IRON MOUNTAIN - Twin City Girls Soccer Fusion traveled to Blaine, Minn., to attend the largest youth soccer tournament in the western hemisphere.
The event is played on the largest soccer complex in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Team members and parents begin fund-raising in early winter to make this trip a reality each year.
In the first game, the girls drew eventual tourney champion Eden Prairie Extreme, which swept the field. After the early setback, Twin City went on to play teams from Iowa and Grand Forks, South Dakota.
Twin City Girls Soccer Fusion participated in the renowned youth soccer tournament at Blaine, Minn. Team members, from left: Stephen Hodgins and Bob Martonen (coaching staff); Isabella Fernandes and V. Pereira (Sao Paolo Brazil); Madison Bennett, Lauryn Folker and Josie Snyder (SSA Wave Marquette); Sydney Wickman, Sabrina Wickman, Abbey Erickson, Charlesey Seidel (Shawnee, Kansas), Taylor Talerico, Hailey Ellis, Brynn Lariviere (Winnipeg, Manitoba); Tori DalSanto, Jade Arruda (Winnipeg) and Coach Dave Hodgins. Not pictured is Ben Hodgins.
"For the first time in three years attending, the girls combined with players from around the globe making this a very memorable weekend.
"We got off to a slow start but the girls never quit and improved play in every match," head coach Dave Hodgins said. "It was a great effort and I couldn't be prouder of the finest group of young women I have ever been associated with."