Men's indoor soccer league begins
By John Rider
The Premier Soccer League of Thunder Bay will kick off its new indoor season on Wednesday, with three games on the schedule.
Opening night games on tap include the Chill Reserves vs. Rainbow Realty Raiders, Sabaz Chiropractic taking on Chill Alumni and Lakehead University facing Frankie’s Pizza. Other games include the Retro division on Friday evening, with the second division opening up on Sunday.
The Thunder Bay women’s league completed its third week of games this past week with Confederation College leading the pack in the Platinum division. The students won their third straight game with a 4-1 victory over the Chill White squad. Breanne Fron scored twice and singles from Haleigh Robertson and Megan Fleming rounded out the scoring.
Other games saw the Chill Blue squad defeat Lakehead Express 3-1 with Ashlyn Cook notching the hat trick, followed by the Blues playing to a scoreless tie with Lakehead University.
In the Gold division, Marcy Costa score both goals for Daniar’s Transmission as her side slipped past Grand Portage Velocity DE 2-1. Better luck for the GP Velocity SE team who beat Mr. Lube 3-1, thanks to goals from Marcy Barry, Traci O’Hara and Jessica Walter scored for GP Velocity in their 3-1 win over Mr. Lube. Arlene Brown replied for the losing team.
The Chill Under-14 girls and C&D played to a 2-2 draw. Malary Cole, Hannah Melchiorre, Holly Freill and Carolyn Gaspar scoring for their respective sides. Kelly Jo Gillis and Caryn Fulton were on target as the Tigers shut out Nova 2-0 in Silver flight action. Wildcats defeated Daniar’s by the same 2-0 scoreline as Amanda Colistro and Tricia Sampson both found the scoresheet. Kate Speziale struck four times as Fanti blanked Legends 5-0.
TNT downed Titans 4-1. Jennifer Coulter and Pauline Ferguson each scored a pair as Ice doubled up Jackals 4-2. Vintage games saw Kris Colistro and Cheryl D’Angelo score for Plex FC in a 2-1 triumph over the Storm, while Fusion and Red Thunder settled on a 2-2 final.
Linda Sanzo and Tricia Butuin were enough to give Team X a 2-0 victory over Tycon.
TOURNAMENT WATCH: The Lakehead Express Under-12 boys lost their opening game, 7-0 to Kenosha Gold at the Redden Ice Classic in Madison, Wis., over the weekend, but responded well to win its two remaining fixtures. Julian DiGiuseppe fired home a hat trick in a 4-3 win over the 56ers Silver, and Noah Kuchta scored twice in a 4-1 victory over Everton, Wis.
Thunder Bay’s Kristian Zanette and the Queen’s Golden Gaels left it very late in their Ontario university men’s soccer playoff game, beating Toronto 5-4 in penalty kicks.
In the OUA women’s playoffs, Kelsey Tikka of Thunder Bay and her Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks teammates defeated the Guelph Gryphons 5-1 to win their quarter-final match. Laurier will face Queen’s in the semifinals.
PRO WATCH: In the English Premier League, Everton came back from 2-0 down to tie 2-2 with Mersey neighbours Liverpool. Manchester United closed the gap on leaders Chelsea to just one point after defeating the Blues 3-2 Sunday afternoon. United feature in this week’s top fixture as the Reds host Arsenal.
Toronto FC lost 2-1 to Columbus in their final game of a miserable Major League Soccer campaign. It’s back to the drawing board for Toronto, but good luck to the Vancouver Whitecaps, who are in the playoffs for the first time, against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
(John Rider’s column runs weekly in The Chronicle-Journal. Reach him at email@example.com)