Blaine, Minn.– It was a weekend of firsts for the Schererville Soccer Club. While Timothy Zilz’s Schererville Soccer Club (SSC) played in its first tournament at the National Sports Center this weekend (NSC CUP), teammates from the club’s two participating teams also experienced their first Minnesota United game together on Saturday after winning the NSC social media MNUFC ticket giveaway prior to the tournament. Zilz brought two teams from northwest Indiana, the U12 boys SSC Gunners and the U12 girls SSC Thunder, to NSC CUP.
“Going to the game was an amazing experience. The kids had a phenomenal time,” said Zilz. “Seeing the entire stadium stand up and waving scarves on corner kicks was something we’d never seen.”
Minnesota United hosted the Houston Dynamo Saturday night, winning 1-0. Romain Menanire’s goal in the 20th minute paired with strong defensive play helped the Loons keep their undefeated streak at Allianz Field.
“I really liked watching (Vito) Mannone, the goalkeeper, play,” said Abby Majewski, a player on the SSC U12 girls team. “I was so impressed with how he jumped on the ball throughout the night.”
Zilz invited players and family members from both of his Schererville Soccer Club U12 teams.
Many of the players and families have attended Chicago Fire games because of its close proximity to home. Both Allianz Field and the National Sports Center offered the SSC new soccer environments.
Zilz had heard about the National Sports Center, prompting him to bring two of his teams to Blaine for the tournament.
“We wanted to give our kids an experience, so we decided to bring them here. We followed the National Sports Center on Facebook and saw the MNUFC ticket giveaway, so we said ‘Why not enter?’” said Zilz. “We were really excited about this week.”
The SSC Thunder U12 girls team claimed second in the red bracket after going 2-1-1 over the weekend. The SSC U12 boys team finished NSC CUP 1-2 after losing a close match to Owatonna on Sunday.
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