This past weekend 12 Tri-City Storm teams travelled to Bismarck to compete in the 8th Annual Frosty’s Cup 5v5 indoor soccer tournament. The tournament went great and all the teams and players had a great time challenging themselves against some quality competition. Of the 12 Storm teams that participated, four of them played in championship games and three of those teams ended up 1st place in their divisions and undefeated throughout the entire tournament!
The U12 Girls Black team went undefeated during their four games over the weekend by beating HCSC U12G Ice 5-2, Minot Magic U12G 5-0, HCSC U12G Fire 4-2. In the championship game they again came up against HCSC U12G Ice and this time beat them convincingly 6-0. Congratulations to Madeline Etter, Rukhsana Ghauri, Alyssa Heacox, Lauren Hodny, Emily Post, Molly Sundbom and Gabby Tunheim!
Also going undefeated in their four games was the U16 Girls Black team. The girls played in a combined U16-U18 age group and really showcased what they are capable of. They reached the championship game by beating Minot Magic Adrenaline U17G 6-3, Blizzard 2-1, and Mandan Braves 5-2. In the championship game they again came up against the Blizzard and repeated their earlier performance with another 2-1 victory to claim 1st place. Congratulations to Ruth Hegstad, Madison Kramer, Madison Lucas, Ashley Matter, Sydne Narum, Jensen Odegaard, Elizabeth Schaefer, Brianna Schaub, Allie Stover and Lauren Zanotti!
Continuing the trend the U15 Boys Black went undefeated through their four games in the tournament. The boys played in a combined U15/U16 age division and beat GGFSC 5-2, HCSC U16B 3-1, and Minot Magic U16B Black 7-6 to make it to the championship. In the first game the U15 Boys lost their starting goalkeeper, Sam O’Keeffe, to a broken hand. They had to play the rest of the tournament without any substitutes and Cody Sather stepped up big in goal to help his team advance. In the championship game they faced the Sloths in a game that went back and forth the entire time. The scores were level at 3 goals a piece at the end of regulation and so the game went into a golden goal overtime. In overtime TJ Anderson scored the game winning goal to give the U15 Boys Black the championship by a scoreline of 4-3. Congratulations to TJ Anderson, Dawson Breyer, Sam O’Keeffe, Cody Sather, Devon Thompson and Trey Waltz!
The fourth Storm team to make it to the finals in their division was the U14 Girls Black team. They got off to a slow start on Saturday afternoon losing to HCSC U14G, but came back on Sunday with a couple fine performances against DUSC Avengers and Minot Magic U14G winning 3-2 and 4-3 respectively to reach the championship game. In the championship game they again came up against HCSC U14G and unfortunately could not overcome their quality opponents. Congratulations to Brooke Bergen, Amanda Dolalie, Abbigail Grieger, Olivia “OJ” Johnson, Olivia Johnson, Brianna Martin and Zoe Nawrot!
While these teams did a great job of making it to the championship game in their respective divisions, there were a lot of positives to be taken away from the performances of the other TC Storm teams participating in the tournament.
The U11 Girls played in a combined U11/U12 division and faced a great challenge by facing some quality U12 teams. The girls finished the tournament with a draw and two losses, but most importantly they learned some valuable lessons to help them continue to improve!
The U13 Girls Black and Gold teams competed in a combined U13/U14 division and both teams ended their weekends with a win and two losses. They primarily faced opponents that were a full year older than them and again their experience has served as a great learning opportunity. The U13 Boys sent two teams down to the tournament and had a similar experience to the U13 Girls teams with each team recording one win and two losses. They also played in a combined U13/U14 division and faced some really strong competition a full year older than them.
The U14 Boys Black team unfortunately didn’t get the results they wanted this weekend, but overall they had a great experience at the tournament and showed improvement from game to game. The boys really came together as a team during the tournament and bonded together off the field.
The U15 Boys Gold team had a solid showing at the tournament by recording one win, one loss and one tie. Playing against older teams they showcased their skill in a very competitive bracket. Going into their final game they needed a win to advance, but came up just short by a score of 6-3.
The U17 Girls Black was the oldest team competing in the tournament and had a solid showing against some high level competition in the U19 division. Although they were a grouped as a U17 team playing in the U19 division, the team featured a mixture of U15-U17 age players. The girls finished their weekend with a win, a draw and a loss, but proved that they have what it takes to play at a high level. In their third game they faced the University of Mary U19 team and gave them their toughest game of the weekend. They came up just short by a score of 4-1, but the girls should be proud of their performance against college level competition!
Congratulations to all the teams that played this weekend at the Frosty’s Cup! All the teams represented the club in a very positive way and played to their highest ability. The tournament was a great way for all the players and teams to showcase their skills and prove what all their hard work has been building up to. Great job Storm!