Bonita Springs’ Azzurri Storm wins soccer final at Disney

Reporter: Zach Oliveri Writer: Rachel Murphy
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Representing our area one goal at a time! The Azzurri Storm from Bonita Springs won the U-17 boys division beating Doral Soccer Club 2-1 in the final.

It’s part of the Disney Memorial Day soccer tournament held at Disney World.

“On this team we grew up with everyone so it meant something to everyone,” said Gregory Breston, left winger.

The Storm went undefeated in the three day tournament, winning five matches, the first two in dominant fashion, winning by a combined score of 9-1.

But the last two were tight coming down to one goal.

The team’s secret to success was their chemistry and fine-tuned execution.

“You get this chemistry going and you’re in a state of flow, and even when you’re not playing your best, you know someone else got your back,” Breston said.

The weekend ended with a 2-1 win over Doral SC with the game winning goal in the closing minutes, off the head of Cason Shephard.

“It was great seeing everyone running together celebrating, all the parents happy, just really made the weekend,” Shephard said.

“Sending them out on a good note was the most important thing at the end of the day,” said coach Joe Goreham. “It was having fun enjoying themselves while we were there. With the guys leaving and new guys coming in making sure we enjoyed ourselves and and had fun. And they made the most of playing together for the last time.”

A perfect ending to a perfect weekend.

The players said there was a sense of redemption this time around.

The last time the Azzurri storm made it to the final match at Disney, they lost.

You can see the smiles and joy on the faces of these boys. Congratulations to all of them for their success!

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