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SOCCER SCENE, By John Rider
Lacey Ross did all the damage this week, scoring all three goals to lead Titans to a 3-1 victory over TNT in Thunder Bay indoor soccer women’s action at the Sports Dome.
Meanwhile, a pair of goals from Celeste Harris gave Fury a 2-1 win over Mr. Lube. Laurel Splawski and Francesca Bava were both on target as Miners defeated the Express by the same 2-1 score.
Nova blanked Legends One 3-0 thanks to goals from Amy Cross, Sasha Topolinski and Tara Wyspianski. Alicia Stroobach notched a pair of markers as Wildcats shut out Jackals 4-0.
Tricia Sampson, Karen Barry and Hannah Karpiuk were on the scoresheet to give Velocity a 3-1 win over the Chill Reserves. Joanne Jewell and Pam Sawler scored for their respective squads as Fusion fought Red Thunder to a 1-1 draw. Two goals apiece from Brittney Doerflinger and Kayla McKever were enough to give Legends Two a 4-1 victory over Ice, and a Krista Hansen effort was the only goal of the game as Storm beat Lightning 1-0. Plex FC drew 1-1 with C & D with goals coming from Shelley Hoier and Jeanette Kelly.
Jennifer Midak struck twice to give Tigers a 2-0 win over C & D and Lindsay Wowchuk also grabbed a pair of goals as Fanti got by Daniar’s Transmission 3-1.
A mixed week for Lakehead University. In men’s senior A flight action, John Mauro had scored twice to help Juventus beat the students 3-2, but LU bounced back to blank Polonia 5-0, with Wallace Sirugi netting twice in the victory. Polonia also fell 3-2 to the Chill Reserves with Chris Pike, Ahmad Karoma and Owen Hynna all on the score sheet for the Chill.
Plex FC continued their winning ways with a 3-1 win over Hollywood HS, with Brent Mandryk bagging two of the victor’s goals.
It was a bye week in division II, but three games were played in the retro flight. John Grandell and Ian Milani helped Spartans get by United 2-1, while Eagles defeated Blizzard by the same score. Ron Badanai did all the scoring as the Old Boys held off Stride FC 4-3.
The Chill Junior Reserves travel to Fairbault, Minn., this weekend to take on Shattuck St. Mary’s in a series of exhibition games.
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PRO WATCH: A new Major League Soccer season kicked off over the weekend with mixed results for Canadian clubs. Vancouver looked good in their 4-1 win over New York, but Montreal came up just short, falling 3-2 to Dallas. Toronto FC opens up the 2014 campaign this weekend against Seattle.
In international exhibition, World Cup hosts Brazil thumped South Africa 5-0, France beat the Netherlands 2-0 and Spain edged Italy 1-0.
After going 43 games without a loss, the U.S. women’s side has fallen to successive defeats. After their record was broken in a 1-0 setback to Sweden, the Americans dropped a 5-3 decision to Denmark.
The Canadian women beat Finland 3-0 and Italy 3-1 in the Cyprus Cup, then fell 2-0 to England in their final group game.
UEFA Champions League takes centre stage this week, with matchups including Atletico Madrid versus AC Milan, Arsenal in Munich to take on Bayern, and Manchester City travels to Barcelona.

(John Rider’s column runs weekly in The Chronicle-Journal. Reach him with soccer news at jrexp@tbaytel.net)