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Twentynine Palms, California
1st Tank Battalion wins Intramural Soccer Championship game

By Lance Cpl. Christian Lopez | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms | June 12, 2017

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Twentynine Palms -- 1st Tank Battalion claimed the intramural soccer trophy over Headquarters Battalion in the intramural soccer championship game at Felix Field, here, June 12, 2017.

Marine Corps Community Services, Semper Fit, hosts an intramural soccer league for units aboard the installation. This partnering affords active-duty service members and their family members who are 18 and older, as well as civilian and contract employees aboard the base the opportunity to compete in unit-level athletic competitions seasonally.

Tanks came out strong in the first half, scoring the first goal, but HQBN quickly equalized the standings before the end of the first half. HQBN and Tanks fought their hardest in the second half keeping the score 1-1, forcing the game to go into overtime. Tanks ultimately took the game in overtime, scoring within the last few minutes.

“We give the Marines and their families an opportunity to get away from the stresses of their jobs through our intramural sports program,” said Tommy Burke, sports specialist, MCCS

Burke said the goal of the soccer program is for everyone to get together with people from their units and build camaraderie while having fun.

“It’s was great being able to play in the intramural soccer league with and against many of the different units across the base,” said Miguel Torres, midfielder, Headquarters Battalion team. “Even though we didn’t win, I still had an amazing experience getting to the championships with my team.”
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