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Pascoe Vale Futsal Club 11 – 1 Albert Park Futsal Club

PV: S. Soufi 4, J. Da Silva 2, J. Tabarkiewicz 2, A. Caro, L. Kruel, M. Rocca

APK: G. Paschalidis

To kick off this Friday night feast of Futsal we saw two very contrasting sides in title hopefuls Pascoe Vale take on bottom placed Albert Park. After a strong showing against the Vipers last Sunday, Albert Park were buoyed with confidence before kick off. But it was a different story once the game got underway as the current league champions raced to a 4-1 half time lead backed by a double from forward Joao Da Silva, where Albert Park defender George Paschalidis managed Albert Park’s solitary strike. The second half fared no better for the leagues only side yet to register a point as Pascoe’s star striker Sofiane Soufi bagged a hat trick and youngster Jonny Tabarkiewicz capped off a dominant outing with a double. It was a straightforward win for Paul Vidic’s men who have closed the gap on Fitzroy on top of the ladder to a solitary point.

Man of the Match: Sofiane Soufi (Pascoe Vale)

Pascoe Vale’s giant French striker continues to find the net time and time again for his side. No matter the opposition or occasion, Soufi is always on hand to relieve scoreboard pressure for his side and tonights game was no different. A delightful chip from distance over keeper Mo Kuzucu was the highlight of the night and will be replayed over and over in the highlights package. With the perfect balance of strength and talent, we could yet see the Frenchman hold the golden boot aloft at seasons end.

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Pascoe Vale’s four goal hero, Sofiane Soufi is congratulated by Robbie Armellini (L) and Andre Caro.

Vic Vipers Futsal Club 7 – 4 Mickleham Futsal Club

VV: A. Cooper 4, Jas. Barrientos, M. Barrigos, S. Alinejad

MICK: L. Campbell 2, D. Kusturic, I. Filipovic

The final game to cap off the night saw the Vic Vipers take on Mickleham in a catch up game for Round 7. The first half saw Mickleham – who were without player/manager Vlado Zoric – really take it up to the Vipers who are the most in form team at present. At the half time break, it was the Vipers who led 2-1 with strikes from Adam Cooper and Miguel Barrigos, while Mickleham’s Lachie Campbell capitalised on a rare opportunity to give his side a chance of an upset. The second half may as well have been called the ‘Cooper Show’ as the Futsalroo ran rampant scoring a second half hat trick to wrap up all three points. Mickleham did their best to stay close with strikes from Iggy Filipovic and Campbell but it wasn’t enough to overcome the title favourites.

Man of the Match: Adam Cooper (Vic Vipers)

If you aren’t aware of the impact and importance of Adam Cooper to this Vic vipers side, all you need to do is look at the stats. In five games, Cooper has managed to bag three hat tricks – the most in the league – that is an amazing effort in his short return from his duties with the Futsalroos. With a further four goals tonight, if Cooper can maintain this red hot form then he may well steer the Vipers to their third VLP title.

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Vipers’ key man Adam Cooper goes up for a header against Mickleham’s Steve Castvan in the second half.

EFA Eagles Futsal Club 3 – 4 Heidelberg FC

EFA: H. Ryan, M. Stockdale, E. Heckenberg

HBRG: E. Torre, T. Metaxas, E. Kyrgius, N. Cicarelli

The second game for the night was one with plenty riding on the result for both sides as bottom placed Heidelberg were looking for their first points against second bottom EFA Eagles. The first half was a tightly contested affair as Heidelberg just edged out the Eagles by a 2-1 scoreline at the break. Goals from Elise Kyrgius and Nicolette Cicarelli put Heidelberg in front to give them the confidence going into the final half, while the Eagles Hannah Ryan pulled one back to keep her side in touch. Momentum was traded between both sides throughout the second half as the Eagles got back into the contest with strikes from Maddie Stockdale and captain Emma Heckenberg, but there was more left in the tank from Heidelberg as they bounced back with a well taken strike from Elly Torre and then their dreams were realised when Taylah Metaxas struck from distance to record their first ever win in the WVLP.

MVP: Elise Kyrgius (Heidelberg)

Kyrgius was an immense figure in securing her sides first ever win in the WVLP. Scoring in the first half, it was Kyrgius’ goal that settled the nerves of her side to allow them to carry momentum into the second half. Her energy was ever-present throughout the game, but especially in the second half she was all over the pitch orchestrating play and putting in crucial tackles. It really was an all round impressive performance.

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Heidelbergs Candice Koranias celebrates with Taylah Metaxas (R) after scoring the match winner.

FC Richmond 7 – 2 Fitzroy Futsal Club 

RICH: R. Alonzo 2, A. Stefanidis 2, A. Erenli, K. Stensholt, MJ Rajcic

FTZ: J. Tay, Z. Stamatopoulos

The second game for Round 7 in the WVLP saw two sides vying for the title in Richmond and Fitzroy take to the pitch. With a win so crucial for both sides, a loss would surely put a dent in their title hopes as both aim to keep pace with Melbourne Uni. The first half saw Richmond deliver the first blow as they raced out to a 4-1 lead at the break with goals from Azize Erenli, Alki Stefanidis, MJ Rajcic and captain Kristin Stensholt, while Fitzroy’s Jess Tay’s solitary strike kept her side in the contest. The second half saw Richmond continue their dominance as the returning Rachel Alonzo bagged a double – as did Stefanidis – to finish off any chance of a Fitzroy comeback. With the all important three points all but locked up, Richmond now leap frog Fitzroy into third position on the ladder to continue their impressive form under new manager Jeff Hawkins.

MVP: Alki Stefanidis (Richmond)

Richmond’s Alki Stefanidis is the ultimate utility. Playing as keeper for her side for the majority of last season and can normally be found playing as a marking defender, has added another string to her bow by playing as a target and scoring two goals tonight. A goal in each half, Stefanidis’ strikes were important in establishing and maintaining momentum to play a vital role in delivering the three points.

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Richmond’s Azize Erenli (R), Alki Stefanidis (M) and Mel Aloisio are all smiles after a well earned win against a quality opponent.

Vic Vipers Futsal Club 1 – 6 Melbourne University Futsal Club

VV: B. Lavorgna

MU: M. Marques 2, L. Sammut, P. Ribas, N. Cook, J. Au

The final WVLP game for the night saw the Vic Vipers try their luck against ladder leaders and the red hot Melbourne Uni. To kick off all of the action in the first half, both sides looked to keep to their defensive structures rather than go for an all out attack approach, that was until Bianca Lavorgna’s well taken strike put the Vipers in front at the break. But the second half saw an entirely different Melbourne Uni take to the pitch as they added six unanswered goals, led by none other than superstar player Marcella Marques who scored a double. The Vipers weren’t without their chances as they continued to pepper the Melbourne Uni goal, but keeper Frances Land was at the top of her game pulling off save after save to deliver her side the three points against a dangerous opposition.

MVP: Frances Land (Melbourne Uni)

The Melbourne Uni shot stopper just proved to the rest of the league that she is the number one keeper in the league. After only conceding one goal in the first half, Land did her job in the second by keeping a clean sheet to allow Marques and Co. to do the rest, in which they ultimately repaid her efforts. With impeccable technique, positioning and not being afraid to put her body on the line, Land really has set the standard for keepers in the WVLP.

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Melbourne Uni’s Brazilian stars, Marcella Marques (L) and Priscilla Ribas can’t hide their emotion as they tie up their seventh win in a row.

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