Combining a great tournament with an exciting place to visit is just what the Peabody Hot Shots III youth soccer team was looking for. So, the girls are in Hershey, Pennsylvania this weekend to compete in the Hershey Cup. The U 11 team has two sixth graders and 13 fifth graders, and the weekend will consist of soccer along with trips to famous Hershey Park with their families.
“We are always looking for a good tournament,” said veteran coach Silvio Albano, who is assisted by his son Eric, Keith Doucette, and Anthony Lavallee. “The idea is to have fun first, and playing soccer comes second. We don’t want to put any pressure on them at such a young age. I think it will be a good experience for the girls, and will give me a great chance to see what we need to do.”
In addition to the 12 girls that have been on the team, they were able to pick up three more for the tournament. Hot Shots will play three teams in their bracket starting with the host Kick Kats. OP Fire Red from Ohio, and PA Classic 02 Premier from Pennsylvania are all in the same bracket. The winner of that division will play the first place team in the other bracket with all games taking place today and tomorrow.
“We are a town team, and I know we’ll go up against some club teams,” said Albano. “We will definitely face strong competition and be tested. At U10 there are no records kept because it’s really not about the competition. We went 2-1-1 at the Danvers Invitational over Memorial Day weekend, 2-0-1 at the Friendship Tournament, and 5-2-1 during the season (9-3-3 overall record).
“It will be interesting because this will be our first time playing on the bigger field. They start out 6 vs. 6, and now are 8 vs. 8. I told the girls and their parents this is all about having a good time. It’s a great chance to bond, and not to worry about the soccer results.”