Southern Nevada Soccer Association 's Spring Classic 2018 tournament concluded on Sunday, May 20 at Heritage Park. The tournament, in its 14th year, featured hot weather and strong competition as teams battled for the title of Spring Classic champions.
The U7 boys division featured a five team round-robin format. After three matches the Coyotes posted 29 match points and the Jaguars accumulated 27, effectively making the final pool game between the Coyotes and Jaguars a championship match. The Coyotes posted a 1-0 lead in the first half, and scored two second half goals to shut out the Jaguars 3-0 and win the gold medals with 39 match points. The Jaguars finished with 27 match points to win the silver medals.
In the U7 girls division eight teams vied for the Spring Classic championship. Team Frozen posted 27 match points to win pool A, with Strawberry Shortkicks finishing 2nd with 19 match points to advance to the semifinals. Ferocious Pixies won pool B with 27 match points, while the Dolphins and Fireballs tied for 2nd with 14 math points; the Dolphis advanced to the semifinals via the goal differential tiebreaker. In the semifinals Team Frozen beat the Dolphins 6-2, and Ferocious Pixies pounded Strawberry Shortkicks 11-3 to advance to the final match. Defense dominated in the first half of the championship match with a 0-0 deadlock; Team Frozen broke through with two goals in the second half to post a 2-0 victory and win the gold medals.
Eight teams competed for the U8 boys division title. Goal Diggers edged Thunder 3-2 in pool play to win pool A with 27 match points; Thunder finished second with 20 match points to advance to the semifinals. The Torpedoes won pool B with 28 match points, and were joined in the semifinals by the Tigers with 20 match points. In the semifinals Goal Diggers posted a 3-1 halftime lead and held of a furious rally by Tigers to win 5-4; and Torpedoes blanked Thunder 7-0. The Torpedoes then jumped out to an early lead in the final match and never looked back, beating Goal Diggers 8-2 to win the championship.
A three team round-robin format was used in U8 girls division. In the first game Blue Lightning edged Skittles 2-0 in a defensive battle. In the second game Rockstars beat Skittles 4-2 to set up a final game for the gold and silver medals. In the exciting final game Blue Lightning and Rockstars battled to a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation play. Blue Lightning won the ensuing PK shootout 2-0 to win the championship.
Seven teams competed for the U9 boys Spring Classic title. Pool A featured three tightly contested matches in which no team won more than one game; the Vipers 4-3 win over Warriors keyed their first-place finish with 15 match points; Warriors finished second with 12 points to advance to the semifinals. In pool B Wolverines nipped Aliens 1-0 to win pool B with 27 match points. Aliens posted 14 match points to edge out Coyotes for second place in pool B and earn a spot in the semifinals. Aliens beat Vipers 5-1 in the first semifinal, and Wolverines slipped by Warriors 2-1 in the second semifinal to advance to the championship match. Aliens avenged their pool loss to the Wolverines with a 3-1 victory in the final game to win the gold medals.
Ten teams vied for the U9 girls Spring Classic medals. Pixies defeated Eagles 5-3 to post 19 match points and win pool A; Bees also accumulated 19 match points to win pool B and set up the semifinal matchup with Pixies. In the four team pool C Ajax and Red Dragons both finished with 21 match points after pool play. Ajax advanced directly to the final match via the head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of their 2-1 win over the Red Dragons. In the A/B semifinal, Pixies shut out Bees 4-0 to advance to the final game. In a tension-filled final game Pixies scored two second-half goals to edge Ajax 3-2 and earn the gold medals.
The U10 boys division featured six teams divided into two pools of three. Snakes defeated Red Devils 2-0 and Avengers 7-0 to win pool A with 19 match points; Avengers beat Red Devils 3-0 to finish second and advance to the semifinals. BC Alliance shut out Cheetahs FC 7-0 and slipped by Fire & Ice 4-2 to win pool B with 19 match points; Fire & Ice defeated Cheetahs FC 7-3 to finish second. Both semifinal games were tight affairs, with Snakes nipping Fire & Ice 2-1 and BC Alliance edging Avengers 3-2 to advance to the finals. In the final game Snakes scored a late goal in the second half to break a 2-2 deadlock and win the championship with a 3-2 victory over BC Alliance.
Six teams also vied for the U10 girls division title. In pool A Greased Lightning and Sunflowers both scored 14 match points to advance to the semifinal round. In pool B Sidekicks (14 match points) and RZ Pedregal (11 match points) qualified for the semifinals. Greased Lightning slipped by RZ Pedregal 3-2 in the first semifinal to advance to the final game. Sunflowers edged Sidekicks by an identical 3-2 in the second semifinal. In a rematch of their 1-1 pool game, Sunflowers raced out to an early lead and never looked back, shutting out Greased Lightning 6-0 to win the championship.
The U11/U12 boys division featured 10 teams, with two 3-team pool and one 4-team pool. Strikers beat Timbers 5-1 and edged Knights 3-2 to win pool A with 18 match points. Lightning beat Bulls 2-0 and tied Fusion 2-2 to post 13 match points and win pool B. Rattlers won pool C with 28 match points to advance to the final game by virtue of 3 victories over Dragon Fire, Hawks and Dragons. The A/B semifinal was an exciting match, as Strikers and Lightning tied 2-2 at the end of regulation play. Lightning prevailed 3-1 in the ensuing PK shootout to advance to the finals. In an epic final match, Rattlers rallied from 3 goals down to tie Lightning 3-3 as time expired. Lightning once again showed their PK prowess, winning 4-3 to earn the gold medals.
Eight teams competed in the U11/12 girls division for the Spring Classic medals. Ginga Girls posted 3 pool victories and 27 match points to win pool A; Knights FC finished second with 15 match points to advance to the semifinal round. Shooting Stars scored 28 match points to win pool B, while Ponies accumulated 13 match points to edge out the Bandits for second place. In the crossover semifinal matches Ginga Girls defeated Ponies 4-2, and Shooting Stars beat Knights FC 2-0 to set up the championship match. Shooting Stars slipped by Ginga Girls 1-0 in a tightly-contested match to win the Spring Classic title.
The 12/13 girls division used a mixed-age pool setup, with 3 U12G teams in pool A and 3 U13G teams in pool B. After the initial crossover game, the Royals edged the Superstars 1-0 and beat the SH Tigers 2-0 to win pool A. The Hotshots shut out USA Devastation (1-0) and BC Alliance (3-0) to win pool B. The championship game was a defensive battle, and Hot Shots emerged with a 1-0 victory to win the gold medals; Royals received the silver medals.
The U13 boys division used a five team round-robin format with match point accumulation to determine the winner. After the first eight tightly-contested pool matches Chelse lead with 28 match points, followed by Knights with 20 match points and Wildcats with 18 match points. The final two matches were exciting affairs, as Chelsea defeated Fireballs 4-3 in a see-saw battle to clinch the championship, and Knights edging Wildcats 2-0 to secure the silver medals.
Five teams also competed in the round-robin format in the U14 girls division. Strikers lost to Mustang Stars 3-1 on Friday night, but rallied for 3 victories on Saturday (3-1 over Bulls, 3-1 over Force, and 3-0 over USA Devastation) to establish 29 match points. The Strikers match total held up for the gold medals, as Force edged Mustang Stars 1-0 in a critical game to post 28 match points for the silver medals. Mustang stard finished third with 26 match points.
SNSA would like to thank all of our players, coaches, parents, referees and league staff who helped to make the Spring Classic 2018 a fun and successful event! Click on the link below to review the champions photo gallery and the full Spring Classic 2018 tournament results.