S.C. Italia - New York Fries and Integrated Benefit Services (IBS) have locked horns in many memorable battles over the years, both teams consistently ranking among the heavyweights in the Sudbury Women's Soccer Club (SWSC) standings.
Their Tuesday evening showdown at the Delki Dozzi Sports Complex, however, was not among the classics.
Collège Notre-Dame graduate Roxanne Séguin netted a natural hat trick in a span of roughly ten minutes, and IBS struggled to mount much of an attack, as Italia - New York Fries improved to 12-0-0 with a 3-0 win.
Séguin opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, bursting past a pair of defenders and making no mistake when confronted with a one on one with the IBS keeper, calmly sliding the ball into the far corner.
The long-time rivals broke for a quick water break just a few minutes later, and immediately upon their return to the field, Séguin doubled the advantage, taking a pass from Desirée Stortini and bouncing her shot off the post and in.
Five minutes later, the game was effectively put out of reach, when Séguin capped off her three goal performance in style, lifting a well-placed header into the yawning cage.
S.C. Italia keeper Jessica Carson recorded the shutout, tested only sparingly. The best IBS opportunity came on a rebound of a direct kick from Ashley Melnek, which Mavia Denoble reached, but drifted above the top crossbar.
"It's always a good challenge against them," noted Séguin, with IBS sitting in second place with a record of 9-2-1. "There's good healthy competition, everyone wants to win." Both teams have also enjoyed a fair bit of stability in the lineup, a key in terms of their respective success.
"We've been together quite a while, so it makes a huge difference, especially with teamwork and communication," said Séguin. "We're still pretty much the same team, but we have added some new key players."
The SWSC brings together many familiar faces from the local high-school soccer ranks, interspersed with a handful of ladies who competed at a post-secondary level. For the likes of Séguin, the decision to return each May is a virtual no-brainer.
"We love the game, so that’s why we come out here to play," stated the 24 year-old Occupational Therapy Assistant. "We are all getting older, so it is a little slower than when we were all in our mid-teens. But I’ll play until I can’t play anymore. It’s a stress reliever, and fun all around."
League play continues every Tuesday and Thursday evening, with contests at both Delki Dozzi and the Cambrian College fields (will move to Queen's Athletic Field later this month). Championship finals, at all levels, will be contested on Tuesday, August 30th.