Holiday soccer tournament kicks off despite downpour

JAMES CITY - Rain held off long enough Saturday for several hours of youth soccer in the Columbus Day Invitational at Warhill Sports Complex.

Eventually, the effects of Hurricane Matthew washed out the remainder of Saturday play as an afternoon downpour stopped evening games of the two-day, 110-team tourney.

Play is expected to resume Sunday, although not likely on the grass fields.

“This is a fantastic complex, about 14, 15 fields – about half of them synthetic turf fields,” said Ryan Morgan of Richmond’s Soccer Management Company. “Kind of the best of the best in the area. We get a lot of good teams coming down from Maryland, New Jersey, some teams coming from North Carolina, all coming to play different competition from what they’re used to.”

The tournament’s age groups, for boys and girls, range from U10 to U19.

Local clubs Virginia Legacy and Tidewater Sharks each are represented in the field with Legacy boasting about 20 clubs although some of its teams are currently playing in a Fredericksburg tourney.

Holiday weekends are normally ripe with club tournaments. The Columbus Day tourney, founded in 2013, is a major soccer tournament for Williamsburg, but the granddaddy is next month when WSC hosts the Club Champions League Shootout featuring the best club teams in the state and beyond.

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