Goalkeeper Svyatik Artemenko was in great form as he recorded his third clean sheet in as many games Friday as Guelph United downed St. Catharines Roma 2-0 on the road.
Guelph controlled play early, domintating the game with the majority of action taking place in St. Catharines end of the pitch. However, the home team's structured defense allowed them to keep their visitors off the scoreboard for the first 45 minutes and the match remained scoreless at the half.
Guelph’s offence finally broke through in the 57th minute courtesy of a blast from Marcel Zajac, putting the visitors up 1-0. Less than 10 minutes later, Gray Yates would add some insurance for Guelph as he found the back of the net off a corner kick to score his first goal of the season.
Between the posts, Artemenko had another great game earning himself a shutout for his efforts.
This was a crucial win for United as it catapulted the team back into a playoff spot. The boys in red and gold are now sitting fifth in the Ontario League1 men’s premier division with the season at the halfway point.
The top six teams at the end of the season will compete for the League1 championship, with the top two teams earning a bye to the semifinals.
United’s next match will see the team host the ninth-place Scrosoppi FC on July 3rd at Alumni Stadium.