Today was all about football!
The players all woke this morning with purpose as football was fully on the agenda.
The girls had the first kick off and travelled to the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex to join the Albion team, after defeat in match one they needed to build some points.
Let me explain the points system as it’ll help you out later in the blog.
- 6 points for a win
- 2 points for a tie
- 1 point for a shut out (clean sheet to you and me)
- 1 point per goal scored up to 3 max.
Meaning a 3-0 win can net you the maximum 10 points.
So, back to the girls match, they needed to get some points on the board, they certainly started well. At half time it was 2-2 with Sudbury’s Eloise King setting one up and winning and then scoring a penalty, they battled hard in the second half but lost to a late goal with the score ending at 3-2.
Next up was the boys over on field 10. They were playing Downtown LVSC. This was against the team dubbed “best in the group” by the locals. We started well and had several half chances before Jake Horlock stepped up with a powerful shot that the keeper could not hold on to and in the second half Freddie King went on a run through the middle and slotted home to seal the win 2-0 and gain AFC 9 points.
We then dashed back to the villa as the midday sun was too hot to stand around in for the break between boys games.
On our return for the 5pm Kick off we headed to field 5, this was one of the more tired fields, this time our opponents were Albion FC, the tournament hosts. It took them just 41 seconds for us to fall behind. We took several minutes to get into our stride. It was a Liam Bennet run down the left whose shot was parried by the keeper straight to Ross Crane to slot home. Then it was Sam Girling’s turn to set up Ross Crane who hit a great left foot finish. It was then Rauf Kabangu who got a brace to seal the win 4-1 and net another 9 points.
Great matches. 18 Points and top of the table.
Next it was a rapid change and straight off to watch Las Vegas lights Soccer Match. This was a great highlight for everyone as we were invited to form the tunnel entrance for the players for enter the field. It was a true spectacle and they were so friendly, all out players were in with the home supporters waving flags and chanting all night long. Then after the match they were invited back into the field to meet the players for a team photo.
Today was a fully packed day and one which was thoroughly enjoyed and was testament for what a great tours this is.