The Severna Park U9 Destroyers boys select soccer team had an outstanding showing at its first tournament of the season, going 2-0-1 in the Arundel Cup U9 B Division and winning the championship 2-1 over the Harundale Renegades on October 13.
The team of Jack Baille, Carter Coleman, Jake Campbell, Charlie LaBrier, Elijah Lewis, Colton Listmann, Ryan Maher, Brody Makowski, Ben Mentesana, Blakely Polvani, Bryson Scott and Liam Sipe was undefeated at 4-0-1 overall through mid-October.
In the Arundel Cup, many of the players were playing their first-ever tournament. The team defeated Pasadena Soccer Club 9-0 in its opening game, and after a 1-1 tie with Linthicum Ferndale in their second game, the Green Hornets made it to the championship game the following day.
In the final against Harundale, who the Green Hornets had beaten 3-1 the previous weekend in league play, Severna Park received a clean first half with many saves from Sipe, the Destroyers’ first-half goalkeeper. Severna Park nonetheless went down 1-0 after a Renegades goal early in the second half. The Green Hornets continued to fight for an equalizer, and LaBrier scored to level the game at 1-1. With second-half goalkeeper Lewis coming up with several saves to keep the game tied, Sipe scored to put Severna Park up 2-1. The Destroyers closed out the game to win the tournament and remain unbeaten.
“I am very proud of the team for coming back rather than conceding after the first goal was scored,” said head coach Christina Sipe, who coaches the team with assistants Mary Makowski and Mike Baille. “Our win was a team effort and every one of them worked super hard.”