Goal Diggers earn regional invite
The Goal Diggers U11 soccer team based out of Southwest Oklahoma qualified for a regional 3-on-3 soccer tournament after winning a tournament in Mustang this past weekend.
The regional tournaments are held in September, and are in various locations across the United States.
3v3 is a national soccer organization in which teams play 3-on-3 soccer over the course of two 10-minute halves. The field and goals are smaller than usual, and there is a restricted area in front of the goal where the defending team is not allowed to enter.
The Goal Diggers team roster is made up of female soccer players between ages 10 and 11. The team is comprised of six players, four from Cache, one from Lawton and one from Yukon. They played five games on Saturday, with all six of their players scoring at least one goal throughout the day. They won their first game, 5-1, over '06 United F.C., followed by a 2-2 draw with ECL United Blue. Their third game was another big victory, 10-0 over Hotshots 2. Their lone loss of the weekend came against the Assault, 6-1. The two teams faced off in the championship less than an hour later.
Team coach Danielle Parra, who coached the Lawton High girls soccer team from 2010-13, stressed defense to her team, telling them to "defend so close, you're swapping sweat with the other team". Though her team was not kean on the analogy, they understood the point she was trying to get across.