Bulls host successful Overnight Tourney

and these fans were on the field to play.

The annual New York Red Bulls' Overnight Soccer Tournament, which was held to benefit the American Cancer Society, kicked off after the Red Bulls' and lasted until 8:30 the next morning.

The field of 54 teams was split up into two brackets, the 'Competitive Bracket' and the 'Recreational Bracket.'

It took penalty kicks to decide the winner of the 'Competitive Bracket,' with Jersey Shore Boca defeating defending champion Weehawken Massive.

Although his team came out on top, Ryan Applegate, player/coach for Jersey Shore Boca, was quick to point out the real reason why everyone was there playing soccer into the wee hours of the morning.

"We were happy to represent the Jersey Shore Boca Club in raising money for such a great cause," he said. "We are going to encourage other local clubs participate in future tournaments."

In the finals of the 'Recreational Bracket,' the Commack Dirty Worms defeated ESPN I. Danielle Giorgianni of the Dirty Worms saw the team's closeness as the main factor that led to their success.

"It was a good group of players who were familiar with each other and good friends," Giorgianni said. "In the end, it translated well in the field."

Along with the thrill of winning the tournament, both champions were excited at the opportunity to play in Giants Stadium.

"Everyone enjoyed the unique opportunity to play in an overnight tournament in Giants Stadium," Applegate said. "The guys had a great time and are already looking forward to next year's fundraiser."

Giorgianni shared the same sentiment, but also wanted to note that the Dirty Worms will be back to defend their title.

"It was a great thrill to be on the field at Giants Stadium playing in the championship game with the sun coming up," he said. "We are ready to defend our title at anytime and look forward to participating in next year's event."