SIKESTON - The location was wonderful, the hosts were fabulous, and the opponents tried to ruin it all. The names will be left out to protect the innocent.
The Fas Gas Buzz under 13 girls soccer team played up in an under 14 division, no problem. They knew it was going to be a tough weekend, but the girls wanted to play. But little did they know that the age brackets changed and no one told them until they had played two games. The Fas Gas Buzz girls, all ages 11 and 12, ended up playing against 15 year olds in their third match of the weekend. When it was all said and done that team got disqualified. Coach Ferrell said that game he saw a new attitude from his team, it was one of accomplishment. "Yes we got beat and roughed up, but all eleven players had more fun that game than they've probably had in any game. It was like poetry in motion, except the opponent was supplying the punctuation. We communicated better than we ever have, we passed better, we covered better and we protected our goalie better."
With that new attitude, and a fourth game to be played, they were hungry for an opponent. And as it turned out another team was in the same boat they were, all 12 years old and not told about the age bracket changes either. The poetry was still being written and this time Fas Gas Buzz supplied the periods, 7-1.
With that win they were able to secure a second place trophy. "Just imagine what we could have done in the 12 year old division!" stated Ferrell. "I also want to commend our parents for the way they handled the situation, regardless of the why and what ifs, they kept their cool and they showed true Sikeston sportsmanship."
The Fas Gas Buzz under 12 team only lost one game on the weekend and it was to the eventual champions, but then again, that team got disqualified afterwards for having older players. Who knows, another trophy could have been in store for the Fas Gas Buzz team? These younger girls played their best soccer ever. It was a learning experience that they passed with flying colors. And most can't wait until mid February for the next tournament in St. Louis.
Goals: Jordi Ferrell 8, Katie DeLaRosa 3, Courtney Luehmann 1, Olivia Coomer 1, Kaitlyn Turnbow 1, Amber Miller 1, Laura Atchison 1, and Danielle Ahlfield 1.
Assists: Jordi Ferrell 4, Katie DeLaRosa 2, Ashley Angle 2, Olivia Coomer 1, Amy Rushing 1, and Jodi Urhahn 1.
Goalies: Jennifer Millington, Jodi Urhahn, and Keyarra Blissett.