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Published on August 2nd, 2017 | by Staples Soccer


France Caps Undefeated Season With Watermelon Cup Win

For the first time in Watermelon Cup history, both semifinals and the final went to golden goal.

Patricio Perez Elorza’s goal — which banged off both posts, before crossing the goal line — helped France avenge their only draw of the season. It came several weeks ago, when Josh DeDomenico scored in the final 4 seconds against Germany.

In the finals rematch this time, Efe Elden gave France a 1-0 lead. Noah Schwaeber — a keeper, playing in the field, equalized for Germany, and Daniel Perez Elorza gave the Germans a 2-1 lead. But Elden made it 2-2, then got the go-ahead tally with his hat trick. Almost immediately, Daniel Perez Elorza’s long shot once again leveled the score.

With 2 players off the field for each team — in overtime, every 2 minutes players are removed — and darkness looming, Patricio Perez Elorza put an end to the end-to-end contest.

Germany had a right to be tired. They were down to 2-v-2 in the semifinals when keeper Ziggy Hallgarten rifled a shot to lift his side 3-2 over England.

France took less time, but still needed golden goal to dispatch Sweden. Pato Perez Elorza got the game-winner in that match too.

Congratulations to all for a very enjoyable Watermelon Cup season. And special kudos to France (see team members below).

QUICK KICKS: This was the 3rd consecutive Watermelon Cup championship for Jack Zeldes.

Victorious France: Front (from left): Griff O’Neill, Josh DeDomenico, Patricio Perez Elorza. Rear: Jack Zeldes, Spencer Henske, Daniel Reid, Matt Engler, Efe Elden, Austin Sholes, Wilson Daniels.

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