Team Sweeden, U-10 Champs.
BRASHER FALLS – With teams representing countries around the world, the Little Larrie Youth Soccer program held its season finale last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a mini-World Cup competition for the U6, U10, U12, U14, and U17 programs.
The World Cup was hosted by the Brasher-Stockholm Recreation Commission under the lights in the Tri-Town Community Center outfield.
The St. Lawrence Central High boys and girls varsity teams volunteered with refereeing, scorekeeping, concession and coaching duties.
Competing in the U6 division were Ireland and Team Mexico. Both teams played hard and looked sharp in their uniforms provided by U6 coach, Melissa Dishaw. The U6 division ended in a draw with little legs too tired to play a third game.
Competing in the U10 division were Australia, Germany, Greece, Canada, Finland, and Sweden. After a hard fought round-robin, and many cultural treats, Sweden finished first in the standings with Canada and Greece tied for second. After the goals-scored tiebreak was figured, Canada nabbed the second spot with a two goal differential. With exciting back and forth play, the cup was won by Team Sweden.
Teams were definitely determined to win, driven by the noise of the world cup crowd. In round robin play half of the games ended in a shootout after regulation. Team tricks, team spirit and national trivia were the deciding factors in the other games.
Competing in the much hyped U12 division were Jamaica, Egypt, France, and South Africa. Through a lot of face paint and streamers, France and Egypt faced off for the chance at the title. After leading 3-0 at the half, France edged out Egypt 3-2 for the final.
The U14 division saw Japan, Spain, Italy, and England battle hard in a no-contact set up forcing the use of body position to win or keep possession. The championship game was one of skill, grit and playing through the pain in some cases. It was a game of inches with many shots missing by just that. Team Spain and Italy faced off with stoic game faces and battled hard, but Team Italy nudged out Spain by just one goal.
In the U17 boys division teams representing South Korea, Australia, and Italy traded back and forth goals and game strategy. A three-way shootout determined Australia as the final winner.
Little Larries Soccer is grateful for the work of coaches this season: (U6) Melissa Dishaw, Jed Arquitt; (U10) Connor Eldridge, Charlie Dullea, Marc McLaughlin, Luke Peets, Shane Fuentes; (U12) Hayden Beaulieu, Eric Lynch, Ian Lynch; (U14) Elise Roy, Caitlyn Grow, Brandi Thomas, Amy Hornung.