Payson 5th At 'Kick In The Grass' Tourney


The visiting Gilbert Incinerators played its way to the championship of the inaugural Fourth of July Kick in the Grass 35-years-plus men's soccer tournament.

Contested July 1 to 3 on the multipurpose field at Rumsey Park, the tournament sponsored by the Payson Men's Soccer Club drew six teams, five of which came from the Valley.

According to PMSC member Luis Albaracin, the soccer fray was an unbridled success that drew about 300 soccer players and their family members to the Rim country.

"It went so well, we hope to make this an annual (tournament)," he said.

The Rim country's entry in the shoot-out, Payson Futbol, finished fifth with an 0-2-1 record.

In winning the crown, the Incinerators dominated play, compiling 4-0 credentials. With a 3-1 mark, Mirage of Scottsdale finished second, losing only to the Incinerators. Scottsdale Sambas (2-1-1) was third.

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