“I thought it went great,” said organizer Jon Trowbridge. “We didn't have the number of teams we wanted, but it was a perfect day and everything ran smoothly. It was a good tournament, I heard a lot of good comments.”
Trowbridge said he thought a variety of factors contributed to the event having 48 teams, which is lower than its typical 60-65.
“I think it’s that time of the year,” Trowbridge said. “June is a rush of trying out for new teams and then Soccer in the Sand at the end of the month. People are probably a little burned out, then you have family vacations and other camps.”
But the event, which acts as a fundraiser to help make the Tri-Cities Strikers travel team more affordable for its members, was an exciting one for the teams there.
“It was festive, we had music playing all the time,” said Trowbridge, remarking on the change from years past. “It was a really fun atmosphere. It's easy going. It's a little different tournament than other tournaments because it's right there. You’re at Harbor Island, everything is happening at Harbor Island all day. Everything was really warm, (just a fun) day of soccer.”
Trowbridge said that a majority of the games were competitive, with some of the younger age divisions having more one-sided scores due to the team’s disparities in experience.
“(For) some of them, it was their first time and they didn't really know what to expect,” Trowbridge said. “(With) a lot of the newer teams the score could be a little lopsided. ... It's a different kind of soccer, it's fun and fast-paced. The scores are high.”