The Greenwich United U-12 Gunners Premier soccer team (players combined from OGRCC and GSA soccer programs) played in two winter indoor tournaments over the past two weeks, the first at Rockland Community College on Jan. 12 and the second at Armonk Indoor Arena on Jan. 19.
The group was split into two teams of nine players (Gunners White and Gunners Red) for both tournaments and competed with premier teams from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut , such as Manhattan SC, Ramapo Tornadoes SC, New York SC and CFC Samba to name a few.
Both tournaments interestingly had the two Greenwich teams play each other as the last game and this game determined the winner of both tournaments. At Rockland, the Gunners Red team needed a tie versus Gunners White to win the tournament and late into the game Red scored and took the 1-1 tie for a tournament victory.
At Armonk the reverse was true. After wins versus CFC Samba and New York SC, the Gunners White team only needed a draw against the Gunners Red, who held a win and tie against the same opponents. In the 40-minute final game, Gunners Red held a 3-1 lead at the break, but after a serious heart-to-heart half-time talk about playing until the very end, Gunners White turned the game around with four answered goals to win, 5-3.
The Gunners return to tournament play on Feb. 3 at Rockland Community College and then start the season in early March, with a tournament on Randall’s Island at the Manhattan SC Premier tournament. The Gunners currently hold third place in the state rankings and are ranked 28th in Region 1 (for all soccer teams in the 13 Northeastern states from Maine to Virginia).
The team is coached by Kurt Putnam, the current Greenwich High School boys head coach and Athletic Director at Whitby School.