The three Impact teams in the Development Academy had back-to-back games this weekend, playing against two clubs from Connecticut.
On Saturday, against Beachside SC, it was a tough one. The U15 team was the only one to win its game, 4-1, while the U17 and U19 lost 3-0 and 2-1 respectively.
The day after, against Oakwood SC, the Impact had more success, winning two games and tying once. The U15 won 6-0, the U17 tied 0-0 and the U19 won 3-0.
Successful weekend for the Impact U15
Against Beachside, the Impact U15 opened the scoring in the game’s first minute when Gabriel Antinoro put his name on the score sheet after receiving a pass from Jordan Therrien.
Despite Montreal having most of the possession, Beachside tied the game in the 28th minute.
The second half was completely in favour of the Bleu-blanc-noir, with Antinoro earning assists on Loic Cloutier and Renaud Caron’s goals. Jean-Aniel Assi, who came in as a substitute, put an end to any hopes of a comeback for the Connecticut club, scoring in the 78th minute to make it 4-1, assisted by Samuel-Antoine Sinzidi.
The day after, with a different attacking trio than the day prior, the Impact met the challenge successfully and won 6-0 against Oakwood SC.
Medgy Alexandre scored a hat trick, including a powerful shot from 20 metres out finding the back of the net in the second half.
The other scorers were Jean-Aniel Assi, Jordan Therrien and Tidiane Keita.
Tougher for the Impact U17
After an even first half, Beachside took advantage of many Impact mistakes in the second 45, scoring three unanswered goals to earn the win.
On Sunday, against Oakwood, the defence held on, and goalkeeper Benjamin Collins also saved a penalty to help his team stay in the game, but a lack of finishing in front of the opposing net meant the game would finish in a scoreless draw.
Impact U19 bounces back on Sunday
In a physical game with many fouls, the Impact U19 lost 2-1 against Beachside SC.
Philippe Eullaffroy’s men scored first, courtesy of Mujtaba Mirhasan from the penalty spot. But Beachside came back in the second half with two goals to come away with all three points.
The day after, the U19 set the record straight against Oakwood SC.
Striker Mujtaba Mirhasan scored again in the first half after receiving a nice pass from Yannick Laurent. Winger Mikale Fontaine took care of the rest, scoring two goals in the win.
While the U15 will only back in action in March, the U17 and U19 Impact teams will fly to Bradenton, Florida, next week to play in the annual Development Academy Winter Showcase, from November 29 to December 3.