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Getting Better with Age: Summit City FC Men’s Over 40 Soccer Team Wins Division, Earns Promotion to Division 2

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SUMMIT, NJ - A pep talk before the match from the team's founders, Alex Cranmer and Corbett Powers, set the wheels in motion for Summit City FC, which was ready to dominate this game against the LSO Raiders, As the referee's final whistle signaled the match's conclusion, Summit City FC emerged with a 3-nil victory, the win cemented the division 3 season championship of the USLNJ Men's Soccer League of New Jersey.

Summit City finished with an outstanding record of 15-3-2 in a 20-match season that included the Spring and Fall of 2016.

Summit FC's division includes 11 teams from the surrounding area such as Hoboken, Chatham, Hopatcong, Haledon, Montville, Ridgefield Park, Parsippany, and Verona. Summit City FC along with Hoboken City FC. which finished runner-up, expect to be promoted to Division 2 starting with the Spring season, which kicks=off in April.

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Summit City FC’s full team roster includes: Andreas Kallika, Alex Cranmer, Alex Gianni, Alex Hacking, Brad Olson, Chad Comiteau, Chris Walmsley, Corbett Powers, Elys Roberts, Ivan Fuyala, Jeff Gilbert, John Campbell, Jonny Lopez, Michael Hynes, Pat Shallcross, Roberto Risi, Thomas Lerner, Vadim Farberov and recently retired goalkeeper, Guy Hasselman.

The team was formed in 2015 by Cranmer and Powers, both Summit residents who have been playing adult "pickup" soccer on Sundays for years with many of the players on the team and other Summit residents. They have transformed Summit City FC into a high-caliber team. Summit City FC's offense scored a league leading 72 goals and was led by Summit resident Roberto Risi with significant contributions by Powers and Campbell.

Risi struck for 28 goals this season and has led the division in goals scored for each of the last two years. The solid defense led by Brad Olson (stopper), Elys Roberts (sweeper), Alex Hacking (left back), Jeff Gilbert (right back) and Alex Gianni (goalkeeper) surrendered but 16 goals in 20 matches, the lowest goals allowed total in all of the divisions in the league.

On Sunday mornings when Summit City has a home match, you can see the squad battling it out at Upper Tatlock field in Summit. Known for giving a 100% effort every match,  Cranmar and Powers say the keys to success are the passion and focus that the team brings to each game. Their Divison 2 season starts April 2, and they are eager to face a higher level of competition.

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