PONTIAC, MI ---- July 31, 2011 ---- The Thunder Bay Chill are the Premier Development League (PDL) Central Conference Champions after defeating the Michigan Bucks 2-1 Saturday night.
The Chill took the lead in the 8th minute when Gustavo Oliveira bent a free kick around the wall and into the net to give the Chill a 1-0 lead. The lead was short lived as Chill Captain Wilson Neto took down a Bucks player in the penalty box. The Bucks converted the penalty shot in the 12th minute to even the score at 1-1.
The teams entered into the half with a tie, only to let second half become a battle. Both teams exchanged several dangerous scoring chances, but were unable to take a lead for most of the half. It wasn't till the 87th minute when Neto was able to redeem himself and break the deadlock with a volley from the top of the box to give his team the winning goal.
With the win the Chill now wait to see where and who they will play in the PDL final four. Next weekends match-ups and host will factor in this weekends results and will be announced early the week.
The PDL Championship weekend host and match-ups will announced later this week and distributed to the media and public.
Photos provided by James Mirabelli.