Chill's cold season ends with loss
A season of promise for the Thunder Bay Chill officially crashed to a halt on Tuesday afternoon.
Jai Maw score in the 83rd minute as the St. Louis Lions clipped the Chill 1-0 in Premier Development League soccer action in Fairbault, Minn.
The loss coupled with a 1-0 Des Moines Menace win over the Springfield Demize ended the Chill’s season at 6-7-1. The seven losses equals the Chill’s total regular season losses in the previous four years.
St. Louis almost opened the scoring in the fifth minute when its would-be goal was called offside. Declan Rodriguez and Dominic Roberts drilled wide shots for the Chill before the halftime whistle.
Thunder Bay captain Nolan Intermoia’s header went off the crossbar in the 70th minute to mark his team’s best chance in the second half. Maw’s goal on keeper Daniel Alvarado put the Chill in catch-up mode for the rest of the contest.
The game was played on neutral turf when the Chicago Inferno ceased operations earlier this season. The Lions wrap up the regular season today against WSA Winnipeg, also on the campus of Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school.
Thunder Bay, meanwhile, will host a men’s team from Winnipeg on Thursday to close out the schedule.
Tuesday marked the first time Thunder Bay has missed the PDL playoffs in the eight seasons. During that time they won the title in 2009, reached the final in 2010 and 2013 and a semifinal appearance in 2011.
Opening this season with two losses in a row, the Chill could never find their groove, failing to win more than two consecutive games.