March 31, 2004 — The Under-14 Peacemakers Youth Soccer Club will travel to St. Croix on Sunday for games at the Country Day field. The last time the two groups met was when the players were on their respective Under-12 teams. The St. Croix AYSO team, The Jumbies, last came to St. Thomas in mid-January 2002 when the teams played two games. The first was a 2-2 draw, while the second was won by the Jumbies 7-3, marking the Peacemakers' first loss to St. Croix in five years.
Peacemakers U-14 Coach Clifton Williams has been trying to arrange these games since September 2003 and only made some progress in late January 2004. The travel dates were set for March but conflicted with the spring break holiday and the JV soccer season and were consequently rescheduled for this Sunday.
Most of the Peacemakers U-14 team have been playing competitive soccer with the program for more than 5 years. The Peacemakers players are looking forward to the games on Sunday, when there will be a competitive, regulation game at about 11:30 at the Country Day field, followed by some 5- or 7-a-side fun games.
The teams have not played against each other for so long that no one is prepared to speculate how the games will go.
After the games on Sunday, the Peacemakers will continue training and preparing for a trip in late April to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a tournament hosted by the Fraigcomar Club. The last time the Peacemakers played in Puerto Rico was April 2001, when they were in the U-11 category at the second Roosevelt Roads Tournament.
Fraigcomar is a large club with a strong U-14 travel team that recently tested their skills against teams in Costa Rica. The Fraigcomar club has several tournaments a year and runs leagues at various age levels. The competition should be tough and the Peacemakers expect to be well prepared.
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