This past weekend Tri-City Storm Soccer Club sent 14 teams to the 2013 NSC Fall Cup in Blaine, Minnesota. Saturday started out cold and wet as the teams took to the fields as early as 8 in the morning to get the first games underway. It started warming up by Sunday, but the rain continued to fall throughout the weekend creating for some exciting soccer action.
Out of the teams that went down two of them made it to the championship game in their respective divisions. The U12 Girls Black recorded two wins and a loss in group play of the Orange Bracket for a total of 6 points. In their first game they beat PSA Sprints 1-0 before falling 3-0 to MTA Blue in their second game. The girls won their final group play game against Prior Lake Typhoon by a score of 3-1 to secure a spot in the championship game against Iowa Rush. The U12 Girls Black found themselves up a goal early in the game before the Rush began to battle back. It was a back and forth contest with both teams creating scoring opportunities at both ends of the field. Unfortunately the girls weren’t able to outscore the Rush as they fell just short losing by a score of 4-2. Team members for U12 Girls Black: Madeline Etter, Saela Fredricks, Rukhsana Ghauri, Alyssa Heacox, Lauren Hodny, Hadley Huber, Emily Jahner, Annabel Mund, Breanna Nelson, Emily Post, Molly Sundbom and Gabrielle Tunheim.
The U14 Girls Black also had a successful weekend and made it to the championship game in the Yellow Bracket. The girls earned 7 points after their three group play games by recording two wins and a draw. They opened up their weekend with a commanding 4-0 victory over Iowa Rush and a 5-1 victory over the Mahtomedi Zephyrs on Saturday. They held their own fate in their hands needing at least a draw to secure a spot in the championship game as they came up against Dakota Rev Attack on Sunday morning. It was a hard fought game with both teams proving to be stubborn in defense as the U14 Girls Black pulled off a satisfying goalless draw. In the championship game the girls came up against St. Croix Spurs. They gave it everything they had, but weren’t able to quite finish off the weekend in style as they fell just short by a score of 2-0.
Team members for U14 Girls Black: Elise Bakke, Brooke Bergen, Liv Eidukat, Jasmine Ghauri, Abbigail Grieger, Hannah Hansen, Olivia Johnson, Olivia “OJ” Johnson, Mackenzie Korbel, Kali Lovgren, Hallie Mann, Brianna Martin, Graysen Myers, Abbigail Naseth, Madison Petrick and Ana Solberg.
While these two teams made it to championship games there were several other Tri-City Storm teams who can be proud of themselves after an encouraging weekend. The U11 Girls Black and Gold teams each finished the weekend with a win, draw and a loss after three games apiece. The Gold team missed out on going to the championship game in their bracket as they lost their final game against Maplebrook in heartbreaking fashion. They fought hard until the very last whistle, but could not record a goal against a very stubborn defense in the wet conditions.
The Black team scored 5 goals and let in 8 during the weekend, with half of those coming in a very difficult opening game for them. The Gold team scored 7 goal and only let in 3 on their way to second place finish in their group.
The U13 Girls Black also had a solid showing at the tournament. After their three group play games they recorded two wins and a draw for a total of 7 points while scoring 5 goals and only conceding one. However those results proved to not be enough as they failed to advance to the championship game due to a tiebreaker with the eventual champs FCNW McGrevy from Canada who they had actually tied in group play.
On the boys side the U14 Boys Gold also had a strong tournament recording a win, a draw and a loss for a total of 4 points during the weekend. They won their first game by a score of 2-0 and drew their second one against ECU Thunder 2-2. They needed to win their final game against the group leaders Minneapolis United in order to advance to the finals. They fought hard and gave Minneapolis United the most difficult competition they faced during the tournament, but came up just short by a score of 3-1.
We are all so proud of the way Tri-City Storm teams represented themselves and the club this weekend. The weather created for some exciting moments and for some cold parents, coaches and kids, but it wouldn’t be a fall soccer tournament without a little rain and cold weather. Congratulations to all the teams that went down for the tournament and I hope you all had as great of a time as I did in the rain!