The first of its kind soccer tournament last weekend at Riverbank High School was deemed a success by organizer Juan Harvey, boys soccer coach at RHS and Athletic Director there this year.
“We had 12 teams in total participate with nine players on each team for a total of 108 players. We had players from classes of 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010 through 2021. There was a great turnout both days with a great crowd for the evening games on Friday night,” he said.
The format was 7-on-7 play, so teams did have a couple of substitutes available during the course of the games.
Harvey noted that the championship was won by the team Straight Outta Shape, made up of team members from classes including 2007, 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2021.
Team members included Jesus Yepez, Hugo Yepez, Jesus Yepez, Rigo Garcia, Oscar Jimenez, Josue Estrada, Eric Hernandez, and Adrian Benitez, Harvey reported.
“We had some games go to penalty kicks, we had some really intense matchups, but ultimately the championship was won 5-4. Overall, it was a great fundraiser and a successful weekend with all proceeds going to the RHS boys soccer team,” Harvey explained. “We are looking to make this an annual event and I will ask the teams how we can make it better.”