PEABODY — Columbus Day weekend is a great time to head north for leaf peeping, but an even better time to take part in the annual Peabody Columbus Day Youth Soccer Tournament.
There were 72 teams in the Under-10, U-12 and U-14 age groups competing at the nine Kennedy School Fields in the three-day invitational. Playoffs were held yesterday morning for youngsters in the two older age groups.
“It’s a great tournament,” said Dennis Kadourov of Swampscott, whose daughter Nicole played defense for the U-10 Swampscott Dynamite. “The kids are having fun and enjoying themselves.”
The U-10 boys and girls played a total of four games (with no playoffs). Host Peabody was represented with 14 teams while Beverly and Woburn brought several teams from all age groups. Salem, Danvers, Swampscott, Reading, Wilmington, Saugus, Lynn, Everett, Fall River and Springfield were all represented.
“I like being able to play against teams from other cities, especially local teams,” said U-12 Peabody Lightning player Isabella Fabbo, whose father Moe coached her team. “We come every year and it’s always a lot of fun. I play goalie, defense and midfield, but I really like defense the best.”
“We have 18 teams playing at once here,” added Ken Wolff, the U-10 coordinator. “We have a lot of the same teams coming back year after year because they like the idea of having everything all in one place.”
Orange was the most prevalent color because it was worn by teams from Woburn, Beverly and Springfield. The best best uniforms hands down were the florescent orange T-shirts made up just for the tournament by Screen Print Express for the Springfield entries. A scary pumpkin head, skull and the word ‘Transylvania’ was the design on the front, with a spider web on the back and black webbed socks completing the ensemble.