2004 News Archive
Orange Classic Champions
12/30/04The Gaels traveled to Ft.
Lauderdale during Christmas break to play in the top flight of the Orange Classic.
They started out with a win over a talented Yankee United (CT) team, 1-0. The
second day had the same outcome, coming away with a 2-1 win over Mattituck Strikers
(NY). The third game matched Gaels against Kirkwood Phantoms, in a game of little
significance, since the Gaels knew they clinched their division, resulting in
a 2-0 win. The Championship game was dominated by the Gaels, coming away with
a 3-0 win over Blast FC, Ohio. The Gaels outscored their opponents 9-1 in the
4-day tournament. The Gaels are coached by Sean McCafferty and Jon Pierce.
Spirit Storm triumphs in PAGS Division 1 finals!
Storm beat Parkland (Nov. 21st) and Marple Newtown (Dec. 4th) on its way to the
final game against the Montgomery Mustangs on Dec. 5th. The game ended in a tie
after regulation time, then went into overtime and finally penalty kicks. Lauren
Dodson and Hallie Berger scored on their penalty kicks while only one Montgomery
penalty kick found the net, giving the Storm its victory. The girls rebounded
after several losses at the end of the season to play well in all three playoff
games. They ended the season with eight wins, 4 losses and no ties in league play.
won the CASL Shootout
12/9/04The Spirit United Gaels U16
girls won the CASL Shootout this past weekend in Raleigh, NC. The Gaels started
out with a 1-0 win over Greensboro Twisters, NC on Friday morning. In Saturday's
games, Gaels ran over Cup Red, OH with a 7-0 win. Later on Saturday, the Gaels
tied the Javanon Girls, KY team 1-1. Gaels played FC Bucks in the final and took
home the championship trophy from the CASL Shootout. This brings the Gaels currently
to a 19th place ranking in the National U16 standings. Coach Sean McCafferty is
pleased with the improvement the players have made as a team in such a short period
of time, and looks forward to the Orange Classic (Ft. Lauderdale, December 2630)
where the girls will be tested again.
The Rapids are: (bottom row L to R) David Leaf, Allan Neskie, Sean
Rode, Andrew Yacka, Scott Ross, Matt Donnachie, Nick Jenny, Alex Palmer, (top
row L to R) Coach-Bill Clark, Owen Phillips, Bryan Shultz, Nick Clark, Eric Emerson,
Jake Holler, Luke Kessler, Ryan Kendra, Coach-Derek Ross.
are DELCO Champions!
12/8/04Congratulations to the Rapids
U15 Boys as they became DELCO CHAMPIONS this past weekend. The Rapids played
both their semifinal and finals game this past Saturday. The Rapids played their
first game on an ice covered frozen field and won by a 2-1 score over Southern
Chester County Soccer Association who were last year's champions. The Championship
game matched the Rapids with Upper Darby. After getting behind by two goals the
Rapids scored two goals in the second half to send the match to overtime. It took
a total of four overtime periods to declare that the Rapids and Upper Darby would
share the Championship. The Rapids had a tremendous fall season. After starting
the season with a loss to SCCSA they went 11 games without a loss including a
span of 9 straight wins.
Courage! U-13 PAGS Cup Division Champions!
Girls Courage capped off a very strong fall campaign with a 2-1 victory in the
U-13 PAGS Cup Division final against a very tough Kirkwood team. The Courage battled
hard all season and finished with an overall record of 20-5-4 this fall (11-2-2
in PAGS). Great job, ladies, in earning our first league championship! GO, COURAGE!
U11 Girls . . . Division 1 PAGS Champions!
strikes again! The Lightning U11 girls team earned victory in Saturday's (11/20/2004)
semi-final PAGS league match against the Central Delaware Synergy team in sudden
death penalty kicks after two periods of overtime play. In Sunday's (11/21/2004)
PAGS league championship against Hockessin's number one ranked Hotspurs, the Lightning
girls won the hard fought contest with the games single goal in overtime play.
With four recent tournament championships and a first place finish in the Philadelphia
Area Girls Soccer leaguethese girls are smokin'! Congratulations Lightning
girls, coaches, and parents!
wins at Hempfield Fall Classic
11/22/04The Freedom U-10 Girls
closed out the fall season as champions at the Hempfield Fall Classic this past
weekend. They went undefeated in the 5 team bracket, scoring 12 goals, allowing
only 2, and earning 2 shutouts. This is the team's first championship and it is
a tribute to their hard work. The team displayed large improvement in the PAGS,
division 2 league. The team will take December off to enjoy the holiday and will
get back together in January for indoor league play, lightning fast training and
some indoor tournaments. Congratulations girls!
U-11 Girls . . . Champions Again!
U11 Girls earned their fourth consecutive tournament championship for the season
at the Dillsburg Dual Shootout held on October 9th & 10th. Preliminary games
qualified the girls for the top bracket. The girls captured their first place
trophy with a marathon effort winning 5 of 6 games. The final 3 victories were
played back-to-back without break, as the weather grew cold and the wind got stronger
- way to go Lightning! The team and their coaches are looking forward to the Bethesda
Soccer Tournament next month.
wins Blue Division at Horsham Tournament
Chaos girls soccer team caused quite a bit of chaos on the field dusting their
opponents at the 16th Annual Colleen Reilly Horsham Tournament, Blue Division,
held on August 21-22. Chaos walked away with 13 goals scored and only letting
in 3 goals over the weekend. Hats off to our coaches Gwen Ferrier, Mike Weaver
and Susan Barr, Trainer.
Strikes Gold ... Again!
9/6/04The SUSC Lightning
U-11 girl's soccer team continues to dominate with their third consecutive tournament
championship at the 18th Annual Al Perlini Tournament held in Warminister, PA.
With a record of 3-0-1, the team demonstrated exceptional defense, crisp offensive
play and stellar goalkeeping to take home the champion gold trophy. The team is
coached by Jim Lewis. The girls look forward to the upcoming PAGS season and the
Dillsburg Dual Shootout Tournament on Columbus Day weekend. GO LIGHTNING!!!
Claw Their Way to The Silver Medal
8/30/04The newly formed
U-12 girls Spirit United Soccer Team took 2nd place in their division at the 2004
Kick-off Classic. The girls played four games and came away with 2 wins, 1 tie,
and 1 loss. The team is coached by Kurt Worley and Peter Manning-Smith. The girls
are looking forward to the upcoming PAGS season and the Hamilton Tournament in
New Jersey on Columbus Day Weekend. GO TIGERS!!!!
Roars to Victory at Spirit Kick-Off Classic
the heat this past weekend, the U-9 girls Thunder captured the championship
of the Gold Bracket at the Spirit Kickoff Classic. The team started out strong
with wins of 4-0 and 6-1 against TE and GCVSA on Saturday. They faced a bigger
challenge Sunday when they played undefeated Rose Tree where they were defeated
in a close game of 3-2. In a hard fought championship match against Rose Tree,
Thunder came back to win it 1-0. Way to go girls!!
Won Platinum Division
8/28/04The U-14 Surge won the
platinum division of the Spirit United Kick-Off Classic. Playing in the excessive
heat with only one sub (due to several players being injured) the team entered
the championship game to face a strong YMS team that had held its opponents scoreless.
Using a total team effort the Surge prevailed by a 2-1 margin to take the gold
medals. Go Surge!
Strikes Again and They Strike Hard!
and humidity, the SUSC Lightning U-11 girl's soccer team achieved victory
at the Spirit Kickoff tournament in Downingtown this weekend. With two shut-outs
and a tie, the girls worked their way into the championship round. They overcame
heat and strong competitors to win the tournament with a 3-1 victory in the championship
game! With two championship titles under their belts, the girls are charging
full steam ahead into the fall season! Kudos to the team, their coach Jim Lewis,
and coaching assistants Kevin Kloss and Dan Nardo! Go Lightning!
Hammerheads are Finalists
8/26/04The U-15 Hammerheads
played well during the Spirit Kick-Off Classic. They shut out off Buckingham and
the Rapids to extend to extend a seven game shut out streak that goes back to
their championship in the Clash of the Cleats. They were finalist and took the
silver on Sunday. Earlier in the summer they won the Clash of the Cleats and in
June they performed well in the Us Club Soccer Regional. This fall Hammerhead
players will play for Downingtown East, Downingtown West, Garnett Valley High
Schools and Castle Rock, Colorado, others will be at Malvern Prep, Tower Hill.
They will also be part of the Delco Fall League.
are Finalists at Redlands Summer Classic
U-14 Girls had an excellent outing at the Redland Summer Classic. Their strong
defensive play allowed only two goals in four games on their way to capturing
the Runners-up trophy. Saturday's games were played on saturated fields in heavy
downpours. The Fury tied both games, one with the host Redland Strikers (0 - 0)
and the other with a speedy Commack Twisters team from Long Island (1 - 1). Sunday's
semi-final against Lower Dauphin United Freedom was a nail-biter. Despite dominating
play throughout regulation and sudden death overtime, the Fury advanced by winning
a PK shootout, 3 - 2. In the championship game, Fury met the Commack Twisters
a second time. It was another strong showing for the Fury, but they were unable
put one in the net to overcome the game's lone goal scored by the Twisters late
in the second half. August has been a great start for the Fury allowing just three
goals in seven matches. Look for them to have more success at this year's Spirit
Kick-off Classic. Go FuryBonsai!
Undefeated at Kick-Off Classic
8/24/04The Sting U-12
Boys represented the Spirit United Soccer Club well in winning the U-12 Boys Elite
Championship at the Spirit United Kick-Off Classic. The boys went undefeated in
a division with teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Delaware in
route to winning the championship.
8/20/04The Predators (Boys U-14) scored
21 goals while only giving up 4 in route to capturing their 3rd consecutive West
Chester United Tournament. The boys posted 6-1, 7-2, 5-1, and 3-0 victories to
go undefeated throughout the tournament. Pictured from left to right top- Devin
Sugg, Norman Joyner, Carolyn Shirley, Alex Martin, Coach Ken Aab, Adam Matteo,
Brendan Birmingham, David Avenick. Bottom- Graham Fenton, Brian Carter, Al Cesario,
Ian Weigand, Andrew Solimeo, Teddy Mellas, Mike Lentz. Not Pictured Danny Newell.
Girls U-11 Season Starts Out Strong!
U-11 Girls are off to a strong start! With three wins and one tie, the girls won
first place and the Champion gold trophy at the Warrington Summer Classic! Spirits
were high with this first tournament of the season!! Future tournaments include
Spirit Kick-off, 18th Annual Al Perlini, and Dillsburg Shootout. Jim Lewis coaches
the Spirit Lightning U-11 team. Great job girls! Let's see Lightning strike again!!
Win Clash of Cleats
8/3/04The Hammerheads traveled to central
Pennsylvania and faced strong teams from New York and PA. Despite playing in constant
rain on Saturday, the 'Heads posted two scoreless draw's against Santos and East
Hudson Select. Sunday in the heat, the Hammerheads knocked off the host Mifflin
County 4-0. Great team defense and passing which lead to goals, helped lead the
'heads to the victory. The second match was against Centre County out of State
College, the 'Heads rolled on to a 1-0 victory. Tremendous team defense set the
tone in that game. In the finals the 'Heads drew the familar East Hudson Select.
The Hammerheads scored early and often, taking a impressive 4-0 half time lead.
They went on to win the match 5-0. All in all the team shut out 5 quality opponents
and played a great team game the entire weekend.
Won National Directors Cup
7/30/04The Spirit United Premier
(formerly Tantrum) Boys U-13 team recently won the prestigious National Directors
Cup. This National competition is held thorughout the country, with the winners
from each Region of the United States meeting in the national finals. This summer
league competition is open to any USYSA-based team. Competing in Region 1 with
teams from Maine to Virginia, Spirit United finished 2nd in the regular season
and earned a semifinal match against the Virginia Rush based out of Virginia Beach.
A thrilling 1-0 win earned them in a spot in the finals, held in Kirkwood, DE,
against the Rancocas Valley Blue Lightning (NJ) who had won their semifinal versus
Rochester FC (New York West) 2-1.
In the final
the Premier boys completely dominated the team from New Jersey, taking a 2-1 victory
and the championship of the Directors Cup. Players from the 2003/4 roster, along
with a few new members played together from May thru late July. Also, 2 members
of the Spirit United Predators (Newell, Weigand) and 2 members of the YMS Diablos
(Calhoun, MacMain) completed the roster.
Time a Lady!
to the Tornadoes Girls U-19 for winning the 2004 State Cup for the third
time. In the final, the Tornadoes faced FC Delco Appaloosas and won by the score
of 3-1. This is the fifth time that the Tornadoes had faced the Appaloosas in
the final since U-15. This is the last year for the Tornadoes and the club would
like to thank the players and coaches for setting a high standard with dedication
and sportmanship. Good luck at the Regional!
28, 2004The U-9 Girls Frenzy accumulated 5 wins and no losses
on the way to the championship in the 25th Annual Lehigh Valley Youth Soccer League
Tournament on June 12 and 13. The victories capped a very successful 2003-2004
campaign for the girls starting with a solid 2nd place finish in the 2003 West
Chester Tournament, a championship in the 2003 Spirit Kick-Off Classic and some
great experiences in the fall 2003 PAGS season, 2004 Nether Field of Dreams tournament
and 2004 Eastern Pennsylvania Invitational Classic. The girls are looking forward
to starting their U-10 season later this summer!
May 10, 2004SUSC Lightning U-10 Girls see gold
again! The girls of the U-10 Spirit team have one more trophy to add to their
collection. The team came in as finalists at the Eastern Pennsylvania Invitational
Classic held on May 8th and 9th. With two wins and one tie, the girls battled
into the playoffs coming in second in their division. Future events in June include
the PAGS and Hershey tournaments. The Spirit Lightning U-10 team is coached by
Jim Lewis, Kevin Kloss, and Dan Nardo.
Keep that lightning rolling!
Lightning U-10 Girls achieved their 1st Outdoor Tournament Championship at
The Nether Field of Dreams Spring Challenge held on Saturday, April 10th. The
girls played 3 games finishing undefeated, outscoring their opponents by 13 goals.
To top off a great day, the girls did not allow a goal the entire tournament!!!
The girls continue to work hard to prepare for their remaining Spring events including
the upcoming Leagues United Burke Cup which is kicking off at the end of April.
In addition, the Team has been accepted to the Eastern Pa. Invitational Classic
Tournament scheduled for the weekend of May 8th. The team is coached by Jim Lewis,
Kevin Kloss and Dan Nardo. Go Lightning!!!
U-9 Boys Finished 2nd
April 12, 2004The Arsenal U-9 Boys
finished 2nd at The Nether Field of Dreams Spring Challenge held on Saturday,
April 10th. The team played 3 teams from Division 1, defeating both Nether Providence
and Concord 2-1. Defense was solid the whole day giving up very few shots on goal.
The offense was sharp and was able to capitalize on their opponents mistakes to
take full advantage of scoring opportunities. In all, it was a fine showing against
our traditional regular season rivals. The team is coached by Juan Lazares, Duane
Oakes and Randy Warren. Go Arsenal!!!
A Jefferson Cup Finalist
March 22, 2004Congratulations to
the Tantrum U-13 Boys for placing as a Finalist in the 2004 Jefferson Cup
Premier Division this past weekend in Richmond, VA. Opening round wins over Syracuse
United (NY) 4-0 and Beach FC (VA) 2-1 sent the Spirit boys into the Sunday a.m.
semifinal round. They defeated a tough Inter SC squad from Boston, MA with a hard-fought
1-0 victory. The Tantrum lost in the finals, getting there for the 2nd straight
season. They lost to NJ State semifinalist, Bergen (now TriState) Raiders 2-0.
The team is now setting it's sights on their opening round State Cup game v. Lehigh
Valley on April 3rd.
Destruction U-14 Girls achieved their 15th Tournament Championship at The
Chesapeake Ice Breaker Tournament over the weekend of March 6th & 7th. The
team played 3 teams from Region 1 and an Elite Team from Canada. The Destruction
Girls went undefeated and did no allow a goal the entire weekend. The team is
coached by Mike Keller, Dave Peterson and Tim Michel.
accepted at 2004 Jefferson Cup
The SUSC Destruction U-14 Girls have been
accepted in to the 2004 Jefferson
Cup, Premier Division. This is the 3rd
consecutive acceptance into the Jefferson Cup. You go girls!
Has Strong Show at West Chester University Indoor Tournament
8, 2004The SUSC Fury (U-13 G) had another strong outing at the Annual
WCU Indoor Tournament. Tournament rules limited the number of field players permitting
the Fury to enter two separate teams, White and Blue, in the event. Fury White
had a good outing just missing the playoff rounds by one goal on the goals against
tie-breaker. Fury Blue turned in an excellent performance and captured second
place overall with their only setbacks coming against the tournament champions
from Harleysville. Congratulations to both Fury teamsit was a great weekend
of soccer!! Up next for the girls are team sessions at Lightening Fast and more
indoor training sessions to prepare for the upcoming Spring tournament season.
February 5, 2004The U-14 Hammerheads made the playoffs
again in the Fall Delco League. The competition among all the teams was very strong.
The Hammerheads lost a heart breaker 1-0 in the semi finals. In addition during
the fall, all of the Hammerheads were members of Malvern Prep, Lionville and Downingtown
MS teams. The summer campaign saw the 'Heads travel to Penn State, then reach
the finals of the Spirit Classic and they played well in a tough bracket at Virginia
Beach. The Hammerheads are midway through their indoor tournament campaign. They
played well at the League United Cup. They traveled to Wilkes Barre to reach the
playoffs of the Wyoming Valley Cup. This past weekend they in the u-14 West Chester
University Cup. They had a successful run and played very well against the premier
side from Montgomery. They were awarded the finalist trophy. They will soon play
at Quakertown and finish their indoor league at USTC.This summer the Hammerheads
will be part of the spring cups and consider the FC Delco Cup and the US Club
the StormFinalist at Tide American Indoor State Cups
17, 2004The Storm (U-12 Girls) is really quite a success story
that the players and coaches are proud of. They had weather the difficulty in
the fall having been pieced together out of the demise of the GCVSA Chaos. Through
the fall the team grew stronger and stronger. Competing well, and winning against
teams that had played at the Cup level the year before. Through adversity, they
learned the concept of "team". In the winter indoor tournaments, they
have excelled. Last week they finished as finalist in the Tide American Indoor
State Cups. Congratulations!
Capture USTC Indoor League Championship
January 16, 2004After
finishing league play in second place, the SUSC Fury (U-13 Girls) advanced to
the final of the Championship Tournament and defeated the Spirit Courage in an
exciting 1-0 game to win the league title. The girls advanced to the final by
defeating the Lionville White in a hard fought 2-1 overtime victory. These wins
capped a successful indoor campaign that saw Fury establish a strong 5-2-1 record
with their only regular season losses coming against the Courage. The Fury looks
for continued success in the New Year with indoor tournaments at Albright College
and West Chester University. Go Fury!!
Fall in Semi-finals of EPYSA Indoor Cup
15, 2004The U-11 Girls Hericanes recorded 3 wins and a loss in the EPYSA
Indoor Cup at Red Rose Arena in Lancaster County, PA on Saturday. The Hericanes
defeated the Warrington USA Stars 3-2, the YMS Charge 4-3 and the Hershey Kick
Kats 3-0 to win their bracket and go on to the semi-finals. In their semi-final,
they fell to the FC Bucks Rage 1-2. The Hericanes will next be competing in the
Leagues United Indoor Cup on January 31 and playing in a Wyoming Valley Sports
Dome tournament on February 21.
Place Second in New Year Indoor Tournament
January 14, 2004The
Arsenal ( U-9 Boys) started the New Year off with a bang by finishing second in
the USTC indoor tournament January 3rd. They beat West Chester 4-1 to advance
to the finals before losing 4-2 to Lower Merion.
In an earlier tournament at the Dillsburg Shootout in the fall, the boys finished
4th out of 28 teams. Congratulations. The Arsenal starts their winter indoor league
the end of January and looks forward to a fun and successful spring as they prepare
for the fall.