This past Saturday, November 18th, PPA held our FIRST EVER PPA Coaches Cup -- a soccer tournament that featured 40 top PPA coaches split into 4 teams competing for pride and bragging rights! We invited our entire PPA community to come out and watch their favorite coaches compete against one another to raise donations for our non-profit partner, Open Door Sports (ODS), and the PPA Scholarship Fund.
The attendance by our PPA family that came out to support their favorite PPA coaches was incredible! The sidelines were packed and the PPA coaches put on a show for all the players & parents cheering them on.
Check out a few of our PPA Coaches & Players who came to support:
In the first semi-final game, Team Northwest edged the powerful Team Janney in penalty kicks after a 3-3 draw in regulation. In a game filled with great passing and even better goals, it was the goalkeeper for Northwest, Coach Emily Kruger who came up big with save after save to help her team advance.
In the second semi-final game, Coach Mark Wysocki's offensive scoring for Team Bradley Hills mixed with the solid defensive play from Coach Adem Gokturk was too much for the young talent of Team Bethesda. Bradley Hills advanced into the finals after a 9-6 win.
In an epic back-and-forth Championship game, Tournament MVP and Captain of Team Northwest, Coach Rose Sommovigo, scored the winning goal as time expired! The excited onlooking youth players, parents and coaches stormed the field to celebrate the 5-4 victory with Team Northwest.
Check out the video of Coach Rose's game winning goal below:
We're excited to announce the 2017 Fall PPA Coaches Cup All-Tournament Team:
Coach Rose Sommovigo, Team Northwest (Tournament MVP)
Coach Kyler Sullivan, Team Northwest
Coach Emily Kruger, Team Northwest
Coach Adem Gokturk, Team Bradley Hills
Coach Mark Wysocki, Team Bradley Hills
Coach Joe Iraola, Team Bethesda
Coach Annie Worden, Team Janney
Thanks again to all PPA Coaches who came out to compete! Team Northwest holds onto bragging rights for now...
We would like to thank everyone in our PPA community who contributed to making the PPA Coaches Cup possible and would also like to thank everyone who made donations to support Open Door Sports & the PPA Scholarship Fund. PPA will be announcing the grand total of funds raised on Giving Tuesday, November 28th. We are so grateful to have such a generous and supportive PPA family!
After the success of our First Ever PPA Coaches Cup, there are planning rumors of a PPA Hoops Coaches Invitational Tournament and a PPA Coaches Futsal Cup in the near future. Stay tuned! #PPALife
Check out more photos and videos from this incredible day!