Sarah Miniaci bagged a pair of goals to lead the B-Squad to an opening night 5-2 victory over Mr. Lube in the Gold Division of the Thunder Bay Women’s Soccer Club.

A positive start also for the Thunder bay Chill girls as both Hannah Melchiorre and Alexis Anderson recorded hat tricks in defeating the Vipers, while Avery McLean also netted three times in a 6-0 win over Velocity.

In Silver Division action, Cheadle’s edged the Bolts 2-1 thanks to efforts from Rebecca Andrews and Jamie Claire.

Superior HHC shut out the Jackals 2-0 with strikes coming off the foot of Natasha Nicholls and Kiara Pepe, while Kescia Yeomans scored the lone goal as TNT beat Daniar’s 1-0.

The final game saw Legends narrowly beat Tigers 2-1 with Kayla Moses and Meranda Termaat scoring for the victors.

In Thunder Bay men’s Division I action, Ryan Laurin scored twice to lead Nucci’s to a 2-1 advantage over Frankie’s Pizzeria, while Juventus spread the scoring around in an 8-1 result over TBT Engineering.

Regiment Cup competition saw Roma Bakery blank the Lakehead Express under-16s 5-0 and the Gladiators got the better of the Chill under-16s 3-2.

The Thunder Bay Chill took four points out of six as they hosted WSA Winnipeg in their home-opening weekend.

A 1-1 tie was followed by a 3-0 win for the home side and this week the two clubs will meet twice more with the Chill looking to build as they visit Manitoba.

In other local news, both the St. Patrick girls and St. Ignatius boys competed at their respective Ontario high school soccer championships and, although neither side made the playoff round, both teams represented the city in a strong and positive manner.

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