Storm, Hurricanes unbeaten in three 0
The Winkler Storm and South Central Hurricanes both went unbeaten in three games in the past week in local soccer action.
The Storm picked up two wins and a tie to improve to eighth place in the Manitoba Major Soccer League premier second division.
The Storm played Winnipeg Dynamo FC to a 1 - 1 draw Sunday in Winkler.
Dynamo put Winkler under a lot of pressure in the first half, but goalkeeper Waldi Friebus made several key saves to keep the Storm in the game. Dynamo scored in the 30th minute to take a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, Winkler came out with more energy and pushed hard for the equalizer.
The Storm missed several good oppotunities until Niko Nickel cleaned up his own rebound in the 70th minute to tie the game.
On August 17, the Storm came up with a big effort to beat first place Bonivital United 4-0.
The game was a physical affair, with seven cards being handed out.
The Storm took the lead in the 15th minute on a goal from Niko Nickel. In the 40th minute, Witalij Pawlowsky came off the bench to score his first goal of the year and extend the lead to 2-0. Nickel followed this up with his second goal in extra time of the first half to take a 3-0 lead.
The second half turned really rough, and Markus Rogalsky got ejected from the game in the 75th minute due to a red card.
With ten players, the Storm hung on to their lead and even extended it to 4-0 in extra time on a goal from captain Roberto Kort.
Waldi Friebus had an excellent game in the Winkler net, earning the clean sheet.
Earlier, the Storm had edged Winnipeg Dynamo Kyiv 1-0 Sunday, August 12, with that win having broken a four game winless streak.
The Storm are in eighth place at 3-7-5 for 14 points, which leaves them just two up on Internazionale and Lions FC and six back of Dynamo FC.
After hosting Internazionale Tuesday, the Storm then meet them in Winnipeg Friday (August 24) then take a break until meeting Lions FC September 9.
- S.C. Hurricanes
Meanwhile, the South Central Hurricanes solidified their hold on fourth place in the Winnipeg Women's Soccer League.
After having blanked the ninth place Ice 4-0 August 8, the Hurricanes then battled to a 3-3 tie with the 2nd place Pirates August 12. On August 15, another strong offensive effort led to a 4-0 blanking of the 10th place Top Totties.
It improved their record to seven wins, three ties and four losses for 24 points - just two up on the Classics and six back of Victorious Secret.
After meeting the 7th place BA United Monday, the Hurricanes had a rematch with the Pirates Wednesday. Up next will be the 5th place Classics Monday (August 27) and the 6th place Titans Thursday (August 30).