The Lake Oswego Soccer Club U11 Elite boys team made itself right at home in the Lake Oswego Nike Cup.
Playing against some of the region's best teams from July 28-30, LOSC's U11 Elite team — led by head coach Louie Jones and assistant coach Lucas dePinna — rolled to victory in its home tournament, capping its victory with a 3-1 win against the talented Pac NW team.
I'm "really proud of all the boys for their success this weekend," Jones said. "Being the tournament hosts, we had discussed as a group that we have to represent our club in the best way possible and that our behavior must also match up our to our talent on the field."
The U11 Elite did just that, rallying to victory in the championship over a Pac NW team that had forged a draw with the U11 Elite in the first round of play. The U11 Elite team includes: Dario White, Tristan Peia, Hudson Gasperson, Wyatt Murchinson, Dominic Lemuz, Enzo Morse, Leo Novack, Jack Csaszar, Ryder Lemm, Luca Bolouri, Cooper Wyndgarden, Pablo Spilk, Sullevan Kirtz and Jackson Hartley.
"With a very talented bunch of boys all buzzing and eager to play, hungry to win and committed to each other, it was great to see us improve as the tournament went on, seeing the boys solve the problems and counter their opponents' strengths very well," Jones said. "I feel that with each game, we managed to improve on the last, with the boys clearly grasping the concepts of their positioning and how they can affect play for others around them."
Jones especially complimented the play of Tristan Peia and Dario White in the title contest.
"Tristan again was able to control the tempo of the game, and cover every blade of grass with ease," Jones said. "His craft and intelligence on the ball, along with his balance and change of speed, was a joy to watch."
White, meanwhile, scored all three goals for U11 Elite in the championship, the first from near the corner flag in the first minute of the game, then putting the game to bed with two quick finishes in the second half to wrap it up with only a few minutes left.
"Dario popped up where it counts and managed to bag himself a hat trick," Jones said.