Summit tourney coming up

The only indoor soccer tournament remaining in the 2013-2014 indoor season in our region is the Spring Meltdown Tournament scheduled for the Summit Athletic Club on Saturday and Sunday.

The tournament, originally sponsored and ran for a decade by the Altoona Soccer Club is now under the direction of the PSU Altoona women’s team.

The tournament will carry the usual age groups in boys and girls under 8s to under 18s, but an entirely new division has been added for the first time in the tournament’s history.

There will be a mens 40-and-over division, enabling those who had trouble maintaining the pace of the younger players, to get out and compete with players in their own age category and level of skill.

There will also be a mens-19 and-over and 30-and-over bracket along with the standard u-8 to u-18 boys and girl’s bracket.

The Summit indoor tournaments have run for almost 20 years with the family act of Tony and son Mike Allianiello running the indoor tournaments for a vast majority of the years, and doing so in a very organized smooth fashion.

They maintain an average of 90 teams each for their three major tournaments- The Summit Indoor Classic, the Eagle Winter Challenge, and the Spring Meltdown Tournament.

Their regular weekly indoor leagues have grown extremely popular as well with more than 68 teams involved in all levels of play with the fast-paced, blaster board style of play drawing players from everywhere, even those who really have no interest in the outdoor game of soccer.

Even the Mount Aloysius and PSU Altoona teams are getting into the action. The league has grown so large that games have to be played on Friday, Saturday and Sundays in order to get all of them in. On tournament weekends, they take over the tennis courts as well to accommodate the huge volume of games.

Penn State players and coaches had a huge hand in the United States Women’s National u-20 team capturing the CONCACAF Championship by defeating Mexico, 4-0, in the title match at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

Outstanding PSU freshman Brittany Bassinger, sophomore Mallory Weber and PSU coach Erica Walsh all played key roles. The USA women posted five straight shutouts in winning the title.

Also on the collegiate side, Tesa McKibben finished out her historic St. Francis University women’s soccer career by being named an NCAA statistical champion for points per game in 2013.

Heads up to Altoona Soccer Club president , Eric Haugh, who has helped the club grow by incredible leaps in both the number of teams participating at a competitive travel level, and has given the Altoona School District a great feeder system.

He has also increased the number of players participating and has helped coaches get involved in strong tournaments on a year round basis. Watch for some great things from some of their u-8, u-10, and u-12 teams in the future.