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
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
“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
“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