Stifling heat, five players out with injuries and a pair of early goals scored by Brampton City United added up to a big loss for the Brantford Galaxy on Sunday night.
Brantford was defeated 8-2 during a Canadian Soccer League match at Lion’s Park.
Galaxy head coach Ron Davidson said it was a disappointing night for his team.
“It was not our night,” Davidson said. “We got beat by a good team. The difference between them and us was their strength and depth off the bench. We didn’t have that.”
Davidson said the loss is a wake-up call for the Galaxy after three wins in a row.
“This is a reality check,” Davidson said. “This is a night to forget. We played a better team than the ones we just played.”
Relentless heat combined with injured players were the main factors for Brantford’s loss, Davidson said.
“It was very difficult to come back,” Davidson said. “It was evident we were struggling.”
Brampton midfielder Andy Garcia put away two penalty kick goals for his team less than 20 minutes into the game. His teammate Dan Nascimento quickly followed up with another goal to give Brampton a 3-0 lead.
Brantford forward Dave Simpson got the Galaxy into the game with a goal one minute later.
For a few minutes of play, it appeared Brantford would put up a fight, with Galaxy forward Jacek Przednowek scoring to make the game 3-2.
But Brampton’s Milos Scepanovic scored shortly before the half, securing a 4-2 lead for his team.
Scepanovic put away another goal early in the second, which was followed by three more goals by Brampton, first by Marcus Nunes and two more by Mirko Medic.
Przednowek said the two early penalty goals were a deciding factor in the loss.
“The two early penalty goals killed us,” he said. “It was an uphill climb for the whole game.”
Simpson said hot weather was his biggest obstacle during the match.
“The heat was my biggest challenge,” Simpson said. “The early penalty goals killed our confidence and momentum.”