Waltham, MA, 5th September 2012; Mass Premier Soccer kicked off the 2012 / 2013 competitive calendar by participating in Labor Day Tournaments this past weekend.
Teams from all four regions took the field at the Aztec Tournament (Lancaster, MA), Stars Cup (MA), AC Milan Bandits Cup (Devens, MA) and Connecticut Classic (Waterford, CT) in the glorious sunshine to kick start the fall season.
“Labor Day weekend presents an opportunity for our teams to get together for the first time and participate in good competitive tournament action,” said MPS DOC Peter Bradley. “For many of our teams, this is the first time they take the field as a team and the past weekend marked the start of our full year competitive calendar. We are delighted to have had success for teams in all four regions.”
The MPS Bulldogs rounded off a positive weekend with the U11 Bulldogs winning the top bracket of the Stars Cup with a 3-1 win over NEFC. The boys, coached by Tim Mason, beat some very good opposition en route to the final, where two goals from Gabriel Padilla set the foundation for the win. At the Aztecs Cup, Ed Jenkinson’s U10 Bulldogs came away with 4 wins out of 4, and the U13 Bulldogs, led by Pete Bradley, narrowly lost in the final 1-0 after some positive performances.
Further success was achieved in the Renegades program, with the U12 Renegades winning their bracket of the Aztecs Cup, beating Scorpions 4-0 in the final. The U9 and U10 Renegades teams won all 8 of their games, putting in some very convincing performances in the process. There was further joy in Connecticut where the U14 Renegades, coached by Georgina Longden overcame the U13 Renegades 3-1 in the final of the Connecticut Classic.
The MPS North gained two tittles this weekend at Bandits Cup. The U12 Boys put last year’s final defeat behind them as they picked up the championship with a dominant performance. It was a repeat of the final from 2011 as the U12 Lady Knights picked up back-to-back titles, coming through 2nd in their group they stepped up to the plate in grabbing a 2-0 win in the final. The U13 Knights were runners up in the Elite bracket as they transition from 8v8 to 11v11. All teams took away a lot of positives from their events as they prepare for the start of the NEP season.
The MPS South region collected 2 Aztec tournament victories this Labor Day weekend with a number of excellent performances from all teams across the board. The U12 Boys Elite team won the tournament with a 100% record and kept clean sheets in both the semi- final and final. The U11 Boys were also successful and went unbeaten throughout the tournament, the highlight was a dramatic penalty kick victory in the semi-final. The U10 Lady Crusaders Elite team were also unbeaten throughout the weekend winning all 4 of their games over the weekend.
The Cavalier program came away from labor weekend with two titles from the Bandits Cup in Devens. The U12 Lady Cavalier team won the premier bracket beating Abbey Villa 3-1 in the final with the goals coming from Sofia Gaibor, Alyssa Bourgeois and Taylor Floser. That was the first of two trophies for coach Mark Shanahan who also guided the U14 Cavaliers to success in the premier bracket beating AC Milan 3-1 in the final, Vinnie Veiga, Chase Snow and Matt Adiletta the goal scorers in the final. In addition to the bandits cup success the Cavaliers U10 boys coached by Dan Rhodes won 4 from 4 in the Aztecs tournament smashing in of 35 goals in their four games. “The weekend proved a great success for the program that is only entering its second full year of operation,” said RDOC Daniel Rhodes. “The action packed weekend should prove its worth as teams prepare for the NEP season this fall.”
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