CHS Soccer hosts annual Cardinal Classic

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.On July 9, a member of the Canfield High School boys soccer team moved the ball down the field during a game at the Cardinal Classic Canfield High School Soccer Tournament hosted by the Canfield Soccer Boosters.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Members of the Canfield High School girls soccer team lined up to block a shot during a game on July 8.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.A member of the Canfield High School girls soccer team passed the ball during a game at the ninth annual Cardinal Classic Canfield High School Soccer Tournament hosted by the Canfield Soccer Boosters on July 8.


The Canfield High School Soccer Boosters hosted its ninth annual Cardinal Classic Canfield High School Soccer Tournament on July 8-9 with 43 schools participating in the two-day event. Five fields were in use, all located on the high school grounds and including the stadium, with several school bringing two or more teams to play 40-minute games.

The tournament took place throughout two days, with the girls teams playing Saturday and the boys teams playing Sunday.

Teams from Ohio and Pennsylvania participated in the boys’ and girls’ divisions and included Poland, Barberton, Grand Valley, Niles, Crestview, East Liverpool, Campbell, Carrollton, Austintown Fitch, West Branch, Harding, Champion, Kirtland, Boardman and Girard, along with numerous teams from the Akron, Cleveland and Columbus areas.

The Cardinal Classic is a key fundraiser for the Canfield High School boys and girls soccer program, and was organized by the parent members of the Canfield Soccer Boosters, with Rob Accordino serving as president.

According to Accordino, proceeds from the annual tournament are used to buy new uniforms, team camp and tournament fees.

The goal of the tournament was to give the coaches a chance to view the players pre-season and to prepare for the fall season. Coaches used this opportunity to see the players with the ball and to learn what the team needs to work on for the upcoming fall season. It also gave the coaches a chance to watch the players and get a sense of which players to select for the junior varsity and varsity teams.

The tournament also had community support and corporate sponsors, which included Simon Roofing, Fitness Together, DiRusso Sausage, Cocca’s Pizza, Advanced Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, Titan LED, Melissa Mullane Padgett, D.D.S., Windsor House at Canfield, Arby’s of Canfield, NC Soccer, Trolios, Chase Agency, Fishbone Offroad, The Bonanno Group, Mastrangelos Landsaping, Mercy Health, Avion of the Water, Tequila Jalisco, Dr. Pamela Barkett, Rise Pies, McDonalds Canfield, Kambrook Seal Coat LLC, The Columbus Crew, Davis International LLC, Fusillo Flooring, PNC Bank, Drakes Landing, The Petracci Family, Kona Ice, Olfield Graphics, Needles Nest, Deangelo Orthodontics, Safeguard by Prime, Youngstown Wholesale Grocery, Schroedel, Scullin and Bestic CPA’s, York Mahoning Mechanical Contractors and Mill Creek Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery Associates.

Canfield Soccer Boosters parents volunteered at the tournament in every aspect from the concession stand to selling T-shirts to registration and helping set up the tournament the day. Members of the Canfield High School National Honor Society were also able to earn service hours by volunteering at the tournament.

Canfield Soccer Boosters President Rob Accordino thanked everyone involved in helping make the tournament a success.

“A ton of work has gone into this weekend in preparation for the 75-plus teams that came to play at our high school campus. Thanks to all the parents who have attended meetings, donated supplies and time, and gave input into the planning process. Without all of them, this tournament would not be successful,” Accordino said.

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