The German Hungarians kicked off game play of the tournament, on Saturday at 1:00 PM, on field A against the home team Mansfield Liederkranz. Captain Jason Karasow presented Mansfield with a GH Pennant. The final score was GH 3, Mansfield 0. Goals were scored in the 34th min. by Brandon Beaumont, in the 40th by Andrew Weyershaeuser, and in the 45th by Jidell Roach. In our second game we were matched up against the Milwaukee SC, and the final was a 1-0 loss for our team. In the evening the team ate dinner together and enjoyed the camaraderie and fun of the night, but not too much seeing that we had 2 games to play on Sunday.
At 10:00 am on Sunday, GH faced Akron GFS II with a final score of 3-0 GH. Goals were scored by Elsion Pajollari in the 17th min. and by Andrew Weyershaeuser in the 25th and 45th. At 2:00 pm GH was set to play against The Detroit Carpathia Kickers. A win by two goals would send our team to the final match where Detroit only needed a tie to advance. The game went scoreless until a pen-alty kick was called for the GH and in the 42nd Elsion Pajollari scored the PK! For the short mo-ments left in the game The German Hungarians were hoping for a win, but near the end of regula-tion Detroit tied the score and were able to hold our team off placing them in the final. In the end Detroit would win against Cleveland Concordia in the Final.
Our Team finished the competition with a 2-1-1 record. Our players scored 7 goals and our goal-keeper Jimmy Clark only allowed 2 shots past him. Andrew Weyershaeuser was our top scorer scor-ing 3 goals!
It was clear once we had finished all the soccer we would play in that weekend that The Team really appreciated all the fans we had brought along. I think the fans really appreciated all the work that the players did on the field. It was Jason Karasow who said to the team following the last game “We should all be proud of what we did this weekend. We left it all on the field, and we were only one goal away from the final, so lets be proud of what we did.”
Michael N. Fricker