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Broken hearts well may come as standard equipment for players and coaches on the 3rd Marine Logistics Group soccer team, which once again had theirs shattered in Saturday’s championship match of the 2006 Marine Forces Pacific Regional Soccer Tournament.

Alvaro Soto-Barcenas scored in the sixth minute and Arnold Kusero netted his second goal of the tournament in the 59th minute as host Marine Corps Base Camp S.D. Butler captured the tournament title by blanking 3rd MLG 2-0.

It’s the third time in four years that 3rd MLG has lost the championship match in a tournament it last won in 2001. 1st Marine Aircraft Wing beat 3rd MLG 2-0 in last year’s title match.

2006 Marine Forces Pacific Regional Soccer Tournament

2006 Marine Forces Pacific Regional Soccer Tournament

At Field 1, Foster Athletics Complex, Camp Foster, Okinawa

Single-elimination playoffs

Thursday’s matches

Iwakuni Air Station, Japan, 1, U.S. Naval Hospital Camp Lester, Okinawa, 0, forfeit

Marine Corps Base Camp S.D. Butler, Okinawa, 2, 3rd Marine Division/Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, 1, SO (5-4)

Friday’s match

3rd Marine Logistics Group 5, Iwakuni Air Station 0

Saturday’s match

Championship

Marine Corps Base Camp S.D. Butler 2, 3rd Marine Logistics Group 0

Championship summary

3rd MLG 0 0 0

Base 1 1 2

Goals: Base, Arnold Kusero 1 (2), Alvaro Soto-Barcenas 1 (1).

Awards

MVP: Juan Pacheco-Morales, Marine Corps Base Camp S.D. Butler.

All-Tournament Coach: Wilson Rodriguez, Marine Corps Base Camp S.D. Butler.

All-Tournament team: Andrew Richard, Juan Aguirre, Carlos Fogarthy, Marine Corps Base Camp S.D. Butler; Michael Stephens, Victor Aguayo, Dave Anderson, 3rd Marine Logistics Group; Juan Galvez, Iwakuni Air Station, Japan; Mitsuo Sato, Khanh Nguyen, Jeremy Rodriguez, 3rd Marine Division/Expeditionary Force; Christopher Sauro, U.S. Naval Hospital Camp Lester.

All-Marine tryout camp selections: Andrew Richards, Julio Avila, Jesse Thomas, Alvaro Soto-Barcenas, Marine Corps Base Camp S.D. Butler; Dave Anderson, Michael Stephens, Joshua Bukulu, Alex Briceno, 3rd Marine Logistics Group; Tariq Hudson, Carl Myers, Iwakuni Air Station.


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