Robertson gives it the ol' college try


By John Rider
Haleigh Robertson collected a hat trick as Confederation College defeated the Lakehead Express U18 girls 5-2 in senior women’s indoor soccer action.
In other Platinum division matches, Lexi Adduono and Laura Hamilton each scored for their respective clubs as Chill Reserves and Lakehead University tied 1-1. LU also drew 1-1 with the College, with Amanda Tavares and Sabrina Felice both getting on the scoresheet.
Hannah Melchiorre struck three times as the Chill Junior Reserves blanked Mr. Lube 3-0, while Celeste Harris and Hannah Naroski were both on target as Fury shut out Daniar’s 2-0.
Other games saw Jennifer Fratpietro score twice as Lightning edged Plex FC 3-2, and Lacey Ross also grabbed a pair as Titans beat Legends One by the same 3-2 score line. Tigers defeated Jackals 2-0 thanks to goals from Madison Santos and Jennifer Midak, while Stephanie Kostamo had the lone goal in Daniar’s 1-0 win over C&D. Karen Berry, Sarah Janssens and Hannah Karpiuk gave Velocity a 3-0 victory over the Lex U15 girls, while Jodie Pacholczak scored twice as Wildcats got by Nova 3-1. A hat trick for Lindsay Wowchuk highlighted Fanti’s 6-4 result over Ice, while goals from Kayla McKever and Brittney Doerflinger gave Legends Two a 2-1 win against TNT. Storm beat Fusion 2-1 with Krista Hansen and Kathy Bocek each on target, and Tycon edged Red Thunder by the same score with goals coming from Alaine Auger and Lori Robertson.
Rainbow Realty defeated White Eagles 5-2 in Men’s ‘A’ flight play, with Jon Czaczkowski netting twice for the victors. Other matches in the division saw Plex FC beat Chill Reserves 5-3 and Hollywood HS doubled up the university 4-2.
Los Galacticos took a maximum six points this week in the second division, scoring a total of 16 goals against Donisi and Applebee’s. Another team recording two wins were the Mustard Tigers. Anthony Chiodo scored twice in a 4-3 result over Donisi while John Lopez and John Degrazzia were each on target in a 2-0 victory over Applebee’s.
Alloy Tech blanked Spiders 3-0 thanks to Dave Savioli, Feras Battah and Tom Pugliese and then played to a goalless draw with the Chill U17s. The latter went on to defeat United 6-0 with Owen Hynna scoring twice for the Chill. United also fell 6-0 to TB Physio with Codie Wilkie grabbing the hat trick. ADIS got the better of the College 4-3, while Greg Davis bagged a pair as Frankie’s beat the Express 5-2. Tony Ruberto scored three times to help Old Boys past Spartans 4-2 and Retro division leaders Da Vinci blanked Stride 4-0. The last game saw Blizzard defeat United 4-0 with Vince Squillaro and Greg Holden each scoring twice for the winners.
INTERNATIONAL/PRO WATCH: There’s a break in the English Premier League schedule this weekend as the FA Cup fourth round takes centre stage. Without doubt the pick of the matches will see my club, AFC Bournemouth, take on seven-time winners Liverpool FC. Although a mismatch on paper, anything is possible in a game like this. In fact, 30 years ago in 1984 Bournemouth pulled off one of the biggest upsets in cup history when they defeated an internationally-laden Manchester United 2-0. Supporters camped out overnight this past week to claim their match day tickets and the club store announced a record week for sales of team merchandise. Not really expecting anything but a comfortable Liverpool win, but I will probably be the only person in Thunder Bay watching the game in their Bournemouth shirt! Come on, Bournemouth. . . .

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