Bobcats earn gold

The Bobcats, a fifth grade soccer team from Richfield, earned gold at the Templar Classic 3v3 soccer tournament in Ephraim, May 18. The team included Jody Janke, coach, left; Aiden Olsen, Cooper Janke, Tanner Olson, Oakley Gardner and Kerry Olson, coach.

Several teams from Richfield participated in the Templar Classic 3v3 soccer tournament in Ephraim, May 18. The tournament had several divisions for second and third grades, as well as fourth and fifth grade middle school boys and girls, high school boys and girls and adult leagues for both men and women combining for nearly 60 teams. 

Richfield’s fifth grade boys’ team went undefeated with a 6-0 record to win the championship of their division. 

The tournament started with a round of three pool play games. After the first round of the single elimination tourney, the four teams remaining where the same four teams from the Richfield pool. The final two games of the day required the Richfield Bobcats to beat two teams that had previously given them tough games earlier in the day, according to Jody Janke, coach. 

With five minutes remaining in the quarterfinal game, the Bobcats were down 3-2. The team regrouped and forced an attack – keeping the ball on their offensive end for the majority of the rest of the game. They scored three goals to earn a 5-3 victory and a spot in the championship bout. 

At halftime in the championship game, the score was 2-2. Again in the second half, the Bobcats pressured the ball on the defensive end resulting in several shot opportunities on offense giving them a 4-2 advantage. 

“It was an exciting day for the team,” said Janke. “This was their first experience playing 3v3 soccer. Fortunately for this group, they have spent many a recess playing soccer together and learning to be teammates. The Bobcats outscored their opponents 38 goals scored to only 16 goals given up and became more efficient at controlling the ball as the tournament went on.” 

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