SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Soldiers from team United Football Club, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, battled Soldiers from team 524th Combat Sust. Support Bn., 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, to kick off the 2011 eight-person, battalion level, intramural soccer season at Stoneman Stadium, here, Jan. 11.

With their cleats laced and their shin guards up, Soldiers in the 524th CSSB team dominated the first half, with the match's first goal coming from Spc. Allen Atehortua, 524th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde.

Going into the second half, the United Football Club transitioned from playing a defensive game to maintaining possession, answering the first goal scored against the team with two back-to-back goals scored by Spc. Nazir Ijayia, Forward Support Company, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.

With victory nearly within United Football Club's grasp, the 524th CSSB fought back with a goal from Sgt. Jan-Michael Nattoo, 524th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde.

Now tied 2-2, the game went into an overtime shootout. After netting all three of its attempts, United Football Club came out victorious with a score of 5-3.

Team 524th CSSB netted one of its three shots on goal.

"The game went very, very well," said Sgt. Joseph Perez, FSC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., and United Football Club's coach. "We practiced twice a week, and they controlled the ball and communicated, which helped us come out with the win."

During the second game of the evening, the team from the 30th Signal Bn., 311th Sig. Command, defeated the 715th Military Intelligence Bn., 500th MI Bde., 1-0.

Last year's champion, the 9th Mission Support Command, is also back to defend its title.
The Fort Shafter season will begin Jan. 18.

This battalion-level competition league is open to battalion and separate company-level active duty Army, Reserve and National Guard units across U.S Army installations on Oahu.

Games will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. Teams from the north community will play at Stoneman Stadium on Schofield Barracks, and teams from the south community will play at Takata Field at Fort Shafter.

Tournament play is slated to run from March 7-18.

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports Office coordinates a wide variety of intramural, joint service or All-Army sports program leagues, scheduled throughout the year.

For more information, call 808-655-9914/0856.