Southern Nevada Soccer Association 's Spring Classic 2012 Tournament concluded on Sunday, May 20 at Anthem Hills Park (U8-U12) and Madeira Canyon Park (U13-HS). The tournament, in its 9th year, featured hot weather and even hotter competition as teams battled for the right to be called Spring Classic champions.
In the U8 boys division the Sharks survived a tough challenge in pool play from the Celtics to advance to the semifinals, where they defeated the Galaxy 5-1. The Jedis cruised in pool play, and defeated the Dust Devils 5-1 to set up a showdown with the Sharks in the championship game. The Jedis and Sharks engaged in a fast-paced game, and the Jedis survived for a 3-1 victory to win the championship.
The U8 girls division featured 13 teams vying for the Spring Classic 2012 title, with the Pumas, Cheetahs, Firecrackers and Webshooters winning their pools to advance to the semifinals. In the semifinal games the Cheetahs defeated the Pumas 4-1, and the Webshooters beat the Firecrackers 3-0 to set up a rematch of the Henderson Cup 2011 championship game. Once again, the Webshooters overcame a valiant challenge from the Cheetahs to defend their title with a 6-3 victory.
Competition in the U9 boys division was highlighted by exciting pool play games, with two ties and six games decided by 1 goal. The Wolves and Scorpions tied 2-2 in Pool A, but the Wolves faired better against common opponents to advance to the championship game. In Pool B, a 2-1 defeat of the Highlanders propelled the Gladiators to the finals. In one of the most exciting final games of the tournament, the Gladiators defeated the Wolves 2-1 to win the Spring Classic championship.
In the U9 girls division the defending champion Mighty Mustangs dominated the tournament, posting a 15-0 aggregate score in pool play, and defeating the Liberty Belles 6-0 in the championship game.
The U10 boys division competition featured an exciting semifinal between Rebels LV and the Titans, who battled to a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation play. Rebels LV prevailed 4-2 in the PK shootout to advance to the finals against the Cobras, who defeated the SH Rangers 5-0 in the other semifinal. The Cobras went on to beat the short-handed Rebels LV team 6-0 in the final to win the championship medals.
The U10 girls division was highlighted by tight competition in pool play, with the Pink Diamonds, Shooting Stars, Tornadoes and Lightning surviving to advance to the semifinals. In the first semifinal the Lightning edged the Pink Diamonds 3-2, and the Tornadoes defeated the Shooting Stars 4-1. The Lightning slipped by the Tornadoes 2-1 in an exciting final game to avenge an earlier pool play loss and claim the Spring Classic 2012 championship.
In the U11 boys division the Fire, Xtreme, Stallions and Rebels emerged from pool play to advance to the semifinals. In the first semi-final the Fire scored a 2nd-half goal to edge Xtreme 1-0. In the second semifinal, the Stallions rallied with a late goal to tie the Rebels 2-2 at the end of regulation, sending the game to an exciting PK Shootout in which the Stallions prevailed 3-1. The Fire overcame a stiff challenge from the Stallions in the final game for a 2-0 victory to win the championship title.
The U11 girls division featured a 9-team round-robin competition with three teams advancing to a finals pool to determine the winner. The Dragons, Pink Panthers and Ruff Ryders won their respective pools to advance to the finals pool. In the first game of the finals pool the Pink Panthers defeated the Dragons 2-0. In the second game the Ruff Ryders beat the Pink Panthers 2-0. In the third game to Ruff Ryders defeated the Dragons 3-1 to secure the championship.
The top 3 teams in the U12 boys division played a round-robin to determine the Spring Classic 2012 champion. The Phantoms and Real Henderson eliminated Rebels LV in pool play to advance to the championship game. In the final, the Phantoms avenged a 4-2 loss in pool play to Real Henderson with a 4-0 victory to win the U12 boys championship.
In the U12 girls division the Cheetahs edged Henderson International 1-0 in the first semifinal to advance to the finals. In the second semifinal the Storm defeated the Strikers 2-0 to set up a rematch with the Cheetahs, who had slipped by the Storm 1-0 in pool play. The result in the championship game was the same, with the Cheetahs edging the Storm again in a tight 1-0 game to win the title.
The U13 girls division also used the 9-team round robin format to determine the Spring Classic 2012 champion. In pool A, the Shooting Stars paired 1-0 victories over the Warriors and Lady Sharks to advance to the finals pool. In pool B, the Fireflies edged Xpress 1-0 and defeated Lady Warriors 4-0 to win the pool. In pool C, the Cheetahs beat Green Vally All Stars 4-1 and slipped by the Ladybugs 1-0 to advance. In Finals Pool play the Fireflies defeated the Shooting Stars 3-1 and edged the Cheetahs 2-1 to win the championship. The Shooting Stars topped the Cheetahs 2-1 to win second place.
The U14 boys division featured a 5-team round-robin format, with the champion determined by the team accumulating the highest point total in pool play. The competition featured several close games, including three ties (Bandits-Real Henderson 2-2, Eagles-Bandits 0-0, and Falcons-Real Henderson 3-3). The Eagles 1-0 victory over the Falcon proved to be the deciding game of the round-robin, as the Eagles finished with 31 points to take first place, and the Falcons posted 26 points to earn second place.
The High School Girls division was highlighted by extremely tight and exciting games in the semifinals and finals. In the first semifinal the Runnin' Rebels and Breakers ended regulation tied 1-1, leading to a PK shootout in which the Runnin' Rebels prevailed 3-0. In the second semifinal Xtreme edged No Fear 2-1 to advance to the finals. In the championship game, the Rebels slipped by Xtreme 1-0 to take the Spring Classic 2012 title.
SNSA would like to thank all of our players, coaches, parents, referees and league staff who helped to make the Spring Classic 2012 a successful tournament!