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Youth teams on the pitch for Rush Autumn Classic

By By Tony Krausz / assistant sports editor
Oct. 17, 2004
The parking lot at the Jaycee Soccer Complex told you everything you needed to know on Saturday.
A cavalcade of cars, trucks and SUVs sprawled across the lot with various team nicknames painted on windows, and young players in brightly colored jerseys hustling to the fields.
The parking lot pointed to another successful Rush Autumn Classic Soccer Tournament. The two-day tourney, which concludes today, is hosted by the Meridian Youth Soccer Organization and sponsored by Rush Foundation Hospital.
The Autumn Classic drew 34 teams to Meridian for the two-day tournament. Last year, the tourney attracted about 20 teams.
Teams paid between $75-$175, depending on age group to play in the tournament. The money raised at the tourney benefits the MYSO and covers the cost for game officials.
Rush, which has sponsored the tournament every year, provides tournament T-shirts, medical personal and donates money to help the MYSO.
This year brought a change to the 12th playing of the Autumn Classic for the teams participating in the tournament.
For the first time in the tourney's dozen-year history, all age groups were located at the same soccer complex.
Thanks to lights being installed on two fields at Jaycee, the park now has three lighted fields, all age groups under-8 to under-19 could play in the same locations. In years past, squads in the older age brackets had to play their matches at the Northeast Soccer Complex.
The first day of the Autumn Classic was also made easier by the hospitable weather.
Clear skies and mild temperatures ruled the day, as 43 matches were played at the Jaycee Complex.
The Autumn Classic concludes today, with the last match of the day scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

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