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Academy teams do well at Balloonfest Tournament!

97 Girls Blue and 97 Boys Blue

Amidst the scenic sight of hot air balloons taking flight, the Columbia United 97 Girls Blue, coached by Steve Ostrovsky, took the U10 Girls Championship title at the Great Southeast Balloon Festival Soccer Tournament in Anderson, SC, on Labor Day weekend following a heated defensive battle that went to overtime and penalty kicks in the championship game. After two rousing victories and a 3-0 loss during the course of the tournament, the team took the field in the championship game, to play against the team who had defeated them earlier.  They determined to play with a total team effort. An early goal put them up in the first half, the opponent equalized early in the second, and the defensive battle was on. With no further scoring, goalkeeper Victoria White ensured victory with her two outstanding saves during the penalty kick phase.
 
Congratulations to the girls on their first tournament win!
 

Congratulations to the 97 Boys Blue who also participated in the Great Southease Balloon Festival Tournament in Anderson, SC, over Labor Day weekend.

The team, coached by Vince Williams, finished in second place with 1 win, 2 ties and 1 loss in the Championship game.  They had a total of 11 goals scored for and only gave up 6 the entire weekend. 

It's a great start to their season!

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