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In a Sudbury soccer Saturday night match at Cambrian College, the Cyclones secured a 9-0 win over the Unionville Milliken Soccer Club.

The starting line-up for the Sudbury Cyclones following their 9-0 win over the Unionville Milliken Soccer Club (Sudbury Cyclones/Facebook)

Sudbury got off to a quick start with Jack Collins opening the scoring for the Cyclones in only the fourth minute of play – however, Milliken looked to give the local club a good fight, too, pressing hard for an equalizer early. Unionville nearly capitalized on a couple of Sudbury mistakes, most notably forcing goalkeeper Lucas Cidade to make a diving save, but they couldn’t sustain that momentum leading to the shutout.

Through the contest on June 15, the Cyclones’ Timi Aliu, Jack Collins, Jaiden Santo and Stan Pankiewicz each scored two goals apiece with Teobaldo Torres adding a single in the victory.

Aliu scored both his goals within the first 37 minutes giving him a team-leading nine goals in seven games.

Sudbury would head into halftime with a 3-0 lead.

Sudbury Cyclones player Jack Collins for the team's first goal less than 5 minutes of play as part of the team's 9-0 victory over then Unionville Milliken Soccer Club on June 15, 2024. Collins pictured here is looking to score against Unionville's goalkeeper Lucas Cidade during the game. (Sudbury Cyclones/X)

Santo would continue the Cyclones' scoring on the pitch less than a minute into the second half by putting the ball in the net after Parsa Olyaeifard’s initial save.

Collins then scored his second of the game at about the 50th minute of play.

Sudbury Cyclones player Jack Collins being presented with the Anmar Mechanical Hardest 'Working Man of the Match' award by head coach Giuseppe Politi following the team's 9-0 win over Unionville Milliken SC. (Sudbury Cyclones/X)

With a commanding 5-0 lead and eager players on the bench, Sudbury head coach Giuseppe Politi sent in a series of substitutes as the game continued – but the Cylcones’ offence continued to connect.

Pankiewicz made the most of his time on the field, promptly sending a ball into the back corner of the Unionville net only moments after entering the game. Santo also his second of the match before Torres, who had already come close to scoring on several occasions connected with the next to make it 8-0.

Pankiewicz capped off Sudbury’s scoring with his second goal in the 88th minute of play.

Sudbury Cyclones players celebrate their 9-0 win over Unionville Milliken SC at Cambrian College on June 15, 2024. (Sudbury Cyclones/X)

The team thanked the fans for coming out to support them at their new venue at Cambrian College – where they will play the remainder of their regular season home pitch games and celebrated on the pitch with some drumming (video shown above.)

The Sudbury Cyclones celebrate their 9-0 win over Unionville Milliken SC with some drumming at Cambrian College on June 15, 2024. (Sudbury Cyclones/X)

With Saturday’s win, the Cyclones extended their winning streak to four games and improved to 5-1-1 with 16 points, to sit at the top of the Northeast Division of League2 Ontario squads in a tie with both Alliance United having the same record.

Sudbury Cyclones players prepare for their soccer match against Unionville Milliken Soccer Club on June 15, 2024. (Sudbury Cyclones/Facebook)

Sudbury has only surrendered five goals to date, has not lost at home and has scored three or more goals in each of their games at home.

The Cyclones have their next two games on the road. Sudbury will travel to face Vaughan Azzurri SC (4-1-0) at North Maple Park in Vaughan, Ont., next weekend before heading to Barrie, Ont. to face Simcoe County Rovers FC (2-4-0) at J.C. Massie Field at 4 p.m. on June 29.

Sudbury’s next home game is against Darby FC (2-4-0) on Cambrian College’s field at 6 p.m. on July 6.

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