This weekend six TC Storm teams participated in the 7th Annual Indoor Winter Games, hosted by Dakota Alliance Soccer Club at the state-of-the-art Sanford Fieldhouse in Sioux Falls, SD. All six teams came out of the weekend with positive goal differentials; four teams made it to the championship game; and three of those teams ended the weekend as the top team in their respective divisions. Over the course of the weekend TC Storm teams scored a combined 124 goals and conceded only 55 for a positive goal differential of 69. Congratulations to all teams for their effort this weekend and to the U16 Girls Black, U16 Boys Black and the U18 Boys Black for winning their respective divisions!
The U16 Girls sent two teams down for the tournament and both teams had strong performances over the weekend. During group play the U16 Girls Black scored 17 goals and only conceded two en route to two wins and a draw and a trip to the championship game. In the final they came up against DASC who they had previously tied 1-1 during group play. The championship game was a different story however, as the U16 Girls Black prevailed by a score of 3-1. The U16 Girls Gold team also had a strong weekend, but unfortunately weren’t able to overcome a loss in their opening game in order to advance to the final. They lost their first game against DASC, but bounced back and won their next two games by a combined score of 11-0 to finish the weekend with 13 goals scored and 7 allowed.
U16 Girls Black: Cory Duffield, Ruth Hegstad, Tabatha Kelsch, Madison Kramer, Emily Leier, Madison Lucas, Jensen Odegaard, Molly Sarafolean and Allie Stover.
U16 Girls Gold: Abigail Hagen, Emily Heinrich, Andrea Kramer, Ashley Matter, Rachel Nguyen, Brianna Schaub, Destiny Valdez, Megan Zander and Lauren Zanotti.
The U16 Boys also sent a couple teams to the tournament. The Black team drew their first game against Minot at 3 goals a piece, but came back dominate in their next two games winning by a combined score of 14-5 to earn a trip to the championship game. In the championship they came out on top after beating DASC by a score of 6-4. They finished the weekend with 23 goals scored and 12 allowed. The U16 Boys Gold won their opening game, tied their second and needed a win in their third group stage game in order to advance to the championship game, but unfortunately they couldn’t edge out DASC and lost narrowly by a score of 3-5.
U16 Boys Black: Jonathan Deitz, Noah Gjesdahl, Joseph Grundstrom, Jacob Reinholz, Kyle St. Germain and Natenael Teshager.
U16 Boys Gold: TJ Anderson, Dawson Breyer, Matthew Nemer, Brian Rapp, Matthew Russell, Devon Thompson and Trey Waltz.
The U18 Boys also split into two teams for the weekend and each team represented the club fantastically. After the final group stage games had been played both teams remained undefeated with three wins a piece and set themselves up for an all Tri-City Storm final. The Black team finished the group stage with 24 goals scored and only two goals allowed, while the Gold team tallied 21 goals and allowed only 11. The championship game was a thrilling affair as both teams know each other in and out. Action was back and forth and both teams demonstrated great ability and in the end the Black team came out on top by a score of 6-5.
U18 Boys Black: Braden Axtman, Caleb Dachtler, Sam Gess, Isaac Judisch, Ben Olson, Benjamin Schleicher and Aaron Syvrud.
U18 Boys Gold: Aaron Beyer, Justin Foslie, Richard Lancaster, Aronah Mukhtar, Nick Nguyen and Austin Peterson.
Again, congratulations to all Tri-City Storm teams this weekend! The players represented their teams and club admirably and really showcased some great attacking soccer. Great job to everyone who played this weekend and let’s keep it going throughout the rest of the winter season!