Team AFTAC Routs Rivals, 45th Civil Engineer Squadron, To Capture Base Soccer Championship

By  //  May 11, 2017

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Team AFTAC hoists the base championship trophy over their heads after a decisive 5-0 win over the 45th Civil Engineer Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo / Susan A. Romano image )

BREVARD COUNTY • PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, FLORIDA  – Team AFTAC handily defeated rival 45th Civil Engineer Squadron in a one-game-take-all matchup for the base soccer championship.

The teams went head-to-head on a breezy Florida evening at the base’s athletic complex along the Banana River.

The first half saw end-to-end action, which resulted in a close 1-0 score in AFTAC’s favor.

During halftime, AFTAC team captains Pete Oliveri and Jonathan Powers pumped up their teammates with words of encouragement and friendly ‘smack-talk’ about their opponents.

“We got this, guys,” said one. “Keep shooting and we’ll score more goals in the second half,” said another. “We have to keep the pressure on, and we can put this away in a few minutes. They don’t stand a chance now!”

The encouragement must have worked because the second half was as lopsided as a two-legged stool. Nearly all the action took place in CE’s half of the field, where AFTAC scored four more goals – three in the first four minutes of the half – to CE’s zero.

Midfielder J.T. Thomas moves the ball forward during the Patrick Air Force Base soccer championship match. (U.S. Air Force / Susan A. Romano image)

Powers, the team’s goalie, earned a shut out for his squad and made some stellar saves as he adeptly kept the ball out of his net.

“This was one of our best games,” said forward Andrew Belk. “It was a total team effort – that’s been the case all season. We’ve got 13 players on this roster, and each person contributed throughout the 12-game season.”

Defenseman Ehren Carl added, “We come out here to have fun and get some exercise, but it sure does make it sweeter when you walk away as base champions. Definitely a great feeling!”

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At the conclusion of the game, Jeffrey Howell, sports program manager from the Base Fitness Center, presented Team AFTAC with the championship trophy, which was quickly hoisted over the heads of the winners.

“I’m really proud of this group of guys,” said midfielder J.T. Thomas. “I’m one of the more senior guys out here, and I’m always amazed at the skill level of some of the junior Airmen. They really have some talent!”

AFTAC finished the year with a perfect 12-0 record and the team is already looking forward to next year season.