Stafford Soccer Club Squads Fare Well at Beach Blast Tourney

By David Biggy | Jul 03, 2019
Courtesy of: Stafford Soccer Club The Stafford Soccer Club Fireballs Under-10 girls gather with their tiki trophies after winning their division title in the annual Cape Express Beach Blast Tournament in Wildwood on June 30.

Stafford Township — Last week, the Stafford Soccer Club Fireballs Under-10 girls squad spent some time practicing their game on the beaches of Long Beach Island in preparation for the Cape Express Beach Blast Tournament in Wildwood this past weekend. Well, the practice paid off as the Fireballs, along with two other SSC teams, won their division titles on June 30.

The Fireballs, coached by Scott Sircovitch and Carlos Tapia, started off the tourney with a 2-1 victory over the Rose Tree Avalanche of Pennsylvania before crushing the Towamencin Storm, also of Pennsylvania, in a 9-1 contest. Another squad from Pennsylvania, the Warminster Flash, was shut out by the Fireballs, 1-0, qualifying the Stafford club for the Seagull division championship against the West Deptford Flames, which had gone 2-0-1 in pool play.

The 10-player crew of Hailey Schweigart, Addison Leary, Jessica Hernandez, Ava Cerruto, Mary Dymar, Summer Sprague, Makenzie Sircovitch, Gianna LaGreco, Tianna Tapia and Kaylynn Varner defeated the Flames, 5-1, for the title.

Meanwhile, in the Shell division of the Under-12 girls bracket, the Stafford Galaxy 2007 squad cruised past all four of its opponents to snag the title. After dousing the Dillsburg Area Avalanche of Pennsylvania, 6-1, in the first pool-play contest, the Galaxy ousted the Tarkill Terrors of Stratford, 5-0, and finished pool play undefeated with a 7-0 win over the Upper Dublin Dynamite Red of Pennsylvania.

Coached by Bill McInerney and Gabe Simon, the team of Emma Fedorczyk, Kaitlyn Siino, Kallie Kwaka, Brielle Simon, Lindsey Matthews, Erynn McInerney and Tessa Downs routed the Hulmeville Comets of Pennsylvania, 6-0, in the championship game.

The other winner from Stafford, coach Roger Budd’s Gunners Under-17 club, won once and tied twice during pool play – scoring a 1-0 victory over Knucklehead Football Club while playing to a pair of 1-1 draws against Celtic Soccer Club and RFC Rebels – before dealing the Bucks Brawlers of Pennsylvania a 4-1 loss in the Sun division title game.

In the boys Under-11 Sea division, the Stafford Blaze 2008 defeated the host Cape Express Breakers (6-1), RC Celta USA Asaltos (6-2) and Warminster Galaxy (6-0) to go undefeated in pool play, but later lost in the championship match, 3-1, to the Philadelphia Soccer Club’s Coppa Juniors Chaos.

In the boys Under-11 Sun division, the Stafford Blaze White also reached the division championship contest, after knocking off the PA Rush Sandstorm (3-2), Ex-Arsenal Ex-Mersons (10-3) and Fox Chase Flying Fish (8-2), but lost to the Maryland Hurricanes, 6-1.

The Stafford Dynamo Under-10 girls reached the Sand division title match, on the way beating the host Cape Express Riptide (4-1), Monroe United (6-4) and Mantua Blaze (4-3), but dropped a 3-1 decision to Pennsylvania’s Crusa Blast.

In the Under-12 girls Sand division, the Stafford Galaxy White won a 3-2 match against the Lehigh Blazers and a 2-1 decision versus UMSC Blaze, but a 2-1 loss to the Marple Newtown Heat prevented the squad from reaching the title game. The Stafford Fury defeated the CPYSL Riptide, 2-0, in the Under-18 Sun division but couldn’t get past Langhorne Neshaminy United Charge Blue in a 4-2 contest and tied the E-town Extreme, 1-1, during pool play.

The Beach Blast tournament featured five-on-five games – four players plus a goalkeeper – on fields of 30-by-40 yards. Substitutions were permitted only on the fly, each game consisted of three 12-minute periods, and players had to play barefoot.

— David Biggy

The Stafford Soccer Club Galaxy Under-12 girls squad gathers with their tiki trophies after winning its division title in the annual Cape Express Beach Blast Tournament in Wildwood on June 30. (Courtesy of: Stafford Soccer Club)
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