The Spring 2013 Recreation season wrapped up with the SFL tournament (June 8-9) and the FPYC All-Star Tournament (June 15-16). As usual, the MYS teams enjoyed the opportunity to play other area teams. Read more about some of the age groups and see some fun team photos.
SFL TOURNAMENT: As usual the SFL concluded its Spring season with the tournament, June 8 – 9. Unfortunately the poor weather meant that 9 of MYS' 36 teams did not participate at all. The tournament Divisions are formed using the regular season win/loss record, giving every team the chance at a successful final weekend. MYS has 6 Champions and 6 Finalists, 5 girls teams and 7 boys teams, from U12 to U19.
Below, some of the teams have shared their experiences:
“The U19B All Star team played 4 games @ Franconia Park with a (1-3-0) record against some very challenging competition drawing from Div 1 SFL teams. The team played together well and improved with each game, raising the level of play that was needed to compete in the tournament. The MVP for the tournament was central midfielder Josue' Ugarte who played his last game as a MYS recreational player, beginning at 9 years old and ending as a sophomore at Marymount University at 19 years old. The most improved players during the tournament were forward Tyler Davis who netted 3 goals and drew a foul to assist in a fourth goal, and wing fullback Jason Sprouls who played with the U19B team as a U16B player. The team was anchored by Seniors Zack Linderman/GK, Kyle Myren/Sweeper, and Matt Smith/Center Fullback. The team was coached by Mike Calabrese, Sandro Trigo, Mario Guillen, and Vince Sprouls.”
“Mclean Green Beans won the SFL U14B Division 16 tournament. The team won three games over the weekend, beating Great Falls 6-2, Alexandria 5-2 and then won a hard fought championship game against Gunston 2-1.”
ALL-STAR TOURNAMENT: Twenty-four McLean All-Star teams participated in the FPYC All-Star Tournament. Below please find some team reports:
U11 Boys Green: “We had a great weekend of soccer for Mclean U11 Boys, with both the Green Team (Laszlo) and the White team topping their groups and going on to their respective finals. McLean Green tied the first game after coming from behind 3-1 and won their next two games. In the final we faced Herndon Black who eventually won a close game 2-0. The boys played great football throughout and never gave up on a game even though the final result was a disappointment for the team.”
U11 Boys White: “It was a very exciting journey to make it to the final and then win it! I don't know if you guys have heard about the game. We scored the first goal and then fell behind 3 to 1 and then comeback and scored three goals with the last 2 goals in the last few minutes of the game. The soccer ball went back and forth from one side of the field to the other side so many times and every time it looked like the team that had the ball was going to score. From the other side of the field I kept hearing continuous cheers from parents of one team to the cheers of parents of the other team, and then back and forth. And the fact that this tournament is on Father's Day makes it special, and as one of the parents told me and emailed me "this was the best Father's Day for all the team member's fathers."
U9 Boys: “Our U9B all star team won their division bracket. They came back from a 2-0 deficit in the final to tie the game, forcing an overtime and then securing the victory in overtime 3-2. Dave O'Connor (co-coach) led the boys all weekend, as I was sick. They boys played incredible and are all great competitors.”
U8 Boys: Although the teams experienced mixed results, they all reported that there was very good sportsmanship from all. “It was a lot of fun and weather was great!”
U8 Girls: “For nearly all of the U9 Girls on the McLean Green Thunder team the FPYC Allstar tournament was their first opportunity to compete outside the MYS house league. With each of the four games, the Thunder became more comfortable with the different rules and the faster pace of the games. On Saturday, we opened with a closely contested match against a terrific team from Burke AC and played a formidable team from SYC in the afternoon game. On the second day of the tournament, the Thunder pulled out two excellent wins in very tight games against squads from Soccer on the Hill and FPYC. Terrific team work, great individual efforts, and lots of fun made this a memorable weekend for the team with the best cheer in the tournament: "… Ba-Boom goes the Thunder!"