It was another huge weekend of soccer at the River Soccer Club complex last weekend as the organization hosted its 18th Annual Columbus Day Weekend Soccer Tournament.
And to top it off, the weather was perfect for soccer.
“We had terrific weather, an amazing facility and the best volunteers in any organization anywhere,” RSC President Rebecca Mais said. “It all made our tournament a huge success. Unless you have run a tournament, no one can understand what an undertaking this is. Teams from all around the Mid-Atlantic attended.”
All that good stuff made it even sweeter for RSC to see four River Soccer teams come away with championships as well.
The RSC boys U14 and U12 squads both won their brackets in the Black Division, while the girls U13 and U11 teams won the championships in their Black Divisions.
“Four River teams won championships; many others were in the finals,” Mais continued. “All our teams played with sportsmanship and respect. We are proud of all our teams and the teams we competed against.”
All told, there were 24 divisions, with more than 1,200 kids participating over the two-day tournament. Teams came from Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Including the four RSC teams that were crowned champions, clubs also picking up wins on the boys’ side included NC Force (U14 Gold), Phoenix Football Rapids (U13 Black), PASC Dynamite (U13 Gold), SBFC United (U12 White), Hereford Bulls (U12 Gold), Bayshore Galaxy (U11 Black), LTSC 08 Green (U11 Gold), Bayshore SC United 09 (U10 White), Baltimore Union Select 09 (U10 Black), FSC Strikers (U10 Gold), and Hereford Sabotage (U9 Gold). For the girls, Malvern United (U14 Black), LTSC 05 Purple (U14 Gold), Fallston Thunder (U13 Gold), LTSC 08 Purple (U11 Gold), Bayshore SC Blaze (U12 Black), LTSC 07 White (U12 Gold), Bayshore SC Reign 09 (U10 Black), LTSC 09 Purple (U10 Gold), and HSC 10 (U9 Gold).
“Andy White, our tournament director — along with Tom Timmons, our complex manager — must be thanked for all their work and time put in,” Mais added. “Our parents, coaches and players all contributed to this event. Hundreds of folks volunteered, and without them it could not have happened.”
And if anyone left the tournament with an empty stomach, it wasn’t for lack of availability.
“Our food vendors — Hocker’s, Kona Ice and Blue Scoop Ice Cream, along with River’s concessions — made everyone happy,” Mais concluded.
“Once again, the entire complex was outlined with over 100 flags from various countries around the world. Our friend and retired coach Lloyd Elling put each of his flags up himself, showing the world of soccer to all.”
With another rousing success for the River Soccer Club in the books, planning for next year’s tournament will likely start very soon.
By Jason Feather