U12 United win second straight gold

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The Swift Current United U12 girls won a second straight gold medal to open the season in Saskatoon.

The Swift Current Forester’s United under-12 girls indoor soccer team are two for two in tournament action this season as they picked up their second straight gold medal at the SISCO Tournament in Saskatoon.

The United girls opened the tournament with a 3-3 draw against the Saskatoon Aurora Angels. Swift Current United played well against a strong Angel’s team, led by a pair of goals from Mackenzie Froehlich and a single from Ashley Eben. Marissa Hilmoe played exceptionally well in goal to help earn the draw for Swift Current.

In the second game versus the Saskatoon Hollandia Tigers, the United team again had their hands full as they battled a strong offensive Tigers team to a 2-2 tie.  Eben and Froehlich each earned one goal and were supported by a strong United offensive team effort.

Needing a win in their final round robin game to advance to Sunday’s playoffs, Swift Current earned a 2-0 victory over Saskatoon Aurora Capella on goals from Eben and Froehlich to finish second in their pool and earn a semi-final date against the top team in Pool B.

In Sunday’s semi-final, the girls came out with tremendous confidence, lighting up the scoreboard in a decisive 5-0 victory over the highly favoured Saskatoon SCSU Tiggers. The United parents were impressed with the inspired effort of the United team knowing that the finals would be a challenge. Froehlich and Eben both netted a pair of goals, while Marissa Hilmoe added a single.

Instilling in our team that they have the ability, desire, and confidence to play well as a team motivated them to play to their best in both the semi-final and final games of the tournament Coaches Laverne Krywulak and Troy Froehlich

In the championship final, the United girls would have a rematch with the Saskatoon Aurora Angels but came out tentatively and fell behind 1-0 in the first half. The Angels however underestimated the depth of the United team as Swift Current pressed the Angels in their end in the second half to score two team-effort goals from Froehlich and Eben in a 2-1 victory.

Coach Laverne Krywulak and coach Troy Froehlich pointed out that a team effort led to another tournament title.

“What we noticed this tournament was the impact that the team had when we asked them to play with confidence.  The parents even commented that the semi-final 5-0 victory saw extremely strong play from all the players, with solid passing and few mistakes. Instilling in our team that they have the ability, desire, and confidence to play well as a team motivated them to play to their best in both the semi-final and final games of the tournament,” noted the coaches.

The next tournament action for the U12 United girls will be the Regina Winterfest tournament held January 28-30, 2011.

Organizations: Saskatoon Hollandia Tigers, Swift Current U12 United girls, SCUSC Swift Current Soccer Association

Geographic location: Swift Current, Saskatoon

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