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Erik Trochimchuk wins at UMAC Championship
October 29, 2012

The St. Scholastica Mens Soccer team went undefeated this year and won their league as well this Saturday they won the UMAC championship with Erik scoring the only, game winning goal. He is very excited as it is his last year of eligibility to play college soccer. The team is off to the Nationals this week.

Erik is a Lex Alumnus. The club is excited to hear of your success, Erik. Congratulations.

Kaitlyn Quarrell wins conference award
October 29, 2012

(Indianapolis) - The Horizon League handed out its 2012 conference awards on Monday for women's soccer and the Detroit Titans were among the big winners as junior Kaitlyn Quarrell was named the Offensive Player of the Year, junior Nora Abolins was selected the Goalkeeper of the Year and Mike Lupenec was tabbed the Coach of the Year. In addition, Quarrell and Abolins were named to the All-Conference First Team along with sophomore Alyssa Riley. Junior Abby McCollum and senior Sarah Dzuris took home second team honors, while freshman Heather Brown was named to the All-Newcomer squad.

LEX Wins Gold... Again!
June 20, 2012

(Thunder Bay, ON) - The Lakehead Express Soccer Club (LEX) is continuing with its summer of success, as the club's U13 Boys team won the gold at the 2012 Wal-Mart All American Cup. The club sent three teams to the tournament that took place this past weekend in Blaine, Minnesota. The U13 Boys finished with an undefeated record of four wins and zero losses, including a 2-1 penalty shoot-out win in the tournament finals against Wayzata S.C.

Click HERE to read the FULL STORY

LAKEHEAD EXPRESS WINS MORE THAN GOLD
March 27
, 2012

(Thunder Bay, ON) - The Lakehead Express (LEX) Under 18 Girls Rep Team defeated the Lakehead Express Grandview Dental Impact 2-1 in the finals of the 2011/2012 Elite Women’s Soccer League (EWSL) indoor playoffs. Goals from Alyssa Johnston and Haley Mrakic secured the win for the LEX youth over their senior counter parts.

MOST GOALS SCORED
EWSL INDOOR SEASON 2012

BREANNE PASQUALINO
TOP GOAL KEEPER
EWSL INDOOR SEASON 2012

MELISSA PARENTEAU
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
EWSL INDOOR SEASON 2012

HALEIGH ROBERTSON


U18 Team Captains Jessica Mithrush, Katelyn West and Haleigh Robertson accept the EWSL Championship Trophy

Click HERE to read the FULL STORY

LAKEHEAD EXPRESS SEALS GOLD AT GOLDEN BOY
February 21
, 2012

(Thunder Bay, ON) - The Lakehead Express Soccer Club (LEX) sent seven youth teams to the 2012 Golden Boy International Indoor Soccer Tournament in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and did not come back to Thunder Bay empty handed. The Under 18 Girls brought home the gold and the U15 Girls the silver in their respective divisions, while the rest of the club's teams gathered valuable experience at the Family Day tournament this past weekend.

Click HERE to read the FULL STORY

3rd ANNUAL LEX ALUMNI GAME RESULTS 
December
, 2011

This year’s format introduced a point system based on each half of the game, and the half-time skill completion. At the end of the event, the score was tied with each team having 15 points. Blue was awarded the Tie-Breaker as the winners of the penalty shoot-out.

Please see below for completion details:

Game Summary

1st Half Winner (1-0) – Blue = 5 Points
2nd Half Winner – (2-1) White = 5 Points

Final Game Score – 2 – 2

Goal Scorers
Blue – Eryk Trochimchuck, Jess Mithrush

White – Haleigh Robertson, Andrew Colosimo

Half-time Competition Summary

Hardest Shot Competition Boys – Andrew Colosimo – White = 5 Points

Hardest Shot Competition Girls – Vanessa Smykalski – White = 5 Points

Obstacle Course Winners – Blue = 5 Points

Penalty Shot Winners (Tie Breaker) – Blue = 5 Points

Total Points
Blue = 15 Points *Blue wins with penalty shot tie-breaker.

White = 15 Points

LEX ALUMNI KAITLYN QUARRELL EARNS FIRST TEAM HONOURS 
October
, 2011

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Horizon League announced its women's soccer All-League awards Monday afternoon and five Titans earned recognition.  Kaitlyn was one of only two sophomores to make the first team.  Last year's scoring leader, Quarrell, was named the Horizon League Player of the Week on Aug. 29 with a three goal, one assist week helping Detroit to wins over Eastern Michigan, IUPUI and Bowling Green. She also paced the Titans in conference play with three goals including the game-winner on a nice individual effort at Loyola on Oct. 9. On that play, she carried the ball from midfield and took a shot just inside the 18-yard box that went into upper left corner for the lone goal in the 1-0 victory..

(Click HERE to read the FULL STORY on the Detroit Titans Website)

LEX ALUMNI KAITLYN QUARRELL SCORES WINNING GOAL IN 11TH DETROIT TITAN VICTORY 
October
, 2011

(CHICAGO) - Quarrell scored in the 69th minute as the Titans won 1-0 over Loyola,  Detroit is the no. 10 ranked team in the Great Lakes Region in the NSCAA Regional Rankings.  Quarrell scored on a great individual effort in the second half.  Just inside the box, the sophomore made a move and put the ball in the back of the net.  It was the fifth goal of the year for Quarrell, tying her for the second highest mark on the team, and her second career game-winning goal.  She also became the fourth Titan this year to score five or more goals.

(Click HERE to read the FULL STORY on the Detroit Titans Website)

LEX RECEIVES OSA CLUB OF EXCELLENCE SILVER AWARD
September
, 2011

(VAUGHN, ON) - Left, Linda Bedford proudly accepts the Ontario Soccer Association's Club of Excellence Silver award at the Club of Excellence conference from Kara Lang.

QUARRELL CHOSEN FOR ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
September 6
, 2011

(RENO, NEVADA) - LEX Alumni Kaitlyn Quarrell was one of three Detroit Titans named to the All-Tournament team for the two-game Wolf Pack Invitational hosted by the University of Nevada in Reno, Nevada this past weekend. 

“These girls were all good for us this weekend and they worked hard for 90 or more minutes in each game. Even though we didn't come home with a win, they played hard and gave it their all and created opportunities for us,” said head coach Mike Lupenec.

(Click HERE to read the FULL STORY on the Detroit Titans Website)

QUARRELL NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
August 29
, 2011

(INDIANAPOLIS) - LEX Alumni Kaitlyn Quarrell was named the Horizon League Women's Soccer Player of the Week on Monday for her play over the last week.  

Kaitlyn has now scored seven goals in her last seven games and eight overall in her last 10 contests. In the last four games of 2010, she scored the last four goals for Detroit and has three of the team's 12 tallies in 2011. Overall, she has seven of the last 16 Titan goals (44%). With an assist this year, she has been part of 50% of the team's last 16 goals.

(Click HERE to read the FULL STORY on the Detroit Titans Website)

LEX ALUMNI ERIN POMANTI JOINS NIPISSING LAKERS
August 12
, 2011

(NORTH BAY, ON) - Nipissing Lakers women’s soccer head coach David Bitonti is pleased to announce the commitment of Erin Pomanti to the team. Pomanti a 5-1 defender, will join the Lakers after a highly successful rep soccer career where she captured numerous individual awards and team successes.  
(Click HERE to read the FULL STORY on the Nipissing University Soccer Website)

U14 BOYS TAKE FIRST PLACE IN THE ALL AMERICAN WALMART CUP!
June 21, 2011

(Blaine, MN) – Congratulations to the U14 boys who clinched first place at the All American Walmart Cup in Blaine, Minnesota. They were undefeated in five games, scoring 25 goals while shutting out their competition. Midfielder Aaron Johnston was named tournament MVP.  
(Click on the image to the left to see it full-sized)

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE U18 GIRLS ON THEIR EWSL CHAMPIONSHIP WIN OVER THE CHILL RESERVES!
March 29, 2011

(Thunder Bay, Ontario) – Congratulations to the U18 Girls EWSL Indoor Champs beating the Chill Reserve Girls 2-0 in the final game. both goals were scored by Jessica Mithrush.

Also congratulations to the following:

Jessica Mithrush- Top scorer of the League with 53 goals
Haleigh Robertson- Voted MVP of the league by the coaches
Mel Parteneau- voted top Goalie of the league by the coaches.


Bryon Start with
Jessica Mithrush

Bryon Start with
Haleigh Robertson

Bryon Start with
Mel Parteneau

U18 Girls Team

LAKEHEAD EXPRESS WELCOMES TWO NATIONAL B LICENSE COACHES, DEESH BHATTAL AND LLOYD BARKER
January 24, 2011

(Thunder Bay, Ontario) – On Easter weekend (April 22/23 only) Lakehead Express will be hosting two National B License coaches, Deesh Bhattal and Lloyd Barker. Deesh and Lloyd have a great deal of experience coaching and playing at various levels, both in Canada and beyond. Deesh is originally from Thunder Bay and has coached a number of university/college teams in Canada & the US. He is now the Assistant Coach of the University of Toronto Women's Soccer Team. Lloyd has been instrumental in the bid for Montreal Impact to obtain their MLS franchise, and if not for a serious injury, would have been part of the Jamaican National Team that made it to the France '98 World Cup. He is now the head Coach of the Concordia Stingers Men's Soccer Team.

On Friday, April 22nd in the evening, Deesh and Lloyd will be hosting a seminar for all the LEX coaches. However, on Saturday, April 23, both Deesh and Lloyd will be hosting a presentation to ALL players, parents, coaches, and Board members on the ins and outs of scholarship recruitment. This event will take place upstairs in the Lounge at the Sports Dome from 10am-11:45am. Following that, Deesh and Lloyd will be running training sessions with some of our teams on the field. These sessions will run from 12:30 till 6:15pm. More details will follow.

UPDATE:  April 26, 2011 - Thank you Deesh and Lloyd for the valuable knowledge and experience you contributed to our players and coaches!

 
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LAKEHEAD EXPRESS SOCCER CLUB WELCOMES GUEST COACH SOREN JUUL
January 4, 2011

The Lakehead Express Board of Directors is thrilled to announce the arrangement of an extremely well qualified guest coach to work with our players and coaches from January 8th to 20th.

Soren Juul will be attending practice sessions and games during his stay in Thunder Bay. Soren was a high school exchange student from Denmark over 10 years ago, and while staying in Thunder Bay he played for the U19 Boys rep team that under the direction of Rob Pasqualino won the North American Indoor Championship. Soren continued his interest in soccer and has gone on to attain a UEFA "A" coaching license - the highest attainable license in Europe. Soren works full time as a youth coach and coach trainer for one of the best youth clubs in Denmark. He is also a certified Coerver instructor and has worked for the Coerver Coaching Company.

LEX is extremely fortunate to have an opportunity to be learning from a coach of this calibre.

Check out some photos taken during Soren's visit.  Click on the photo to see the enlarged version.
 
 

2ND ANNUAL ALUMNI GAME SCORES 1045 LBS OF FOOD FOR COMMUNITY
LAKEHEAD EXPRESS SOCCER CLUB DONATES FOOD AND ANNOUNCES OTF GRANT
December 23, 2010

(Thunder Bay) - The Lakehead Express Soccer Club (LEX) hosted its 2nd Annual Lakehead Express Alumni Game, in support of the Thunder Bay Regional Food Distribution Association (RFDA) at the Sports Dome. The Honourable Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan, was on hand to present a plaque commemorating a $15,000 grant received by LEX from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). Joining MPP Mauro was OTF representative Jason Hughes, to officially congratulate LEX as they presented 730 pounds of food to RFDA.

"I am pleased to be here today to congratulate Lakehead Express Soccer Club for their continued commitment to supporting active lifestyles through soccer for youth in our community,” said MPP Mauro. “Additionally, the support they have shown through their alumni game for the Regional Food Distribution Association is a wonderful gift to the community and those in need."

The OTF grant will be used over the next year towards the purchase of equipment and furnishings for the office of LEX. The volunteer-led organization continues to support community initiatives and nurture a love of soccer with local youth. New training equipment will help LEX ensure players have access to improve performance and development of skills.

The RFDA fundraising initiative was a success in 2009, and has garnered more support of team members this year. The donation of non-perishable food items was raised by the club’s competitive youth rep teams, and more was collected through admissions to the game. Volker Kromm, Executive Director of the RFDA, was on hand to accept the food and was delighted by the clubs contribution. “It is great to see that youth are stepping forward and realizing the significance of these types of donations,” said Kromm. “As a community we need to continue to harness this type of positive energy. With the entire club getting behind this drive, it multiplies the effect the donation will have on the people in need.”

The City of Thunder Bay was represented by Councillor At Large, Aldo Ruberto, who believes organizations like LEX have an important role to play in supporting our community. “Here is another example of a sports club that is not just providing opportunities for its players to go onto higher levels of competition or education, but is engraining in our youth the importance of giving back to the community,” stated Ruberto.

A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. www.trilliumfoundation.org

CHECK OUT OUR TBNEWSWATCH VIDEO COVERAGE OF THIS EVENT!

SOME OTHER NEWS AGENCIES THAT PICKED UP THIS EXCITING STORY:

Ontario News North – Web Article
http://www.karinahunter.com/?p=22232

Thunder Bay NetNewsLedger – Web Article
http://netnewsledger.com/?p=4885

TBNewswatch – Web Article
http://www.tbnewswatch.com/sports/125330/Express-Alumni-game-aims-at-feeding-the-hungry

Thunder Bay Classifieds – Web Article
http://thunderbayclassifieds.ca/express-alumni-game-aims-at-feeding-the-hungry/ 

Chronicle Journal – Front Page Print Coverage and Web Article
http://www.chroniclejournal.com/content/news/local/2010/12/24/kicking-good-cause 

LAKEHEAD EXPRESS SUPPORTS LOCAL FOOD BANK
December 21, 2010

(Thunder Bay, Ontario) – The Lakehead Express Soccer Club (LEX) is proud to announce that the 2nd Annual Lakehead Express Alumni Game, in support of the Thunder Bay Regional Food Distribution Association (RFDA), will take place on Thursday, December 23rd, 2010, at the Sports Dome.

At 4:00 p.m. LEX will be hosting a press conference at the Sports Dome to announce the evening’s event to the media, and to present the food collected to a representative of the RFDA. On hand to make a special announcement will be the Honourable Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan. Councillor At Large, Aldo Ruberto, will be attending the press event as a representative for the City of Thunder Bay. A representative from LEX, members of the alumni, Mr. Mauro and Mr. Ruberto will be available for comment to the media.

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
4:00 p.m.
The Sports Dome
141 Northern Avenue, Thunder Bay

The game itself will kick-off at 7:15 p.m. on the 23rd, and will feature the active alumni, that currently play for universities and colleges all over North America, faceoff against the current LEX coaching staff.

CONGRATULATIONS DR. PRZYSUCHA
December 3, 2010

We are pleased to announce that Eryk Przysucha, Bsc, Msc, PHd, head coach of the U16 girls rep team, recently successfully defended his PHd dissertation at the University of Alberta investigating the nature of movement coordination problems in children. Eryk is a professor in the Kinesiology department at Lakehead University. Congratulations Dr. Przysucha!

LAKEHEAD EXPRESS SOCCER CLUB TRILLIUM RECIPIENT
December 1, 2010

(Thunder Bay, Ontario) – Lakehead Express Soccer Club is thrilled to announce the receipt of a $15,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation over one year for the purchase of sport, office, and audiovisual equipment to enhance the provision of soccer programs in Thunder Bay. We are grateful to the Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario that awards grants to non-profit organizations to help build healthy and vibrant communities by strengthening the capacity of the voluntary sector. We have been recognized as a well established, capable, and deserving organization providing important programming in our district entirely through the commitment of our volunteers. Many thanks to the many people who have contributed their time to our programs.

LAKEHEAD EXPRESS U18 GIRLS WIN GOLD AT KANATA SHOWCASE
November 29, 2010

(Thunder Bay, Ontario) – Lakehead Express Soccer Club (LEX) U18 Girls fought off tough competition this weekend to claim gold at the 2010 Kanata Invitational Showcase Soccer Tournament. It was the fifth consecutive year Lakehead Express sent a senior girls team to the tournament. The girls finished the tournament with a record of five wins, one tie, and zero losses. Three games of the round robin took place on Saturday, November 27th, with the last round robin game, semi-finals and finals taking place on Sunday, November 28th, 2010.

A four game round robin format saw the LEX girls face the Markham Lightning in their first match of the tournament. The Lightning, who were runners up in both the 2010 Ontario Indoor and Outdoor Cup’s, were no match for the Thunder Bay side, with LEX cruising a 5-0 win. A 10-2 win over the Oshawa Turul, 5-5 tie against the Richmond Hill Raiders, and 2-1 defeat of the St. Anthony Stars, had LEX at the top of their group going into the semi-final round.

In the semi-finals LEX faced the Cumberland Cobra's, winning the game by a score of 3-2. Bryanne Roberts, Haleigh Robertson and Olivia Czipf were the goal scorers, securing their team's birth in the finals. The finals were a rematch between LEX and the Richmond Hill Raiders. The game was the opposite of its early round robin match-up with LEX dominating the game, finishing with 4-0 win. Jessica Mithrush with three goals and Amber Carli with a single sealed the team’s finals win.

The girls team overall team play is what lead them to the championship, but along the way received outstanding individual performances. Jessica Mithrush finished the tournament with thirteen total goals, and 14 year old Emily Albert, who was picked up for the tournament, made several timely saves.

The tournament provides a forum for invited teams to showcase players to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) academic institutions. Scouting and Recruitment Coach, Pepe Garieri stated that each player on the team impressed the university scouts and coaches that attended the tournament, with several players to be contacted by schools in the near future.

Box Score
Game 1: Amber Carli (10 min), Jess Mithrush (13, 38 min) Haleigh Robertson (26 min) Bryanne (27 min)
Game 2: Amber Carli (8, 42) Jess (9, 10, 16, 39), Olivia (21), Haleigh Robertson (24) Megan Graca (35, 37)
Game 3: Jess Mithrush (8, 14, 20), Alyssa Johnston (10), Haleigh Robertson (50)
Game 4: Alyssa Johnston (18), Jess (38)
Semi Finals: Bryanne Roberts (11), Haleigh Robertson (15, 25), Olivia Czipf (41)
Finals: Jessica Mithrush (16, 21, 49), Amber Carli (16)

TIKKA NAMED CIS NATIONAL TOURNAMENT MVP IN LOSS TO QUEENS
November 14, 2010

(Thunder Bay, Ontario) – In what was a disappointing end to an otherwise incredibly successful rookie season, Thunder Bay’s Kelsey Tikka and her Sir Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks fell 1-0 in overtime to the Queens University Gaels in the finals of the 2010 Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) National Women’s Soccer Tournament.

In a game where Laurier dominated much of the possession, neither team were able to break the deadlock until the second half of extra time where Gael’s midfielder Riley Filion scored in the 107th minute of play.

Tikka, a former Lakehead Express S.C. player, was the lone bright spot on the day for Laurier, as she continued to receive individual recognition in her freshman year. Already named 2010 OUA West Rookie of the Year, and CIS National Rookie of the Year, Tikka picked up the 2010 CIS National Tournament MVP, and was named to the tournament All-Star Team.


KELSEY TIKKA, FAR LEFT WITH FELLOW CIS TOURNAMENT ALLSTARS
PHOTO COURTESY OF LAURIER ATHLETICS

Lakehead Express Soccer Club would like to congratulate Kelsey Tikka, and her Laurier teammate Amanda Mithrush on their successful rookie seasons.

TIKKA NAMED CIS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
November 10, 2010

(Thunder Bay, Ontario) – Sir Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawk, and former Lakehead Express Soccer Club (LEX) player, Kelsey Tikka has been named the 2010 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Rookie of the Year for Women’s Soccer. The Thunder Bay native was the defensive rock that helped her team capture the OUA Provincial Championship this past weekend, securing Laurier’s place at the CIS National Championships taking place this weekend in Prince Edward Island.

Tikka is the first Golden Hawk to earn CIS rookie-of-the-year honours since the inception of the award in 1996. LEX would like to congratulate Kelsey on her magnificent rookie season and wish her and her LEX alumni teammate Amanda Mithrush in their bid for a National title this weekend.


PHOTO COURTESY OF LAURIER ATHLETICS

For more information please see the following article on the CIS website:
http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wsoc/2010-11/releases/20101110-awards

LEX GRADUATES MAKING NOISE!
November 9, 2010

(Thunder Bay, Ontario) – The Lakehead Express Soccer Club (LEX) graduates are making their mark at their respective schools soccer seasons this year. Kelsey Tikka and Amanda Mithrush have helped the Sir Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks win the OUA Women’s soccer title in a 1-0 win over Queens. This win sends their team to PEI to represent Ontario for the National CIS title. Tikka was named OUA West Rookie of the year and Second Team All-Star for her stellar defensive skill. She was also named Laurier’s Athlete of the week for Nov.1-7. Mithrush provided solid offensive support by scoring four goals in her first regular season with the Golden Hawks. Laurier takes on University of British Columbia in the first round of the CIS Championship on November 11th at 4:00 p.m. (AST).

Sabrina Carew of Queens Golden Gaels will support her team at the National final as well representing Ontario East at the National tournament. Carew is in her first year of Biology at Queens and will be fighting for the starting spot in net next year as two of the teams veteran goalkeepers move on at the end of this season.

Kaitlyn Quarrell, who suits up for the Detroit Mercy Titans of the NCAA’s Division 1 Horizon League, started all 20 season games and lead her team with six goals and three assists. Quarrell netted the winning goal for the Titans in the first round of the league’s knockout tournament versus Cleveland. She scored her team’s only marker during the 2-1 loss in the second round to Indiana’s Butler University, whose roster featured former LEX teammate Olivia Colosimo. Quarrell was named to the All Newcomer team for her play in the tournament.

Olivia Colosimo’s Butler University Bulldogs finished as the first seed in the Horizon League but fell to the Milwaukee Panthers 5-0 in the championship match of the 2010 Horizon League Women’s Soccer Tournament. She finished the season with one goal and four assists. Colosimo has been invited back to train with the U20 Team Canada in Brazil in preparation for the U20 Women’s World Cup.

Eric Trochimchuk and the St. Scholastica Saints have earned a berth to the NCAA Division III National Tournament winning the UMAC Division Final defeating the University of Minnesota – Morris by a score of 4 -1at home. Trochimchuk heads into the finals with four goals and one assist, and will be looking to aid his team in scoring as they try to capture gold. The Saints meet Augsburg College in Whitewater, Wisconsin, November 13th, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.

Lakehead Express has a longstanding tradition of preparing and developing players to be the best they can be on and off the field. The club promotes all players for scholarship opportunities in Canada and the United States.

LEX ALUMNI SHINE ON!
November, 2010

KAITLYN QUARRELL is featured in this article on the Detroit Titans website.  From the article: "Quarrell showed today why I think she is the best freshmen in the league. She is a great player for us and an important part of this team and hopefully the rest of the league is noticing,” stated Lupenec.

OLIVIA COLOSIMO is also mentioned on the Detroit Titans website in this article.  As well, OIivia is featured in this article on the Butler University website.

ERIK TROCHIMCHUK's St. Scholastica team won the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament securing qualification to the NCAA tournament.  Click HERE for details.

AMANDA MITHRUSH and KELSEY TIKKA's Sir Wilfred Laurier University team Claimed 7th OUA Title in Women's Soccer and were featured on several websites including The Golden Hawks site, the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) site, and the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) website.

KELSEY TIKKA was named T. Litzen Sports Rookie of the Year!  - The first-year defender was part of the reason for Laurier’s stellar 2010 record, keeping the opposition away from the Hawks goal. This rookie was also named to the Second-Team All-Star list.  More details HERE and HERE.

OLYMPIAN KATIE WEATHERSTON INSPIRES AT LEX AWARDS BANQUET
September 12, 2010

(Thunder Bay, Ontario) – Olympic Hockey Gold Medalist Katie Weatherson described her long journey to winning the 2006 Torino Women's Hockey Tournament to the players of the Lakehead Express Soccer Club (LEX) Saturday night at the LEX annual Awards Banquet. Weatherston emphasized to the players that no goal is achieved without hardship, and encouraged them to continue to seek success in athletics and education.

Weatherston's speech highlighted an evening where each competitive team in the club had a Most Valuable Player, and Coaches award given out as recognition for their play in the 2009/2010 Indoor and Outdoor seasons. Sabrina Carew was named the recipient of the 2010 Claire Fraser Award, in honour of the former LEX player who died while on vacation in 2004 at the age of 22. Former LEX Coach John Rider was also given an award as recognition for his long tenure with the club, and the excellent work he has done with players over the past decade. Rob Pasqualino was named Coach of the Year, as voted on by the clubs coaching staff.

A detailed list of the evening’s award winners is available HERE.

Right:  Katie Weatherston presenting Jack Hughes with the 2010 LEX Goal Keeper of the Year Award.

KATIE WEATHERSTON TO SPEAK AT 2010 LEX AWARDS BANQUET
September 10, 2010

(Thunder Bay, Ontario) – The Lakehead Express Soccer Club (LEX) will be hosting their annual competitive team Awards Banquet this Saturday, September 11th, 2010. The event will take place at the Knights of Columbus Centre, and will be high-lighted by an awards ceremony and a presentation from former LEX player and Canadian Olympic Hockey Gold Medalist, Katie Weatherston.

Each competitive team will present an award for Most Valuable Player, and a Coaches Award to recognize the efforts of the players from the 2009/2010 Indoor and Outdoor seasons. The Claire Fraser Award will be presented to a player from the senior girl’s team who most exemplified the attributes of the former LEX player who passed away August 22, 2004 (http://www.clairefraserfoundation.com), and has graduated from the club this past summer. Weatherston will be speaking to the players of the club on "What it takes to be a Champion".

The media is invited to attend the event. The evening will begin at 5:00 p.m. (EDT) and will follow the schedule below.

  • Symposium
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Dinner
  • Keynote address by Katie Weatherston
  • “A year of memories”- slide show
  • Sneak Peak of new player kits for 2010-2011 Season
  • Awards

For more information contact:
Nick Fratpietro
Club Head Coach
Lakehead Express S.C.
807-474-1259
nogomet@tbaytel.blackberry.com

LEX FEATURED IN CHRONICLE JOURNAL KIDS PAGES
August, 2010

Check out our full-page ad featured in the Chronicle Journal on August 23, 2010.

TEAM PHOTOS - 2009-2010


U11 Girls

U11 Boys

U13 Girls

U13 Boys

U15 Girls

U15 Boys

U17 Girls

U19 Girls

 U19 GIRLS TAKE SILVER IN 2010 USA CUP WEEKEND TOURNAMENT

Congratulations to the U19 girls on their silver medal placing in the USA Cup Weekend Tournament held in Blaine, MN July 9-12, 2010.

 

LAKEHEAD EXPRESS 2010 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

The Lakehead Express Soccer Club congratulates these graduates who have earned over $190,000 in athletic soccer scholarships towards their post-secondary educations in Canada and the USA.

After considering many offers Kaitlyn Quarrell has decided to attend the University of Detroit, Sara Dorval will join recent Lakehead Express graduates Ashley Poirier and Kaitlyn Ciddio at Nipissing University, Vanessa Smykalski will join Olivia Zanette and Julie Griffiths at St. Francis Xavier University, and Kelsey Tikka and Amanda Mithrush will be team mates at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Lakehead Express is proud to congratulate Sara and Amanda who have also been awarded post-secondary bursaries from the club.

THUNDER BAY STAR SHINING EXAMPLE OF NORTHERN ONTARIO TALENT POOL

VAUGHAN, ON -- Olivia Colosimo began playing soccer at the age of 6 when she was first spotted by the coaching staff at the Lakehead Express Soccer Club in Thunder Bay.

The club provided key opportunities, resources and support in developing the young player for four years before she was invited into the OSA’s Regional Player Development Program. At the age of 13, Olivia was identified into the U14 provincial program and made the Ontario Team that won the gold medal at the U14 National Championships.

The following year, she continued to play for Lakehead Express and made the U15 Provincial Team. A year later at the age of 15, Olivia made a career decision to move to Toronto to play her club soccer.

She continued in the Regional Player Development Program and made the U16 provincial team which won gold at the U16 National Championship.

At this point, Olivia was selected into the NTC program and she decided to move to Toronto full-time in order to pursue her goal of representing Canada one day.

“Olivia is a great example of how the OSA’s Regional Program can embrace and help to grow the potential of a talented player regardless of their geographical location,” says Bryan Rosenfeld, Director of Player Development, NTCO U17 Women's Coach and himself a product of the Thunder Bay talent pool.

“As the player moves higher up the competition ladder, self-sacrifice in terms of time away from family and friends in order to participate in Provincial training throughout the year becomes part of the equation, including long-term relocation.

“The best players must train and play with the best players all the time, so relocation at the age of 16 is mandatory for any player who aspires to the highest level.

“For the boys, this may mean travelling to Europe or to our National Training Centre in Vaughan, Ontario. This was the path chosen by Olivia and we have seen a massive improvement in every aspect of her game since relocation.

“She is a very talented player and her ability reflects the quality coaching she received at the Club and Regional level at an early age.

“Talent is not enough, however -- Olivia has great drive, discipline and passion for the game. She is hungry -- perhaps hungrier than many other players -- and that quality gives her an edge in the pursuit of her goal to represent Canada in 4 years at the U-20 level and to attain a full scholarship at a quality University or College in the US.

“Olivia has made this happen with great support from her parents and community who can be proud of her accomplishments to date. If she continues at the rate she is going, I foresee a bright future for Olivia in Canadian Women's Soccer.”

ARTICLE COURTESY OF OSA

LEX U13 BOYS SWEEP WEEKEND SERIES AGAINST THE DRYDEN/SIOUX LOOKOUT U13 BOYS TEAM
May 1-2, 2010

By all accounts, the May 1st and 2nd weekend series at the Sports Dome was a huge success for both clubs. Two games were played on May 1st with the LEX U13 Boys coming out on top 4-1 and 4-2 with the final game being played on May 2nd resulting in a 6-2 win for the LEX boys. Both teams enjoyed the full field experience and the opportunity to polish their skills in the 11 vs 11 format. This series is a tune up for the LEX Boys as they prepare for the NSC Cup Tournament in Minneapolis at the end of May. Both clubs are hoping to make this an annual event!

CONGRATULATIONS TO
MEN'S DIVISION 2 PLAYOFF CHAMPS - FOX AND HEDGEHOG and
REGULAR SEASON WINNERS - PIRELLI!

April 27, 2010

LEX HANG TOUGH AT SPRING CUP
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.

LAKEHEAD EXPRESS PLAYERS OFFERED MAXIMUM SCHOLARSHIP
April 14, 2010

Lakehead Express Soccer Club players Amanda Mithrush and Kelsey Tikka have both just confirmed that they have accepted a scholarship to Sir Wilfred Laurier University for the Fall of 2010! They were both offered the maximum scholarship amount allowed in Canada and both will be starters with the 10th ranked team in Canada. 

Congratulations Amanda and Kelsey!

FRYING DUTCHMEN WIN MEN'S LEAGUE DIVISION 1 REGULAR SEASON AND PLAYOFFS!
March, 2010

The Frying Dutchmen won the regular season and also the playoffs by beating TBaytel by a score of 5-4.

Scoring for Tbaytel:  Jon Potvin scored all 4 goals
Scoring for Frying Dutchmen:   Mike Veneziale (2), Joseph Mirabelli (2), Marcel Vatamanelu (1)

Team Photo

  • Back row:  Nick Fratpietro, Marcel Vatamanelu, Joe, Mike Fabiano, Dave Savioli
  • Front row:  Mike Veneziale, Desi Berry, Frank Fabiano
  • Missing:  Tony Rizzo, Rob Pasqualino, Eryk Przysucha, Jamie Fabiano, Michael Kolinski

John Rider presenting the winning trophy to the
Captain of the Frying Dutchmen Desi Berry

 

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