Meridian Star


June 22, 2014

Youth soccer continues strong draw

MERIDIAN —     Brandon Futbol Club managed to jump out to an early 4-0 advantage after just one period, and cruised to an 11-0 win over MYSO Sidewinders in a U-8 Youth Soccer matchup at Lamar High School Saturday.

    Kamden Viverette led the charge for the Tigers, scoring three goals, including two in the first quarter, and contributed on three others with assists.

    Additionally, Preston Churchwell finished with three goals and an assist.

    “We work hard every day with these guys,” BFC Tigers coach Bobby Viverette said. “We do indoor and we just try to get in as many tournaments as possible. Their play pretty much speaks for itself, and the kids just work and play together.”

    The contest was associated with the State Games of Mississippi, allowing for plentiful competition among the participants.

    “This is a great time,” Side Winders coach Steve Dennis said. “These kids are a lot of fun to be around. They inspire me with their effort. They get hot, but they manage to keep going. So it’s inspirational on an adult, too.”                  

    The Tigers appeared to be too much for the Sidewinders to handle from the start. On multiple occasions, BFC whipped crosses into the box from the flanks and finished with one-touch shots that found their way into the back of the net.

    “All the hard work that we have put in is paying off now,” Viverette said. “The kids work hard, and spend a couple of hours a week working with each other, and just continually working to get better. They also do things of their own away from the soccer field. They get together and work together on getting better.”

    On multiple occasions, Sidewinders’ goal keeper Andrew McCary managed to come away with a highlight-reel save after a Tiger player was bearing down on him.

    “Andrew stepped up in the second half and made some great saves for us,” Dennis said. “And he made some good saves in the first half as well. (Brandon) was taking some good shots and he couldn’t save all of them.”

    In the end, fun is the name of the game as the kids were provided the opportunity to showcase their talents and hard work in front of supporters.

    “I don’t keep up the score as much as a I do the effort,” Dennis said. “We got behind in the first half, and I thought we came out with a much better in the second half. We played a really good team today in Brandon.”

    The tournament will continue today at 9 a.m. at Lamar.

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