Sioux Falls, South Dakota was the site of this year’s DASC Winter Games indoor soccer tournament. Closing out the 2015 Fall Season, four TC teams made their way south to the pristine fields at the Sanford Field House. Unlike the rest of the fall tournaments, the Winter Games is a 5v5 tournament that compliments speed of play and playing in tight spaces. With the Winter Season just around the corner, TC teams took positive first steps for the future months of small-sided indoor competition.
The Tri-City Storm U15 Boys Gold team went 1-2 on the weekend in the Olympic division. They had 9 goals for and 12 against. It was a tough division, with no game decided by more than two goals. They fell in close matches to eventual runner-up, DASC U15 Botafogo, and eventual champions, Furia, both by the same score of 5-3.
Like the U15 Boys Olympic division, the Tri-City Storm U15 Boys Black team faced a strong World Cup division. The Black team tied the eventual runner-up, DUSC U15B, 4-4 and lost to the eventual champion, DASC U15 Spitfire, by a single goal. They had 12 goals for and 17 against.
Overall, Coach Ben Schneweis concluded that both teams were provided with “high-quality, appropriate competition” that tested what the group had been working on the previous weeks in training. Schneweis noted the positive strides of the team on the weekend: “We have been working hard to improve our speed of play, playing more thoughtfully/intelligently, and connecting and combining with each other in possession. Both of our groups showed improvement in these areas during the event. The tight space and quality competition forced us to have to play and think quickly, and as a coach I enjoyed watching our players try out the things we’ve been doing in training. We now have a terrific opportunity to continue improving in these areas as we move into the Winter Session.”
Combined into a single division, the Tri-City Storm U16 Girls Gold and Black teams battled within their separate pools in hopes of seeing one another in the final.
The Gold team finished second in their pool, with a record of 2-1. After falling to eventual champion, DASC 99/00 Blue, by a score of 5-3 to start their weekend campaign, the Gold team then went on to win 7-4 against Tristate Revolution Red, and blanked Dakota Alliance Black 6-0.
In a demanding A Pool, The Black team were slow to start their weekend but closed out their tournament with a strong performance against the eventual Runner-Up, BFC/WYSA Select, falling 5-3 in the final minutes.
After getting his first look at how the teams play indoor, Coach Ben Brooks was optimistic about the team moving forward: “We as team have been working on attacking runs and high defensive pressure to build a high scoring offense. At times, it can be risky tactic and can cost us counter-attack goals, but learning how to play at this pace is a vital part of player development. By the end of the tournament, the girls were passing and attacking at a really high level. It was a great foundation for success. It is fun to watch, and I am looking forward to some high scoring games during the winter season!”
This tournament concludes another successful TC Fall Season. Teams will have a brief break before they head indoors for the 2016 Winter Season. Congratulations to all of our teams this fall for all their hard work and dedication!