The Times West Virginian


June 22, 2014

Fairmont Senior 7v7 tournament a success: PHOTOS

FAIRMONT — Once the rolling rain showers passed through the area, 35 teams were able to complete a full day of soccer at the Fairmont Senior 7v7 tournament at Fairmont State Saturday.

Local teams as well as teams from all over the state were able to take part in the tournament with Parkersburg boys’ and Parkersburg South’s girls’ teams winning their respective divisions.

“This is the fifth year that we’ve done it,” Fairmont Senior assistant coach Darrin Paul, who coordinated the event, said. “Coach (Jim) DeNardi and I, it’s kind of been our brain child. I said, ‘hey, football always has these seven on seven tournaments. Let’s do something similar.’ So we called up local teams and got them out on the field. It gives the kids incentive to practice during this three-week live period we have.”

The tournament, which gathered just 16 teams its first year, had 16 boys’ teams and 19 girls’ teams on Saturday and played over 64 games on three fields.

“It was a lot of good soccer action,” Paul added.

Locally, Fairmont Senior had two boys’ teams and two girls’ teams in the event, East Fairmont had a boys’ team and two girls’ teams playing and North Marion had a girls’ team involved in the action.

Fairmont Senior’s group of upperclassmen went 1-1-1 on the day, losing to Linsley, which lost in the finals while the younger group went 1-2. The Lady Polar Bear’s older squad went 2-2 and the younger group went 1-2.

East Fairmont’s boys’ team finished 1-2 whole their girls’ teams each won a game before being matched up against each other in the tournament.

North Marion’s girls’ team had a deep run, winning three games before falling to Woodrow Wilson, which lost in the girls’ finals.

Overall, Paul said the day went well and he already has high hopes for next season’s turnout.

“We’re hoping to get to 40 teams next year,” he said. “It’s good on many levels. College coaches from teams like Bethany, Davis & Elkins and, of course, Fairmont State were there. And the high school coaches can see what they have early on.

“Even for the fans. I mean, the stands were packed. There were anywhere from 35 to 40 canopies on campus.”

Paul hopes to continue to schedule the tournament for the first Saturday of the three-week live period to encourage summer participation.

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