YOUTH SOCCER: Lightning Bolts & Ninjas square off

(Andy Morales/


Cloudy skies and chilly breezes couldn’t get in the way of a fun-filled Saturday morning in the park – especially with the Lightning Bolts and Ninjas squaring off in a youth soccer match.

The Lightning Bolts and Ninjas play in the 6-7 age group of the National Youth Sports (NYS) organization and they met on the pitch at Dan Felix Park with the Bolts holding on for a 2-1 win. Teaching the game with fun and proper sportsmanship is the name of the game, however, which means both teams came out on top.

“We wanted to win so I tried my best on my goal,” Ninja forward Luis said. “But they had good players too, so I had to kick it hard. We will win next time.”


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at


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