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Rovers return home in pitch to keep undefeated season going

Today at J.C. Massie Field, women’s team hosts Burlington SC at 4 p.m. and the men take on Alliance United FC at 7 p.m.

Another weekend of good weather, another double home game for the undefeated Simcoe County Rovers FC today. 

League1 Ontario’s newest soccer club packed J.C. Massie Field in their home-opener two weeks ago and will hope to do the same Saturday as the women’s team hosts Burlington SC at 4 p.m. and the men take on Alliance United FC at 7 p.m.

The Rovers women have not only won both of their first two games, but have yet to be scored on. They won the season/home-opener on April 24 by defeating Oakville, 3-0, and heading to Scarborough’s Centennial College on April 30 to defeat Alliance United FC, 2-0.

The men tied in their first game on April 24 against Oakville, but won their game on April 30 against Masters FA Saints, 3-2.

The first goal scorer in Rovers history, Alyssa Nikkel, told BarrieToday what it was like to get that first goal out of the way.

“It was amazing to get the goal and even better to have a strong home-opener for the first game,” Nikkel said. “We’re really starting to gel and it's going to be an exciting season.”

Leaford Allen was the first goal scorer for the men’s side.

Rovers CEO and co-owner Peter Raco said everyone was proud with how the first two match weeks went for the club, both on and off the field. 

“Our women's team have proven dominant early, winning both their matches, including a 3-0 win at home against last year's finalist. Our men's side won a thrilling match last weekend against the 2019 champions,” Raco said. “In total, we have collected 10 of a possible 12 points to start our inaugural season.”

Raco said he was happy the inaugural home matches saw upwards of 650 supporters come out across both matches, which he called very positive in League1 Ontario. 

“We look to continue building on this momentum, and garner the support of the city, leading into another double-header on Saturday at Georgian College,” said Raco.