Winnipeg youth league action comes to Thunder Bay

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By John Rider
The Winnipeg youth soccer league comes to town this weekend as the Thunder Bay Chill U13 and U15 boys face teams from Bonivital at Chapples Park.
Both age groups will play a pair of games against each other with the first encounters set for 6 p.m. Friday evening and the second games slated for 9 a.m. on Sunday. With both clubs fighting for top spot in the standings each game will be looked at as a six-point affairs.
A mixed weekend for the Lakehead Express teams who participated in the Wal-Mart Cup held in Blaine, Minn., last week. The U12 girls defeated Wayzata 3-1, Brainerd Blast 5-1 and tied Orono Thunder to go undefeated in round robin play. Unfortunately the squad came up a little short in the quarter-finals, falling 3-1 to CMYSA Burn. The U14 boys won their three group games — 5-3 versus Wayzata, 6-0 against DUSC Gold and a 2-1 win over WFSC. However the boys were edged 3-2 by MTA in the knockout stages of the competition. In the U16 age group, the boys lost their opening fixtures but did end on a positive note by recording a 4-1 victory over MPLS United.
It was another big week for the Thunder Bay Chill senior squad claiming back to back 2-0 victories on the road over rivals Des Moines. The team now sits atop of the Heartland Division standings with a perfect record of 7 straight wins, including five clean sheets in a row. The Chill will be looking to continue their excellent form as they host Springfield this Friday and Saturday evening at Chapples Park.
Chill captain Nolan Intermoia was named to the PDL team of the week.
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LEAGUE WATCH: In local men’s league action, Erik Trochimchuk scored twice as early pacesetters Rainbow Realty Raiders blanked Fury 5-0. The Chill Reserves edged Juventus 2-1 thanks to strikes from Marco Colistro and Ahmad Koroma.
Alexa Bohemiar scored the only goal of the game as the Chill Reserves female club beat the Lakehead Express 1-0 in women’s platinum league play. The Express were also narrowly beaten 2-1 by Impact thanks to goals from Olivia Zanette and Erin Pomanti. In the Gold flight, Hannah Melchiorre and Brianne Walford were both on target as the Chill Selects defeated Nordmin Miners 2-1.
Silver league play saw Kelly Jo Gillis and Nathalie Vachon both find the net as Tigers beat TNT 2-0 while Legends downed Jackals by the same score line. Titans got the better of Wildcats 3-2 thanks to goals from Elizabeth Bursey, Trish Thomas and Mehgan Woods, while Daniar's Transmission won their third straight, blanking the Ice 5-0. Tricia Littlefield got the game-winner as Storm beat Fusion 1-0 in the vintage league. The evening's other game saw Tycon defeat Lightning 2-0 with efforts from Kathleen Bailey and Kathy Boczek.
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INTERNATIONAL WATCH: The FIFA Confederations Cup has kicked off in Brazil with the hosts opening up with a 3-0 win over Japan on Saturday. Italy also started off well, defeating Mexico 2-1. World champion Spain also won its opener, a 2-1 decision over Uruguay on Sunday.
On Monday, Nigeria easily got past Tahiti, 6-1.

(John Rider’s column runs Tuesdays in The Chronicle-Journal. You can reach him with soccer news at jrexp@tbaytel.net)