The Arsenal 2008 Girls team, coached by Colin Phelps and Kelsi Hannan, hoisted the Championship trophy after playing an awesome weekend of soccer during the Sleeping Giant Soccer Tournament in Helena on the 19th and 20th of October.
Although they lost their first game against the Missoula Strikers on Saturday, the team rebounded a Saturday afternoon win and then they swept the day Sunday resulting in a 1st place tournament title to end the season.
The game that brought out the best in the girls was their Sunday morning semi-final game against Missoula FC, a strong team of great soccer players. In the first half the Helena Arsenal girls played a strong defensive game highlighted by defenders Cate Hardan, Ellie Zipfel, Graycen Buchman, Hannah Stevens, Madi Emmert, Paige Thorvilson and Kodee Cummings who worked hard in with their midfield partners to hold the FC club to a 1-0 lead.
In the second half an early score by Arsenal brought the game to a 1:1 tie. With the emphasis on offense the second half the midfield and offense teams showed their strength with kudos to Addi Dolezal, Alexa Lundstrom, Chloe Dixon, Jane Stiffler, Kate Hall, Katerina Routzahn, Kelia Gomes, Mary Irby, and Taylor Kentzel.
In the end, during a nail brighter of a shoot out to break the 1:1 tie, the Helena girls won!
Amazing weekend of play ladies!