MEMORIAL DAY TOURNAMENTS..GREAT SUCCESSES!!
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Written by: Bob Gulla
Sunday, June 28, 2009
The U13 Boys and U13 Girls had a great run this Memorial Day weekend
at the New England Soccer Classic, a premier club tournament sponsored
by Nike. South County teams have been welcomed to in the past because
of their high level of play and showed they truly belonged.
This year was no exception as Paul Livingston's U13 Girls advanced all
the way to the finals, eventually losing 3-1 to a strong Seacoast
team, which boasts players from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and
Maine. Livingston's girls went two and one in pool play, giving up
only one goal in three games, winning their semifinal match on Monday
in penalty kicks against Fuller Hamlet out of Massachusetts. Zoe
Sorlien and Jessica Fontana calmly made their shots and Maddie Hagerty
came up big in goal to seal the win.
The U13 boy's team, aka the Blaze, also went two and one in pool play,
beating Fuller Hamlet, one of the top-ranked teams in Massachusetts
along the way, but losing to Explosion FC out of southern Mass., 3-2,
on a heartbreaking penalty kick with a minute or so remaining. On
Monday, the boys beat a potent Seacoast team, the number one ranked
team in New Hampshire, on penalty kicks, 1-0, as Drew Mace, Norm
Kalen, and Colan Gulla all hit their PKs, and keeper Cooper Ferreira
made a save to win the game. The Blaze lost to Fuller Hamlet, the same
team they beat in pool play, in the finals, 4-0.
The boys and girls teams supported each other throughout the weekend,
surging onto the field after the other had won their semifinal PK
matches. They had identical records throughout the tournament and had
oddly similar game experiences, making Memorial Day weekend a truly
unique soccer journey for both teams.
Overall, South teams showed well and competed hard in Orleans, despite
being a town club going up against premier competition. Great showings
by the Berard/Curtis U15 boys who made the semis and could easily have
won their group but for a tough break, and Najih Lazar's girls, who
also lost in the semis, were in line with the success enjoyed by the
U13 South County squads.
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