With a dramatic double overtime victory in the championship game, the Union Springs Girls’ Varsity Soccer team were able to defend home turf and win the 2021 Curfari Kickoff Classic.
With key contributions from players Danielle Waldron (tournament MVP), Ella Johnson (all-tournament team), and Angelia Scholz (game winning overtime goal), the team showcased poise under pressure throughout the two-day tournament.
Union Springs CSD’s Athletic Coordinator Todd Salls said winning the tournament, which is named after former Union Springs coach and teacher Jim Curfari, is a great way to kick off the year.
“Coach Curfari was my coach when I was in high school. So, I get a strong sense of pride when we can win a tournament named in his honor,” said Salls. “Both soccer programs are off to good starts, and we hope they can continue that success.”
Waldron said the team has put in a lot of work leading up to the start of the season and noted how proud she is of each member of the team for securing the tournament win.
“Our team won the tournament two years ago, and it feels just as good now as it did then,” Waldron said. “If we can just keep improving each day, we’re going to be very strong this year.”
Scholz said it was a big win for the program, especially considering the team hosted the tournament.
“It always means more to win at home,” she said.
Scholz also has high expectations for the team moving forward, saying the program wants to win as many games as possible this season and position itself for a deep run in the sectional playoffs.
Johnson said the tournament win was so special because of everything the program has had to endure over the last few seasons due to COVID-19. She said it’s been hard for the team to gain a sense of normalcy, but that they have worked hard to overcome that adversity.
“Since COVID started, it’s been really hard on everyone. But we’ve been pushing through it. It’s just nice to be outside and playing again,” she said.