Over two very chilly weekends in late March, before the start of the regular soccer season, five of the six BRYC ODSL teams entered in the prestigous PWSI Icebreaker Tournament came home with medals around their necks, emblematic of having reached the finals in one of the area's most competitive pre-season tournaments. Playing alongside travel teams from BRYC's own Elite program not to mention over 450 other teams from all over the area, one squad, the BRYC Gunners (pictured at right), a U12 Boys teams coached by Mohamed Diaw, came home with championship honors, undefeated and untied in four matches.
Meanwhile, the significance of four other BRYC squads reaching the finals with near perfect records before falling in the championship cannot be overstated, especially as three of them competed in the PWSI's "Pride" Division, the Premier level conpetitive division of the tournament. For BRYC's relatively new ODSL program that's a tremendous accomplishment. Congratulations to Coach Anthony Pagano's BRYC Dyamo (U11Boys); Coach William Bejan's BRYC Raiders (U14 Boys); Coach Pierre Martel's BRYC United (U11 Girls); and Coach Young Kim's BRYC Strikers (U10 Boys) (pictured left) for their tournament success.
Back to the Championship winning Gunners, they scored 11 goals while giving up only 1, before entering the championship match vs the Patriots of the Alexandria Soccer Assocation, winning that match by a final score of 6-3. Over the past several seasons the Gunners have won both tournament championships and ODSL sportsmanship awards as they continue to be a committed, hard-working bunch of boys, giving their absolute best as they play the game they obviously love. Congratulations to the Gunners and all of the BRYC finalists for their great tournament showing.