U14 Rangers Red 2nd in Disney Pre-Season Kickoff Classic
U14 Rangers Red played in the Disney Pre-Season Kickoff Classic on the weekend of August 19-21st, 2016.
The boys played well early in their first match again Pinecrest Premier but found themselves on the tied later in the second half on Friday Evening. Coming out of their shell the boys score two goal within a minute and coasted to a 3-1 victory in the opener.
On Saturday the early match up was against FC Florida, a big physical team, that caught our guys off guard a bit. After FC Florida build a comfortable margin, the Rangers Red team battled back in true Clay County fashion to cut the score to 5-2 at the whistle.
Rebounding nicely in the later game on the day, the Rangers Red team dominated the Florida Rush team early and never let off the gas. Pouring in goal after goal, the finally tally was 11-0 as both goal keepers scored.
Qualifying for the semi-finals with a second place finish in our division, the Rangers Red team would start off Sunday against the undefeated Space Coast United. Clearly Rangers came to play as they stole an early goal off a great cross and backed that up with another before half time. Leading 2-0 in the second half, one more goal bounced in on a fantastic moon ball effort from Wildfredo Rivera. The Rangers would win 3-0 and move on to the finals.
In the finals the Rangers would battle with the ACYS Spirit United team, and early on it was not going our way. The Spirit team scored just 3 minutes in and took the early 1-0 lead. Determined to not let a golden opportunity slip away, the Rangers dug in deep and came roaring back with not one, but two goals to take the lead by the break. The Spirit team was not done yet though as they found a way to put another into the back of the net and tie things up heading in the later stages of this final round game. With a collision with our goalie, ACYS got another one just past and would hold on the last 8 minutes to take away the title.
In just their first tournament final round game, the Rangers Red team showed that they have what it takes to contend with some of the best out there. What a great way to start off the season with a strong 2nd place showing in the finals of the 2016 Disney Pre-Season Kickoff Classic.
Keep an eye out for them in the future as we are expecting big things from this bunch.
Posted on August 23, 2016
by Catrine Fredrikson