Katie McMahen and Andrea Gustafson
Special to Tribune/Advisor
More than 80 people laced up their soccer boots Feb. 14-15 at Lake City Secondary Williams Lake Campus for an action-packed, 24-hour soccer extravaganza.
Eight local co-ed teams of all ages competed, providing crowd-pleasing soccer during the Fourth Annual Co-Ed Valentine’s Day Indoor Soccer Tournament.
In the finals it was 150 Mile Tire and the Honey Badgers meeting for the second time in the tournament, after having tied in round robin play.
The Honey Badgers progressed through the first semifinal, having sealed a come-from-behind shootout victory over the Cupid Crushers.
Greg Williams notched the deciding goal after the first five rounds had remained tied in goals from Allison Levens of the Cupid Crushers and Nick Iachetta of the Honey Badgers.
With the Cupid Crushers leading 3-0 at half the Honey Badgers stormed back following goals from Leah Watt, and a pair from Mike Brogan.
In the second semifinal 150 Mile Tire held off Vanessa and the Hansens, led by a standout performance from goalkeeper Dave Peever.
A successful social and silent auction was held on Saturday night at the Oliver Street Bar and Grill. Proceeds from the tournament entry fees and the silent auction will help fund the installation of a playground at the Esler Sports Soccer Complex.
A big thank you to everyone who organized and participated in the tournament. Thank you, also, to the community members and businesses who donated silent auction items, and to the first- and second-place teams, who donated their winnings back to the playground.