WSA Winnipeg kicked off their home schedule June 3rd & 4th against Thunder Bay Chill. While the performances were again improved, the results were the same – 2 losses.
I was unfortunately unable to make the home opener on June 3rd but was told that the game was well played, with chances for both teams and an near golasso by star striker Moses Danto. There was a good crowd on hand to welcome the team home for the first time in 2017.
The game was a 1-0 win for the Chill with the Wolves playing a strong defensive game and creating chances against a veteran Thunder Bay team. Danto tried an audacious bicycle kick in the first half of the game only to be thwarted by the post.
I was able to attend the 2nd game of the weekend double header. The final score was 3-0 but that wasn’t indicative of the play on the day. The majority of the game was played in the middle third, with Thunder Bay creating a few more quality scoring chances.
An early 1st half goal from a free kick opened the scoring for the Chill. It seemed WSA shut off for a split second which was enough for the Thunder Bay striker to slot home past keeper Evan Barker. Winnipeg did well to defend but didn’t create much going forward as the Chill bossed the midfield for the better part of the first half.
The second half saw Winnipeg creep back into the game and exert some pressure. Some of the second half substitutions made a difference getting forward with both Danto and Raphael Ohin entering to change the momentum for Winnipeg.
A loose first touch at the top of the penalty area resulted in a turnover and a clumsy challenge to give up a penalty shot. Thunder Bay midfielder Guillaume Kremer converted to make it 2-0.
The new subs created better attacking opportunities and WSA completed more penetrating passes as the 2nd half went on. They created a few chances, but could not convert. Ohin attempted a wicked strike from more 30 yards out and beat the keeper but rattled the rocket off the crossbar. A third insurance goal by the Chill finished the game off late in the 2nd half.
Overall it was a game similar to many this season. Strong defensive shape for the majority of the game, but the opponent was clinical with the few chances they did create. WSA Winnipeg was not able to cope with the Chill’s strong midfield and that was the difference. Goalkeeper Evan Barker again had a few excellent saves to keep the score respectable until late, and 2nd half subs Moses Danto and Raph Ohin stood out in their time on the field.
WSA Winnipeg continues it’s home stand with 2 games June 13 and 14 against Des Moines Menace at the Ralph Cantafio Soccerplex. Expect WSA to field a strong line up to challenge the perennial Heartland Division powerhouse.