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Liverpool Turns it Around to Capture Third in Summer Cup Play

Liverpool after the 3-1 victory for 3rd place
Liverpool after the 3-1 victory for 3rd place

In the "Turn-around Team of the Week Award," the U-14's/15's Liverpool team takes home the trophy with a victory over Manchester United in the 3rd place game. Prior to the game, Liverpool dropped two games Thursday evening, 6-0 (to Man U) and 7-1 before doing an about face and tying first place Arsenal in regulation before finally dropping the decision in penalty kicks. The team also grabbed a victory in the next game. In the consolation game, Liverpool put a 3-1 victorious cap on the tumultuous season.

Coach Scott Bowers attributed the turn-around to the change in attitude. "We weren't trying. Going into the game we lost in PK's to the best team in the league, I asked them to do one thing and that was to try. They didn't have to win, as long as they tried. Then we started trying, working hard and playing as a team and they started having fun."

Two Liverpool players (yellow) converge on a Man U attacker in the consolation final.

Thirteen-year-old Daniel Bank of New York, "one of the best players on the team," by Coach's accounts, agrees with Bower's sentiments regarding the one-week season and the turn-around. "We didn't try when we lost. We were playing lazy and tired. You could tell Coach Bowers cares and he was pushing us to try. We wanted to impress him, work hard for him, win, and stop getting embarrassed. Once we started trying and playing as a team, we won."

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