Despite producing a .500 record in league play, the Wright County Soccer U13 C3 boys team won the recent Burnsville Fire Cup tournament.
The Wright County Wookies started with a 4-0 win over Alexandria, before losing to Bloomington Phoenix 4-3. Adam Smith scored all three WCS goals.
There still was a chance to advance to the title game. The team had to win the next game and score as many goals as possible to obtain enough points to move on. The 3-1 win put the Wookies in the final in a rematch against Bloomington.
Although Wright County was in the lead for most of the game, Bloomington would answer each goal scored. The Wookies would hang on for a 6-4 victory.
Coach Tarah Fitch said her players stayed strong and were determined to win the game. She adds, “It was extremely hot, but we had a strong bench of players that could be subbed in. So I asked the boys to give me 110 percent and it paid off.”
Austin Coyle netted three goals, while Smith scored twice and Andy Eastlund had one goal.
“They players have worked really hard this summer on their passing game and playing together as a team,” said Fitch. “It’s like everything clicked this weekend.”
Players that participated in the tournament were Adam Smith, Carter DeWolfe, Noah Raisanen, Lucas Botten, Travis Scotting, Peter Deneen, Andy Eastlund, Morgan Lesch, Josh Sperr, Casey Schmidt, Austin Coyle, Brady Coyle, Nathan Beal, Jack Leipholtz, Nick Manthana, Nick Lund and John Bjork. Team members who could not be there include Ethan Moore, Tanner McIntire, Jacob Bickerstaff, and Ian Pappenfus. Coaches are Fitch and Bill Deneen.
Earlier in the season WCS finished second at the Maplebrook tournament.