2-27th Inf. wins 3rd straight TLW soccer championship

| October 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
Spc. Christopher Mione, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, takes a shot on goal during the soccer tournament of Tropic Lightning Week on Oct. 5, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Spc. Christopher Mione, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, takes a shot on goal during the soccer tournament of Tropic Lightning Week on Oct. 5, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The soccer team for 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, was crowned soccer tournament champions for Tropic Lightning Week for the third consecutive year after winning the championship game on Watts Field, here, Oct. 6.

This year’s tournament started with 20 teams from across the division showing up and hoping for a chance to play in the championship game.

After the first day of competition, only nine teams would see day two of competition. The Wolfhounds, along with three other 3rd BCT teams, were still among the nine teams.

A Soldier for 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, tries to keep an opposing player from taking a shot during the soccer tournament of Tropic Lightning Week on Oct. 5, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

A Soldier for 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, tries to keep an opposing player from taking a shot during the soccer tournament of Tropic Lightning Week on Oct. 5, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

In the first match of day two, 3rd Bn., 7th Field Artillery (FA) Regt., 3rd BCT, was knocked out of the tournament in the final match of round two by 209th Aviation Support Bn. (ASB), 25th Combat Avn. Bde., closing out the final eight teams.

At the same time, on the other field of play, the Wolfhounds were scoring goals against the 65th Bde. Engineer Bn. (BEB) of 2nd SBCT, securing their spot in the final four with their sights still on the prize.

Having won the title the past two years, according to a few players on the team, they expected to make it this far in the tournament, but knew that wining wouldn’t come easy.

After the Wolfhounds secured their spot in the semifinals, the team from 29th BEB, 3rd BCT, defeated the remaining team from 2nd SBCT, securing the spot in the final four.

Up next for the 3rd BCT was 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., hoping to secure its spot in the final four, but it would have to get past 209th ASB who previously knocked 3-7th FA out of the tournament.

The 209th defeated 2-35th Inf. Regt., securing its spot in the final four against 29th BEB.

The goalie for 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, kicks the ball to the midfield players after blocking an attempted shot on goal during the soccer tournament of Tropic Lightning Week on Oct. 5, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

The goalie for 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, kicks the ball to the midfield players after blocking an attempted shot on goal during the soccer tournament of Tropic Lightning Week on Oct. 5, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Going into the semifinal match against the 524th Combat Sustainment Spt. Bn., 25th Sust. Bde., the Wolfhound players seemed confident in their team, but stated they would need teamwork to continue to step up in order to get to the final.

“The cohesion on the team has been great and Soldiers have been stepping up, so hopefully, we can do well,” said Spc. Westin Blakely, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT.

By a score of 2-0, the Wolfhounds defeated the 524th, guaranteeing their chance for a third straight championship against the 209th ASB who defeated the 29th BEB by a score of 3-1.

In order to win the final match, the Wolfhounds would have to go through a team that had eliminated all the remaining 3rd BCT teams to get to the final.

Winning the championship game was important to the Wolfhounds, but according to Blakely, the tournament was more than just winning; it was about the cohesion and camaraderie between the Soldiers that mattered.

With a third straight title in hand, the team is looking to compete at the next level of play.

“After winning this tournament again, hopefully, we can go win at the USARPAC (U.S. Army-Pacific) level with this team,” said Spc. Christopher Mione, Bravo Co., 2-27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT.

A Soldier for 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, "Wolfhounds," 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, attempts to get the soccer ball past an opposing player during the soccer tournament of Tropic Lightning Week on Oct. 5, 2015. (Photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

A Soldier for 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, attempts to get the soccer ball past an opposing player during the soccer tournament of Tropic Lightning Week on Oct. 5, 2015. (Photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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