The tournament opened on Saturday morning with an early 4-1 win over Perdido Bay. The second Saturday game was a noon time 14-0 win over Mobile United FC Red. This win placed them in 1st place in pool play. After their Saturday games however, they received word that even though they were leading in every category, there was still a tie for first place between Venom because of a 3 goal differential cap in the rules. Because of this, there was a 7:45 AM tie breaker shoot out to determine who was put in first and who was put in second. Because we lost the shoot-out, we played the immediate 8 AM semi-final game against the Perdido Bay Boys again.
In the semi-final match the boys got off to a great start and won 2-1 win over Perdido Bay. The Championship game followed and it was the closest game of the tournament for the boys. The 3-2 loss to Venom was definitely a tough game and a hard way to lose such an excellent weekend of wins. The team showed excellent teamwork and vast improvement from their first tournament. Their line ups fit their strengths and their stamina and team work was better as well. The defense and goalkeeping held strong when it needed to and allowed the offense to work together more easily.
This is the second tournament finalist award for this young team, the first of this season. We are so very proud of our U10 boys and our wonderful coaches; Eli McCrory and Henrique Rizzo. We are looking forward to a great season and strong finishes during the remainder of our tournaments this season.
Players: Jamie Dunning, Austin Taylor, Femi Adediji, Alec Chandler, Andrew Lin, Austin Lin, Michael Russo, Cobi Keel, Thomas Rizzo, and Kameron Devanier.
Coaches: Eli McCrory and Henrique Rizzo