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PHOTOS: Northern Valley Soccer Club Makes It To Tournament Finals In Spain

The U15 Boys soccer team competed in the Costa Blanca Cup in Benidorm, Spain
The U15 Boys soccer team competed in the Costa Blanca Cup in Benidorm, Spain Photo Credit: COURTESY: Catherine Donovan
Joe Moon fighting for possession
Joe Moon fighting for possession Photo Credit: COURTESY: Catherine Donovan
Matt Pankauski heads the ball
Matt Pankauski heads the ball Photo Credit: COURTESY: Catherine Donovan
Matt Park looks to make a good first touch
Matt Park looks to make a good first touch Photo Credit: COURTESY: Catherine Donovan

NORTHERN VALLEY, N.J.– The Northern Valley Soccer Club's U15 boys team hung with some of the best teams across the globe -- advancing to the championship game in the B bracket of the Costa Blanca Cup in Benidorm, Spain.

The week-long tournament featured teams from 58 countries. The Bergen County boys – representing Harrington Park, Norwood and Old Tappan – squared off against squads from Spain, Italy and China.

NVSC played seven games in six days and lost a penalty shootout to a La Roda, Spain team.

"It was a great experience for the kids playing against international competition," NVSC Coach Cort Gwon said. "Most of these kids started with this team as seven- and eight-year-olds, so it was a proud moment to see them compete on the international stage."

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