All proceeds from the tournament went to the Peter French Memorial Foundation, which grants money to individuals in need and to ARVD research. This year’s tournament raised over $4,000.
The biggest draw of the weekend was in the Girls’ High School division, which saw teams from all over New England vying for the championship. In the end, youth prevailed as Scorpions SC (a South Shore club team) defeated the Tie Dye Terror (a team from Coventry, Connecticut) 2-1 in a defensive battle for the title.
The Boys’ High School division saw a couple of Winchester teams advance to the semi-finals. One of them, Snipers FC, fought hard but lost in the finals to a very talented Medford High School team, 9-2.
The U-14 Girls division was perhaps the most competitive of the weekend, with all teams showing soccer prowess. Ultimately, the Freakz (from the club team FC Puma) took home the championship with a 4-2 victory over the Princesses (a team from the club Fuller Hamlets out of the Worcester area).
The U-14 Boys division saw perhaps the most exciting game of the tournament in the semi-finals, as the Winchester Warriors dropped a heart-breaking 7-6 decision with 10 seconds left in sudden death overtime to Nucleo Sportinguista, a team from New Bedford. The P/B Tigers (a team from Peabody and Beverly) then knocked off Nucleo Sporting 4-1 in the final to earn the championship.
The anxiously awaited raffle drawings were held at the end of the weekend, with an autographed Shalrie Joseph game jersey and ball, a pack of four Category 1 New England Revolution tickets, and a 99 Restaurant gift card going to the winners.
The tournament organizers would like to thank the players, volunteers, and sponsors for making this event possible and are looking forward to Love To ComPete 2009. For pictures, complete results, and more information about this year’s event, visit the tournament’s permanent website at http://www.lovetocompete.com/.