THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay Chill completed a weekend sweep of WSA Winnipeg claiming six points that took them to the top of the table in the Heartland Division.
Nolan Intermoia scored what proved to be the winner in the 58’ on a header off a free kick by Sergio Campano Franco (Sota). The Chill took control of the game early but it was WSA that had the first great scoring opportunity with a shot from inside the box going just wide with rookie goalie Daniel Alvarado out of position. The Chill continued pressing and were rewarded with a goal in the 27’ with a great header from Axel Sjoberg off a corner from Paul Dillon. The teams headed to the locker room at half time with the Chill leading 1-0.
WSA Winnipeg came out in the second half looking to pressure the Chill with the hope of salvaging some points in this weekend doubleheader, but it was not to be. With the score 2-0 the Chill made changes to secure the win. WSA Winnipeg pressured but with little in the way of any good scoring opportunities. However, in the 75’ Dante Moses converted a penalty kick to cut the lead in half, giving the home town fans optimism that a draw might still be possible.
WSA Winnipeg held possession well during the last 15 minutes of the game, but with no scoring opportunities, giving the visitors the sweep and the full six points that were available.
“I was much happier with the ball movement today” said Chill head coach Tony Colistro, but we still have a lot of work to do before next weekend. The Chill need to train hard to prepare for the home opener next Saturday against the Des Moines Menace. “WSA challenged us this weekend so we fully earned our six points through hard work from all our players, but it was nice to get these two games out of the way, so that some of the new players got to experience play against a PDL opponent.
Daniel Alvarado started in goal in his first PDL game was tagged with the foul that caused the penalty kick when he went to make a save that was deemed to have fouled a WSA player. In addition to Chill players already injured, two other players sustained injuries in Saturday’s game against WSA and were not available today. Sidelined were midfielder Dominic Roberts and striker Sunny Omoregie. Coach Tony Colistro was very happy with the play of Gavin Hoy who put in a solid 90 minutes up front. “He ran his tail end off and did what he was supposed to do” commented Colistro.
The Chill will open at home next week Saturday June 1, 2013 at the newly named Tbaytel Field at Chapples Park. Kick-off is 7:30pm. Few tickets still remain for the league opener against one of the Chill’s biggest rivalry in the Menace. The Menace currently sit with four points from their first three games of the season. Call the box office at 623-5911 for game day tickets.
The Thunder Bay Chill plays in the Premier Development League (PDL) which is comprised of 65 teams throughout North America and is in their 14th season of play.