The Pella Lightning Under 8 Girls Soccer Team of Ellie Howard, Sonya Leidigh, Grace Held, Ava Rowe and Alley Moeller qualified for the World Championships of the “Kick It 3 vs 3” competition.

The team did so by placing third in the local qualifying tournament in Ankeny July 25 and 26, then placing fifth in the Regional Tournament in Cedar Rapids a week later.

Teams the Pella Lightning played were from all over the Midwest. The Pella squad played five games and they lost two, both to a team from St. Louis 5-4 and 7-3.

The Pella girls beat Ankeny Premier 4-1, St. Charles, Mo., 3-2 and a Des Moines squad 10-1.

The World Championships for the event will be held Jan., 16-18, 2010, at Kissimmee, Florida. It will be at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.

Kick It 3 vs 3 is a fast paced tournament style soccer competition played on smaller fields with smaller goals and three players per team on the field at one time. The Pella Lightning are coached by Mark Howard.

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