Boca Juniors Dominate Toronto Impact in League Final
The Boca Juniors rivalry with the Toronto Impact this season in the Toronto Futsal League’s 1st Division has been intesne to say the least. The 5th battle in the Boca Juniors/Toronto Impact war this season was without question a huge tilt with a lot on the line.
With the Impact having beaten Boca this season three times; once in the final of Toronto Invitational Futsal Tournament-which netted them $3000, the Durham Futsal Showcase and once during the season this regular season finale was for the league title, the championship plate, and a cool $3000 prize. Boca had the slight edge in their league battles with a 2-1 record.
Game 6 this year was no different.
Both teams started off aggressively and the referees immediately issued accumulatives, hoping to calm the sides down. Both squads played tight and conservatively looking to pick their openings and it wasn’t until midway through the 1st half that the deadlock was broken when a seemingly soft shot from Kevin Correa snuck in the bottom right corner to give Boca the lead. They scored another just 5 minutes after to take a 2-0 lead going into halftime.
The usually potent Impact offense attempted to come out stronger in the 2nd half as Canadian national goalkeeper Roy Blanche, a highly offensive threat as well as defensive, came in to lead the charge. Blanche spread the ball around the perimeter of the court while the team constantly rotated desperate for scoring opportunities. They had a great one around the 26th minute mark when Jonathon Bustamante had a glorious chance to cut the lead down to 1 but his shot just went wide of the net.
Boca continued to play disciplined defence and countered quickly on one Impact mistake and capitalized that blew the game open 3-0. Boca would not look back and walked away with a commanding 4-0 victory, the league plate, and, of course, the $3000. Something tells us that this result won’t rest lightly on the Impact’s shoulders and that we may see these two square off once again in the playoff championships. If that happens and if Boca were to win, it’d be the first time a mens team won an Ontario triple (league, playoff, OSA or AMF Futsal Title)