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Two FSC teams take first in Aberdeen

The Fargo Soccer Club’s U13 Menace and U14 Sheyenne United teams pose in their championship T-shirts. Back row (from left): Kylee Aberle, Rebecca Olien, Lauryn Spinetta, Coach Kelvin Daniels, Taylor Radek, Faith Tenold, Morgan Allard,Tianna Daniels, Sophia Wambach. Front row:Bryanne Leiseth, Lexi Spinetta, Jadyn Leiseth, Emmy Burtsfield, Madison Langlie, Lexi Klesspies, Savannah Carlson, Elle Hill

Two Fargo Soccer Club teams — mostly made up of West Fargo girls — took home first-place trophies at the Hub City Soccer Club Futsal Classic in Aberdeen, S.D. on Saturday, March 8.

The U13 Menace team took the title with a 3-0-1 record in the U14B division, and the U14 Sheyenne United team finshed first with a 3-1-0 record in the U14A division.

After losing to Watertown, S.D., 9-4 in the second round, the Sheyenne United team met them again in the championship game, and avenged that loss with a 5-3 victory.

Also, the club’s U17 Mayhem team finished in second place in the U19 division with a 1-2-1 record.

Futsal is a 5-on-5 (four and a goalkeeper) indoor version of soccer played on a smaller field, typically a basketball court. It tends to have more goals and a faster pace than the average soccer game.

The higher scoring was made apparent in the club’s games, as the Menace team scored 25 points in their four games, and the Sheyenne United team combined for 20 goals.

Kelvin Daniels, who coaches both championship teams, received several compliments about his teams’ ability to work as together, as well as their fundamental skills.

Daniels mentioned a rival coach approaching him after the Menace’s championship game to tell him the team “put on a passing and dribbling clinic.”

“The tournament and competition was very good,” Daniels said. “When coaches come up to me and say ‘these girls are great,’ that is a pretty cool feeling.”

The Fargo Soccer Club will have their teams compete in the Brainerd Icebreaker indoor tournament on Saturday, April 12.