PORT ANGELES, WA— (Press release) The Olympic Peninsula adult soccer community is back in action and geared up to bring the 4th Annual Super Cup Soccer Derby to Civic Field on Saturday September 1st, showcasing the best of Port Angeles and Sequim Adult soccer players.
This year both the men and women will take to the field for the “beautiful game” looking to best their rival city. All community members and soccer lovers are encouraged to join in at Civic Field to cheer on their favorite hometown team.
This homegrown Northwest event draws in numerous high school alumni home to participate as well as local soccer legends. Started in 2014 by former Port Angeles Adult Soccer League Director Tim Tucker and Former Sequim Adult League Soccer Director Quincy Byrne, the Super Cup has quickly become one of the areas premier family soccer events.
“We created the Super Cup based on what is known in England as a “Derby” pitting two cross town rivals against each other. The Super Cup is what you get when you mix soccer, fun, and a friendly bit of cross community camaraderie,” states Tim Tucker.
Each year civic leaders join the fun by staging an official bet in favor of their hometown team. This year Port Angeles Deputy Mayor Kate Dexter and Sequim Deputy Mayor Candace Pratt will step up in favor of their respective city for the Women’s Game. Chamber Executive Director Marc Abshire and Sequim Chamber President Shenna Younger will take the lead for the Men’s game. The loser of each bet has agreed to attend the winner’s monthly meeting, dressed in the winner’s colors to officially present the winning team’s trophy.
“The bet could go either way as both towns have taken away a win in previous years. With the addition of women to the town competition this year, it is anyone’s guess as to which city will walk away the victor. Who knows, maybe they both will,” states Tucker.
2017 marked the first year of local women showcasing their soccer talent by hosting a friendly match. This year the women will join in the derby style competition with players from Sequim and Port Angeles squaring off.
“After last year’s friendly, I’m beyond excited to see the development of the Women’s Super Cup match. The local women’s soccer talent in Port Angeles & Sequim continues to flourish & grow,” states 2018 Super Cup Committee Chair Marti Martinez.
On the Men’s side, the Port Angeles team will look to overcome their loss from 2017 after a tightly fought game that ended in a 1 -1 tie with Sequim coming out the victor in a shootout.
“We hope that Sequim FC comes out to play us straight up this year as opposed to parking the bus and waiting for penalty kicks. To Coach Brasher’s credit, he coached the 7-2-1 formation to perfection,” states 2017 Port Angeles Head Coach Kanyon Anderson who will take to the field as a player this year.
Sequim Coach Dave Brasher had this to say in response, “On the Sequim side, we were prepared for a friendly match and were initially caught off guard by the unsporting competitiveness of the Port Angeles team. When I realized their true nature, I changed tactics at halftime. We then came back to tie the game despite being short handed due to a red-card and easily won the game on penalty kicks.”
“It seems the perspective shifts depending on which side of the field you are sitting on and that is the beauty of the Super Cup. In addition to some friendly hometown chiding, you can expect a fabulous event with fun for the whole family,” states Tucker.
Attendees can expect food served up by Seven Cedars Casino, local craft beer, a kid’s zone sponsored by Sequim Youth Soccer, and family friendly activities throughout the night while enjoying the best of adult local soccer on the Olympic Peninsula.
“With community support from Barhop Brewing, City of Port Angeles, City of Sequim, Full Spectrum Landscape Co., Holistic Horticulture and Landscaping, High Energy Metals, Jose Salsa, Lefties, OSP Sling, Peninsula College, Port Angeles Youth Soccer, Sequim Youth Soccer, Sequim FC, Storm King, Seven Cedars Casino and Windermere Realty, we’re set to make this our most successful fundraising year yet,” states Martinez.
All proceeds collected from the $5 suggested donation at the gate will go towards supporting aspiring young soccer athletes. The winning town for each game will be awarded proceeds to donate to a college-bound soccer player of their choosing. Two lucky hometown high school students will be awarded during the Annual Scholarship Night in May.
In 2017, two $500 scholarships were awarded to Sequim college bound HS seniors, Nickolas Janikic and Grace Tolberd. The scholarship award amount is annually dependent upon the amount raised each year at the Super Cup event.
Gates open at 4:30 pm. The Women’s Game will kick off at 5:00 pm and the Men will start at 7:00 pm.
For up to date information and current rosters please visit the Super Cup Soccer Derby Facebook page @olypensupercupsoccer