MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- More than 120 boys youth soccer teams from around the southeast traveled to the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex last weekend for the 2013 Bash in the Boro.
The Murfreesboro Strikers Soccer Club hosted the annual soccer event, and it also had 20 teams participating. Thousands of soccer players in several age groups took part in the soccer tournament.
The players ranged in ages from younger than 8-years old to 19. One of those players included goalkeeper Ahren Smith from the Murfreesboro Strikers U15 team, who enjoyed the chance of hosting the tournament in his hometown.
“It’s a great way to showcase our fields,” Smith said after one of team’s matches.
He added tournaments like this one help get the team ready for bigger events during the travel season, including the different national and state tournaments the Strikers will play in later in the year.
“We use this tournament as a way to get ready for state,” Smith said. “I like the teams that come here and play us.”
As for the tournament itself, it has been around for 15 years, and eight years at the new complex, according to Murfreesboro Strikers President Leanna Wright.
“We decided to split it between the boys and the girls,” Wright said. “We host the boys during the fall and girls during the spring.”
Each year the Bash in the Boro gets bigger and better with the amount of teams who take part in the event. Wright gives the increased success of the event to the city of Murfreesboro.
“The city of Murfreesboro is a great host, and we have one of the best facilities in Southeast,” Wright said. “The Murfreesboro Soccer Club does run a pretty good tournament. Those three things combined you cannot go wrong.”
The Richard Siegel Soccer Complex has been here in Murfreesboro since 2005, and it has hosted several big soccer tournaments.
Those include the TSSAA Boys and Girls State Soccer tournaments, the 2011 United States Youth Soccer Association Southern Regional and the USYSA President’s Cup Tournament in 2010. The complex has 15 fields, including a stadium one which host the title matches.
As for the future plans for the event, Wright added the event is at capacity, but they would like to host more soccer events during the summer for the adult and the recreation leagues that are run by the Murfreesboro Soccer Club.