws dropped when we heard about it. The only limitation about the city of Sudbury is it's so isolated from the rest of North America. The plan is to get full membership into the USL league for their women and the Super Y league for their younger players. The team is a showcase for Northern Ontario talent. There is one player who has a one hour drive from North Bay to get to practice and six others drive almost four hours from Sault Ste Marie! It certainly proves a dedicated team. Not such a high rating for their men's teams said Malvaso. Only one famous male player is Brian Ashton and we Toronto Lynx fans know about him.

The Inferno were short players called up to the national team playing England this week in Montreal and Ottawa. Carmelina Moscato and Candace Chapman among others were sorely missed. Tina Blaskovic was setting up players with her pinpoint touches but when she had the ball alone she was often overwhelmed by three defenders. Stacey Janetos had some good runs up the wing and Jane Lea looked good in the midfield. The Inferno have to replace both their 2002 goalies as they did not return to the team.

Rocket Robin


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Why was there no mention of this game prior to it being played?

How are people supposed to know about the Toronto Inferno? It features many national team players, just like the Whitecaps, but it is not marketed at all, unlike the Whitecaps.

Well, I will try to generate some interest. Here is a collection of Inferno press releases and news bits from the last couple of weeks, all from http://www.torontoinferno.com/:



(May 15, 2003): The Toronto Inferno are proud to announce the signing of midfielder Diana Matheson, 19, of Oakville, Ontario. Matheson is another of the promising Greater Toronto Area based players to sign with the Inferno this season.

Diana is a new member of the Canadian Women's National Team and a former member of the Oakville Storm. She will also provide the Inferno with a great work ethic and excellent passing ability.

Matheson, achieved her first International Cap at the 2003 Algarve Cup versus Norway in a 1 - nil defeat on March 18, 2003.

General Manager Paul Shaw commented, "We are ecstatic to add another national team player to our roster. The depth of our squad continues to grow and we will look for Diana to make an impact in her first W-league season."



The Toronto Inferno are proud to report that the Canadian National Team Squad will include four Inferno players in their two game series against England on May 19, and May 22.. Included in the team are; Defender Melanie Booth, Midfielder Candace Chapman, Midfielder Diana Matheson, and Midfield / Forward Carmelina Moscato.



Two Toronto Inferno Soccer Players who have represented different countries in international competition will be on hand at JMT Metrosport's Pickering location on Sunday, May 25, to meet fans, talk about Inferno and international soccer, sign autographs and help promote a local youth tournament.

Candace Champman and Stacey Janetos, who play for the national teams of Canada and Greece respectively, will be at the Pickering JMT Metrosport store from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

The event is being held in conjunction with the U-12 Girls Rep Showcase Tournament being hosted by the Pickering Soccer Club on May 24-25.

Besides playing for the Inferno and Canada, Chapman is also a defender/midfielder with the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Janetos, who played four seasons at Tennessee's Lincoln Memorial University while attaining a degree in psychology, recently competed for Greece in the recent Algarve Cup. She also scored the winning goal in their 2-0 victory over Wales.



UNIONVILLE, ONTARIO - The Toronto Inferno suffered a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Sudbury Canadians in W-League exhibition play on Sunday.

The Canadians, who are only playing a series of exhibition games this summer, met their first W-League competition at Unionville's Milliken Mills Park and got out to an early lead.

Lauren Podolski, who would score three times on the day, began the Canadians' onslaught with a goal 16 minutes into the first half. Kristy McKenzie made the score 2-0 three minutes later. Podolski put home the final first-half goal past Inferno goalkeeper Emily Holbrook before the W-League rookie was replaced by Anne-Marie Witco.

Robyn Brady finally got the Inferno on the score sheet two minutes into the second half, firing a shot past Julia Boschetto. However, that would be all of the Inferno scoring.

Podolski completed her hat trick in the 63rd minute as she flipped the ball over Witco, who had come off her line.

"When we realized we couldn't play possession soccer against the Inferno, our forwards had to get behind their defenders and capitalize on long balls," said Sudbury head coach Frank Malvaso.

McKenzie finished the scoring for the Canadians in the 87th minute, beating Anne Ogundele.

The Inferno will be looking to restore some pride next Saturday, May 24, as they travel north to Sudbury for a 3 p.m. game against the Canadians.

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There wasn't going to be a game because they could only find a field to play on two days before game time.

Their youth team was coming to Toronto to play against some local teams (tournament I think) anyway. The senior team (how about that as the age of most players were 16 to 18) had to borrow the junior teams whites because the Inferno had only brought their navys.

I got the message the morning of the game. Return match is this weekend in Sudbury.

The Sudbury team is very popular with the Oakville club. Kara Lang's parents invited them for a barbecue last year.

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