ST. GEORGE, Utah – One tournament was all SC United needed to win its first tournament as a travel-ball soccer club.
During President’s Day weekend, the squad finished with a 3-1 record – avenging its lone loss – winning the championship match in sudden death.
SC United began the tournament with a 2-1 victory over South Summit Soccer Club (Utah), using one goal each by Mason Dixon and Brandon Shields.
In the second contest, facing Club Rampage – another Utah club – SC United was shut out by a score of 1-0.
SC United defeated Elite FC of Elko in the semifinal round, Dixon scoring his second goal of the tournament in the contest.
In the championship, SC United was pitted against Club Rampage.
SC United fell behind early in the second half on a penalty kick, but the game was tied with two minutes remaining on what coach Leaf Knotts called a “great solo effort” by Dixon – his third goal in four games.
The game then went to overtime periods, two-five minute stretches unable to break the gridlock.
Entering a shootout, each team tallied successful kicks on four of five attempts – forcing sudden death.
SC united goalkeeper Jacob Rios made the eventual game-winning save on the seventh kick.
The game-deciding kick and championship-clinching boot came off the foot of Cade Carson, giving SC United a 6-5 advantage on PKs after a 1-1 ballgame.
“It was a good experience for us, especially for our first tournament as a club,” Knotts said. “Now, we just have to continue work to get better.”