Lancers Steal Algoma’s Thunder


Noah Pio was in fll stride against Algoma on the weekend. Pio scored three times in two games as Windsor blanked the Thunderbirds 6-0 and 8-0 at Alumni Field.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Lancers men’s soccer team treated the visiting Algoma Thunderbirds poorly, sending them on their way with two losses over the weekend.

In Saturday’s match, the Lancers got an early goal from the Windsor Stars’ Noah Pio in the 4th minute and they didn’t look back en route to a lop-sided 6-0 victory at Alumni Field. Pio followed up with his second of the game just 33 seconds later to stake the Lancers to a 2-nil lead that would stand up till the half.

It took Jamar Redhead just eight minutes into the4 second half to put Windsor in front by three. The Blue and Gold continued to press forward as Player-of-the-Week Leighton Speechley-Price was stopped twice by Nicholas Palazzi.

The Lancers were unsuccessful on three corner kicks and shots by Pio and Damon Johnson before Johnson connected for Windsor’s fourth of the match in the 72nd minute.

Iyowuna Jumbo had some chances around the Algoma goal before he found the back of the net to put Windsor in front by five. His tally was followed by another, 15 seconds from time, by Stefan Grigorakis.

Another Stars alum, Kyle Vizirakis stopped all four of Algoma’s shots to earn the shutout.


Windsor’s Damon Johnson finished nicely as he curled a shot inside the goal post against Algoma on Saturday.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Vizirakis got the start on Sunday, as well, as the Thunderbirds returned to Alumni Field. The result wasn’t much better for them, in fact it was worse, as the Lancers dominated in an 8-0 win.

Windsor led 4-0 at half time, on goals by Mike Pio, of the Windsor Stars, Redhead, with his second of the weekend, Brendan Teeling, and then Speechley-Price, shortly before the mid-way whistle.

Noah Pio notched his 3rd series goal in the 54th minute before Jumbo struck for two within 7 minutes followed by Grigorakis shortly before full time.

The wins put Windsor atop the OUA West with 19 points (6-1-1), one ahead of McMaster.

The Lancers will head out onto the road to meet Western on September 23 before returning on Saturday to host York at 3:15 pm.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata