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NEWS | June 15, 2007

Randolph Futbol Club 'aims high' in local tournament

By By Airman 1st Class Katie Hickerson 12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

The Randolph Air Force Base Futbol Club placed second in the Texas State Soccer Association South Cup May 20 at the Pepsi Sports Complex in Schertz, Texas. 

The Futbol Club placed second among 12 teams, losing to the SK United in the championship game 4-1. 

"We were disappointed that we lost and that the lopsided score really wasn't indicative of the closeness of the game," said Lonnie Barton, team captain. "Overall though, we were very pleased that we progressed as far as we did and that we beat a few teams that were generally more skilled than we were." 

Following the final-round soccer match, each team was presented with medals for individual players and a trophy. On May 30, the Futbol Club's leading scorer, Danny Fluker, presented Rambler Fitness Center managers with the team's trophy as a "thank-you" for the center's support. The trophy is now on display and can be seen in the trophy case at the entrance to the Rambler Fitness Center. 

"I feel really good about representing the base and being on a team with a bunch of great guys, each doing their best to represent Randolph and the Air Force in a positive light," Barton said. "It was an honor to be the first military team to qualify for the cup and advance to the championship game." 

The Futbol Club is now playing in the league's summer bracket, and are three games into the season. 

"There are always open slots for anyone who wishes to come out and play for us," Barton said. "We plan to win our division in the fall to once again qualify for the state cup in 2008." 

The Futbol Club has several big plans for the future. They are working on becoming a varsity team in addition to securing their own field on base. Once set, the team plans to host a military tournament, inviting teams from Lackland, Fort Sam Houston, Brooks City Base and Medina Annex, he said. 

"We just plan to keep playing and winning," Barton said.