Boston Pizza still unbeaten

Lucas Punkari

Featuring a well-seasoned core and the addition of some key newcomers, it’s easy to see why Boston Pizza is the team to beat so far in the women’s division of the Borderland Soccer Association.
Boston Pizza improved to a league-best 7-0 after a barn-burning 5-4 triumph over Taggs on Monday evening.
The squad sports a goal ratio of 25 for and only 10 against to leave them in first place.
“Some of us have been playing together since we were 12 years old,” keeper Amy Wilson-Hands noted.
“We started out with the Muskies, played with each other in youth soccer, and are now together in the women’s league, and that helps to keep things strong,” she reasoned.
“Our core is really strong, and having been together for that many years really gives us something to build the team around,” agreed centre forward Laureen Peters.
Peters and Allison Brown proved to be unstoppable up front Monday night against Taggs, with Brown netting a hat trick and Peters scoring the other two goals.
Stephanie Mattson countered with a hat trick for Taggs, who sit in the cellar at 1-6, with Sara Roach adding the other goal.
“There was a lot of open space out there,” noted Peters, who is the top scorer in the women’s division with 10 goals.
“We both started off the game short a couple of players, which led to a lot more open space out there, and also made for a lot of running for us,” she added.
Meanwhile, both Peters and Wilson-Hands are quick to point the finger at their teammates for their own personal successes this season.
“I have some really good wingers and a great group of midfielders who are able to put the ball in the right spot at the right time,” Peters said of her goal-scoring surge.
“I’ve had a couple of crosses this year that have gone right off of my head, and those always feel good,” she smiled.
“Our defenders have been really awesome so far, and our new girls have been learning our system from our long-time veterans, which has helped,” echoed Wilson-Hands, who earned a shutout in the team’s season-opener.
Although she is on the top team, far and away, in the four-team loop, Peters believes the league is still very competitive each and every time they take the field.
“It’s really evened out this year compared to previous years when the teams were really off-kilter, which is nice to see,” she added.
“It’s nice to be winning, but you want to have competition and for everyone to have a chance out there so that you have a more well-rounded league,” Peters stressed.
In Monday night’s other game, Erika Moffitt recorded the shutout, while Chantal Jodoin and Emily Drouin both found the back of the net, to give the Rendez-Vous Voyageurs (3-3) a 2-0 triumph over Al’s Racquet Stringing.
Women’s play is scheduled to resume tonight at 7 p.m. as Taggs takes on Al’s Racquet Stringing while Boston Pizza tries to keep remain unbeaten against the Voyageurs.
Over in the men’s division, Pharmasave led the way with a 4-1 record heading into action last night, with Manitou Forest Products close behind at 3-2 mark.
Emo sat in third place at 3-3, followed by the cellar-dwelling Voyageurs (0-4).
Pharmasave was scheduled to face Emo last night while Manitou battled the Voyageurs.
Men’s action then resumes tomorrow night as the Rendez-Vous will met Pharmasave and Manitou Forest Products takes on Emo.