Saturday is an important day for the Metro Strikers Soccer Club.
No, it isn’t because there is a huge tournament or a big league game. Instead, Saturday is a day of giving back.
Metro will conduct its fifth and final free mini soccer camp at the Matthews Dickeys Boys and Girls Club from 9-10:30 a.m. The mini camp, for ages 5-14, will focus basic ball handling and touching skills.
The mini camp gives Metro coaches and players the chance to bring soccer to kids in the inner city, who otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to the sport.
“It’s more of a community outreach and community service thing,” Metro Vice-President Greg Shipman said. “We’re using it as a tool to give back, because soccer is such a beautiful game. You just don’t know how beautiful it is until you play it.”
Metro officials believe the mini camp is a win-win opportunity. While inner city kids get exposed to soccer, it gives Metro’s coaches and older players a chance to give back and perform community service.
TONY GLAVIN TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Area teams dominated the 2012 Spring Classic hosted by the Tony Glavin Soccer Club.
On the boys side: Kolping Kicks beat FC Sikeston 3-0 to win U16; SLSG Classic beat Avalon Black 2-1 to win U14/15; TG Lions beat Alton United 4-1 to win U11; Ajax Elite Blue beat TG Lions Green 3-1 to win U10 White; and SLSG Inter beat SLSG United 6-0 to win U9.
On the girls side: Ajax Elite beat Norco Reyes 1-0 to win U12 and JB Marine Merz beat Lou Fusz Phillips 2-0 to win U9.
ILLINOIS STATE CUP UPDATE
Gateway FC Premier and St. Louis Scott Gallagher advanced in the U13 girls bracket. Gateway beat Kickers United FC 2-1 and will play FC United on Saturday. Gallagher beat Campton 4-0 and will play Eclipse East White on Saturday. Both games will be at the Rockford Sportscore.
BINOS COMES UP BIG
Binos Red clinched the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association’s U13 Division 1 championship Saturday. Binos clinched the league with a 2-2 tie against Lou Fusz SC – Brinker. Binos finished with an 8-1-1 record in SLYSA play, good enough for 25 points.
DON’T COUNT OUT GALLAGHER
The St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri U17/18 trailed the Minnesota Thunder 0-2 early in Sunday’s game. But the slow start simply set up a memorable comeback as Paul Bueller and Louis Berra scored to earn the team a 2-2 tie.
Gallagher Missouri U15/16 won its game 3-1 and SLSG U11 boys Everton won 4-0 in the championship game of the BRC Tournament.
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