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Brooksville Raid U-14 girls win soccer tournament
By DEREK J. LaRIVIERE, Times Staff Writer
Published September 28, 2007
The Brooksville Raid under-14 girls team competed in the Palm Harbor Nighthawks Fall Soccer Tournament last Saturday and Sunday. The squad took home the first-place trophy after defeating Palm Harbor 5-0 in the tournament final.
The girls outscored tournament opponents 20-1 after defeating Tarpon Springs and Hudson 2-1 and 8-0 respectively in the first two rounds of play.
In the final game, two players stepped up to lead the team. McKenzie Davis had a hat trick with three goals against Palm Harbor while Spencer Valdespino added the other two. All of this comes more than a month before regular season play begins for the girls.
Hernando Heat: Only a month after winning the under-15 state tournament, the Hernando Heat under-15 girls squad traveled to Atlanta to compete in the Atlanta Cup tournament, a youth soccer event held every Labor Day weekend.
While there, the girls faced off against some of the best youth programs from Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Headed up by coaches Steve Passafaro and Mike Duke, the Heat took home the championship in their division.
The Heat competed in the Cup Division and went 4-0 on their way to the crown.
HYL soccer: While registration is wrapping up for the Hernando Youth League soccer, the organizers are looking for coaches, assistant coaches and volunteers.
Director of coaching Neil Riddle, who was recently hired as the Hernando High girls soccer coach, can be contacted at 352 544-1022 to find out more information. Jim Dewey also can be reached regarding coaching at (352) 799-8025 or (352) 232-0869.
The HYL Soccer League is made up of six divisions including three each for boys and girls. The regular season for each division does not start until early November. The teams will compete throughout the winter and the final championship tournament for the league will be in March to crown a champion.