ECFC captain Holly O’Neill and ECFC forward Kayla McQueen scored two goals each, one in each half. Both players alternated goals between the team en route to their 4-1 win. Photo by David Tuan Bui.

ECFC beat Blue Devils FC, 4-1, while breaking the Ontario League One women’s attendance record of 1,009 fans on a hot afternoon. The record shattered the old 900 which was a league final at the Ontario Soccer Center in Vaughan.

“To see that we have the equal of the community for our women’s team as we do for our men’s team means a lot to the girls,” said Randy Ribiero, ECFC Women’s Head Coach. “The attendance record that was previously held in a League1 final, I can only imagine if we come in August and have a playoff game here, the atmosphere we’re going to have.”

“I’ve never felt anything like this before,” said ECFC striker Kayla McQueen. “I had a fan come up to me and ask for an autograph and I cried right after. I’m so happy to be here and I’m excited for the season.”

ECFC captain Holly O’Neill opened the scoring in the 25th minute, with McQueen making it 2-0 two minutes later. Both players exchanged another pair of goals in the contest – with their second goals coming in the second half – for their 4-1 victory. Emily Porteous of the Blue Devils scored the visiting team’s only goal in 1973.

“We knew we were going to have a lot of fans, so we just wanted to play with a lot of pride, play for ourselves and then play for our fans,” O’Neill said.

The men’s team played an away game on the same day, losing to Unionville 2-1.

The women’s team will face the North Toronto Nitros on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. at Fleming College.

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