United wins YMCA youth soccer tournament
Members of tournament champion Moo’s Sweet Shoppe United include, front row from left, Christian Baker, JP Holman, Jacob Self, Ashby Taylor, Cheyanne Washington and Reilly Price; second row, Andri Rowe, Tyler Scott, Zebulon Burrell, Gabby Taylor, Kent Morton, Hunter Morton and Kian Cheatham; back row, Coach Taylor, Coach Heynie, Coach Washington, Jacob Beebe and Andres Rowe. (Photo by Tabitha Belcher)
The Middlesex YMCA youth soccer season is now officially over. It concluded with two tournaments on April 25-26.
In the first tournament, Saturday April 25, hosted a total of 12 teams from Middlesex, Mathews, Northern Neck, Westmoreland, West Point and Northumberland. Of the 12 teams, Middlesex had 4 of them and turned out to be the dominate teams in the tournament.
Middlesex YMCA Moo’s Sweet Shoppe United defeated Middlesex YMCA Urbanna Republic Rapids 1-0 to win the championship, while Middlesex YMCA Cellular Services Galaxy defeated Mathews YMCA Riverside in the consolation game.
The Middlesex YMCA Colonial Pizza Earthquakes finished in a very respectable 5th place overall.
Both Middlesex teams in the finals entered with an undefeated record in the tournament. Late in the first half, Kian Cheatham broke free from two defenders and placed the ball in the side netting of the goal and that was all the United needed for the 1-0 championship win.
The Sunday tournament featured eight teams from Middlesex, West Point, Northern Neck, King William, New Kent and Westmoreland. Middlesex entered the tournament as an underdog based on their size and average age of the players.
“A lot of the teams had older players and some JV players playing, and we had mostly 12 and 13 year olds, so I am very proud of what they accomplished,” said Middlesex coach Stacey Moore. The championship came down to shootouts and King William defeated West Point 4-3 for the title.
In the consolation game, the Middlesex Family YMCA edged Westmoreland in a shootout. In the first couple minutes of the game John Hogge broke away and planted the ball in the lower corner of the net to give Middlesex a 1-0 lead. Late in the game Westmoreland YMCA scored off a great cross to tie the contest at the end of regulation It took four rounds of shootouts to determine a winner, but in the end Brett Carter snuck a ball in the goal and won the game for Middlesex.
The tournaments could not have been successful without the help of numerous volunteers. Those volunteers include Matt Schaefer, Alec Faulkner and Luke Marzaloes from Christchurch School, along with Garrett Gregory, DA Belcher, Stacey Moore, Donna Armentos and Leroy Holt. “Thank you all for helping officiate and making both days a success,” said YMCA program director Clark Laster. ” Additionally, we would like to thank Mike Bristow for ensuring that field three was taken care prior to the games, Tammie Putney for getting the complex looking better then ever, and the Little League Baseball concession stand ladies for allowing the people in our tournament to go and get food throughout the day.”