THUNDER BAY, ON – April 26, 2010 - The Lakehead Express Soccer Club (LEX) would like to congratulate the U15 Girls Rep Team for their hard work and effort at the NSC Spring Cup this past weekend at the National Soccer Centre in Blaine, Minnesota.
In the second annual NSC Spring Cup the U15 Girls finished the weekend with a record of two ties and one loss, narrowly missing out on the knockout stages of tournament. Tournament play began on Saturday, April 24th, with LEX taking on the Kelix Intra. LEX dominated much of the possession but were unable able to put the ball in the back of the net, and it resulted in a 0-0 final. Saturday's second game saw the LEX suffer same fate, unable to convert numerous chances on goal, tying DASC Corazon 1-1. Scoring for LEX in the draw was forward Alyssa Johnston.
Heading into Sunday's game against the Minnesota Thunder Academy, LEX needed a win to advance in the tournament. After taking a 1-0 lead into the first half, courtesy of a Renee Clarke strike, LEX struggled to hold onto their lead against a very talented Thunder squad. An early Thunder goal left LEX playing on their heels, and the Thunder were able to capitalize on their chances scoring four goals in the second half handing LEX a 4-1 loss, knocking them out of the tournament. Amanda Tavares was named the team's most valuable player, for her on the field contributions and playing through injury.
The Lakehead Express U15 Girls will use this tournament as a tune-up, as they prepare for the inaugural season of the Elite Women’s Soccer League (EWSL). The EWSL will begin in May 2010 and will see the best women's and elite female youth team’s in Thunder Bay compete.