Good weekend for United teams at SoccerFest

Steven Mah
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The 17th edition of the Southwest SoccerFest Classic proved to be the Swift Current United Soccer Club’s largest ever tournament with 34 teams from Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba in competition. The weather finally cooperated and Swift Current United teams challenged for top spot in nearly every division.

Two Swift Current United teams were able to win their home tournament. The Under-12 Boys United Red captured gold with a win over Kindersley Storm FC in a shootout.

The Under-18 United Boys won their second straight tournament as they finished ahead of Kindersley and the second-place Regina UCT Mustangs.

A pair of United Soccer Club Under-12 Girls teams had strong debut weekends at their home tournament.

The United Hurricanes finished in second spot in the five-team tournament with a 2-1-1 record, while the United Wildfire placed third with a 2-2 record.

The United Hurricanes, coached by Mark Thoreson and Ivan Nickel, opened the tournament with a 0-0 draw against the Moose Jaw Storm Blue. They got into the win column with a hard earned 1-0 win over the United Hurricanes on a goal from Montana Adair.

The United Hurricanes followed up with a 3-0 win over the Moose Jaw Storm White, led by a two-goal outing from Amanda Thoreson and a single from Ashley Morgan.

Their final round robin game was played for top spot and they suffered a 3-1 loss to the Weyburn Lil Red Devils with a lone goal from Jenna Sabine to win silver.

The United Wildfire were coached by Dean Klassen and Trent McCleary. They opened the tournament with a 5-1 win over the Moose Jaw Storm Blue led by two goals from MJ Anderson. Madelyn McCleary, Kalea Sauder, and Jannae Carlson all added singles in the win.

Their second game was a 1-0 loss to the rival United Hurricanes. The Wildfire exploded in their third game with an 8-0 win over Moose Jaw Storm White, led by a hat trick from Allison Wall and a two-goal outing from Carlson. Kenedee Klevgaard, Meisie Chamberlain, and Anderson each added singles.

The United Wildfire concluded their tournament with a 3-1 loss to Weyburn on a single goal from McCleary to place third overall.

The United Hurricanes and Wildfire will be back in tournament action at the Challenge Cup in Regina on June 7-9 and at the Grevers Cup in Saskatoon the following weekend.

The U10 girls United Dynamite, coached by Delina McGuire, placed second after an overtime loss to the Weyburn Mini Red Devils.

They opened the tournament with a 1-0 win over the United Thunder on a goal by

Hailey Klimm and a shutout performance from Olivia Koebel and Abby Goddard in goal.

The United Dynamite suffered a 5-0 loss to Weyburn to drop to 1-1.

They bounced back with a 3-0 win over the United Kickers with goals from Payton Fehr, Olivia Gross and Katrina McGuire. Koebel and Klimm shared the shutout in goal.

Avery Tonnies played goal in the final and helped keep the game scoreless into overtime before Weyburn scored in the second half of overtime for a 1-0 win.

The U14 Boys United Thunder also placed second after advancing to the final before losing to Brandon’s WFC Schira.

The U16 United Boys placed second behind the UCT Mustangs and ahead of Coaldale.

Organizations: Swift Current United Soccer Club, United Soccer Club Under, Weyburn Lil Red Devils Weyburn Mini Red Devils U14 Boys United Thunder

Geographic location: Swift Current, Southwest SoccerFest Classic, Saskatchewan Alberta Manitoba Moose Jaw Weyburn Kindersley Saskatoon Coaldale

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