Month: November 2006

Union Latino Wins Fall Amateur League at Lake Country Soccer

Lake Country Soccer Men's Amateur Final Congratulations to Union Latino who defeated Puma’s 4-1 on Sunday to win the Fall Amateur League title. Union Latino was in control from the beginning of the match, getting the eventual game-winner in the 11th minute on a penalty kick by Juan Adan, after Puma’s was broken down by a through ball down the middle that led to the foul.

A mere four minutes later and team leader Salvador Fonseca put UL up 2-0 with his header from inside the six yard box. Things settled down somewhat as Puma’s finally adjusted and moved from a flat back four to a stopper/sweeper configuration to blunt the penetrating runs of Adan and Davic Olmos. It only took eight minutes in the second half for the refreshed Union Latino squad to come out and extend their lead however, this on another fine run and goal by Adan. Juan got his his hat trick in the 74th minute when he picked up a loose ball and made an individual run down that middle. His blast from outside the box tailed away from the goalkeeper and settled in the upper right half of the goalmouth.

Pumas got one back late in the game when they finally woke up and their forwards decided to hold onto the ball. Following some fine work by Kian Sterling (Drury ’06) in the corner, his cross was pushed wide by the defense only to be settled and buried in the 82nd minute by Scott Deal’s (Drury ’06) blast from 8 yards out. 4-1 to Union Latino, the new champions.
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ODP Tryouts at Lake Country Soccer on Monday

From the Missouri Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) website:

Tryouts for the Boys 1990-1992 State ODP program will be next Monday-Wednesday at Lake Country Soccer (details below). There are some basic requirements for anyone interested in pursuing the opportunities that the Olympic Development Program (ODP) offer. Here’s some detail from the MYSA website:

First, register online. Then, when coming to tryouts, bring a ball and water bottle, wear shin guards; do not wear any clothes or gear with your club name on it. You will receive two t-shirts to be worn at all tryouts. For parents: If you do not mail in payment and medical release form, bring those to the tryout also. For more information see ‘General Information’ and ‘ODP Calendar’.

Note that there is a cost of $115 that is required as part of the tryout. The other key piece of information is that all practices have been in St. Louis in the past so you will have travel costs associated with several weekend sessions that occur during the course of the year. Here are the tryout times and locations:

11/27/2006 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ODP Tryouts (1st. session) Boys 1990-1992 Lake Country, Cooper Field #2, Springfield
11/28/2006 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ODP Tryouts (2nd. session) Boys 1990-1992 Lake Country, Cooper Field #2, Springfield
11/29/2006 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ODP Tryouts (3rd. session) Boys 1990-1992 Lake Country, Cooper Field #2, Springfield

There are a number of players from the Region who have participated in the past. They include the following current members (chosen last Winter): Continue reading “ODP Tryouts at Lake Country Soccer on Monday”

Soccer TV

Champions League returns this week:
Tuesday – Celtic vs Manchester United at 1:30 pm on ESPN2
Thursday – Werder Bremen vs Chelsea at 12:30 am on ESPN2 (Wed late night delayed broadcast)

While on Wednesday Fox Soccer Channel provides live coverage of the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup. There will be two games broadcast, including:
CANADA-JAMAICA, Semifinal (live), 6:30 pm.
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Terry Michler, CBC Head Coach, On Missouri Class 3 Soccer Finals

Folks, I’m an old-school sales manager from way back but I have to admit, this one blows even me away. Missouri Boys Soccer State Final, Class 3I discovered that Coach Terry Michler (CBC High School and St. Louis Lions PDL team) reads my site and he has been very kind in his comments on my efforts. So when I saw him Friday evening at the State Semifinal games, I made it a point to say hello. I also asked if he would be my ‘Bruce Arena’, or in other words, would the finest coach not in the tournament Final Four (that’s Walters & Gauvain before the Final pictured at left) be willing to offer some feedback on the games from his unique perspective for the benefit of my readers. He said yes, and he delivered, in spades. A lesson for all you budding sales stars – you have to ask for the order. Now I’ll shut up so you can enjoy. Thanks Coach!

Chaminade Claims 3rd Soccer Title
With 2 convincing victories, Chaminade finished the season just where it began – # 1 — and leaving no doubts.

The Red Devils were on their game as they defeated a young and talented Rockhurst team (4-1) and a surging Lafayette team (3-1) to capture the school’s third State Title. Coach Mike Gauvain and his staff had the boys well prepared and the experience and leadership of key players – Mike Roach, Pat Clendenny and Kevin Stoll – plus the abundance of important supporting players provided the right mix for the championship.

In Friday night’s semifinal action, it was Lafayette with a solid effort over Vianney, who seemed to be just a bit off their game. Lafayette entered the game full of optimism and excitement with the challenge of reaching the Final game, and also on a very impressive roll. For a team that was seeded third in the district, they had everything to play for and nothing to lose. That seemed to be their mentality as they opened the scoring through Harrison Grubbs, on a rebound of a Sean Butler shot that was blocked by Vianney keeper Pat McNamee. It was Grubbs who fed Butler for the initial shot and took the rebound very calmly and put it into the roof of the net for an explosive opening goal.

That took the edge off for Lafayette as they could now concentrate on their solid defensive play and keeper Mike Hamilton was his usual steady self in the goal and handled everything that came his way. Vianney picked up the tempo, but Lafayette’s defense was resilient and with the second goal in the second half, it was Lafayette on their way to the Final game. Lafayette’s second goal was a well designed free kick, right off the training pitch, which caught Vianney off guard and allowed the Lafayette attackers the extra early step that they needed to reach the ball first.

In the second semifinal game, Rockhurst came on strong early on and took the play to Chaminade. The young Rockhurst team came in well prepared and ready for the challenge of facing Chaminade again, previous game in Jeff City in which Rockhurst let a 2-0 lead turn into a 3-2 loss. Rockhurst had their sights set on evening the score. However, it was Chaminade, through Mike Roach’s goal midway through the first half that settled Chaminade and gave them the edge they needed to go play their game. Roach has scored plenty of career goals, but this was the first head ball of the season for him due to his past serious neck injury. It was a cross from Pat McVey that found Roach all alone in front of the goal that left him no choice but to nod it in. It seemed to have no ill effect on his rehabbed neck and he put his team in position to move on to the Final.

The half ended at 1-0 and very early in the second half, within minutes of the half, Kevin Stoll dispossessed a Rockhurst defender and converted the breakaway for a 2-0 advantage. Hardly the advice that Coach Lawson gave his team at the interval, but Rockhurst fought back with a corner kick goal to narrow the margin to 2-1 through a Justin Koehler goal. The game was all to play for and then it was Pat Clendenny who headed in a corner kick for Chaminade to give them the 3-1 lead and a little breathing room. Kevin Stoll scored again with 5 minutes left from a Mike Roach cross to close the deal at 4-1. Off to the Finals !!

In the Final, it was Chaminade scoring early (13th min.) through sophomore Mike Robson who got on the end of a nice through ball from Pat McVey and coolly slotted the ball low into the far corner. With just under 15 minutes to play in the half, it was Pat McVey doing the scoring on a very unusual goal. Lafayette keeper, Mike Hamilton, made the stop, however both he and the ball were over the goal line and the linesman was in perfect position to make the correct call. Lafayette got into the scoring column through Sean Butler later in the first half on a redirected pass from a corner kick. Just after the interval, Chaminade scored the their third goal when Mike McCarthy stole a ball off a defender and fed Kevin Stoll who took on the last defender and scored going to his left. With the score at 3-1, Chaminade played in their tempo and closed out the game. It was a great run for Lafayette, and they challenged throughout the game, but could not get the clean looks at the goal that they would have wanted. For Chaminade, it was keep the ball and keep it moving and play tight defense. Chaminade was especially solid defensively against Lafayette’s counter attacks and Sean Butler did what he could, but in the end it was Chaminade.

In the third place game, Rockhurst won 3-0 with 2 goals from Alex Sweetin and a last second free kick goal from Peter O’Neill. Vianney was not without their chances as Rockhurst’s Tom Sorrentino cleared 2 Vianney shots off the goal line and Alex DeZeeuw another and keeper Christian Krueger was called on for a number of key saves.

It was definitely an entertaining third place game as both teams approached the game with the attitude of ending the season with a victory.

At the outset of the weekend, Chaminade was definitely the odds on choice, but a case could be made for the other 3 teams as well and we all know that the games are won and lost on the field. Chaminade handled the pressure of being the top team and the expectation that they were the team to beat by playing 2 very solid games and in the end, it was their experience and leadership that made the difference. All the teams deserve to be congratulated as the games were well played and hard fought.

Terry Michler
CBC High School

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Chaminade Red Devils Win Missouri Boys Soccer Title

Missouri Boys Soccer State Final, Class 3 Saturday’s State Final between the ubiquitois private school representative and the upstart public school squad started out as a lively affair. The Lafayette Lancers were riding a three game shutout string (Vianney, Hazelwood Central and Oakville) in the State playoffs and had given up only 3 goals in their previous 17 games. The Red Devils had the tools necessary to break down the Lancer’s team defense, despite seeing All-American Michael Roach go scoreless. Both teams saw early opportunities but it was the Red Devils that took an early lead when Michael Robson slipped a ball past goalkeeper Mike Hamilton in the 11th minute on an assist from Patrick McVey.

The Red Devils took a 2-0 lead in the 26th minute when Patrick McVey scored on an assist by Chad Vandergriffe before seeing the Lancers get one back. Lafayette’s goal came on a set piece, set up when junior Stephen McMahon was taken down along the left touchline, about thirty yards out. The cross into the box found Harrison Grubbs in a crowd, and he was able to knock it back to the left where he found Sean Butler virtually unmarked who opportunistically knocked the ball calmly past the Chaminade keeper.

Kevin Stoll sealed the victory in the 50th minute on an assist by Michael McCarthy as the Lancers were slowly wearing down from the Red Devils constant attacks.

Congratulations to Coach Tim Walters and his Lafayette Lancers on their fine showing this year – the boys with their second place trophy and the girls with their run to the Final Four in the Spring. Well done Drew!best dubai escort agency