Perry HS takes Far East Boys' Division 2 soccer crown
May 31, 2012
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea -- Matthew C. Perry High School of Iwakuni, Japan, won the 2012 Far East Boys' Division 2 Soccer Championship here, going 6-0-1 in the eight-team, double elimination tournament.
Perry began by defeating Daegu, 3-1, then topped E.J. King, 4-0. This was followed by a 2-2 tie with Yongsan International School of Seoul. Perry then blanked Zama, 7-0, nipped Osan, 4-3, downed YISS again, 2-1, then clinched the title with another 2-1 win over YISS, this time on penalty kicks.
The tournament's top scorer was Tyrone Boylan, from Osan, with 10 goals. Gaku Lange, from Perry, was voted the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Individual award winners also included Shu Ikeda from YISS, who won the best goalkeeper award; Roland Umoru, also from YISS, who won the best offensive player award; and Japeth Devries, from International Christian School, won best defensive player.
"Some great soccer was played during this tournament," said Shawn Knudsen, tournament director. "Coaches spent lots of time preparing for this tournament and there was not a better place than Camp Humphreys to hold a soccer tournament."
Making the all-tournament team were: Yuta Flemming, Alex Barker, Gaku Lange, Tyler Apple and Yasuki Milsop from Perry; Roland Umoru, Jeong Min Huh, Shu Ikeda, Japeth Devries and Mickey Kumar from YISS; Jacob Ives from Osan; Darius Wyche from Daegu; Ryan Walls from Zama; Kento Reynolds from EJ King; and Sean Gammel from Edgren.
"I feel like crying because I am so happy," said Mark Lange, Perry coach. "We are one of the smallest schools in the Pacific with only 60 boys, but we believed that we could win and we did. The power of positive thinking, mind and heart all came together today and we will remember today for the rest of our lives. Daegu was a heavy favorite to win this tournament and they beat us four times last year, but we came out victorious this year.