Great Falls Fusion Wins VIP Tournament


The Great Falls Fusion soccer team, winners of the VIP Soccer Tournament last weekend, display their trophies. First row, kneeling,from left: Katie Valery, Alex Petras, Mara DeTrani, Rachel Wood, Olivia Salamone, Erin Stvan, Katherine Meiser, Killeen Rivers, and Erin Klein; second row, standing, Jackie Ryan, Jane Sevila, Assistant Coach Tom Salamone, Abigail Spires, Head Coach Jose Luis Venegas, Shannon Curley, Rebecca Pifer, Anna Cox, Antonia Lanaras, and Assistant Coach Tom Klein. Not pictured: Madison Card.


GFSC Madrid won its age division at the VIP Tournament held in honor of Vanessa Pean this past holiday weekend.

The Great Falls Fusion girls’ U13 team won its division of the VIP Soccer Tournament held Oct. 11-12 in Great Falls. The Fusion team won all of their games with scores of 5 – 0 against CCS Elite, 1 – 0 against Quest Black, 2 – 0 against SYC Storm, and 4 – 1 against Sterling Dynamo. The team is coached by Jose Luis Venegas, along with assistant coaches Tom Klein and Tom Salamone. The coaches say that, since Fusion is a Great Falls soccer team, it was particularly rewarding to win the VIP Soccer Tournament since it honors the memory of a Great Falls soccer player Vanessa Pean, who died in October 2005.

The VIP tournament is a joint fund-raiser for the Vanessa Pean Foundation and Vanessa Pean Field Improvement Capital Campaign. The tournament has grown from eight area high school girls’ teams in 2006 to 75 boys and girls clubs and high school teams this year, ages U9 through High School.

Great Falls Fusion originally was a Suburban Friendship League (SFL) team prior to moving up to the Old Dominion Soccer League (ODSL) in the fall of 2007. Since participating in ODSL, the team has moved up a division every season, moving from Division 3 in Fall 2007 to Division 2 in Spring 2008 and then to Division 1 in this Fall 2008 season.