Heat doesn’t slow down 49er United Gold Rush ClassicBy: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
Other than some scorching heat, the 14th annual 49er United Gold Rush Classic youth soccer tournament played last weekend in the Auburn area came off without a hitch.
A total of 98 girls and boys teams from all over Northern California braved the unusually warm August foothill temperatures to vie on fields in Auburn, Lake of the Pines and Colfax for top honors.
"It was a real well-run event," said 49er United Tournament Director Dennis Wingate. "We really stressed keeping the players hydrated and it seemed to work well."
Wingate noted that tournament games are played under a 30-minute per half format. Because of the heat, this year tournament officials allowed referees to stop play at the 15-minute mark of each half for players to hydrate.
"We had very good hydration awareness," Wingate said. "It must have worked because we didn't have any medical issues to speak of."
Moe Shafai was the tournament's referee coordinator and according to Wingate once again did a good job.
"The officiating was done very well," said Wingate. "I know at the under 10 level we had referees making calls and then telling the younger players what they had done incorrectly."
Wingate was very pleased with the team results turned in by 49er United squads. Five 49er United squads grabbed championship trophies and seven more finished third or higher.
"We had a very good showing by our teams," Wingate said. "It was a great way to start the season."
Here’s how the 49er United teams finished:
U9Boys Fury, 1st Place
U10Boys Green 03, 2nd place
U11Boys Heat, 4th place
U12Boys Strikers 2nd
U14Boys Revolution, 2nd
U10Girls Shooting Stars 2nd
U11Girls Net Rippers, 3rd
U13Girls Sierra Blitz, 1st
U13Girls Freedom, 2nd
U14Girls Scream, 1st
U15Girls Rage, 3rd
U16Girls Hot Shots, 4th
U17Girls Kickin Chickens, 1st