Chill control playoff destiny
Despite a season with more downs than ups, the Thunder Bay Chill control their own playoff destiny in the Premier Development League.
The Chill suit up for for their regular season finale on the neutral soccer pitch in Fairbault, Minn., Tuesday against the St. Louis Lions needing a win to reach the postseason for an eighth-straight year.
A loss or tie would still keep the Chill’s hope alive, but the Lions would have to lose their final two games in hand later in the week.
Thunder Bay is 6-6-1 in a season that’s been well below usual expectations. The Chill are multi-time finalists in the massive soccer league and won the 2008 crown.
“This is incredible,” Chill head coach Tony Colistro said in a press release.
“During the last seven years, if you had more than two losses in our division, you did not have a chance at the playoffs. This year we may get in with six or seven losses.
“I am not happy about our record this year, but I am both hopeful and excited that we may make the playoffs,” he added.
St. Louis (4-3-4) have won two of the three head-to-head meetings against the Chill.
The Des Moines Menace have already clinched the first of two available playoff spots in the Heartland Division.
The Lions will face WSA Winnipeg on Wednesday in Fairbault as well. Neutral site games in Minnesota were scheduled after the Chicago Inferno folded operations in June.
Playoffs or not, the Chill will face Winnipeg Ital Inter on Thursday in a home friendly.