Payson Futbol Club Takes Fifth In Annual Tournament

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The Payson Futbol Club didn't perform as well as team members had hoped in the annual Independence Day Men's 40 Years and Older Invitational Tournament.

The Rim squad finished fifth in the six-team tournament, but scored a triumph of sorts in tallying a goal against the formidable Incinerators team that won the holiday fray by posting an undefeated record.

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The Payson Futbol Club scored 12 team points in the Independence Day tournament.

"They only gave up three goals in the entire tournament, one of them was to us," Payson Futbol team member Lee Woods said.

Before the tournament, Woods had predicted the team would do well mostly because it had taken second in a fall Scottsdale league and the tournament age limit was raised to 40-years-and-older from 35-years plus.

"We have a lot of older players," he said.

Trailing the Incinerators in the final team standings were runner-up Mirage, bronze medalist Faslfa and the fourth place Sand Dragons.

Winless Olympia wrapped up the skirmishes as cellar dwellers. Payson scored six goals in five games and posted 12 team points.

The hard charging Incinerators carded 48 out of a possible 50.

In the tournament format, six points were awarded a victory, three points for a tie and none for a loss. Each goal scored earned a team an additional point to a maximum of three. A shutout was worth one point. The most points a team could earn each game was 10 with a maximum of 50 for the tournament.

The Incinerators run to the tournament championship might have erased some of the frustration the players experienced last year when the team lost a heartbreaking 5-4 overtime decision to Samba in the championship.

Samba did not return to defend its championship.

The tournament originally featured five teams but increased to six when Faslfa was added just days before kick off.

All games were played on the south Rumsey Park field.

-- To reach Max Foster call 474-5251 ext. 114 or e-mail mfoster@payson.com.

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