Kovacevic League1 Ontario Athlete Of The Month

From League1 Ontario:

Jade Kovacevic

The name Jade Kovacevic will be familiar to any follower of League1, with the FC London forward having dominated headlines and awards since her club joined the league in 2016.

Kovacevic has been selected as League1 women’s MVP for two years running, has been in every All-Star team, and led the league in scoring for both seasons. She can now add a third scoring title to her long list of achievements…

Kovacevic sustained a bad injury in mid-June and was out of competition for a month and a half, returning at the start of August. She wasted no time resuming her red-hot goal scoring form, scoring six in just four August matches.

In all, Kovacevic registered 19 goals in just 11 matches in 2018, which was good for a rate of 1.7 GPG – second only to her 2.0 GPG strike rate in 2017 when she finished 40 times in 20 appearances, and ahead of her 2016 output of 26 goals in 16 games (1.6 GPG).

In fact, Kovacevic’s all-time total of 85 goals in league matches makes her the League1 Ontario all-time league leading scorer in either men’s or women’s divisions!

Although all is yet to be decided in the 2018 League1 men’s division, Oakville Blue Devils have to date defended their 2017 League1 Ontario crown with a strong 2018 league performance – one that was well-balanced with their historic involvement in the 2018 Canadian Championship – currently holding one of the top two best defensive records in the league (nine goals conceded in 15 matches) and the third highest scoring output (37 goals scored in 15 matches).

Novak Male Player Of The Month

Far and away the top scorer in the Oakville Blue Devils’ ranks is forward Anthony Novak, whose consistent scoring exploits have led him to lead the league Golden Boot chart with just a few matches remaining in the calendar.

Novak’s consistency in front of net has been evident over his years as a Blue Devil (the forward has been a fixture in starting lineups since Oakville joined the league in 2015), and none more so than in August 2018. Novak scored eight goals in four games to bring his tally to 18 on the season – six clear at the top of the chart with the nearest competitor six goals behind.

Oakville head into their final league match with Darby FC looking to secure a minimum of fourth place positioning in the table, and subsequent home pitch advantage in the playoffs.

In any case, if Novak is to hang on to win the Golden Boot, Oakville will become the first men’s team to make history in the category – the team will have produced two league leading scorers (joint-Golden Boot winner Filipe Vilela in 2015 and Novak in 2018).

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