On a day where the city of Toronto came to a stop under a blistering winter storm, 6 top academies from the GTA and Ottawa gathered to showcase their soccer skills in front of roughly 30 US and Canadian University coaches who attended the 3rd annual Winstars Soccer Showcase at the Ontario Soccer Center.
The day would be a very long one for the SIGMA squad with 4 matches scheduled (1 hour duration) and forced to work with a short bench. "The tournament was definitely a challenge for the boys as we were only able to carry 4 bench players. The combination of two injuries to key players along with one of our boys who is currently on trial in Greece left us thin on the bench" commented SIGMA Technical Director Bobby Smyrniotis. "We had an average day as a group as at no point in the day did we reach our desired level of play. With that said we were able to win 3 matches and lose a close one in a game where the boys had one of their worst performances over the past two years and the opponent played well and was more than determined to get a result against us. But this is part of the game and as a squad we must learn to deal even with situations were all does not go as we expected. The positive aspect is that they recovered well over the next three matches and played good football in spurts. I am especially happy with the effort the boy had in our game against the Toronto Lynx".
In facing the Toronto Lynx, SIGMA was able to come back from a halftime score that had them losing 1-0. In the second half Sigma replied with a long range goal by Kyle Bekker and an outstanding half volley by Emery Welshman to take a 2-1 victory over a good opponent. "In this game I can say that the team showed very good possession soccer and played the game under the structure they have learned to do so in training. The result was second nature to the fact that the team was organized, circulated the ball well and pressed well in the offensive and defensive sides of the field".
In the end of the day the SIGMA team was able to impress many of the University coaches in attendance with their play on the field. The aim of the combine, one of many such during the year is to promote potential scholarship athletes to US and Canadian Universities. Time will tell how many players from this event will move on to play at the next level but one thing is for sure: SIGMA FC left a good impression in many coaches minds once more for the brand of soccer of they play.