Fun's the goal at KPSC tourney

Posted: Monday, July 31, 2000

Score one for fun.

The Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club completed its first Twin Cities Soccer Tournament, and despite this weekend's rain, the competition turned out to be a great success.

"Everybody's having fun in spite of the rain," said tournament organizer Robin Bennett. "Our biggest goal was to have fun."

The three-day event, hosted by KPSC, also drew four teams from Homer and four teams from Anchorage to fill under-14 and under-12 age-group brackets in both boys and girls competition.

Dynamo '87 took the top spot in the boys under-14 competition, edging the Anchorage Youth Soccer Club's Blast in the final.

KPSC's under-14 boys defeated the Soccer Association of Homer boys in the consolation final to snare third.

Anchorage's Goldstrikers '90 took the top spot in the under-12 boys bracket, defeating Dynamo '89 of Anchorage in the final and the KPSC under-12 boys defeated SA Homer in the consolation final to take third place.

The under-14 KPSC girls edged SA Homer in a best-of-three series, as did the under 12-KPSC girls.

"For a first tournament, it's great," Bennett said of the approximately 220 players that came out for the event. "It's a recreational tournament. There's been some hotly contested games, but they've all been well played."

Winners received a medal with a water color print of a salmon on it, along with a hand-tied fishing fly.

"That's more fun than just another identical medal," Bennett. said.

The tournament included a pot-luck and pizza feed on Friday -- one of the most exciting events of the weekend.

"One team got here right when the pizza did -- they were in heaven," Bennett said.

Bennett credited the all the support from the community that made the tournament a success. Charlotte's ran the concession stand, Red Line Sports produced T-shirts, Tesoro donated the tent, and the Kenai Peninsula School District made the fields at Soldotna Middle School available.

The referees donated some of their time to officiate matches, and McDonald's provided some food as well.

"And the the tons of volunteers to get the fields lined and everything organized," Bennett said.



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