This past weekend Tri-City Storm teams traveled to Aberdeen, South Dakota to compete in the annual Hub City Futsal Classic. The tournament was an exciting opportunity to play a different style of soccer with all the games played on basketball courts with futsal balls. Overall, it was a fun weekend with lots of positives to take away as well as some things that teams need to work on.
Out of the 12 teams that participated, 4 of them made it to championship games. The U12 Girls Gold, U13 Boys Black and U15 Boys Black all claimed second place, while the U17 Boys Black went undefeated to earn the top spot.
The U12 Girls Gold were runners up in their group scoring 21 goals and allowing only 9 en route to 3 wins and a loss. The wins came against TC U11 Girls, Watertown U12 Girls and Mitchell Night Wings. Their only loss came against eventual champions HCSC U11 Girls. The girls showed some solid improvement from just a couple weeks ago and should be proud of their performances this weekend. Team members: Saela Fredricks, Rukhsana Ghauri, Mya Helmer, Emily Jahner, Payton Lane, Briann Martinson, Emily Post, and Jenna Schroeder.
Also with a solid showing this weekend was the U13 Boys Black team who played in the top division of the U14 age group. In the group stage they recorded 2 wins and one loss, which was enough to advance to the championship game. The lone loss came against Minot Magic U14 Boys, while they beat the Renegades by a score of 3-2 and DASC U13 Spitfire 4-3. In the championship game they again came up against Minot U14 Boys and again couldn’t quite figure out how to handle them falling short by a score of 5-2. There certainly were a lot of positives to take away from their performances this weekend. Team members: Alhasan Alomar, Josh Anderson, Conner Bosch, Cameron Hoff, Ethan Olson, Jack Olson, Tate Simpson, and Evan Reinholz.
The U15 Boys Black followed up their fine performance at the Frosty’s Cup with another great showing this weekend. Playing in the top division of the U16 age group the boys earned one win, one tie and one loss during group play, which was enough to advance to the championship game. They faced some great competition this weekend and were in a number of games that were separated by a single goal. In their opening game they loss 4-3 to BFA/WYSA U16 Boys, before beating HCSC U16 Boys 3-2 and then drawing Minot Magic U16 Boys 3 goals apiece. In the championship game they again came up against BFA/WYSA U16 Boys and again only a single goal separated them, falling just short by a score of 3-2 to earn second place. Team members: TJ Anderson, Dawson Breyer, Brandon Kraenzel, Matt Russell, Devon Thompson, Trey Waltz and Cody Sather.
Rounding out the Tri-City finalist is the U17 Boys Black team who went undefeated through 4 games to earn the top spot in the top bracket of the U19 division. Wins over SHFC, Minot Lightning, TC U17 Boys Gold, and ODP 98 Boys earned them the top spot while scoring 36 goals and only allowing 12. Their toughest game of the weekend came against the other half of their team, the TC U17 Boys Gold, which ended in exciting fashion 6-5. Team members: Aaron Beyer, Justin Froslie, Richard Lancaster, Austin Peterson, Aaron Syvrud, Grant Zastoupil and Thomas Schroeder.
Tri-City also had two players guest playing with Minot clubs that made it to championship games. Max Hodny played in the U10 age group with Minot Magic U10 Boys who went undefeated and earned the top spot in their bracket. Max showcased his skills scoring multiple goals and setting up even more for others throughout the weekend. Jensen Waltz played up an age group with the Minot Magic U12 Boys. They made it to the championship after recording two wins and a loss, but fell just short in the final game by a score of 4-0. Jensen was a jack of all trades during the tournament as he played in attack, defense and even goalkeeper.
Great job to all Storm players and teams this weekend! Playing on basketball courts, which are smaller than what the teams are used to was a great challenge as players had to play and think quicker. There are a lot of positives to take from this weekend and to apply into the future as the players continue to improve and develop. Congrats to all players and teams that participated this weekend in the Hub City Futsal Classic!