06' Boys Arsenal- LDC Coppa Classico 2017 Champions
The boys were back at it again and put in the Top Division at the 2017 LDC Coppa Classico in Hershey, PA over Columbus Day Weekend. After a tough first game we found ourselves giving up a 2 goal lead resulting in a 2-2 tie with Keystone FC Premier. As you can imagine, the boys and coaches were disappointed in the result but ended up bouncing back with a big 7-0 win against Nazareth SC to give us a chance to advance if we won our Sunday morning game.
Sunday morning we were facing the Pittsburgh Riverhounds for the second tournament in a row and we needed to win to advance to the finals. Soon after the opening tap, we knew they boys were ready to dominate and we secured a 3-0 win and some quality finishes allowing us to advance to the finals versus a team from Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
As we proceeded to the finals against Cherry Hill SC Knights, we knew we were going against a team that was undefeated in the opposite division and had only conceded 3 goals in their previous 3 matches. However, the boys weren't concerned with their previous opponents or results and controlled the game from the opening tap. After a very physical first half we led 1-0 but continued to press Cherry Hill and scored 3 more times in the second half to win the finals going away 4-0. To say the game was physical and tough is an understatement, but to the boys' credit, they supported each other from the opening tap and finished with class and confidence.
After giving up 2 goals in the second half of the first game, the boys bounced back and played 180 consecuctive minutes to outscore their opponents 14 goals to none in the final 3 games. True team effort from every player in all aspects of the game.