Thursday April 10, 2014
The South Burlington Strikers Soccer Club U10 White team defeated the Burlington Pioneers to claim the Far Post Session III Futsal Championship, in a commanding 9-6 win. Luke Fitzgerald led the team in scoring with three goals, including a shot so powerful the goalie did not have time to react. Sullivan Beers scored two goals, including a perfectly placed goal from half-field that slid just above the keeper and just below the post. Anthony Grosselfinger also scored two goals, including a feat of feline-like dexterity where he dribbled through opposing players to ease the ball past the goalie. Allessandro Fraga scored two goals, including a spectacularly fluid shot from a cross pass at nearly a full sprint. While playing keeper, Ethan Borick repelled numerous blasts with support from defensive masters Max Rinelli and Sumner Nenninger, who routinely disrupted the Pioneers offense with tenacious tackles. Oliver Cochrane demonstrated brilliant positional play with numerous rebound shots on net. Rowan Grosselfinger kept the Pioneers offense at bay with bull-like defensive charges that kept player opponents off guard. Kevin Grosselfinger and Paul Fitzgerald coached the team and noted that the players played selflessly with numerous passes and tackles to support one another.
This is the first futsal championship win for a Strikers team. This was particularly sweet because the team was also able to defeat many Far Post teams with professional coaching and a membership that draws from communities throughout the region. In contrast, Strikers players are almost exclusively from South Burlington, where the organization strives to keep costs low so that money is not a barrier to participation.
SOURCE: Paul Fitzgerald, Guest Contributor