Beautiful fall weather held out long enough for youth soccer to complete its championship tournament over the weekend, with Weed’s U-14 Green Lightning and Mount Shasta’s U-12 Chargers coming out on top.

Beautiful fall weather held out long enough for youth soccer to complete its championship tournament over the weekend, with Weed’s U-14 Green Lightning and Mount Shasta’s U-12 Chargers coming out on top.

Lightning beat a fellow Weed team, Voltage, by a score of 2-1 on Sunday at Shastice Park.

The Chargers beat Weed Toxic in the U-12 championship game by a score of 4-2.

“Weed Toxic were our rivals all season,” said coach Robin Winters, who has coached some of his players since they were at the U-6 level. “It was a very exciting, close game, but we came through in the end.”

During the season, the Chargers were undefeated except for one loss to Toxic, Winters said.

Green Lightning has worked hard all season, said Matheson. “They’re a fun group of kids, and some of them are done with U-14 after this season and will be moving on... hopefully we instilled a passion for soccer.”

Matheson said as a team, Lightning played very well in the tournament. They beat all their opponents in three playoff games, including the Mount Shasta Speed Demons, Yreka Tsunamis and Voltage.

In the championship game Sunday, Jules Guyard and Kyle Matheson each scored a goal. Zane Hilsenberg “really stepped it up in the second half and was all over the place,” Matheson said. Midfielder Hikaru Sato “stuck it out” even though he was feeling ill, and goalie Enrique Sanchez kept “a clean slate” for the team.

“Every game with Weed (Voltage) has been exciting,” said Matheson. “It was a very hard fought game on both sides... it’s always a challenge to play another team from your community at this level.”

Neither the Lightning or the Chargers are planning to advance in a District Cup tournament and consider Sunday’s championship games the frosting on a delicious and satisfying soccer season.