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Teamwork leads to victory

By Jessica Healey | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | July 01, 2014

The Victory Week soccer championship was a tight match up.

A team with the 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division came out victorious over the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, team June 12 at Mc- Cormick Field, with a score of 1 to 0.

The teams seem to play a very physical game, and the 5th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt. goalie had to make several saves to keep his team in the lead.

One teammate felt the goalie, Kt. Brian Elfering, 5th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., was the most valuable player.

“He was the player of the game,” said Lt. Michael Lapadot, 5th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt.

Elfering saved two penalty kicks and countless scoring attempts from the 4th MEB team.

“I couldn’t have done it without my team obviously. They played strong defense,” he said. “It felt good (to win). I like winning.”

The camaraderie among the unit seemed apparent from the full bleachers and loud cheers.

“We had a lot of people (from the unit) here supporting us. Our unit, in general, is just a good family atmosphere,” Elfering said.

Team building from the sports like soccer goes beyond just one unit and helps with cohesion between units, he added.

“I like the camaraderie Victory Week brings. On the field, you get to play against the other teams from our brother and sister units, and, then, at the end of the game, you all shake it out, and everything is good,” Elfering said.

Lapadot agreed, expressing how much he enjoyed the opportunity to play sports against other units during Victory Week.

“Victory week gives an opportunity to get back and play the sports I used to play,” he said. “You meet people when you play these games, and then later on, you recognize faces, and it’s just good to know more people on post.”
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