Under 12 soccer team captures second in tournament

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By The Staff

The Owen County Youth Soccer League hosted a U12 mixed tournament Oct. 31. 

Owen County welcomed Nicholas County, Carroll County and Clark County for a day of soccer.

Owen County and Nicholas County started the day with a match at 9 a.m.

Owen County came out on top with a 7-1 victory. 

Game two followed at 10:30 a.m. with Carroll County taking on Clark County in a match that proved to be an exciting game to watch. 

At the end of the game, the score was a 2-2 tie.

Tournament rules required a penalty kick shootout. The team with the most PKs would be deemed the winner. Carroll County won.

With each having won their first game, Owen County and Carroll County faced each other in the championship game.  This was the fifth time of the season the two teams met.

However, the champions would not be decided until Nicholas County and Clark County faced each other in the consolation game to determine third and fourth place.

Clark County was able to seal third place with a victory over Nicholas County in the consolation game. 

Despite its 4-win record  for this season against Carroll County, Owen County was unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities and failed to recover from several breakdowns in defense.

Carroll County won the championship game.

Owen County’s O.C. United finished its season with seven wins, one loss and three ties.

Coach Barbara Epperson praised the efforts of her young team.

“My players have overcome the obstacle of being a young team, having just two players with U12 age play experience,” Epperson said, “proving that hard work and smart plays can substitute for age, size and age level experience. I am very proud of what they have achieved as a team and as individuals.”

Each of the four tournament teams selected three players who were named to the All Tournament team, which is recognition as the MVPs of the tournament. 

The all-tournament selectees for Owen County were Blake Burke, Austin Burgess and Wade Cammack.

These all-tournament selections were based on majority votes that were cast by O.C. United parents.  

Epperson said the all-tournament team selection doesn’t diminish the contributions from her entire team.

“I don’t want to take away from the three O.C. United players who were selected, but getting to the championship game and having a winning record for the regular season was a team effort,” Epperson said. “Individual recognition negates what players have accomplished as a team.  I am a firm believer that you win as a team, you lose as a team – neither is accomplished by a single individual.”

OCYSL would like to thank the tournament sponsor, E.P.S. Product, a new business owned by Asa Phillips. 

Organizers said Phillips was very generous to the tournament, sponsoring the awards which included trophies for first and second places and the all-tournament team nominees as well as ribbons for third place and pins for fourth-place finishers.