Nearly 2,000 young athletes, soccer moms and families traveled to the Kenai last week for the 2007 Alaska State Cup Soccer Tournament. According to tournament coordinator and Kenai Fire Chief Mike Tilley, even though our local teams didn?t bring home a championship, the event was a great success, ?Our local teams competed very well and we took a lot of seconds, but unfortunately none of them will be going on to Hawaii for the nationals next year, but we?ll be back after it and better next year,? said Tilley. ?It was just a fantastic week of electrified competition. Everyone who had never been down here before has said they plan on coming back and of course the weather was played a huge part for us providing a week of beautiful blue skies and perfect temperatures. When we found out we would be hosting the State Cup we knew we?d need four things, green grass, white lines, white goals and round balls, the sunshine was a bonus, but the most common comment we heard during the weeks was what beautiful condition our fields were in, and for that we thank the Borough maintenance crews for taking care of them the way they do and Charles Woodcock who helped me put the polish on the fields before the kids came,? added Tilley.
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