The boys Hoover Phantoms ’01 team won the 2017 State Games of America that were held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. To qualify for this National tournament, the Phantoms ’01 team won gold at the Alabama Sate Games in the summer. The State Games of America brought medalists from all states to compete against each other for a National championship.

En route to the Gold medal, the team played teams from Michigan, Minnesota and Rwanda. The team had a very good showing against difficult competition.   The Phantoms ’01 dispatched Monticello River Eagles (MN) with the score of 5-0 with the following players scoring a goal each: Bryan Alvarenga, Carlos Buruca, Andrew Richardson.  Zac Fuller scored a pair of goals to round out the scoring.

To get to the final, the team had to come from behind when playing Rwanda FC. This was the first opportunity for many Hoover players to play international competition, as the Rwanda FC club consists of refugee players from Africa. Rwanda FC scored the first goal of the match by converting a penalty kick. Ethan Mitchell brought the team from behind by scoring a pair of fantastic long range goals.  Zac Fuller provided a definitive touch by scoring a last goal of the match for the final score of 3-1.

Congratulations to our National Champions – Hoover Phantoms ’01!