The fourth annual Taylor N. Seitzinger Memorial Soccer Tournament took place at Hamburg Area High School Stadium on Sept. 7.
In honor of Seitzinger who passed away in a car accident in March of her senior year, four girls’ and four boys’ soccer teams competed in the tournament.
“I put the tournament together for the Spring of 2010,” said Aaron Menapace, Hamburg Area School District Athletic Director. “It was the year after Taylor passed away. I felt it would be a fitting way to ensure her legacy lives on for years to come. When the girls’ soccer season was moved to the Fall by PIAA, I thought it would be really cool to do an all day event with boys and girls.”
Seitzinger was a 3-sport captain and standout performer in cross country, basketball and soccer. Donations were collected throughout the tournament for the Taylor N. Seitzinger Memorial Scholarship Fund.
“Taylor was the type of competitor all kids, boys and girls alike, should aspire to be. She was fierce, played hard and was a fantastic teammate-all the time,” said Menapace. “I’m honored to be able to honor her in this way.”
The girls’ tournament began at 8:30 a.m. and consisted of 30 minute halves with a ten minute overtime in the case of a tie, followed by penalty kicks if the game was still tied. Boys began at 3:30 p.m. with 35 minute halves and a ten minute overtime. There were no penalty kicks for boys as the games could end in a tie.
Whereas the girls’ tournament had a consolation and championship game based on wins and losses, the boys’ tournament was based on points with the tie breaker being fewest goals allowed, most goals scored and if needed, a coin flip.
Hamburg girls’ beat Blue Mountain in the first game. Muhlenberg and Eastern York were tied at the end of regulation and overtime. Eastern York won in penalty kicks. Muhlenberg then faced Blue Mountain in a game that also ended in penalty kicks with Muhlenberg taking the win in the consolation game. Hamburg faced Eastern York in the championship game. With a late goal to break the 1-1 tie in the second half, Eastern York beat Hamburg.
Boys’ tournament featured Hamburg, Berks Catholic, Wyomissing and Eastern York. Hamburg beat Wyomissing 2-1 in overtime for the championship.