Thursday, December 2, 2021

Marco Island United SC (U11) Wins Mexisoccer League Naples Championship

Photos by Elsa Grifoni
| Marco Island United wins the Under 11 Mexisoccer League Championship.


MVP of the final game, Matt Galup, with coaches, Jared Grifoni and Patrick Baldwin.

On Friday, April 2, Marco Island United Soccer Club (SC) Under 11 won their championship against the Naples Team, Tiny Boys, at the Eagle Lakes Community Park.

The Marco Island United SC is the only Marco team represented in the U11 (under 11 years old) division. There are two other Marco Island United SC teams in the U7 and U9 divisions and they both made their respective division finals, too. There is another Marco based team in the U9 division named The Tiburones that are not affiliated with the club, but they also won their division. The rest of the teams are based out of other areas in Collier County.

Head Coach Patrick Baldwin and Assistant Coaches Jared Grifoni and Matt Huneke are very proud of the team, and all coaches have children playing on the team.

Congratulations to all the players of Marco Island United SC: Lucas Baldwin, Tosca Grifoni, Grady Huneke, Matt Gallup, Finnlee Stevens, Parker Gubala, Coltyn Catalano, Bryan Alarcon, Jojo Ramos, Luka Zdravkovic, Addi Heinrich, Adrian Anaya, Brasen Green, Brysen Heflin and Rowen Banister.

According to the coaches, it was a hard-fought game with Marco Island United coming from behind to win their spot in the finals. During the grueling semi-final game against second ranked Naples All Star, Marco Island United was behind 2-0 but in the final four minutes of the game, the team rallied together to tie the game 2-2. The game ended in overtime and nail-biting penalty kicks, but with the help of Marco Island United’s skilled goalkeeper, Rowen Banister, they pulled ahead and clinched the winning score, 2-1. Matthew Gallup and Brysen Heflin scored the two winning penalty kicks.

During the finals, underdog and number three ranked Marco Island United faced number one ranked Tiny Boys of Naples, a team who only let in six goals all season and played a strong defensive game. In the beginning of the second half, center defensive player and team Captain, Matthew Gallup, scored the only goal of the game off a corner kick, earning his well-deserved Most Valuable Player of the Game trophy. Marco Island United SC won the final by a score of 1-0. This was the first season for Marco Island United Soccer Club.

The team celebrates the big win!

Mexisoccer League is a non-profit recreational soccer league established in 1997 for all ages. The organization is focused on introducing soccer to all athletes from pee wees to high school to build skills or just have fun. It is a community-based organization delivering an affordable level of recreation where families can have fun at the park. Mexisoccer League have youth and adult recreational programs that take place at Eagle Lake Community Park and East Naples Community Park. According to parents, the best thing about the league is that it is a family-oriented activity.

For more information, please visit their website at: or call 239-774-4585.



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