Although the goal of FC Alliance is to develop players and not chase results, it is hard not to take notice of the success the club experienced at Harpeth Futbol Club’s annual Music City Invitational. Eight FC Alliance teams entered the tournament. Five of them won championships. A sixth team claimed finalist honors.
“It was just an outstanding weekend for our club,” said John Giles, coach of the 02 boys, champions of the U9 division. “Our teams really showed well, not just in the standings, but also with how well we played the game.”
Boys teams taking home top honors were the 02 Black, 99 Blue 2, 98 Red, and 95 Gold 1. The 98 Gold 1 girls also were champions, and the 99 Black 1 boys played up a year and finished second. Ironically, they lost to another FC Alliance team in the finals, a 1-0 thriller versus the 98 Red.
One of the most impressive runs was that of the 98 Gold 1, coached by David Clothier, assisted by Eddy Semaan. The team shut out all three of their opponents in their championship run, knocking off the Lady Azules, TUSC Blue, and the host Harpeth team. Goalkeeper Ariel Lowe preserved the perfect effort by saving a penalty kick in the waning moments of the final game. Coach Eddy Semaan was very proud of his team’s rise to a championship level.
“The girls earned those medals,” said the longtime FC Alliance coach, “They worked hard to prepare, and it was great to see them get rewarded for all of their efforts."
Coach John Giles led his 02 team to their second consecutive tournament championship. Winners of the Ocoee Cup in September, they outscored their opponents 17 to 6 in four games. The team is also coached by Darrick Lubell, one of FC Alliance ‘s directors.
“Going into the weekend, none of us thought that six of our eight teams would be in the finals,” Lubell said, “Everything just seemed to click right.”
This is the second time in a month that FC Alliance teams have shown well in the Nashville area. At the TUSC tournament in late September, five of seven teams finished semifinalists or better.
Article Date: October 17, 2010