When Tony De Thomasis took the leap from the community to professional soccer in 2003, his Vaughan Shooters won lots of first prizes for finishing second, both in the outdoor Canadian Professional Soccer League and in the Ontario Men’s Futsal Championship. That will change, he vowed, it’s just a matter of time.


The big wins arrived in 2008 and again in 2014 and York Region Shooters won the CSL Championship yet again with a 5-4 penalty kick victory over Scarborough SC at Lamport Stadium in Toronto on Saturday afternoon.

It was touch and go throughout. Scoreless at halftime, York Region took a 1-0 lead at 51 minutes when Evan Beutler found the Scarborough net past goalkeeper Milos Djurkovic and just 10 minutes later Haris Fazlagic put the ball past York Region goalkeeper Adam Majer.

It was 1-1 at the end of regulation time and two periods of overtime, leading to penalty kicks which led to York Region taking the championship on a  5-4 decision.