Men's Soccer Tournament Continues As Fourth Of July Tradition

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The players entered in the Payson Fourth of July 40-years and Over Men's Soccer tournament might take offense to being called the "Over the Hill Gang," because most of the players participating can still turn in a spirited game of soccer.

All will be out to prove their prowess during the annual holiday weekend shoot out to be held tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday at Rumsey Park.

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This year the Payson Independence Day Men's Soccer tournament will feature a division for 40-years-and-over as well as 30-years-and-over.

Entered along with Payson's team of 40-year-old are the Valley-based squads -- the Incinerators, Strikers, Mirage and Fast Fix.

The Incinerators enter the tournament as the defending champions, having dominated play last summer.

In the 2006 tournament, the team finished undefeated by carding 48 out of a possible 50 points.

Mirage trailed in second place.

Fast Fix and Strikers are making their first appearances in the tournament.

For this firecracker affair, Payson will be looking to improve its fifth-place finish in 2006, when the team struggled offensively, scoring six goals in five games and posting 12 team points.

In the scoring format, six points are awarded a victory, three points for a tie and none for a loss.

Each goal scored earns a team an additional point, to a maximum of three. A shutout is worth one point.

The most points a team can earn each game is 10, with a maximum of 50 for the tournament.

Payson's 40-years-and-under team opens play tomorrow, with games at 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on the Rumsey North field.

Payson wraps up at 9 a.m. July 8.

Kiddie corp

New this year to the tournament will be a 30-years-and-over bracket.

Teams entered included Inferno, Celtics, Shamrock, Sand Dragons and Payson.

The rules for the 30-plus tournament are the same as those used in the older bracket.

Payson is scheduled for opening day games at 7:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on the Rumsey South field.

The Rim 30-plus crew does not play July 8 but other games will be contested.

Spectators are welcome to attend all games free of charge.

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