District soccer wraps up over weekend

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 9, 2009

This past weekend was a productive one for several district troy soccer as three teams brought home district championships.

The 11-U boys, 13-U boys and the 9-U girls all were victorious while the 15-U boys finished up second in their district.

The 11-U boys beat both Ozark and Eufaula to claim the title while the 13-U boys beat both Fort Rucker and Eufaula to win their title.

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All the 9-U girls had to do was defeat Andalusia, which they did 2-1, to win its title.

The 9-U boys were playing in a round-robin tournament and while the team won its first game, could not pull out the second as it fell to host Dothan in a shootout, 2-1.

The 15-U boys fell to Eufaula 1-0 to lock up a second place finish.

“We had already played a tough game earlier and we looked a little tired,” 11-U boys head coach Ken LaBrant said.

“But, both times, the guys really listened to what we had to say at halftime, and they were able to come out and finish strong.

LaBrant’s team won 4-3 in the first game and 2-1 in the second.

“The guys are district champs, and nobody can really take that away from them,” LaBrant said. “We’re going to go to state and just take it one game a at time. We’re very proud of them for winning district, so anything past that is just icing on the cake.”

Abigail Salmon and Kaylin Gibson both played big roles in the 9-U girls’ title win.

Both scored the two goals that proved to be the difference for a team that is seeking its second straight state title.

“I thought our girls just did great,” said head coach Matt Leverette.

“We controlled the ball real well, but we just couldn’t seem to get a goal.”

“We’ve got a lot to work on, but we’re glad to be able to win district,” Leverette said.

“Last year, we didn’t have a district, so this is good experience for the girls before state. We won state last year, so hopefully we can repeat this year.”