THUDNER BAY, ON - February 1, 2010 – It was a mixed weekend of results for the teams of the Thunder Bay Chill Soccer Club. The Elite Male and Female's gaining some much needed experience in a tough field, and the U18 Chill Reserve Male's falling one step (or shot) short of another Ontario Cup Gold Medal.
In the round-robin stages that took place on Saturday, January 30th, 2010, the Elite Chill Male's had a tough weekend starting out with a 2-0 loss to the Erin Mills Stormin Eagles. Another blow was dealt by the Mississauga Dixie Athletic 97B in the form of a 3-1 defeat. The Elite males regrouped to take a 1-1 result from their final game against the London NorWest Fusion.
In similar fashion, the Elite Female's also completed the tournament with a record of two loses and one tie. With losses to Erin Mills Eagles 98 3-1, and to the Sudbury SCCISC Sharks 2-0, the Elite Female’s finished the tournament strong with a 2-2 tie against the Erin Mills Rising Eagles. The coaches of both Elite teams feel the weekend provided their players with valuable experience, and will help to prepare them for the 2010 Ontario Outdoor Competition.
The U18 Chill Reserve Males almost exactly mirrored their 2009 result. The reigning Ontario Outdoor Cup champions made it to the finals of the tournament only to be ousted in penalties, just as they were in 2009. They advanced to the finals by winning against North York Armour Heights 4-1, losing to Vaughan Azzurri Huskies 92s 1-0, and defeating Brampton East Chiefs 92 1-0 to move out of the group stage. In the semi-finals the Reserves trounced Ottawa Capital United 4-0 to seal a spot in the finals against their round-robin opponents Vaughan Azzurri Huskies 92s.
The championship match was a hard fought battle which saw the teams finish tied 1-1 at the final whistle, sending the game into penalty shots. Each team went through seven shooters without being stopped, but on the eighth shooter the Vaughan Azzuri Huskies 92s came out on top, snatching victory away from the reserves.
The Chill Reserves will now focus their attention on retaining their Ontario Cup outdoor title in the upcoming outdoor season.