Soccer takes trophy at Maize South Invitational

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Spencer Steinoff, 11, dribbles near the box. Steinoff set the play for the mavericks during the final game of the Maize South Invitational. Photo by A. Zwetzig

BY KILEY ANGLE & DANI HOWARD

During the boy’s soccer season South hosted the Maize South Invitational, a bracket composed of at least eight teams. This year’s tournament saw South they took first for the first time since hosting the tournament.

South played Andover and Salina South in order to make it to the championship game against McPherson.

“It feels good knowing that we were the first South’s boys soccer team to win our own tournament,” Brody Hanna, 12, said.

Each game South had to put their best efforts in. According to some players, their off-the-field relationships and previous soccer experience set the team ahead.

“We all play club soccer and know each other extremely well,” Spencer Steinoff, 11, said. “Which shows our natural chemistry and competitiveness.”

With any victory a team still needs to focus on the competition to come. South’s boy plan to focus on communication to improve their game.

“Our main goal right now is to win league,” Cole Whitmore, 10, said. “We want to at least go to regionals this year but in order to do that then we will have to work on our communication.”

Spencer Steinoff, 11, dribbles near the box. Steinoff set the play for the mavericks during the final game of the Maize South Invitational. Photo by A. Zwetzig

Spencer Steinoff, 11, dribbles near the box. Steinoff set the play for the Mavericks during the final game of the Maize South Invitational. Photo by A. Zwetzig