Goldsmith tourney a success
BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School ‘A’ team dominated the 6th annual Lee Goldsmith tournament on Saturday, winning all four games.
The four-game round robin tournament brought together seven teams, including two from Rutland, for a fun pre-season event the week before tryouts begin at Mount Anthony.
"It was a great event, the weather was beautiful and there was a lot of good soccer," said organizer Mike Molloy, who is also the boys soccer coach at MAU.
The Mount Anthony Union ‘A’ team, which included Marcus Laflamme, Brad Anair, Ethan Anderson, Pat Cody, Brian Wilkinson, Nick Altland, Franklin Cody, Jacob Ranzona and Issac salem, faced the MAU B team in the final and won 6-1.
"It was good that the teams played in the final," Molloy said.
The A team played at 1:30, then had a break before the final, while the MAU B team had back-to-back at 1:30 and 2, then in the final at 2:30.
Teams from Hoosick Falls and Burr and Burton Academy were third and fourth, respectively. Other teams were a Rutland A and a Rutland B and a team from Twin Valley.
Teams earned six points for a win, three for a tie and zero for a loss, but to promote offense, a bonus was earned for goals scored.
"It was probably the most competitive tournament we’ve ever had," Molloy said. "From top to bottom, the kids were working hard and competing."
The tournament is a fundraiser for the Lee Goldsmith scholarship. Goldsmith was a 2002 MAU graduate who died in 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer.
"It means the season is right around the corner, the last fun bit before the tough stuff starts," Molloy said.
For more on the tournament and the scholarship, assistant sports editor Geoff Smith was at Willow Park on Saturday and will have a story on the Banner Sports #Extra blog at blogsouthernvermont.com.
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