Thunder Remain Unbeaten in Dominant Win Over Colts

Syndi Taffe of the Centennial Colts (#12) battles for the ball with two Alqonquin Thunder players during first half action at AWC Turf Field on Saturday September 23, 2017.
The Centennial Colts fall 4-0 at home to the undefeated Algonquin Thunder on September 23, 2017, in their third straight home loss. (Photo by: Yvano Antonio/Colts Marketing)

Kajan Thiruthanikasalam, Sports Writer (Colts Marketing)

Algonquin's perfect season continued this afternoon at AWC Turf Field as Melissa Gilligan's two goal effort (8', 9') highlighted a 4-0 win over the Centennial Colts.

Darby Perry (6') and Michelle Wilson (47') had the other Thunder goals.

The game was more lopsided than the final score indicated as Algonquin outshot Centennial 29-5 and 13-3 with shots on goal. The Thunder scored three goals in the span of under five minutes as their relentless attack, combined with the Colts' sloppy defense, led to point blank opportunities.

The early onslaught would be more than enough for Thunder goalie Jenna King, who needed to make just three saves to earn a clean sheet.

The scoring started in the sixth minute when Perry ran through the defense and beat Colts goalie Sabrina Rizzo with a shot to the bottom left corner.

Two minutes later, Gilligan found herself in the box and fired a low shot past a diving Rizzo into the right corner. Just a minute after that, Gilligan scored again on a scramble where she tapped the ball into a wide open net before Rizzo could get to the ball.

Things got chippy in the 28th minute as the Colts' Faith Anderson received a yellow card after taking down a Thunder forward.

Algonquin wrapped up the scoring in the 47th minute when Wilson scored on a beauty with her left foot, past a diving Brandi Riggs into the right corner.

Riggs, who replaced Rizzo to start the half, was one of the few bright spots for Centennial, as she stopped four out of five shots to keep Algonquin from the score sheet after that.

Centennial falls to 0-4-1 while Algonquin improves to 7-0.

Up Next: Centennial heads to Newnham Campus to play the Seneca Sting on Wednesday Sept. 27, at 6:00 pm while Algonquin heads to Vaso's Field to play the Durham Lords on Friday Sept. 29, at 6:00 pm.