The Fort Belvoir Royals kept offensive momentum at full steam through two dynamic halves and a penalty-kick period to take a narrow, 4-3 victory over the Tsunami in the 2019 Child and Youth Services U13 division (ages 10-12) spring soccer championship, June 6 on Long Parade Field.
Not much separated the last two teams in their runs for the championship trophy after 60 minutes of action, said Rafael Lopez, Royals head coach. The third-seeded Royals (dark blue) scored early in the first half of play, but the top-seeded Tsunami (light blue) found the back of the net in the second half to tie it up and send the game to the penalty shootout.
In the ensuing battle of penalty kicks, the Royals ultimately outscored the Tsunami, 4-3, to win the title.
Each year, the Belvoir youth soccer program fields hundreds of athletes competing in four age divisions: 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-12. CYS also offers play in the fall.
For information call Jerry Arrington, CYS sports and fitness director, 703-805-9139; or Julie Libert, CYS sports and fitness assistant director, 703-805-9138.