A Holiday Cup tradition

Posted: Friday, January 02, 2004

This time, the Holiday Cup was for grownups, too.

The 11th version of the annual indoor soccer tournament featured a masters division for the first time this year, and the Half-Steppers claimed the division's inaugural title on Wednesday with a 4-3 victory over Team Black at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

The new division, for players age 22-older, featured many players who took part in the first Holiday Cup tournament, event organizer Leslie Houston said.

"This team (Team Black) had a lot of kids who were 11 years old in the first Holiday Cup 11 years ago," Houston said. "That's why we added it. They were disappointed they couldn't play anymore (if the new division hadn't been added)."

The tournament featured coed soccer teams in six different divisions with play starting on Dec. 20. All of the games for the upper divisions took place at Dzantik'i Heeni, while the round-robin pool-play games for the lower division teams started play at Mendenhall River Community School before they moved to Dzantik'i Heeni for the finals.

In the senior division (ages 17-21), The Freshmen edged Team Newton 4-3 in a game featuring players who were one year out of high school against current high school seniors.

The junior division (grade 9 through age 16) title went to Team Brinkman, which claimed a 3-0 victory over Chubasco.

Wednesday's title game for the middle school A division (grades 6-8) needed overtime before Avalanche took a 3-2 decision over Fusion.

In the middle school B division, the Strikers blanked the Titans 6-0.

The elementary division (age 9 through grade 5) was won by the All-Americans 3-2 over Blue Lightning.

Detailed scoring information was not available for the championship games.

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