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4-1/2 men try to take crown in Orlando
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4-1/2 Men hope to out do the second place finish they had last year, by bringing home the first place trophy as they head out to play at the 3v3 National Soccer Tournament at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando tomorrow.
The tournament starts Friday. The team was at the Wide World of Sports Complex in January for the World Kick It 3v3 meet where they placed fifth in their division.
Team head coach Diane Jackson said she has the players capable of bringing home first place and has a score to settle against another team.
"There is a team out of Valdosta that we played against last year and we know we'll see this year," she said. "We are hoping to beat them."
Jackson said last year's 3v3 meet was their first. Last year they went to the event as the Gators but as the players got excited over the game and decided to try their hand at more than one 3v3 meet they changed their name to 4-1/2 Men to differentiate themselves from the regular soccer squads.
"This is a very fast paced game," the coach explained. "You only play six on the field and there is no goalkeeper. And you only play 24 minutes."
Jackson said that makes it a higher scoring game compared to regular soccer.
"We were brand new," the coach said about their experience last year in Orlando. "We were overly excited to be there. It's such a fast pace game and it's so much fun that the kids are really dedicated. They are the best. I've been with these kids for years. I also coach 11v11 so I've known the majority of the players since they were 5 years old."
The players are Brian Jackson, Michael Subject, Robbie Bacon, Martin Causer and Tyler Causer. Bianka Subject assists Jackson as a coach.
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