Spirit wrap up strong season on high note (photo)Monday, August 26, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
SAULT CIVICS U 13 GIRLS SPIRIT
Sault Civics U 13 Girls 'Spirit' three times golden with win at Midland Fusion Invitational Soccer Tournament
The Sault Civics Spirit concluded their three time golden tournament season by winning the U13 Black division at the Fusion Invitational Soccer Tournament in Midland, Michigan this past weekend.
This victory was the third consecutive championship for the Spirit who also took gold at the Gloucester International Soccer Tournament in Ottawa earlier this month, and gold at the Sudbury Impact Soccer Tournament in July.
The Spirit won their first three games, 9-0, 5-0, and 6-0 against the Grand Ledge Comets, La Forza (Fenton) and the Midland Fusion.
The Spirit met the other undefeated team in the division, the PSG Mid Michigan Gators, on Sunday afternoon, which set up a winner-take-all encounter.
The Sault girls got off to a quick 2-0 lead which they held until halftime, and then added another shortly after the second began.
The PSG Gators would not let go easily, and fought back scoring once on a penalty kick and again on a great shot from in close.
With the score 3-2 and less than five minutes remaining, the Spirit rallied defensively and held on for the victory to claim the gold.
Head coach Jared Klooster commented on the Spirit’s season after Sunday’s win.
“Our girls have had a fairy tale season with their three tournament victories and they deserve to be very proud of their accomplishments. They have worked extremely hard all season to get where are ... I don’t think they would have been happy though with anything other than a victory here in Midland. They’ve definitely learned how commitment, team work, and strong work ethic are a recipe for success.”
Assistant coach Graham Nelson added that, “These girls have been a pleasure to coach and we couldn’t be more proud of them. They have been great soccer ambassadors for our club and for the community of Sault Ste. Marie.”
The Spirit concluded their season with an overall tournament record of 14 wins, two ties, and zero losses.
Congratulations to the Spirit on their outstanding season!
The U13 Sault Civics Spirit members include: Hailee Young, Heather Marsh, Emily Krysa, Star Harman, Summer Harman, Karlee Richer, Payton Ford, Emily Clarke, Abby Logan, Mia Giuliano, Kaitlyn Grawbarger, Emma Klooster, Madelin Meyers, Brooke Nelson, Annie Damignani, and Katherine Filion.
Coaches are Jared Klooster and Graham Nelson.
Team manager is Aileen Marsh.
The Spirit would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: Tenaris, Lemay’s Decorating Centre, The Medicine Shoppe on Great Northern Road, SalDan and Rogue Transportation, Manulife Financial, NorthStar Brokers, G.K. Harten Trucking, Parmalat Canada, Systems International Machine Shop Ltd., George Wellington Esquire Club in Trust, Station Mall Merchants Association, The Athlete’s Foot, Dawson and Keenan Insurance, Scott RNCE, Meyers Munchies, KPMG, Steelton Shoes, Dr. Crawford, Provenzano Law Firm, Elstrong Management Limited, GT Quick Lube and Automotive, Steel Speed, and Bridge Automotive.