Bethesda Roadrunners: My Site News: Good old Roadrunner touch and spirit back to take the Regional Championship

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Tuesday, July 4
Good old Roadrunner touch and spirit back to take the Regional Championship
With only 3 team practices in the last 3 weeks after state cup the Roadrunners started the regionals championship at VA Beach a bit shaky. The RRs were down at halftime in the first two games and needing a decisive victory in game three to get through the group stages. As the tournament progressed the team began to find the old magic and flair that was evident from the beginning of the team. Scoring a total of 10 goals in group play all of which were timely and spectacular to say the least.

A closer look at the game stats show the Roadrunners were outscored in the first half of the 3 group play games 4-1. The Roadrunners however showed great character in over coming the adversity and turned in uncharacteristic strong comeback performances to outscore their opponents 9-1 in the combined 2nd halves.   This further emphasizes the strong effort and team spirit the kids put forth, which ultimately made the key difference.   

The semifinals would be against YMS Xplosion (Premier League Champions). This was once again another classic battle of two teams that have been competing with each other since the U9 days. In the high heat and humidity this well played game would end in regulation at 0-0. It would take 2*10 minutes overtimes to determine a winner. The Roadrunners struck early in the second overtime on a low cross that was finished with authority. This goal would hold to earn the RRs a hard fought and exhausting victory.

The Championship game would place the Roadrunners against Coastal SC from Maine. As an old friend from Yardley said "Do not take them lightly". You can never take a team lightly that had defeated our good friends from FC Delco in the semi finals and RFC in group play. In typical Roadrunner fashion the team would spend the first half poking and weaving to find holes to get off shots. It was not until early in the second half and 20 shots when the RRs would find the back of the net. After denying Coastal on several set plays the Roadrunners would hold off this strong Cinerella team from Maine to take home the Region 1 title.

After a few seasons of "could have, should have" and coming up empty in tournaments, this victory was particularty sweet. The performance in the 2006 Regionals would match those of the 2004 Regional Championships, the difference being that it is generally more difficult to win at U14 than U12.

Congratulations to all the Roadrunners: Sam, Samir, Shaqille, Brian, Haakon, Chris H., Jamal, Jeffrey, Paul, Philip, Eli, Chris W., Fabio, Desean, Daniel and both Coaches Ole Sand and Roberto DaSilva. In particular, we thank the coaches for reinforcing this spirit in the kids prior to and during each game.

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