YMCA Ar­se­nal team takes run­ner-up at pre­sea­son tour­ney

The U14 Girls Red team will start the reg­u­lar season Sept. 9.

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The U14 Girls Red soc­cer team will start the reg­u­lar season on Sept. 9 in Villa Rica.

From con­trib­uted re­ports

The YMCA Rome Ar­se­nal U14 Girls Red soc­cer team fin­ished as tour­na­ment run­ner-up this past week­end in the NASA Top Hat Adi­das Clas­sic in Ac­worth. The team recorded two wins and a tie be­fore fall­ing late in the fi­nals to Mays Striker Or­ange, 1-0.

Malone Chris­ten had four to­tal goals for the week­end, two in each win, while Ash­ley Marin had three. Keeper Deyvis Reader recorded three shutouts and al­lowed just one goal.

The team be­gan the tour­na­ment with a 5- 0 win over the Lady Chiefs Blue. Ar­se­nal’s of­fense got started early, net­ting four goals in the open­ing half. Chris­ten scored two, while Olivia Beach and Marin each added one, giv­ing Ar­se­nal a 4-0 half­time lead.

Eryelle Har­ris scored the fi­nal goal in the sec­ond half when she made a back­door run and slammed a pass from Lizzie Ely into the back of the net. Joey Kunczewski and Marin also had as­sists.

Ar­se­nal then topped In­ter At­lanta FC, 4- 0. Chris­ten got the scor­ing started quickly track­ing down a long ball from Beach and scor­ing 20 sec­onds into the game. Chris­ten out­raced the keeper to another long ball four min­utes later, this one from Marin, giv­ing Ar­se­nal a 2-0 ad­van­tage. Marin added two goals of her own in the sec­ond half with Beach and Ely pro­vid­ing as­sists.

Ar­se­nal tied SSA Se­lect Black 0-0 on Sun­day morn­ing, earn­ing the top spot in Group A. The squad had sev­eral shots but both teams’ keep­ers proved tough with Reader record­ing two saves in the shutout.

In the fi­nals, Arse-

nal and Mays Striker re­mained dead­locked through the first half and into the wan­ing mo­ments of the con­test. Reader recorded sev­eral key saves,

in­clud­ing a div­ing ef­fort. Mays man­aged to break through with a goal with less than three min­utes re­main­ing to grab the win. Reader fin­ished

with eight saves.

The Ar­se­nal Red team be­gins the reg­u­lar season Sept. 9 when it trav­els to Villa Rica to play the Ge­or­gia Storm.

Con­trib­uted photo

The Rome YMCA Ar­se­nal U14 Girls Red team fin­ished sec­ond in the NASA Top Hat Adi­das Clas­sic this past week­end. Shown are play­ers Olivia Beach (front row, form left), Catie Schutz, Deyvis Reader, Car­lee Brock, Malone Chris­ten, Alexis Me­drano, Ash­ley Marin, Cessni Ramirez, coach Scott McCre­less (sec­ond row, from left), Pay­ton Brown, Joey Kunczewski, Ta­tum Ballinger, Lizzie Ely, Izzy Galysh, Hay­ley Alred, Ana Sophia Campa, and coach Jim Alred. Not pic­tured: Eryelle Har­ris.

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