2005 News Archive
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= Tournament Championship
6, 2005The Spirit United "Coppa 82" U-13 boys played
4 games, scored 4 goals, and gave up 0 goals to win the Constellation Cup in Baltimore
Maryland this past weekend. A smothering defense and strong goalkeeping were key
factors as "Coppa 82" beat three top ten ranked teams in Region 1 en
route to winning the tournament championship.
Finalist at Kick-Off Classic
29, 2005The Spirit United Freedom U-11 Girls advanced to the
final round after a must win 3-1 game against TEYA Fury. A Freedom goal only seconds
into the final against the Ephrata Hurricanes looked promising. But the back of
the net was not to be found the rest of the game despite good pressure by the
offense, which led to a hard fought defeat of 1-2. This gave the Freedom girls
a second finalist finish in as many tournaments in the new season.
TRUE SPIRIT VICTORY
Front Row (L to R) Megan Updegraff, Alexis Noles, Kaela Fortino; Second Row (L
to R) Alex Simmons, Bridget Currie, Ashley Hamilton, Lauren Dodson, Megan Hennelly,
Courtney Najmolan; Back Row (L to R) Team Mgr. Mike Weaver, Megan Martin, Emilie
Johnson, Tracey Weaver, Jessica Henderson, Jackie Fuhrman, Meghan Staudt, Coach
Gwen Ferrier; Missing: Lindsey Mattia
2005The Spirit United Chaos U-14 Girls, in their first tournament
of the season, lit up the fields with a first place victory at the West Chester
Summer Classic, August 6-7. Chaos was joined by guest players from two other Spirit
teams, Courtney Najmolan, Megan Hennelly & Lindsey Mattia of the Spirit United
Courage and Lauren Dodson & Emilie Johnson from the Spirit United Storm making
this tournament a true Spirit victory!
were Finalist at Twin Valley Summer Classic
16, 2005Participating in their first tournament the Spirit United Freedom
U-11 Girls started their season off with a 2nd place finish at the Twin Valley
Summer Classic, one day tournament. In scorching temperatures they registered
wins against the Wyomissing Lady Spartans and Calico Lightning to qualify for
the championship game against West Chester. The girls battled the heat and fell
short to West Chester in the final game. We only had 10 players due to vacations,
but 3 Frenzy guest players were a big help. Congratulations Girls to a
great start to the season!
Sting (U12 Boys) are Regional Bronze Medalists!
12, 2005As State Cup Champions, The Spirit United Sting represented
the EPYSA at the Region One Championships held in Virginia Beach over the Independence
Day Holiday. The boys dominated state champions from New Hampshire and Rhode Island
before finally falling to the eventual regional champions from Maryland in the
semi-final game. Their State Cups Championship and Regional Championship Bronze
Medals capped off a season where lots of hard work and dedication from the boys,
their coaches, and their families, translated into on the field success. Congratulations
Chaos Take 2nd place win at the SCCSA Tournament
10, 2005The Spirit United Chaos U-13 Girls completed their season
with a 2nd place win on June 12th at the SCCSA Spring into Summer Classic Tournament.
This one day tournament offered the Chaos an opportunity for four hard fought
games with a tournament record of 2-1-1. Team is coached by Gwen Ferrier.
Ends Season as Champions
16, 2005The U9 Girls Thunder ended their season on Sunday by
taking first place in the SCCSA Spring into Summer Tournament. The girls battled
the heat, winning all four of their games. They scored 27 goals, while giving
up only 3 during the course of the tournament. Go Thunder!
United Predators Win Virginia Cup
June 6, 2005Participating in the 30th annual Memorial Day
Virginia Cup soccer tournament, the U-14 Spirit United Predators coached
by Wes Davis, went 4-1 in the three day tournament and were victorious in bringing
home the Virginia Cup. On the first day of play the Predators won two games, turning
back two game opponents from Virginia. They beat LMVS Patriots 2-1 and Alexandria
Thunder 1-0. The team used solid defense, with persistent midfield and striker
play to control the tempo in each game.
action saw the Predators finish out the preliminary round games with a 2-0 loss
to a tough West End Knights team from New Jersey. Regrouping in the afternoon's
semi-final game, the team soundly defeated the #1 seed from the second bracket
with a 4-1 victory over New Jersey opponent East Windsor Dynamo.
the stage for Monday morning's championship game rematch with the West End Knights.
A tough fought game, reminiscent of a heavyweight fight, saw the Knights again
jump out to a 2-0 lead by the half. But not to be denied, the Predators stayed
strong and relentless at both ends of the field. With goals by Ian Weigand and
Allesandro Cesario they tied the score by games end. Two scoreless overtime periods
resulted in the game going to a shootout. Spirit keeper Jamie Dillon stopped kicks
three and four by the Knights and Mike Lentz, Todd Weaver, Adam Matteo, and Norman
Joyner provided the four straight successful PK's for the Predators to seal the
U16 Boys Win Ukrainian National Invitational
29, 2005The U16 Raiders finished their 2004-05 campaign by capturing
the Ukrainian National Invitational. The boys played exceptionally well throughout
the tournament and allowed only one goal in four games. On Saturday, they defeated
AC United and Council Rock 2-1 and 2-0 respectively. On Sunday, they beat the
hosts Ukrainian Rebels twice, including the Final Game to finish the tournament
undefeated! The score for both games was 1-0. Congratulations to all the Raiders
for a great season!!!
Boys Sting won the EPYSA State Cup!
22, 2005The Spirit United U12 Boys Sting capped off a fantastic
run in the EPYSA State Cup with a victory in the finals over a tough SuperNova
squad for the Tournament Championship! Guided by head coach Bennie Jaszczyszyn
and his assistants Panos Stevis and Chuck Faulkner, the boys posted
five wins over highly ranked opponents en route to the title. A stingy defense
gave up only two goals for the entire tournament while an aggressive offense averaged
over two goals a game. The Sting will represent Eastern Pennsylvania in the Regional
Championships in Virginia Beach during the July 4th week. GO STING!!
Champions of EPYSA Challenge Cup 2005
22, 2005The U16 Boys Raiders captured the 2005 Challenge Cup
this past Sunday after defeating Parkwood SC 3-0 on double over time. The Raiders
who came into the final only allowing one goal throughout the tournament, found
a very tough opponent determined to put an end to the team's successful campaign.
The 0-0 deadlock in regulation was broken when the Raiders scored three unanswered
goals during the two periods of overtime to give them the 2005 tittle. The team
is coached by Juan Lazares.
wins Challenge Cup 2005
22, 2005The Spirit United Surge U-14 team progressed to the finals
of the Challenge Cup on May 22 to play the CASA Thundercats for the championship.
Regulation time ended in a 1-1 tie and after two scoreless overtimes, the teams
prepared for penalty kicks. Parents and players watched tensely as each player
took her shot, then the cheers erupted as the Surge finished with a 5-4 victory.
The road to the Challenge Championship began in April with a 3-0 win over the
Phoenix Flames then a 5-0 win over V/E Thunder. In May the Surge beat Stroudsburg
7-4 and moved onto the semi finals. There they prevailed over PSC Crew with a
won the Fleetwood Tournament
May 22, 2005The Freedom (U-10 Girls) came
out of the winter ready to go. Unfortunately, the weather this spring didn't cooperate.
Their first spring tournament was cancelled due to the weather. Next was the Burke
Cup which had been rescheduled twice, the Freedom then pulled out because of conflicts.
However, the girls came ready this past weekend at the Fleetwood tournament. The
girls ran over Radnor Red Hot with a 6-0 win. In the second game against Wyomissing,
the girls didn't start out well and fell behind. To their credit they managed
to turn it around and finish with a 3-3 tie. They made sure that their previous
poor start in the second game didn't happen again against Cocalico Kickers in
their third game of the day. The girls started out strong and never looked back.
They went on to win 4-1 over Cocalico. At this point, the Freedom found themselves
tied with Conrad Weiser Rugrats for first place with 8 points each. Their last
game just happened to be against Conrad Weiser where the winner would take home
the championship trophy. It was a battle from the opening whistle, however at
half the Freedom had the lead by one. The Freedom struck again mid way thru the
second half and held off the Rugrats to go on and win the championship 2-0. Congratulations
Girls on a great tournament!
Surge Finalist at YMS Epic Tournament
15, 2005The Spirit United Surge U-14 team played three exciting
games to reach the finals of the EPIC Tournament in Yardley, PA on May 7 and 8.
Beginning the series with a 5-0 victory over Kirkwood, the team then played two
games decided by penalty kicks. The YMS Speed Demons were the first challenge.
On Sunday the Surge prevailed over the Medford Predators.Losing to Howell 3-0,
the Surge came home with Finalist trophies and memories of some very exciting
United Premier U14 Boys win Jefferson Cup!
Spirit United Premier U14 boys team won the U14 Elite Division title at the prestigious
Jefferson Cup held in Richmond, VA recently. The boys won the Cup in tremendous
fashion in what is believed to be only the 3rd boys Jefferson Cup title in the
After tying GSC Team America
(ranked # 8 in Region 1) of Virginia 2-2 in their opening game, the skies opened
up and the remaining Saturday schedule was canceled.
full day of events started with a 3-0 victory over Coral Springs Storm (Florida).
That lead to a semifinal match v. SAC United from Maryland. (ranked # 7 in Region
1) A convincing 4-0 shutout led the boys to the finals v. the Baltimore Boys (ranked
# 12 in Region 1) @ Striker Park.
Spirit had played Baltimore a month ago
in a Region 1 league game and found themselves on the losing end of a 2-0 game.
This game was much different from the very beginning as the Spirit back four allowed
no chances for the Bays while the midfield and strikers from Premier penetrated
the Bays defense numerous times. In the end the Spirit United Premier boys emerged
with a 3-0 victory in the championship game and hoisted the Jefferson Cup! It
marked the 3rd consecutive year the boys made it to the finals but their first
The team is currently ranked # 15 in
Region 1 and # 2 in PA East (according to national soccerrankings.com). They are
playing in the Region 1 Premier league as well as gearing up for the EPYSA State
Cups in which they are the # 2 seed in the tournament.
U-9 Strikers Capture Far Post Indoor League Championship
Spirit U-9 "Strikers", coached by Jon Pierce and Jon Maxwell, played
8 games this season to be seeded #1 in the semi-final play-off game vs. TE Avengers
at The Far Post. The Spirit United Strikers demonstrated hustle, teamwork, and
great passing as they outscored TE Avengers 3-1 to advance to the Finals vs. Methacton.
Strong goaltending by Greg Pelton and tremendous field play by the Strikers led
to a 4-2 victory to win the Far Post Indoor League Championship.