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PICKING A SIDE – Team Red goalkepper Alejandro Pulido dives for a penalty kick shot during the Whitehorse Rapids Invitational final. Team Red won in the penalty shootout.

Penalties decide Rapids tourney

After 21 hard-fought games across the weekend,

By freelancer on April 10, 2018

After 21 hard-fought games across the weekend, Team Red led by Simon Pulido took the title of best co-ed team in the territory at the Yukon Brewing Whitehorse Rapids Invitational soccer tournament.

They triumphed in the narrowest possible marginal, when Team Black’s Brendan Preston rolled his penalty the wrong side of the post to spark joyful celebrations from the Red players.

Pulido’s team played some great soccer thoughout the tournament, with everyone on the roster making meaningful contributions.

They finished first in the round robin with a record of 4-1.

Myles Dolphin’s Black team played with a real energy and flair, with Rob ‘Doc’ Bousquet emphasizing his team’s talents with an inspirational performance.

Third place went to Gord Barker’s Team White who can count themselves unlucky, as they only lost one game over the three days of play, and were the only team to beat the dominant Red team.

They beat Team Yellow in the 3 v. 4 game 2-1.

The Yellow, Green and F.H. Collins teams all had moments of delight, perhaps no more so when Fleur Marsella scored the winning goal for her F.H. Collins team over Green. Team Green had their revenge however in the 5 v. 6 game on Sunday winning 3-1.

The awards ceremony for the tournament on Saturday was well-attended and was such a success that Jason Steele didn’t make the Sunday games.

There were some tired limbs on Sunday and F.H. Collins player John MacPhail said that he thought rigor mortis may be setting in, but everyone enjoyed the experience and went home happy but sore.

The most valuable player awards went to Krisztian Goncze and Rhiannon Jones with Rob Bousequet winning the MVP for best over-50 player.

Best goal went to Graham White, best save was awarded to Jayden Demchuk and the toilet bowl award for worst miss went to Brendan Preston.

- By Andy Todd

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