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Marine Det. Commander’s Cup soccer champions

 

Lone goal wins tournament final as defenses determine holder of 2017 post title

Story and photos by Matt Decker
Assistant editor
mdecker01@springfi.gannett.com

Daniel Johnson found himself in the right place at the right time.

Only a few seconds before, his U.S. Marine Corps Detachment teammate, James Page, took a shot from about 12 yards from the 5th Engineer Battalion goal, which was deflected by goalkeeper Chris Lawless. However, after that, the ball bounced up and to the right, and it landed directly in Johnson’s path, giving the midfielder the opportunity to dribble two steps to the goal line and kick the ball in for a 1-0 lead.

That goal, which occurred 12 minutes into the first half, turned out to be the only goal of the 2017 Commander’s Cup Soccer Tournament championship match, giving the Marine Det. team the perfect end to an undefeated season…     Read More...