Southern Nevada Soccer Association 's Spring Classic 2015 Tournament concluded on Sunday, May 31 at Heritage Park. The tournament, in its 12th year, featured hot weather and even hotter competition as teams battled for the right to be called Spring Classic champions.
Thirteen teams competed for the U7 boys division title. The Super Heroes and Blue Crew won pools A and C fairly easily, while Rebel Alliance survived a pair of close games against the Diamondbacks (5-3) and Bombers (2-1) to win pool B. The defending champion Strikers edged the Avengers 6-5 to earn a semifinal spot from pool D. In the semifinal games, Super Heroes defeated Rebel Alliance 7-1, and Blue Crew rallied from a 3-2 halftime deficit to slip by the Strikers 4-3. In the final game, Blue Crew once again rallied from a 3-2 deficit at the half with two goals in the second half to win the championship.
In the U7G division 15 teams vied for the championship medals. The SH Strikers and Cheetahs dominated pools A and D, respectively, to advance to the semifinals. The Sirens overcame Rainbow Alicorns 5-3 to win pool B, and the Sunflowers edged Fire 4-3 to win pool C. In the semifinal games the Cheetahs defeated the defending champion 5-3, and the SH Strikers prevailed over the Sirens 4-2 to advance to the finals. The championship game was a close affair, with the Cheetahs second-half rally falling just short as the SH Strikers managed a 2-1 victory to earn the gold medals.
The Thunderbolts, Galaxy and Arsenal emerged from pool play in the U8 boys division to advance to the semifinals. The Ninjas and Sounders finished 2nd in pools B and C to advance to a quarterfinal game to determine the 4th semifinalist, which was won by the Sounders 6-0. In the first semifinal, the Sounders rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit to score two second-half goals and win the game 3-2. In the second semifinal Arsenal defeated Galaxy 6-1. Arsenal then shut out the Sounders 3-0 in the final game to win the U8 division championship.
In the U8 girls division, the Wildcats, SH Shooting Stars and Dragonflies cruised through their pools to advance to the semifinals. The Rockets had a tougher road, slipping by Ponytail Posse 3-2, and edging the Pixies 2-1 to earn a berth in the semifinals. In the semifinals, the Wildcats defeated a short-handed SH Shooting Stars team 6-0, while the Dragonflies defeated the Rockets 4-1. The Wildcats continued their scoring spree in the final game, dominating the Dragonflies 6-0 to win the U8G division title.
The U9 boys division featured nine teams in a single pool vying for four semifinal spots. After two pool games the Scorpions, Steamers and Red Bulls finished in the top three positions to earn berths to the semifinals. The 4th and 5th place teams, Bulldogs and Tigers, played a quarterfinal game to earn the fourth spot in the semifinals, won by the Bulldogs 6-4. The Scorpions and Bulldogs played an exciting game in the first semifinal, with the Scorpions coming out on top 3-2. The Red Bulls defeated the Steamers 4-2 in the other semifinal. In the final game the Scorpions jumped out to a 3-1 first-half lead and never looked back, winning 6-3 to earn their second straight U9 division tournament title..
The U9 girls division featured a 5-team round-robin format, with the team accumulating the most match points declared champion. There were several close games in pool play, including Shooting Stars over Shortcakes (3-2), Shortcakes over the Superstars (2-1), Superstars over Angels (4-3), Shooting Stars over Angels (3-2) and Angels tying Shortcakes (2-2). After the first three pool games the Shooting Stars led with 28 points, followed by the Superstars with 19 points. In the final deciding match, the Superstars blanked the Shooting Stars 3-0 to win the U9G championship.
In the U10 boys division the Astro Blasters dominated pool A with victories of 7-3 over the Tornadoes, 6-1 over the Eagles and 9-1 over the Thunder. The Lions beat the Sidekicks 10-2, edged the Monsters 2-1, and defeated the Galaxy 10-4 to win pool B. The Astro Blasters then defeated the Lions 5-2 in a fast-paced final game to take the U10 boys division title.
In the U10G division Intensity managed a win over the Skittles (4-0) and a tie against Lemon Drop-Kickers (2-2), which was enough to win pool A. The Strikers defeated the Wrecking Balls and the SH Hot Shots to win pool B. The Cosmos dominated pool C, winning 11-0 over the Cougars and 4-1 over the Lightning Bugs to advance to the semifinals. Defending champion Pink Ladies survived a scare from the Rainbow Rockerz, 6-4, to advance from pool D. In the semifinals the Strikers survived a second-half rally from Intensity to win 2-1 and advance to the finals. Pink Ladies used four second-half goals to dominate the Cosmos 5-0 and earn a finals berth. In the finals the Strikers and Pink Ladies played to an exciting 2-2 draw; the Pink Ladies won the subsequent PK shootout, 3-0, to win the U10G championship.
The U11 boys division featured a 5-team round-robin format, with the team accumulating the most match points declared champion. As was the case in the U9 division, there were several close games in pool play, including Webshooters over Galaxy (2-0), Galaxy over Phantoms (3-2), Transformers over Phantoms (3-1), and Webshooters over Transformers (2-0). Going in to the final matches, the Webshooters needed a tie or a win to take the championship, which they accomplished with a 4-4 draw against the Phantoms. The Galaxy and Transformers played what turned out to be the second place game, with Transformers edging Galaxy 3-2 to win the silver medals.
The U11 girls division featured a 6-team pool with crossover play in the semifinals. The Strikers and Firecrackers finished 1-2 in pool A to advance to the semifinals. The Shooting Stars and Fireflies finished 1-2 in pool B to earn berths in the semifinals. Crossover play featured two close games, with the Strikers defeating the Fireflies 2-0, and the Firecrackers edging the Shooting Stars 1-0. The U11G Championship game was the 225th and final game of the Spring Classic 2015 tournament, and of course it ended up tied 0-0 at the end of regulation. The Strikers prevailed 3-1 in the subsequent PK shootout to win the gold medals.
The nine teams participating in the U12 boys division gave us some of the most exciting games of the tournament. After their two pool games, Blue Man Group, Highlanders and Titans finished in the top three spots to advance to the semifinals. The Strikers finished 4th and the Gladiators finished 5th to earn berths in the quarterfinal game. The Gladiators jumped out to a 2-0 first-half lead in the quarterfinal, but the Strikers answered with three goals in rapid succession in the second half to take a 3-2 lead late into the game. With less than 15 seconds left, and in spite of playing their 3rd game of the day, the Gladiators managed to tie the game with a late goal to send the match into a PK shootout. The Gladiators won the shootout 2-0 to advance to the semifinals. In the first semifinal between the Highlanders and Titans, the Highlanders took a 1-0 halftime lead, but the Titans rallied with two second-half goals to carry a 2-1 lead late into the game. With 20 seconds left in the match the Highlanders scored a tying goal, and won the subsequent PK shootout 1-0 to earn a berth in the finals. In the second semifinal game, a short-handed Blue Man Group team edged the Gladiators 1-0 to advance. The final game between the Highlanders and Blue Man Group was yet another close affair, tied 1-1 at the half. The Blue Man Group finally ran out of gas in the second half, and the Highlanders scored the game-winning goal to win 2-1 and take the championship.
The U9 girls division employed a 5-team round-robin format, with the team accumulating the most match points declared champion. There were a number of close games in pool play, including USA Eagles over Vegas Angels (1-0), Hot Shots over USA Eagles (2-0), Galaxy drawing Mighty Mustangs (0-0), USA Eagles drawing Galaxy (1-1), USA Eagles drawing Mighty Mustangs (2-2), and Vegas Angels edging Galaxy (2-1). The Hot Shots vs. Mighty Mustangs game turned out to be the deciding match, and the 0-0 draw was enough to give a short-handed Hot Shots team the U13G championship, with Mighty Mustangs finishing in 2nd place to win the silver medals.
Another 5-team round-robin format was used in the U14 boys division. With two matches remaining the standings stood at Dust Devils in first place with 22 points, Fire Dogs in second place with 19, and Rebels and Henderson Red Bulls tied for third place with 16. In the final matches, the Fire Dogs defeated Henderson Red Bulls 1-0 to put pressure on the Dust Devils, but the Dust Devils answered with an emphatic 4-0 victory over the Rebels to give them an insurmountable 32 points and the U14 boys championship. The Fire Dogs settled for second place with 27 points.
The seven U14G teams participating in the tournament were spit into a 3-team pool and a 4-team pool, with a crossover semifinal format. The Strikers defeated the Rebel Chicks 5-0 and edged the Rebels 2-1 to win pool A. The Quails defeated the Mighty Mustangs (4-3), USA Wildcats (2-0), and Firecrackers (4-0) to will pool B. In the final match, in spite of losing a player late in the first half due to a second yellow card and playing down a player for the entire second half, the Quails managed to hang on to defeat the Strikers 2-1 and win the championship.
The High School boys division featured a 4-team round-robin to determine the two teams advancing to the championship game. The Bulls posted 28 match points to finish first in the pool, and Pahrump United accumulated 18 points to take second place. In the championship match, the Bulls defeated Pahrump United 2-0 to win the gold medals.
In the four-team high school girls division all pool matches were either played to draws or were won by only a single goal. The Bulls and the Pahrump Trojans emerged from the tight competition to advance to the finals. In the final match Pahrump took a 1-0 halftime lead, but the Bulls rallied to tie the match 1-1, and the match remained a draw at the end of regulation play. Pahrump then prevailed 3-2 in the PK shootout to avenge their earlier loss to the Bulls in pool play and win the HS girls championship.
SNSA would like to thank all of our players, coaches, parents, referees and league staff who helped to make the Spring Classic 2015 a successful tournament. Click on the link below to review the champions photo gallery and the full Spring Classic 2015 tournament results.