Memorial Weekend Youth Soccer Tournament
Friday, May 28 to Sunday, May 30
Ukrainian Nationals Invitational Youth Soccer Tournament
163 Teams Competed in the 7th Annual
Memorial Day Weekend 2008 Tournament
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Horsham, Pa. – The Ukrainian American Sport Center – "Tryzub", County Line and Lower State Roads, hosted its seventh annual Ukrainian Nationals Invitational Soccer Tournament. The competition not only drew a strong representation from local Philadelphia area clubs, but also had a decided interstate and international character. Nearly half of the 163 teams competing in this year’s Memorial Day Weekend tournament haled from the Lehigh Valley, Central Pennsylvania, Northeast Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and from the Caribbean island of Bermuda.
Ukrainian Nationals President, Taras Kozak, presented "Our Clubs" philosophy of running the best soccer tournament in the U.S. We believe that we are on the right path to achieving this goal. A dynamic soccer club from North Central Pennsylvania, "Second to None", on the other hand, sent a group of strong teams into the competition. Gene Luciw, represented Tryzub in presenting our team pennant to the visiting select U-14 girls’ team from Bermuda." In exchange, the "Gombey Warriors" presented The Gombey Warriors also presented the Ukrainian Nationals with a team jersey and a pennant from the Bahamian Soccer Federation.
Notably, the Tryzub pennant is from a series of banners that Tryzub had prepared for exchange during its years as a professional soccer team, formally representing the City of Philadelphia. The Nat’s had presented similar mementos to opponents in its multiple U.S. Open Cup and American Soccer League championship games and in its significant national and international exhibitions. More recently, Tryzub’s opponents in noteworthy U.S. Amateur Cup and Open Cup tournament play have received such a pennant.
Tournament play in age brackets from Under-8 through Under-19, boys and from U-9 through U-19 girls, progressed over the weekend on not only the Ukrainian Nationals’ seven home fields at "Tryzubiwka" in Horsham, Pa., but also on 13 more fields located at 4 other sites: Windlestrae Park and Zehr Fields in Montgomery Township, IPW in Warrington, and Turk Fields in Doylestown.
The competition began on Friday night May 23, 2008 under the lights of three Tryzubiwka fields, progressed throughout the day on Saturday and culminated in a long sequence of "finals" on Sunday May 25, 2008. A soccer Mom’s and Dad’s appreciation night also highlighted the event as hundreds of parents and competitors gathered in the Ukrainian American Sport Center’s clubhouse and lighted festival grove and pavilions. These events would not have happened if we did not have the help from our devoted workers: Cheryl Mannato, Tom Milewski, Joe Hosack, Marshall Miller, Donna Serratore, Tony Somma, Dave Bateman and Terry Simmons. Their attention to detail makes this tournament one of the best!
The Bermuda club’s head trainer remarked, "We are coming back next year and bringing more teams; …this tournament gave us the best competition that we have ever had anywhere; everything - from the organization and officiating to the field conditions - was outstanding." A parent then added, "[The Club’s] hospitality was most pleasant – they even went to the effort of flying [Bermuda’s] flag. "
Tournament director Dan Nysch described it all as "AWESOME". "When we gathered so many months ago to plan this event, we never dreamt of these dimensions. I thank the tournament committee and all of the volunteers from the depth of my heart."
Gene Luciw presented trophies elegantly shaped into a Tryzub to the winning teams and offered a captivating explanation of Ukraine’s highly symbolic emblem.
The Ukrainians Nationals fared quite well in the competition, winning three championships and reaching the finals nine more times.
Below is a listing of some of statistics and information about this year’s UNI Tournament;
163 total teams
279 games were played
20 fields at 5 venues were used
16 teams from a Western Pa. club: Second to None S.C.
8 teams from North Union United, Central Pennsylvania
2 teams from Maryland
5 teams from New Jersey
5 teams from Delaware
1 team from Connecticut
1 team from the island of Bermuda
10 teams from Lancaster / Reading Area
7 teams from Lehigh Valley Area
22 teams from the host –Ukrainian Nationals
40 more teams competed this year, as opposed to last year
The 2008 UNI tournament results are as follows:
|U19 Boys||UGH- Alemania||Upper Dublin SC|
|U17 Boys -Blue||St.Thomas More Strickers||Ukrainian Nationals Bohatyri|
|U17 Boys -White||North Union United 90||F.C. Lehigh 90|
|U16 Boys -Blue||STN Soccer Royal Wolves||Monroe SC Flyers|
|U15 Boys -Blue||North Union United 92||Lower Dauphin United 92|
|U14B -Blue||Lehigh Valley Magic||Newtown Sharks|
|U13B -Blue||North Union United 94||Ukrainian Nationals Burn|
|U12B -Blue||Pennsylvania Rush||Upper Dublin Force|
|U11B -Blue||Ukrainian Nationals Fighting Irish||Pennsylvania Classics 96|
|U11B -White||Towanemincin Top Guns||Ukrainian Nationals Black Knights|
|U10B –White 11x11||Lighthouse Shamrocks||Fox Chase Rough Necks|
|U10B –Blue 8x8||North Union United 97||Ukrainian Nationals Atoms|
|U10B –White 8x8||YMS Dynamo||Kirkwood SC Crew|
|U9B - Blue||Southampton SA Sting Rays||Ukrainian Nationals Gunners|
|U9B - White||Yardley Makefield Soccer||Pennsylvania Classics|
|U8B - Blue||Upper Makefield Newtown SC||Berks SA Rage|
|U8B - White||FC Revolution 200||Ukrainian Nationals Thunder|
|U19G||Philadelphia SC Coppa Force||Philadelphia SC Coppa Crew|
|U16G Blue||Fox Chase Lightning||Soccer of Reading AXE|
|U15G Blue||Lanco United 92||STN Soccer Royal Rowdies|
|U14G Blue||Deep Run Valley Charge||Ukrainian Nationals Fire|
|U13G Blue||Ukrainian Nationals Krush||Pennsylvania Rush Blue 94|
|U12G Blue||Montgomery United Strykers||STN Soccer Royal Belles|
|U11G Blue||Lighthouse SC Royals||Ukrainian Nationals Dnipro|
|U10G Blue||Lighthouse SC Fire||Buckingham United Heat|
|U9G Blue||Council Rock United Tornados||Ukrainian Nationals Red Rocks|
|U9G White||Ukrainian Nationals Puddle Ducks||Warrington SC United|