Dayton Dutch Lions FC U13 Boys
Tournament record: 3-0-1 Champions!
Player of the tournament: Robbie
The DDL U13 Boys became champions of the Haunted Classic U13 Boys Blue division this past weekend. Overall the young lions showed good control of the ball, smart decisions and good defensive positioning.
The first game on Friday night, against a very aggressive opponent, showed a lions team dominating possession but unable to create many opportunities. A lonely goal from Noah and a goal conceded in the last minutes of the game put the 1-1 end result on the board.
Saturday the lions played a very strong game, creating many chances and ended up winning 6-0 with goals from Tommy (2), Nick, Enrico, Noah and Dominic M. Goalkeeper Collin and the backline led by Evan and Simon had a solid defensive performance awarded with the first clean sheet of the tournament.
On Sunday the day started with the third game of the group phase, where the lions knew a win would guarantee the team a spot in the final. A nice shot from outside the box from Robbie gave the lions the lead they wouldn’t give away and 1-0 was the end result.
With two wins and a tie the lions finished first in the group and qualified for the final. Waiting was the winner of the other group, a team from Michigan that showed good skills and ball control. The lions went in the game building on their strong defensive performances and looking for the speed and skills the forward players possess. Halfway the first half a great individual run and clinical finish from Noah gave the lions a 1-0 lead. A lead the team would not give away and with the third shut out in a row the lions where crowned Champions of the tournament!
Coach Sid had the following to say after the tournament “This is great for these boys, they have worked very hard and made great strides as a team. Our defense was very strong, our midfield was creative and our attack scored enough goals to get us the wins. One goal conceded and nine goals scored in four games is a record to be proud of and today I am proud of our accomplishments as a team and all of my players.”
Robbie was nominated player of the tournament as his passing, positioning and work ethic where sublime throughout the weekend.