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YOUTH SOCCER: Arsenal U14 girls take 2nd at the Smyrna Invitational

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Arsenal U14 girls

The Rome YMCA Arsenal U14 girls finished second at the Smyrna Adidas Winter Invitational this past weekend. Pictured are Abigail Cooper (front row, from left), Eryelle Harris, Alexis Medrano, Ashley Medrano, Malone Christen, Payton Brown, Ashley Marin, coach Scott McCreless (back row, from left), Lizzie, Ely, Perry Durden, Joey Kunczewski, Deyvis Reader, Hayley Alred, Katelyn Clark, Izzy Galysh and coach Jim Alred. (Contributed photo)

The Rome YMCA Arsenal U14 girls opened the spring season by finishing second in the Smyrna Adidas Winter Invitational this past weekend.

Arsenal opened the tournament with a 2-1 win over Impact SC.

Joey Kunczewksi started the scoring with a penalty kick early in the first half. The Impact netted an equalizer midway through the second, but Perry Durden connected on the game winner with less than five minutes to play off an assist from Ashley Medrano and Kunczewski to give Arsenal the win. Deyvis Reader finished with nine saves in goal.

Arsenal dropped its second game of the tournament 5-0 to FC Alliance. In the semifinals, Arsenal topped the NSA Belles 2-1.

Arsenal jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Ashley Marin scored off an assist from Medrano.

Medrano then upped the lead when she scored off a corner kick less than 10 minutes into the contest, staking Arsenal to a 2-0 lead. NSA netted a goal late in the first half, but Arsenal’s defense proved too tough with Reader grabbing 11 saves.

FC Alliance topped Arsenal in the rematch in the finals. Arsenal now has two weeks off before opening its regular season at Grizzard Park on March 4.