Ponoka’s Storm FC sailed to an easy 6-0 win over their opponents from Millet on Sunday, May 22 in their second home game of the Battle River Men’s Soccer League, building more confidence as they eye the second league title in as many years.
Storm dominated the game from the beginning to the end over the visitors who had only one substitute against the comfortably crowded bench of the hosts who played with ease, taking breaks as and when they needed.
Millet did not make their first appearance in front of the Storm net until well into 20th minute of the game but the hosts’ solid defense made it impossible for the Millet offense to find a gap to score.
About 10 minutes later, Storm was awarded a penalty when a Millet player jumped high enough to jeopardize the head of a Ponoka player with his cleats, and by converting the penalty shoot, Christoph Dittmar opened the floodgates. Five minutes later, Carmen Lyon struck when he sent the ball coming from a cross to the Millet net from just outside the six-yard box. Another five minutes passed and Elzard Visscher scored with a neat shot from the corner of the 18-yard box to close the first half at 3-0.
Second half started with a lot of effort by Millet to put pressure on the hosts and they appeared to take control of the midfield briefly, but the Strom were not to be stopped. Almost halfway through the second half, Eric Eischeid swerved his way through the Millet defense and scored with a short-range shot. It was just minutes later that Todd Alexandre turned up in front of the Millet goal and his soft shot found the back of the net after going through the under arm of the goalie. Then Millet defense went into a complete disarray allowing Visscher to score his second goal about five minutes from the end of regulation.
Storm play their next game on the road and return to high school field to host Diablos on June 7.