This past weekend OGRCC’s Premier travel soccer teams participated in the prestigious Needham Memorial Day Tournament. This invitational tournament is one of the oldest and highest ranked Memorial Day Tournaments in the country for premier and town teams, including top-caliber teams from throughout the Eastern United States, Canada, and England. Hundreds of teams attended this past weekend, making it one of the largest soccer tournaments in North America.
OGRCC’s talented Greenwich United U19 Boys Premier team led by Coach Leigh Parsons and Coaching Director Kurt Putnam had a fantastic weekend playing with true heart, talent, and determination.
After losing their first match at the tournament, the GU U19 Boys Premier Team went undefeated over the next four games to win the U19 Bunker Hill division. The championship game was a redemption game for the squad as they tied the game at 2-2 with no time left in regulation. “It was an exciting ending as the entire team pushed forward and we tied the game with less than a minute left in the game,” said Daniel Acebo, Goalie for the team.
The team then won in a tense shoot-out 7-6 against the team they fell to in their first match.
It was a fitting end for this team who started their Greenwich United involvement with a tournament victory as U12s.
“The boys showed great fight, heart, and grit throughout the entire game. As their coach, I’m incredibly proud of the team’s overall character with a never give up attitude right to the very end. They dug deep and finished with a big win! An amazing team effort,” said Coach Leigh Parsons
Congratulations to the team, coach, managers, and families! An amazing accomplishment.