The Peter Gruber International Academy (PGIA) Varsity Soccer Team (the Volts) had a very successful trip to the Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup and International Showcase. Playing against California, Nevada, Utah and Scotland, the Volts hung tough despite being the youngest team in its division (U19 Boys).
They recorded their first win at a stateside tournament, qualified for the knockout stage (a first), and beat a team that otherwise went undefeated in the tournament. Two of the Volts’ three losses came from teams that qualified for the final.
Goal scorers for the PGIA included David Dawson (the game-winning goal in the Volts’ win), Seidon Nemeth, Nickolas Swan and Grant Farrell. Richie Livacz recorded a shutout in goal in the opening tournament game. As soon as the V.I. team gets film from the tournament, it will put up highlights on the website.
The tournament results are:
PGIA 2 (David Dawson, Seidon Nemeth) Red Dragons College Prep 0 – Group Game
PGIA 1 (Nickolas Swan), San Diego Machine 3 – Group Game
PGIA 0, Carson FC Pumas Elite 5 – Quarterfinal
PGIA 1 (Grant Farrell), Las Vegas Revolution 5 – Consolation
Chris Griffith, a Volts JV soccer player, was a guest player on the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club U13 Academy team. His team qualified for the quarterfinals as well, and Chris got on the scoreboard in his third match (with all of the U19 team in attendance).
Off the field, the Volts toured Las Vegas reality show sets (Pawn Stars, Tanked, Rick’s Restoration and Count’s Customs), explored Las Vegas, rode a zip line over the Fremont Street Experience and visited the Grand Canyon. They received multiple compliments on their behavior and sportsmanship, representing the school with grace and class.
The team thanks all who made this trip possible. This list includes, but is not limited to, all who bought T-shirts and water, the parents of all the players, the PGIA administration, the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club (for letting Chris play with them) and the Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup and International Showcase (who donated registration fees and hotel accommodations). There are already plans in the works to return next year. Go Volts!