Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00
Two things are viewed every year in the spring: flowers and Memorial Day soccer tournaments. The Plainview-Old Bethpage Xtreme Power (POB XP) decided to play in the 32nd annual Lincoln Page Memorial Day Tournament hosted by the Massapequa Soccer Club.
This tournament hosts travel teams from all over the northeast coast which results in a premier level of competition. The U-15 POB XP decided to play up an age group to U-16, which by itself would present a big challenge. On Saturday, the POB XP won its first game against a Massapequa team 4-1 and then played against a strong team from Massachusetts which resulted in a 1-1 tie. On Sunday, the POB XP won its semi-final game against a rough Middle Country team 2-1.
The matchup for the finals was set: U-16 Stamford Connecticut FC Hurricanes versus the U-15 POB XP. At halftime, the POB XP was down 0-1 and gave up 14 shots on net. However, POB XP came roaring back in the second half with unprecedented pressure at defense, midfield and offense, which resulted in two goals by the POB XP team. A goal-saving stop by the goalkeeper locked up the championship game for POB XP 2-1. Both teams played a very clean game and showed off their foot skills.