The Thunder Bay Chill travelled to Blaine, Minnesota over the weekend to compete in the annual NSC Cup tournament and came home with two Gold medals and one Silver. The U12 Girls coached by Wilson Neto was quite pleased with the girls performance, "over all I thought the girls played well and showed a lot of improvement as the tournament went on." The U12 girls had a 3-0 record going into the Championship match, the girls were a bit unlucky and went on the lose the final 2-0 to DASC WHITE from South Dakota.
The Chill U11 Boys & U12 boys both went undefeated, the U11 boys cruised to the final match by defeating Euro FC 5-0 in their frist match, DASC 4-2 in the 2nd match, 7-0 vs. Tri-City in the 3rd match and 3-1 win over Lakehead Express in the 4th match, this clinched a spot in the final vs. DASC. DASC took an early 2-0 lead but the Chill did not quit and replied quickly with Leo Pernia netting 2, Jordan Gibbon getting the third and Ben Melchiorre securing the win with the fourth.
The Chill U12 boys coached by Saverio Lento also went undefeated and showed a strong performance. "The boys played wonderful soccer and got stronger and stronger as the tournament went on." The U12’s started off strong by defeating DASC from South Dakota 8-2, down 2-0 at the half, the Chill bounced back with a strong performance from Chill midfielder Jacob Anttonen as he went on to Score 5 consecutive goals. In the second match the Chill defeated MTA Blue (Minnesota Thunder Academy) 5-0 both Nick D’Angelo and Brendan Chomut recorded shutouts. The Chill then played Pegasus Soccer Club where both teams were fighting for first place in the pool the Chill went on the win the game 1-0. The Semi-final match saw the Chill defeat Tri-City Storm from North Dakota 2-1, Zachary Gilbart was the hero netting both goals. The final was set where the Chill faced MTA (Minnesota Thunder Academy) two wonderful strikes from Jacob Anttonen and Peter Pilato saw the Chill up 2-0 at the half. MTA did not give up and equalized 2-2. With 5min to go, Peter Pilato’s deflected strike beat the MTA keeper and the Chill went on to win 3-2.
The Chill U14 girls finished the weekend with a 0-3-1 record not advancing to the play-off round, where the U11 girls had a 1-1-1 record but falling short to qualify for the semi-final by 1 goal.
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