When Kat Bray thought about a 3v3 soccer tournament on Marco it was to show off the caliber of local players and to bring business to the island.
She was successful at both.
Some 40 teams played in the 3v3 Live Tournament at Mackle Park on Saturday.
“Two Marco teams won and others placed either second or third,” Bray said. “I can’t tell you how many people talked about the beautiful park and facilities and how they would come back to the beautiful island.”
Funds realized over expenditures will go to the city Parks and Recreation Department.
Bryan Milk, Parks and Recreation director, was on hand and impressed.
“The 3v3 soccer tournament conducted on Saturday was extremely well run and organized,” Milk said. “I observed youth of all ages participating in the soccer event and many families attending supported various team competitions. I would estimate well over 500 in attendance. Events like this showcase our city park facilities and infuse tourist dollars into the local businesses.”
Marco’s Under-7 and Under-14 teams won titles.
The U-7 boys team, coached by Scott Buss, went undefeated with wins of 5-0, 5-2, 7-0 and 2-0. They were led by Armando Anaya’s 11 goals. Scottie Buss and Nicolas Vergo played up from the U-6 team to contribute in different ways. Buss scored two goals and Vergo played shut-down defense. Michael Trzyna made his debut, scoring five goals and Mathew Vergo, while playing the back defensive position, still managed two goals, including the game winner in the championship game.
Ed Ruiz’s U-14 team was made up of Jordan Barrett, Jose Olalde, Nick Ruiz, Tyler Canady and Areeb Chaudhry.
Ruiz said, “The team is playing with such confidence now. They’re looking forward to moving into a competitive bracket in order to increase the challenge. This is a very talented team.”
Some of his players will be trying out for the Lely squad next season as they move into their freshman year. Marco’s multi-talented Olalde will be juggling football and soccer this fall.
AC Marco’s entry in the Adult Division played a grueling eight-ame schedule, and won its first seven games before tiring in the championship game. The team was coached by Wido Fricachi Prieto, who also served as the team’s on-field leader. Playing for AC Marco were Abraham Prieto, Raul Prieto, Fidel Prieto, Pablo Bosilio, and Guillermo Gomez.
The Marco Magic came in third in the very competitive U-14 Division. It was quite a good showing for them, considering that they hadn’t even practiced together before the tournament. Josue Aguilera served as player-coach, and was joined on the pitch by Katie Kirstein, Luis Nalberg, and Daniel Campos.