August 12, 2023, brought 13 youth and 5 adult soccer from Madison, Verona, and Fitchburg to compete in the annual MTC Soccer Fundraising Tournament at Reddan Soccer Park. First hosted in 2019 - and then disrupted in 2020 and 2021 by COVID-19 - the tournament made a return in the Summer of 2022, comprising just adult teams. This year saw the return of the tournament in its original form and what a return it was!
There were three categories in the youth section which had both boys' and girls’ teams; U11, U12, and U14. Playing in a 4vs4 plus 2 subs format, each team played at least 4 games while eventual age group champions also competed in a fifth game. The winners in the different youth age groups were Team Horan(U11), Flamingos(Girls U13), and Team Lavelle( U14).
In the adult section, University Bay FC clashed with Red Wolves in the championship game whom they narrowly edged 2-1.
All winning team players received awards at the end of the tournament. Guest of honor Sue Moynihan of Keeper Goals graciously handed over the medals to the winners.
MTC founder and president was full of praise for all players, tournament sponsors, volunteers, and parents for “braving a hot day and competing with grace and determination.” Dr. Dan Malone, advisor to the MTC board expressed satisfaction with the growth of the tournament as well as the level of competition.
MTC is grateful to Reddan Soccer Park for availing their fields and facilities for the tournament. All funds generated from the tournament as well as the donations will fund MTC’s programs supporting the education of girls from underprivileged backgrounds, community soccer for girls as well as mentorship programs for girls. www.mtceducateagirlinc.org/mtc-soccer-for-change-tournament-2023.html