Soccer* Under-16 boys -- Yet another Columbia-area youth...

RECREATION ROUNDUP

August 19, 1993|By Rich Scherr

Soccer

* Under-16 boys -- Yet another Columbia-area youth soccer team proved its mettle against top international competition last week.

Participating in the 1993 Dana Cup in Hjorring, Denmark, the Columbia FC placed among the top 16 out of 107 entrants in its age group.

After defeating teams from Denmark and Norway, Columbia lost in the quarterfinals to Tahuici, the Bolivian national team. Tahuici, regarded as one of the best youth teams in the world, later captured the tournament crown by defeating a team from the Czech Republic.

Eight of the regular Columbia FC players participated in the tournament, along with four other players from Maryland and Virginia select teams and three state-level players from North Carolina.

Coached by newcomer Dave Kelly, also the first-year coach at Howard High, and assisted by Rudy Fuller, an assistant at Georgetown University, the collection of players came together in a short time to post a solid performance against top-level European competition.

* Co-ed -- An early-season logjam at the top of the standings is making for fierce competition in the Sports Palace Soccer League.

Last Chance leads the 10-team league at 4-0, followed by Slam (2-0-1), TD (3-1), Mallers II (2-1) and House Doctors (2-1-1).

The bottom of the division finds the Bruisers and BL (both 1-2-1), DM (1-2), KS (0-1-2) and NE (0-4).

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