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NWAACC Soccer Friendlies and Edmonds CC Tukwila food drive a success

The NWAACC held its first ever league wide soccer tournament this past week at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA. The site has been the landing spot for the league's championship 'Final Four' for several years and also hosted the all-star matches just before the men's and women's championship games last season.

Coaches and fans were delighted to not only get in a few inter-region matches, but also to get a good early season look at the other teams in the league. A total of 42 games played on four pitches over the two day period. Scouts from several 4-yr schools were also on hand to scope out prospects for next season.

This was a special event for all NWAACC soccer players," said NWAACC soccer chairman Ken Burrus. "The event ran smoothly with a lot of terrific soccer games. The soccer committee looks forward to making next year's event even better." Burrus and Highline athletic director John Dunn had spent months organizing the smoothly run event.

Edmonds CC collects food for Tukwila
Edmonds CC women's soccer coach Jeanette Delaney along with the NWAACC Soccer Committee headed up the 2011 Inaugural NWAACC “Friendlies” Food Drive benefiting Tukwila Food Pantry.  Delaney and Edmonds CC staff collected 686 cans of food and also had donations of shoes, cloth & disposable diapers, a toddler's jacket and miscellaneous toiletries.

It was a last minute idea to have the food drive, but the team's stepped up to the challenge. "The squads did such fantastic job on such short notice," said Delaney. "We collected so many items that we had a difficult time storing them."

In first place was the SW Oregon Women with 115 items donated!
In second place Peninsula Men with 106 items donated!
In third place Wenatchee Women with 68 items donated!

As promised, pizza certificates will be in the mail to SW Oregon and Peninsula --Wenatchee dined on Mad Pizza in their bus.

5 men's teams participated and donated 281 items collectively with Peninsula, SW Oregon and Edmonds pulling in the lead on donations on the men's side. 10 Women's teams participated - that's almost 50% of the female teams represented. Those 10 teams contributed 405 total items, 59% of the total contributions. Leading the pack was Edmonds (we gladly gave up first place to our closest competitor admitting to unfair advantage) SW Oregon and Wenatchee.

Total participation was by 35% of squads present.

The league will be looking to improve on this year's successful drive at the 2012 friendlies.

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