Record participation in the Lachute National Soccer Tournament

Record participation in the Lachute National Soccer Tournament
Record participation in the Lachute National Soccer Tournament

Despite the heavy rain that fell on Saturday, the 10th edition of the Lachute National Soccer Tournament took place without too many problems, from June 28 to 30. A record 68 teams took part in the competition, which saw only one Lachute team win top honors in its category.

More than a thousand players from all over Quebec and eastern Ontario participated in the Lachute tournament, including about ten teams from the Lachute Lynx. Two local men’s teams, in the U-09 and U-12, lost in the finals of their category. However, a women’s team from the Lynx won the tournament in the U-16 category.

For the organizers, the event was a success despite some weather-related difficulties.

“Even though it went well, we had a weekend that touched on every possible weather condition imaginable,” said tournament president Julie Sanscartier. “Saturday was complicated, especially at the end of the day with the fields soaked with water. But we didn’t have to cancel any matches. Sunday was nice but we had a lot of wind.”

One of the new features this year was the presence of two ambassadors, Hicham Aaboubou, a former Montreal Impact player, and Ryder Franco, a former Lachute Lynx player who now plays with the CS St-Laurent U-16 team in the Première ligue de soccer juvénile du Québec (PLSJQ), the highest level of soccer in this age group in Quebec. Due to the weather on Saturday, the two guests were only able to come on Sunday to meet the players and sign autographs.

The other new event was Soccer Night, a charity tournament that took place during the night of June 29 to 30. For twelve hours, teams from organizations in the region played matches to benefit the Jérémie-Paradis Foundation.

Eight teams were registered for this event but one of them had to withdraw at the last minute, some of its players having had a car accident on the way to the tournament, fortunately without major consequences. It was the team made up of animators from the Lachute day camp that won the final against the team from the Jérémie-Paradis Foundation.

The Lachute Lynx soccer season continues over the next few weeks. Visit page.spordle.com/fr/lachute-c to find out the schedule of the various Lachute teams. For more information about the Lachute Lynx Soccer Club, visit www.soccerlachute.ca.

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