2007 News Archive
Gaels won U-18 State Championship . . . second year in a row
Congratulations to the Spirit United Gaels [U-18 Girls] for winning the
state championship for second year in a row! The Gaels won 2-1 over PA Strikers. The Gaels will join Premier U16 Boys and Celtic U13 Boys at the
the Region 1 Championships on June 27th in Portland, Maine.
Congratulations to all and good luck at the Regional!
Patriots won at Kirkwood
The Spirit United U11 Boys Patriots won the Kirkwood Premier Boys
Tournament Gold Division over Father's Day weekend. They won their bracket by
beating Kirkwood United (DE) 8-1, LSTS FC Milan (NJ) 4-1, and South Jersey
Soccer Select (NJ) 3-1. They won their semi-final match by beating DTS Sparta
(NJ) by a score of 4-0. They faced the Great Falls Soccer Rangers (VA) in the
finals and won by a score of 4-3.
SPIRIT UNITED PREMIER, U16 STATE CHAMPIONS!!!
The Spirit United Premier U16 Boys recently
won their first EPYSA state title with a 1-0 victory in the final v.
PA Classics. The road to the championship wasn't without some
dramatics as the team pulled together throughout the tournament.
After receiving a first round bye, Spirit hosted BSA Rage and came
out with a 3-2 win in overtime. The game was tied 1-1 after
regulation before 3 goals were scored in the 30 minutes of extra
time. This game was the last time that Premier would allow a goal
Their quarterfinal game v. Nether was a 1-0 victory
which Premier dominated from the beginning.
The semifinal match, held in Lancaster, was against a
very tough VE squad. Despite many scoring chances for both teams,
including a great chance with 15 seconds left for Spirit, the game
entered overtime with the score at 0-0. Again, both teams had chances
to score, but without a tally from either team the game went to
VE shot first with both of their first 2 shooters
making their shot, with Spirit equaling on their chances.
VE's 3rd shooter had his shot saved on a sprawling
effort by the Spirit keeper with Spirit's 3rd shooter making his.
After making kicks on their 4th shooter, both teams entered the 5th
shooter with Spirit leading 4-3. VE's 5th shooter's shot sailed over
the bar and the entire Spirit squad celebrated around the middle of
The final was no less dramatic.
Facing a tough PA Classics team (2-1 winner over FC
Delco in semi's) for the 2nd time in the past 2 months (1-0 Spirit
victory in Jefferson Cup final), both teams again had chances early
and often in the game. The Spirit defense held everyone in check
without yielding any goals yet again.
With 9 minutes left in the game, Spirit scored a stunning goal to
give them the only goal they would need.
Since merging with the Lower Merion Arsenal during the summer of
2006, the team has a record of 16 wins, 2 losses and 7 ties in all
competitions. The coaching staff of Joe Levan, Aaron Thomas and Mark
Weinmann have taken the already talented players and molded them into
a very solid team.
The team will leave for the Region 1 Championships on
June 27th which this year are being held in Portland, Maine @ Bowdoin
U10 Girls Champs at YMS
The U10 Dragons took the championship trophy
once again, this time at the YMS Epic Tournament. The girls played in
the Gold Premier bracket and put together another solid display of
skills and Teamwork. They went undefeated in group play by beating
the YMS Cougars 1-0, PA Classics 3-0 and tying their last game 1-1
with the CRUSA Rockets. They earned enough points to advance to the
final game, where they faced a very tough CRUSA Lightning team that
held the Dragons to a 1-1 draw at halftime. However, our girls
brought the Champion’s trophy home by scoring three unanswered goals
in the second half to make the final score 4-1. Congratulations to
the Team and coaching staff!
U10 Boys Downingtown—Finalist in Red Rose Classic
Pictured from left to right (back row): Chris
DeGaetano, Jake Weaver, Ryan Norton, Jack Hajnik, Alex Milosky. Front row:
Ben Labelle, Trent Houpt, Derek Rudy, A.J. Berstein, Erick Alesius,
Stephen Edwards and Alex Goldstein. Missing from picture, Nick
Tsunami landed in Quakertown
Spirit U14 Boys Tsunami bested Montgomery in
penalty kicks 5 to 3 in the
finals of the Quakertown Tournament held on April 28/ 29.
Nether Field of Dreams Tournament—
Spirit United Gold (U-9 Boys) Win the Gold
Pictured from left to right (back row): Coach
Joe Levan, Kevin Anderson, Kevin Hall, Chris Caston, Jimmy Meals,
Jeffrey Armstrong. Front row: Drake Hanak, Alex MacIntrye,
James Grajewski, and John Sauerzopf.
Dragons U10 Girls — Nether Field of Dreams Champs!
The U10 Girls completed a very successful
tournament when they won all of their games, on their way to take
another Champion’s trophy. Solid fundamentals and aggressive play was
the key to success once again. They defeated Vincent United 3-1, MNSA
Crush 3-0 and the Cendel Riptide 2-0. Congratulations to the Girls,
Parents and Coaching Staff! The team will take a break for U11
Tryouts and will participate in two more tournaments in May before
closing their U10 season.
April 7th — Spirit United Blue (U9 Boys) were
Finalist in Nether Field of Dreams 2007 Spring Challenge.
Pictured from left to right (back row) Coach
Joe Levan, Chris McFadden, Elijah Goforth, Drew Brennan, Jordan
Ambrose, and Ian Wilson. (Front row), Chris McFarland, Levi
Maruca, Clay Moyer, and Alex Potter, and Samuel Goforth.
Dragons — Hockessin Spring Fling Champions!
April 2, 2007—Our U10 Girls Dragons
opened their spring outdoor season with an overwhelming display of
technical and tactical skills at the 2007 Hockessin Spring Fling. The
tournament is the first of this spring for our team in which they
scored a total of 9 goals while only allowing one through the whole
tournament. Although the weather was nothing like spring, the girls
were very happy to come home with the Champion’s trophy!
Lightning Strike at Virginia Beach Classic
March 26, 2007—The U-13 Spirit United Lightning Girls
Premier Soccer team, coached by Wes Davis, had a great showing
this weekend at the Virginia Beach Classic. The Girls competed in the
Premier Division. They started off the weekend by playing to a 1-1
draw with a strong Atlantic United Air Storm Team and closed out the
day with an impressive 5-1 win over last years Premier Champs—The
Charles River United Hatari. This put the girls through to the semi
finals on Sunday where they faced a local opponent in the FC Delco
Destroyers. The Lightning struck early and built a 3-0 halftime lead
and went on to win 3-1 resulting in a trip to the finals. The girls
faced a tough opponent in the CASL Spartan Premier Girls from North
Carolina, during a wind blown game in which the Carolina team won
3-1. Great job Girls on another strong tournament showing as they
head to State Cups!
Spirit United Premier U16 Boys win Jefferson Cup
Bottom Row: Nick Bibbs (Lower Merion HS), Joe-Joe
Jappah (Coatesville HS), Chris Lavery (Lower Dauphin HS), Devin
Reilley (St. Augustine Prep-NJ), Ryan Broderick (Penn Charter), Dom
Skrajewski (Salesianum-DE), Coach Mark Weinmann. Top Row: Head Coach
Joe Levan, Brendan Birmingham (West Chester Henderson HS), Matt
Misbin (Wissahikon HS), Jason Kass (Lower Merion HS), Zach Winthrop
(Friends Select), Peter Adubato (Chestnut Hill Academy), Sean
Strangeway (Elizabethtown HS), Ben Miller (Downingtown West HS),
Alimamy Bangura (Chestnut Hill Academy), David Fiorello (Twin Valley
HS), Eric Carr (Phoenixville HS), Coach Aaron Thomas.
Missing from picture: Eric Stahler (Lower Merion HS)
March 18, 2007—The U16 Boys Spirit United
Premier won their 2nd Jefferson Cup title in the last 3 years,
defeating PA Classics Elite Blue 1-0 in the Elite Division final
played at the St. Catherine's Athletic Complex. Despite the adverse
weather conditions on Friday which postponed many age groups and
divisions, the tournament went on with new schedules and
slightly-shortened games; this allowed the Premier team to be placed
in the Elite bracket against all Region 1 Premier League teams.
In the preliminary round on Saturday, the boys fought back not
once but twice from one goal deficits to tie both games 1-1 (Oakwood
Black <CT> and Northern Steel Phantoms <WPA>) which remained tied;
those 2 goals got them through as the bracket winner as all 3 teams
tied all games and Spirit United were declared the bracket winner on
the 3rd tie breaker which was "Goals for".
Sunday's semi-final pitted them against the 2006 State Cup
champion from New Jersey, Ironbound Blaze. Premier, playing their
best game so far as a team, shut down this strong team to lead 2-0 at
the half and finished the victory with a 3-0 shutout.
This set up an all Eastern PA match up in the finals v. PA
Classics, a 1-0 semi-final winner over Cobb Futbol Club (GA). The
game was deadlocked 0-0 at the half despite many good scoring chances
by both teams. In the 2nd half, Premier picked up their level of play
and finished off a great opportunity to take the 1-0 lead.
This goal lasted and the game remained 1-0 as they withstood an
onslaught of PA Classics chances. The victory gave them their second
title, which they also won in 2005 v. Baltimore Bays in a 3-0 final.
Up next for Spirit United Premier will be Region 1 Colonial
League games as well as State Cup games in April and May.
U12 Frenzy—Tournament Champions
March 4, 2007—The Spirit Frenzy girls won their first outdoor tournament of 2007,
playing four games on the turf at USTC on March 3rd. They earned
first place in their group after battling FC Revolution to a 0-0 tie,
and beating Deep Run 1-0. Playing the semi-final in cold, wind-driven
rain and sleet, the girls emerged with a 2-0 victory over the West
Chester Predators. After changing into dry uniforms, the Frenzy
headed back to the turf for the championship final against the
Highland Wildcats (NJ). The Frenzy scored first after being awarded a
penalty kick, and held on for a 1-0 victory and the championship. All
opponents found the team’s defense tough to penetrate, as no goals
were scored against the Frenzy all day. Congratulations, girls!
East Futsal Finalist
9, 2007Spirit United Frenzy [U12 girls] were the finalist in
the 2007 Futsal State ChampionshipsPA East. Frenzy earned an invitation
to the 2007 USFF Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships on February 17-19,
President's Day Weekend at United Sports Training Center.