The Larchmont Power, a girls’ 12 and under team in the Westchester Youth Soccer League, completed a “perfect” tournament season by winning the Whitewater Cup in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania over Memorial Day weekend. During 2009-2010, the Power competed in four tournaments and won each one, including SUNY Purchase’s Columbus Day event, Munay-Ossining’s Halloween Classic, and Iona’s Spring Fever.
The Power is one of 37 travel soccer teams in the Larchmont Junior Soccer League. They play in the First Division against teams as far south as Manhattan and as far north as Somers.
The team formed in December 2006. They compete in the league’s fall and spring seasons and also at one or two tournaments per season. “In total we play about 30 games per year,” explained their coach, John Phillips. “And we have done quite well: in 111 total games we have won 69 games, tied 21, and lost 21.”
At the Whitewater Cup, the Larchmont Power lost its first game 1-3, but then rebounded with a 4-0 win and a 4-1 win, all against Pennsylvania teams.
“Among many outstanding performances, perhaps the best came from forward Samantha Doherty, who scored 3 goals in the second game and 4 goals in the final games – a total of 7 goals on the day,” said Coach Phillips.
“Another great thing about this tournament is that we played soccer for one day and went whitewater rafting the other day,” said the coach. “Our team plays hard and has fun, so it was an excellent opportunity for team building on a couple of levels.”