D’backs snakebitten at Dryden tourney

After dominating much of their game against Dryden at a soccer tournament there Saturday, the Fort Frances Diamondbacks ran into some injury troubles.
First Carolyn Spencer went down with a knee injury, then Karma Chudobiak got a bloody nose from an errant ball, which left the Fort Frances squad–made up of players from the women’s Borderland soccer league–with just 10 players.
Then with five minutes to play, Dryden scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway to oust the Diamondbacks from the tournament.
Then after the Diamondbacks lost another player, Spencer was forced to return to the game as the keeper and had no chance on the breakaway goal.
The Diamondbacks were forced into a must-win situation against Dryden after opening play with a 2-0 loss to Kenora (who went on to win the tournament) earlier Saturday.
“We couldn’t buy a goal,” Spencer said afterwards. “We had about five breakaways and lots of chances but we just couldn’t put the ball into the back of the net.”
The Diamondbacks next tournament action is Aug. 7-8 when they host the Borderland Ball Blast at the St. Francis pitches.
Meanwhile, there’s still no official word on whether they’ll take part in a tournament in Thunder Bay on the Labour Day weekend due to a lack of player commitment.