TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Girls and boys from more than 160 teams are convening in Topeka this weekend and next for the Governor's Cup Invitational Soccer Tournament.
One match had both teams coming out on top as members of TOP Soccer played the boys' recreational team.s
Just a few minutes after kick-off and after a tense bit of back and forth between the boys in green and their opponents clad in yellow, Colby Myers on the yellow was on a sure footing and...."Score!"
"I feel awesome when I score a goal, when I have high five everybody and I feel awesome at that. I was doing a great job," Colby said, adding that it was his second goal this weekend.
For the TOP Soccer team, a play is a win no matter the score.
"If you loose 25 to nothing, they don't know, it's all about having fun, they just enjoy getting a chance to play," TOP Soccer coach Lauren Ewald said.
Her players have cognitive or physical disabilities. Team members may have special needs but their disability is not a handicap.
TOP Soccer team members aren't at the governor's cup to win, but Ewald say they relish the chance just to play.
"They come out and play their hardest and just see what happens," she said.
"There aren't any other teams around that the kids get to play against, so we're fortunate enough that the rec teams let us come play against them," she said.
Carrie Ogonowski, Executive Director, Sunflower Soccer Assocation says a match-up against them is a worthy goal.
"This program is so rewarding, not just for those kids who are participating, but also for the volunteers who are involved, for me personally. It just reminds us why we play soccer," she said.
After all, on the field two things matter: Scoring goals and sportsmanship.
"I hope I did my best and I hope I had good luck," Colby Myers said.
TOP Soccer is organized by Youth Soccer Association volunteers for anyone with a cognitive or physical disability. The team meets every Sunday for practice.