Wolves hit the ground running
The Club Roma Wolves women’s team, seen here working out before the season, are 2-0 in L1O Women’s Premier Division action so far this season. Photos by: G3 DESIGNS.
So far, so good for both St. Catharines Club Roma premier teams.
The men’s team, in their second season in the League1 Ontario Premier Division, have a win and a tie in their first two games while the women’s squad, which is participating in the L1O Women’s Premier Division, have won both their games.
“Both teams are off to a real good start,” Roma’s director of operations Carmine Provenzano said. “We’re very happy.”
The men’s team kicked off their season with a 1-0 win at North Mississauga as Jake Kelly scored and Carson Provenzano earned the shutout. They followed that up with a 2-2 tie at London as Kelly and Conrad Czarnacki scored.
“Four out of six points is real good,” Carmine Provenzano said. “Going to London, which is traditionally a strong team, we were leading 2-1 and then gave up a goal for the tie. Disappointed we didn’t get three points for the win but knowing we can play there on the road, we’re very, very confident as a team.
“What the head coach (Federico Turriziani) is doing is really kicking in.”
The fast start by the women’s team is perhaps even more impressive considering it is the team’s inaugural campaign.
The women, under the tutelage of women’s lead assistant Luciano Ianiero and technical director Davide Massafra, topped North Mississauga 2-0 in their season opener as Sophia Al Kayed and Sabria Bisante scored while Emma Hendrie earned the shutout before edging Burlington 2-1 on goals by Bisante and Brianna Bishop.
“The potential is there. The nervousness at the beginning of the season was it’s a young team but a lot of speed and we’ve been finishing around the net when we had opportunities, so it’s great,” Carmine Provenzano said. “I think (early success) is going to give both teams a lot of confidence, especially on the women’s side being a new team. I think our girls are understanding they can do it, they can play with anybody.”
The men play their first five games on the road before their home opener Friday, May 20 versus the Woodbridge Strikers at 8:45 p.m.
The women have seven road games before hosting Waterloo Friday, June 3 at 8:45 in their home opener.
The early road games are by design.
“We’re the only team in the league that plays on grass,” Carmine Provenzano said. “We take pride in the grass not getting destroyed prior to mid-May so we plotted a mid-to-late May start at home.”
Switching back and forth between grass and turf wasn’t an issue for the men last season.
“I think the guys got used to it last year. We train before games on grass at home so we can get used to it. It’s pretty good as far as the transition goes,” Carmine Provenzano said.
The men’s team visit Unionville Friday while the women’s team are at Pro Stars FC in Brampton Sunday at 2 p.m.
Women’s Premier Team
Madison Crosbie G
Emma Hendrie G
Salena Kimar G
Sophia Al Kayed
Men’s Premier Team
Carson Provenzano G
Taylor Miskolczi G
Sean Darracott G
Joseph Achille Bassilekin Nagnonhou
Gianluca Del Priore
U21 Primavera Team
Vincent Notarianni G
Matteo De Benedetti G
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