North Manchester’s soccer club, Manchester United Soccer Club (MUSC), hosted a 7th-8th soccer tournament on Saturday, September 14th. Despite a strong start – winning their first two tournament matches and clinching their bracket – the Wasonoma Strikers 7-8 soccer club eventually fell to a tough North Miami squad 0-2 in the semifinals. North Miami ended up losing in the championship match to the Manchester A squad, who kept the trophy at home by winning over North Miami 3-1. Out of 6 teams, Wasonoma ended up splitting 3rd/4th place with Northwestern who fell in the semifinals to the Manchester A squad.
The first bracket match win for Wasonoma came over the Whitko soccer club, 2-0. Logan Peas contributed the first of his two assists around the 21:39 mark as he fed Bryce Klutz for the first goal. In very similar fashion, Logan completed his second transaction with 4:20 remaining to his favorite target, Bryce, who scored the final goal to seal the win for that match.
Wasonoma scored one better in their second pairing as they defeated the Manchester B squad, 3-0. At the 14:27 mark, Logan Peas scored on a short cross from Baron Hedrick. Back to their ways of the first match, around the 12:52 mark, Logan Peas set up the 2nd match goal with a nice volley to Bryce Klutz. The final goal came near the 1:30 mark as Gage Miller crashed the box from the left and fed Arik Gamble for a tight corner goal on the left post.
Winning the bracket had no guarantees other than skipping one semifinal level. And facing their nemesis this season, North Miami, in the last round of the semifinals led to Wasonoma taking an early, unanticipated exit from the tournament. North Miami’s first goal dropped in early with a high looper that fell behind the goalie’s outstretched hands for the win. Later in the contest, a North Miami forward used some good ball moves to fake and bake several Wasonoma defenders to set up a 1 on 1 with the keeper who was unable to stop the shot.
In spite of the loss, Wasonoma 7-8 has learned from the experience and look forward to several individual matches to finish the season, especially the match at North Miami on October 3rd.