Sophomore Colin Newmeyer Led YMCA Capital City Streaks To State Cup

Sophomore Colin Newmeyer Led YMCA Capital City Streaks To State Cup 1

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School Sophomore Colin Newmeyer not only spent the fall kicking footballs for both the Catholic JV and Varsity teams but he also spent a lot of time kicking soccer balls as the captain of the YMCA Capital City Streaks Under 16 boys soccer team. The Streaks competed in the Alabama Youth Soccer Division 1 league, the highest level of soccer in Alabama. Colin spent most weekends on the road not only playing league games all over Alabama but also in tournaments in Georgia, Mississippi, and with trips to Memphis, TN, and Raleigh, NC, still to come.

In the fall, the Alabama Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) holds a state championship tournament known as the State Cup. On Halloween weekend the Capital City Streaks competed in the preliminary tournament in Birmingham where they qualified for the Final Four. The Final Four Tournament was held November 12 & 13 in Birmingham.

On Saturday November 12, the Streaks squared off against the Jets from Birmingham in the semi finals. The Jets took a 1-0 lead late in the 1st half. The Streaks came out in the 1st ten minutes of the second half and scored twice to take a 2-1 lead. The Jets tied it late in game to send it into two ten-minute overtime periods. The Jets scored in the 1st OT period. The Streaks tied it with about 4 minutes to go in the 2nd OT period. Since the game was still tied it now goes to penalty kicks. In penalty kicks, each team gets 5 kicks. Whoever scores the most wins the game. If it is still tied, the game goes into sudden death penalty kicks. Colin came up 5th with the Jets up 4-3 and made the goal to send the game into a sudden death. The Jets next kicker went wide and the Streaks kicker scored. The Capital City Streaks won and moved on to the finals.

On Sunday, November 13, the Streaks faced Vestavia in the finals. After 80 minutes of regulation play, the score was 0-0, so on to OT again. It is still 0-0 after two 10-minute OT period so on to the penalty kicks phase. All five of the Streaks make theirs goals. Colin Newmeyer was again the fifth kicker. The Streaks’ keeper stopped the Vestavia 5th kicker giving the Streaks the win and the title of State Champs. As State Champions, the team will travel along with the champions from the other 13 southeastern states to Little Rock, Arkansas, in the summer of 2006 where they will compete in the Regional Championship Tournament. The winner of the Regional tournament will move on to compete in the National Championships.

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