MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE --
Ten teams battled for victory during the annual 7-on-7 soccer tournament aboard Camp Johnson, Aug. 24.
After the Field Medical Training Battalion emerged undefeated from the double elimination bracket, the team went on to defeat Headquarters and Service Company 1-0 in the championship game.
FMTB Navy gold team member, Petty Officer 2nd Class Osei Tutu, said after his team accepted an invitation to play from Headquarters and Service Company, he told their competitors they would take home the gold.
“We played five games and went undefeated,” said Tutu. “These tournaments are great, especially in a training command like this (Camp Johnson). The students can’t get out very much, so these tournaments relieve a lot of tension and are just a lot of fun.”
In soccer, each team has 11 players on the field at a time, but the 7-on-7 tournament teams only had seven, so the rules were adjusted accordingly.
Instead of the usual 45 minute halves played in soccer, the double elimination bracket games were shortened to two 15 minute halves and the championship was played in two 20 minute halves. In addition, teams tied at the end of regulation play were sent into sudden death and a kick-off, and the first team to score claimed the win.
“This is an opportunity for the students who don’t leave base on the weekends because they are so focused on school, to get out of the barracks and do something healthy and active,” said Elena Messenger, the outlying commands sports coordinator with Marine Corps Community Services. “It’s an on base, healthy alternative to staying up until 2 a.m. playing video games, and it keeps them out of trouble.
Messenger added tournaments and sports leagues have seen great success, and the competitive events will continue into the future.
For more information on tournaments aboard Camp Johnson, visit www.mccslejeune.com/sports/cj or call 451-3762.
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