198 teams competed in the 10th Annual Ukrainian Nationals Invitational Soccer Tournament

By Eugene A. Luciw, J.D.

Wonderful weather and very good field conditions greeted 198 teams from throughout the Atlantic seaboard and Canada at the Ukrainian Nationals Annual Memorial Weekend youth soccer tournament. Play commenced Friday under the lights at Tryzubivka and progressed throughout Saturday and Sunday at four additional venues. All of the championship games were played on Tryzubivka’s six fields of play, on Sunday.

The competition, especially in the finals games, was fierce. The various soccer clubs and leagues had undeniably entered their strongest teams. Some were even so-called "select" and "premiere" squads.

Nevertheless, the Ukrainian teams in the competition did very well. The Ukrainian Nationals - Tryzub captured eleven first-place and five second-place trophies.

Chornomorska Sitch, from Whippany, New Jersey, won the U-16 boys' championship in a thrilling shoot-out final against a powerful North Union team from Lewisburg, PA, while Ukrainian Sports Club Karapty took the U-11 boys championship home to Toronto, Canada. Tryzub was particularly honored to have hosted teams from these two Ukrainian clubs and salutes their successes against very stiff competition.

On Saturday night, the Ukrainian Nationals hosted a "Picnic under the Stars". The teams, parents and guests enjoyed a marvelous evening of fun to the accompaniment of a live dance band, "Midnight Java".

Under the leadership of Tournament Director, Cheryl Mannato, the tournament committee moved the play and a mass of players, spectators, referees, vehicular traffic, field marshals, vendors and volunteers with the precision of a Swiss watch. Each venue was fully stocked with appropriate concessions, supplies and conveniences.

Tryzub thanks Ms. Mannato, her committee and all of the volunteers for their commitment to excellence. It takes leadership, dedication, organization, communication, cohesiveness and many months of sheer hard work to organize and to execute an event of this magnitude. Numerous guests literally marveled at the excellence of Tryzub’s facilities and the unparalleled organization and appeal of all aspects of the tournament.

In a manner that is characteristic of a genuine leader, Ms. Mannato spoke little of herself. Rather, she gave high compliments to her predecessor, Dan Nysh "...for his nine years of tireless dedication and yeoman like work in building a Class A tournament from a fledgling vision." She saluted the "benevolence, gentility and selflessness of ... the people who are the tournament". She expressed deep gratitude to her committee executives: Dan Nysch (tournament director for the nine previous years); Joe Hosack; Jim McNesby; Bruce Tullio; Terry Simmons; Donna Serratore; Beth Matthews and Bob Sitler.

She was awed by a corps of committee members and other tireless front line volunteers: Dave Bateman, Dave Caddick, Tom Drummond, Lou Ann Lottilo, Mark Messina, Tom Milewski, Colleen Plummer, Larry Towle, Dan Solecki, Gary Stephenson, Ostap Lewyckyj, Damon Asper, Maria Dolynskyj, Anna Dolynskyj, Zina and Andrij Zajac.

She commended those that supported the work of the committee and also went "above and beyond": Dan Harman, Will Henry, Nadia Korsun, Stephan Kozak, Taras Kozak (Ukrainian Nationals President), Gene Luciw, Justin Mannato, Ray McDonald, Shel Powell, Bo Pazuniak, Bill Jur, Anita Chajkowsky.

"Without the remaining few hundred volunteers who showed up to work their respective shifts, this tournament would not be possible. These names are too many to list but they know who they are", said Mannato.

Each champion and finalist player received a custom-designed trophy with an engraved Tryzub and an explanation of its special significance to the Ukrainian American community. Each team in the finals received a personalized trophy that prominently displayed our revered national emblem.

Listed below are the results of the tournament:

  Champions Finalists
Boys U8 Blue Ukrainian Nationals Zoria Hulmeville Vipers
Boys U9 Blue North Union 01 Cannons Ukrainian Nationals Rangers
Boys U9 White North Union Thunder Upper Dublin Gunners
Boys U10 Blue (8v8) Ukrainian Nationals Arsenal Yardley Makefield Soccer Wolves
Boys U10 White (8v8) FC Providence Athletico Parkwood Vikings
Boys U11 Blue (11v11) Ukrainian Nationals Shakhtar Philadelphia Coppa Celtic
Boys U11 Blue (8v8) Independent Delaware 99 FC Revolution Blaugrana
Boys U11 White (8v8) Ukrainian SC Karpaty, Toronto FC Bucks Lightning
Boys U12 Blue Penn Legacy Legacy 98 Black Southampton Stingrays
Boys U12 White Eastfield Arsenal 98 Greater Chester Valley Turf Dawgs
Boys U13 Blue AC United Maroon North Union 97 Cannons
Boys U13 White Wyoming Valley 97 Montgomery Fury
Boys U14 Blue Ukrainian Nationals Obolon Hulmeville Firebirds
Boys U14 White TEYSA FC Europa Hotspurs AC United
Boys U15 Blue FC Revolution United Spirit United Knights
Boys U16 Blue Ukrainian Chornomorska Sitch, NJ North Union 94 Santos
Boys U17 Blue Ukrainian Nationals Force Haverford Spartans
Girls U8 Blue FC Revolution Rowdies Ukrainian Nationals Lightning II
Girls U9 Blue Ukrainian Nationals Blasters Black TBAA Strykers
Girls U9 White Rage 01 Rage TEYSA FC Strikers
Girls U10 Blue (8v8) Ukrainian Nationals Vorskla Black Yardley Makefield Soccer Gunners
Girls U11 Blue (8v8) North Union 99 Strikers Wyoming Valley 99 Navy
Girls U11 Blue (11v11) TBAA Rockers Ukrainian Nationals Kyiv Dynamo
Girls U12 Blue Ukrainian Nationals Kixx Philadelphia Blue Devils
Girls U13 Blue Neshaminy-United Pearls Pride Souderton Inferno
Girls U13 White Lionville Leopards Ukrainian Nationals Red Rocks
Girls U14 Blue Ukrainian Nationals Dnipro West-Mont United Pride
Girls U15 Blue Ukrainian Nationals Renegades Clearfield TC Vipers
Girls U16 Blue Ukrainian Nationals Krush Phoenixville Thunderbirds
Girls U18 Blue Second to None Rowdies Ukrainian Nationals Force

Ukrainian nationals Force – Syla – U-18 Girls Finalists

Ukrainian Nationals Rangers – strategy session

Ukrainian Nationals Rangers – U-12 Boys Finalists

Ukrainian Nationals Dnipro – U – 14 girls champions

Ukrainian Nationals Kixx – U 12 Girls Champions