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Tidal Wave SC takes Dana Cup by Storm
12/8/2006
Early on the morning of July 22, the members of the Tidal Wave Soccer Club Under 15 team, whose home base is Rehoboth, MA., assembled at Green Airport, ready to embark on a soccer trip of a lifetime. Twenty six hours later they arrived in Hjorring, Denmark, ready to compete in one of the largest, most prestigious soccer tournaments in the world. Dana Cup 2006 attracted over 840 teams from 40 countries. Tidal Wave was one of six girls' teams from the United States that would be competing in this prestigious event.

Opening ceremonies took place on Monday night where the Tidal Wave team was selected to represent the United States. A long parade through the City of Hjorring was followed by the entrance of the teams into a stadium packed with 8,000 screaming soccer fans. When the announcer called out, "Now entering, The United States", everyone got chills and the pride on every girl's face was clear to see.

Early the next morning Tidal Wave took on the team from the home city and host club, Fortuna. While the team was still not over the long journey and their legs were still in "jet-lag" land, the team was determined to show what they could do. As soon as the whistle sounded, they were off and running. Just ten minutes into the game, a Rehoboth player, Arianne Tidwell, received a strong cross and with one touch, put the ball in the back of the net. Tidal Wave never let up and scored a second goal from Krista McCann just before halftime. Mary Lake, a strong, tenacious forward, kept the home team on their heels throughout the second half with her persistence and finesse. The final score of the game was 2-0 and the girls were elated with the win and the way they played. After the game, several Scandinavian spectators came up and congratulated the team on their excellent style of play. This was a scene that was to be repeated after every game the girls played.

The next day, Tidal Wave played a team from Norway and another from Denmark, winning both games by a score of 1-0 with goals in each game from Emily Gooding. Tidal Wave had gone undefeated, and unscored upon to win their bracket. The teams that faced the American girls were totally unable to get past the sturdy defense of Stephanie Powers, Spencer Driscoll, Carla Cano, Liz Clarkin and the goal-keeping of Michelle Burke. From this point on, the tournament would be a single elimination format, requiring five more wins to take home the trophy.

On Thursday morning, Tidal Wave faced their strongest competition yet, a tough team from Sweden, Steihags AIF. Early in the second half, Virginia Roussell took a nice cross and sweet-touched it into the net for a goal that was to hold up for the 1-0 win. The score was not indicative of the play, however, as Tidal Wave put shot after shot on net. Midfielders Victoria Rodriguez, Kat Wald and Emma Sherer totally controlled the middle of the field, seldom allowing penetration into the Tidal Wave half. Wald alone put three hard shots on goal; pinging each off the upright or crossbar.

That afternoon, Tidal Wave was back on the field to take on Vollen UL, an enormous team from Norway. Tidal Wave had already played and won earlier in the morning, but this was the Norwegian's only scheduled game of the day. Tidal Wave had tired legs and was much the smaller of the two teams, but clearly had the better skills. About halfway through the first half, Vollen scored on a direct kick that sailed straight into the net. Then, just before half, the Norwegians scored once again off a corner kick. At the half the Tidal Wave girls set their faces and prepared to give their all in the second half. Time and again the team made runs up the field, taking shot after shot. Jen Altimari, Katie Carreiro and Tidwell took over the center of the field while Vollen crashed into the smaller American players. Two Tidal Wave players had to be helped off the field after brutal plays. With under five minutes left to play, and Vollen on their heels, the Americans struck, with a crashing shot from the foot of Emily Gooding. The team quickly retrieved the ball from the net and continued their relentless attack on the Norwegian net. But time ran out on the US squad and when the final whistle blew, they were on the losing side of a 2-1 score.

Tidal Wave had played great soccer all tournament long and time and again, admirers came to congratulate them on their skill and hard work. Every time they took the field, they drew crowds of admirers. In fact a Brazilian boys team and English boys team took in many of their games and adopted them as their sister team. Tidal Wave left the tournament with 4 wins and 1 loss, playing up in the Under 16 age bracket against older and larger girls. The US ladies had shown their competition how well an American side could play.

During the remaining two days of the tournament, the team took in the local sites and continued to watch the playoffs. Everyone was especially in awe of the finals, where up to 3000 fans packed the stadium to watch some of the best youth soccer in the world. Their Brazilian "brother" team lost in the semi-finals, but their English admirers went on to win the tough U19 championship.

This was a tournament that the young ladies will never forget. They became closer as a team and learned to depend on one another. They found new friends from many new countries and experienced a culture much different from their own. Most importantly, they showed themselves to be impeccable ambassadors from the United States. Throughout the trip they carried themselves with dignity and played the game of soccer with sportsmanship and skill.

Each of the girls was sad the day before their departure. They had looked forward to this day with anticipation for over six months, counting down the days to Dana Cup on their calendars. Often, something that people look forward to with such great anticipation, fails to live up to the expectations. But for the fifteen young ladies of Tidal Wave, it was all they anticipated and more.

This trip was one which the players will always remember with great fondness. For some, they would never have been able to afford the cost of this trip without the kind generosity of our sponsors. Among these, two Rehoboth companies stand out: John DuVally of DuVally Contracting and John Ferreira of J&J Materials. Without their sponsorships, none of this could have happened. Our other kind sponsors included Cumberland Farms, Suburban Renewal, Wilkinson Associates, Gaskell Associates, Bixby Insurance, Saccoccio and Associates and YTL. These people gave generously and Tidal Wave girls will always be indebted to them for their generous contributions.


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