Sault Youth Soccer Club and League
October 28, 2013. Sault native top rookie
October 23, 2013. Deluzio helping lead Mustangs
September 2, 2013. U16 Civics Girls strike gold in London
August 24, 2013. Pre-Civics program teaches kids secrets of game of soccer
August 22, 2013. U16 Boys win gold in Thornhill
August 15, 2013. Sault Tenaris Wolverines U15 Boys Civics win gold at the Kickin' In The Capital tournament in Ottawa
August 14, 2013. Sault Civics golden at tournaments
August 15, 2013. Sault Tenaris Wolverines U15 Boys Civics win gold at the Kickin' In The Capital tournament in Ottawa
August 12, 2013. Sault Civics Spirit U13 Girls golden at Gloucester International Soccer Tournament
August 6, 2013. U-16 Civics Girls win silver at Ottawa Showcase
July 31, 2013. Civics U13 Girls Red compete at the Sudbury Impact Tournament
July 30, 2013. Sault Civics U13 Girls White Spirit win gold at the Sudbury Impact Tournament
July 29, 2013. U14 Girls Cvics Northside Volkswagen Fury undefeated in Sudbury
July 28, 2013. Injuries play havoc for U15 Civics
July 22, 2013. U16 Civics Girls capture Schwan's USA Cup title
July 22, 2013. Ontario Cup out of reach for the Civics U13 Girls Red
July 17, 2013. Sault Ste. Marie hosts Ontario Cup tournament round for the U13 Girls
July 3, 2013. Youth soccer becoming more about skills
July 2, 2013. Sault Civics Scorpions U12 Boys victorious in St. Thomas
June 24, 2013. U12 Girls Sault Civics Rage go undefeated in St. Thomas
June 18, 2013. U-16 Civics Girls capture Petoskey Summer Invitational
June 17, 2013. Sault Civics U17 Girls Tenaris Algoma Tube Vipers win gold
May 29, 2013. Francella�s dream comes true
October 28, 2013. Sault native top rookie (from The Sault Star)
Cambrian Golden Shield striker T.K. Rocca, who led the women's soccer team to the second round of the playoffs this season, has been named OCAA rookie of the year.
Rocca, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, scored a team-high seven goals during the regular season before netting the game-winning overtime marker in Cambrian's 1-0 win over the Durham Lords -- her team's second-ever post-season appearance.
The win over Durham landed the Golden Shield in a quarter-final against the highly-ranked Humber Hawks, three-time provincial champions, which the locals lost by a 1-0 score.
Rocca was also named to the OCAA all-star team, alongside Cambrian keeper Ashley Bechard.
Bechard, a local product and Ecole secondaire Macdonald-Cartier graduate, had four shutouts while helping Cambrian to a 4-4-1 regular-season record, good for fourth in the 10-team OCAA East Division.
On the men's side, Cambrian's all-stars were Steph Legrand and Adam McArthur.
The rebuilding Cambrian men's team finished eighth in the ninth-team OCAA East Division with a record of 1-7-0 and did not make the playoffs.
A full list of men's and women's soccer soccer award winners can be found at www.ocaa.com.
October 23, 2013. Deluzio helping lead Mustangs (by Peter Ruicci, The Sault Star)
Based on where they're ranked this week -- No. 2 among Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) teams – the University of Western Ontario Mustangs have a legitimate shot at winning a Canadian women's soccer championship.
Isn't that right, Tianna Deluzio?
“Right now, I'm just thinking about winning Sunday,” said Deluzio, a Sault Ste. Marie native and one of the Mustangs two co-captains. “Honestly, I'm really superstitious. I don't even want to think about it. The minute you start thinking about championships, that can get you in trouble.”
The Mustangs, who finished the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) season in first place in the West Division with an 11-0-5 (wins, losses, ties) record, earned a first-round bye.
Once this week's quarter-finals are complete, the Mustangs are slated to play host to the remaining seed with the fewest points.
That semifinal clash is slated for Sunday.
“We're just taking things one game at a time,” said Deluzio, a 20-year-old midfielder in her third season at the London, Ont., based school. “We have the potential to do a lot of great things, but we can't get ahead of ourselves. We can't take anything for granted.”
Deluzio is a past winner of the Percy Bedford Award, given annually to the Sault's female high school athlete of the year. Having starred in a number of sports at St. Basil Secondary School, she won the Bedford in 2011.
That fall, in her first year of soccer at Western, she started just over half of her team's games.
In 2012, however, injuries helped to derail Deluzio's second season. She was bothered by chronic plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the connective tissue or ligament on the sole of the foot. Later in the year, she rolled her ankle.
After finishing second in the OUA West, the 2012 Mustangs were eliminated after losing their first playoff game.
This year, however, Deluzio is experiencing her most-enjoyable campaign, with success both as a team and individually.
She said she was surprised to be named a co-captain, calling it “a definite honour.”
Asked about her club's lofty ranking, Deluzio said she wasn't aware of national rankings until learning the Mustangs were No. 6 in the country several weeks ago.
“I knew we had a good team, I just didn't know we were that good,” said the honours health sciences major.
Deluzio spoke of how team camaraderie and strong leadership, provided by head coach Martin Painter, has helped the Mustangs complete the regular season undefeated.
“It's the most fun I've had in a long time,” Deluzio added. “Everybody on our team really gets along. Our chemistry is wild. Between the coaching staff and the players, working hard with this group is very enjoyable.”
She said the Mustangs are a deep team, with an excellent keeper in Tori Edgar. She also spoke of the club's strong strikers, midfielders and defenders.
A midfielder who excels in all facets of the game, scoring her first career goal this season has certainly been a highlight for Deluzio.
The Mustangs led McMaster University 1-0 midway through the first half of what would eventually be a 3-1 victory on Oct. 9.
She remembers not being marked alongside the box as the Mustangs were about to take a free kick.
Her teammate, Jenna White, kicked the ball and it “went right behind their defence,” Deluzio said. “I was onside, I got my head on it and the ball went into the back left corner of the net. It couldn't have been a better ball by Jen and I was really excited to score.”
Coming up through the Sault Civics program locally, Deluzio credits her coaches, Claudia Hryniewicz, for whom she played one season, and Sam Medaglia and Pat Lillie, who coached her for 11 years.
“I really appreciate all they've done for me,” she said.
September 2, 2013. U16 Civics Girls strike gold in London (by Marty Rimmer, team parent)
The Sault's U16 Civics won their third tournament of the season this past weekend by knocking off the hometown London United Academy U17 Gryphons 1-0 in the final of the John Henderson Memorial Tournament.
Brooke Braido had the only goal while U15 emergency call up Megan Girardi had the shutout.
The Civics advanced to the Cup final following a win and two ties in earlier round-robin play. Saturdays action saw the Sault settle for a pair of ties including a 2-2 deadlock with Sarnia Spirit and 1-1 with London United U17's. Ryan had all three goals to lead the Civics.
In Sunday's closing round robin action Ryan's goal and Girardi's shutout powered the Sault into the final with a 1-0 win over the London Academy U15 Gryphons. Girardi was filling in for Mikaela Caputo who suffered a fractured leg in the tournament's opening contest.
Other members of the championship squad include Katie Higgs, Alexandra Berlingieri, Kaitlyn Policicchio, Lauren Rimmer, Madyson Mick, Sarah VanBoerdonk, Hali Studens, Mackenzie Mazzuca, Logan Naccarato, Olivia Bruni, Jenna Mitchell, Martina Pulente and Kaylin Paquette. Coaching staff includes Chico Amaral, Jaime Amaral and Elisa Caputo.
The tournament concludes a very successful season for the U16 squad who will be holding tryouts for next years U17 Civic team on September 11th and 12th.
August 24, 2013. Pre-Civics program teaches kids secrets of game of soccer (by Michael Ter-Mikaelian, GM of the Civics Program)
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Skills, skills, and more skills: this is the main focus of the pre-Civics training program for Under-10 players launched this summer by the Sault Youth Soccer Club. Developing skills will let children enjoy the game of soccer for many years whether they eventually choose to play for competitive or recreational teams. This is the philosophy of the Long Term Player Development (LTPD) model introduced by the Ontario Soccer Association. The pre-Civics program is aligned with the LTPD and its main objective of improving the quality of soccer at the grassroots level.
Sault Youth Soccer Club�s attempt at offering training for Under-10 players is not entirely new. In previous years, indoor training sessions were conducted by Joe Ceglie, Bill Howe, Claudia Hryniewicz, and Tony Santos. However, training was restricted to winter time and lacked consistency from one year to another. In the absence of an adequate indoor training facility, sessions were held at the Alexander Henry High School gymnasium that also made training programs less effective.
Introduction of the LTPD program with its emphasis on skill development, while removing competitive pressure at younger ages, prompted the Sault Youth Soccer Club to re-evaluate its delivery of soccer programs for children of ages 12 and under. The long awaited arrival of the West End Community Centre also opened new opportunities for indoor training. In the winter of 2012-2013, the Sault Youth Soccer Club asked a group of the most experienced Civics coaches � Jaime Amaral, Sam Medaglia, Tony Santos, and Clive Wilkinson � to help design a training program that would gradually replace traditional Civics teams for Under-11 and Under-12 age groups. The group had a series of meetings to brainstorm various ideas, and eventually came up with what is known now as the pre-Civics training program.
A key feature of the pre-Civics training program is its open concept. The program is open to all players registered with the Sault Youth Soccer Club. In addition, there is no selection process to participate in the program: every child deserves the opportunity to develop as a soccer player. Another key feature is the program�s minimal cost. Participation is free during the outdoor season, while for winter training financial contributions from parents are needed strictly to cover the cost of renting field time at the West End Community Centre. Coaching and administration of the program is done by volunteers, while the Sault Youth Soccer Club covers the cost of equipment and incidental expenses.
During the 2013 outdoor season, training sessions for Under-10 girls and Under-10 boys are held once a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays respectively; visit the Pre-Civics program page for detailed schedule. The head coaches are Carmen Coccimiglio (girls� program) and Luis Lima (boys� program), both with solid playing background and experience with coaching recreational and competitive youth soccer teams. Help during training sessions is provided by Clive Wilkinson (the longest serving soccer coach in the history of Sault Ste. Marie and arguably in Ontario), Andy Buchan, and Kathy Greco.
To date, a total of 65 kids attended training sessions held this summer. Response from parents is overwhelmingly positive, and kids� cheerful faces are the best indication that the program has been received very well. Both Carmen and Luis are impressed with the kids� desire to learn and with how quickly they grasp training drills and improve their command of the soccer ball.
The program participants are also offered the opportunity to play in tournaments. This fall, the Sault Youth Soccer Club is sending girls� and boys� teams to a Traverse City (Michigan) tournament held on September 21-22. This will give the kids a taste of the tournament atmosphere and will expose them to a higher quality of play. And again, there is no selection to attend the tournament; the only criterion is the kids� desire to attend the pre-Civics program and learn the tricks of playing soccer.
Following the Traverse City tournament, the pre-Civics program will take a break and will restart in November at the West End Community Centre. Please visit the Sault Youth website (Pre-Civics program page) later for more information on indoor training.
August 22, 2013. U16 Boys win gold in Thornhill (by Frank Sacchetta, head coach)
Sault Civics Fire U16 Boys won the Thornhill Challenge Cup Tournament last weekend (August 17-18) in Thornhill, Ontario by defeating the Guelph Royals with a penalty shootout in the Championship Game.
The Sault dominated the first half of the final game but then exchanged chances during the second half to end the game with a 1-1 tie. This forced a shootout, with the Sault scoring on it�s first 4 shots and Guelph scoring only 2 goals.
Quinten Grimm had the lone goal in the game and one penalty shot goal. The other penalty shooters were Earl Gibbs, Rocky Krancevich and Marcus Sacchetta.
In the first game of round robin action the Sault Civics Fire defeated Markham Panthers 2-1. Goal scorers for the Sault were Jacob Palmerio and Quinten Grimm.
The second game saw the Sault easily defeat Barrie Spirit 7-0. Goals were scored by Earl Gibbs, Marcus Sacchetta, Jacob Palmerio, Avery Ciotti (2), Quinten Grimm (2). Michael Chilleli earned the shutout for the Sault.
The Sault�s only loss of the tournament came during their third game of the day. They were defeated by Guelph Royals 2-1. The only goal for the Sault was scored by Rocky Krancevich.
This tournament was a well deserved win for the boys. It was nice to end the year with a victory. Along with the above goal scorers and goalie the following players played an important role to make it a very successful and enjoyable weekend: Trent Sepkowski, Aaron Lidstone, Chris Sabourin, Daniel Zagordo, Jacob Hamilton, Anthony Policicchio and Adam Sacchetta.
August 15, 2013. Sault Tenaris Wolverines U15 Boys Civics win gold at the Kickin' In The Capital tournament in Ottawa (by Tony Santos, head coach)
Sault Tenaris Wolverines went undefeated and captured Gold in Ottawa this past weekend (August 10-11).
In game one the Wolverines defeated GSSC Rush from Sudbury 7-0. Brady Doiron scored 3, Michael Trunzo, Chris Trozzo, Adam Sacchetta and Lucas Duckstein were the other goal scorers. Daniel Gioia recorded the shutout.
In game two Michael Trunzo's goal and Daniel Gioia's shutout were enough to defeat the Ottawa Internationals 1-0.
In game three against the Ottawa Royals Hellenic Lucas Duckstein scored and Daniel Gioia was flawless in net for a 1-0 victory.
In game four against Kawartha Inferno (from around Peterborough) Aidan McBurney and Sebastian McCulligh were the scorers with Daniel Gioia recording another shutout in a 2-0 win.
Game five, the Final, against the Ottawa Internationals was a very exciting game. A goal by Brady Doiron and Daniel Gioia's 5th shutout of the tournament sealed the gold medal victory 1-0. Noah Spina was voted the game MVP.
The coaching staff is extremely proud of the boys for their fantastic soccer weekend in winning the tournament undefeated and not allowing a goal in the 5 games played. A solid team effort.
This was the last tournament of a very rewarding season. Finalists in Petoskey, B playoff champions at Schwans USA Cup in Minneapolis and for the 3rd time winners of the Kickin the Capital in Ottawa.
Congratulations boys, the coaching staff, parents and our great bus driver Jim are extremely proud of you accomplishments and are looking forward to next season.
August 14, 2013. Sault Civics golden at tournaments (by Mike Verdone, The Sault Star)
The Sault Civics Spirit U13 Girls soccer team was impressive at the Gloucester International Soccer Tournament in Ottawa on the weekend, winning every game it played at the tournament and shutting out each opponent it faced to win the gold medal.
The local club outscored opponents a total of 15-0 in five games during the tourney by combining outstanding defensive play with a quick offensive attack.
The Spirit breezed through round-robin action by defeating the Gloucester Green Swarm, the Gloucester Black Swarm and the West Ottawa Warriors 4-0, 4-0 and 3-0 respectively.
They defeated the Green Swarm 3-0 in the semifinals to advance to the championship game Sunday afternoon, which they won 1-0 over the Black Swarm to take the gold.
�They played well. They really came together as a team on the weekend,� said Spirit head coach Jared Klooster.
�Most of the games all weekend we played in the other teams' ends ... They're a great bunch of girls, they represented our community well in Ottawa.�
Klooster said coaches brought the girls for a jog around Parliament Hill on Friday morning before the tournament began. They also saw other sites in the nation's capital.
�It was a great experience for them.�
He said the girls were determined to come home with another gold medal for the Sault Civics program. However, five games in two days left his charges more than a little weary.
�They were exhausted.�
Two weeks ago the Spirit won a gold medal in the U12/13 division at the 2013 Sudbury Impact Soccer Tournament. But competition at the Nickel City event was much closer with the Spirit winning in the final on goal kicks.
�It was an exciting tournament too, and now two-weeks later taking the bus to Ottawa and doing well there, it was excellent ... They've done pretty well so far this season,� Klooser said.
His team has already returned to house league this week, but the group has its sights set on the next big event on the summer schedule, the 10th Annual Fusion Invitational Tournament, Aug. 23-25, which will be held in Midland, Mich.
Statistics from the Ottawa tourney were not available, but Klooster singled out Summer Harman for her stellar offensive play.
�She did a really good job crossing the ball in and that quick offensive strut to the corners,� he said.
Keeper Hailee Young was not very busy between the pipes, but when she was called on she made some excellent stops.
�She didn't see a lot of action. Our defensive corps kept the ball out of our end ... Anything that came to any of the centre defenders it just went right out to the sides and back up the line. They (opponents) had nothing, they could not breach anything,� Klooster said.
August 12, 2013. Sault Civics Spirit U13 Girls golden at Gloucester International Soccer Tournament (by Jared Klooster, head coach)
The Sault Civics Spirit capped off an impressive weekend of play with a gold medal Sunday afternoon at the 2013 Gloucester International Soccer Tournament.
The Spirit won consecutive shutout round robin games 4-0, 4-0, and 3-0 against the Gloucester Green Swarm, the Gloucester Black Swarm, and the West Ottawa Warriors respectively.
They continued their strong defensive play into the semi-final match in which they defeated the Green Swarm 3-0.
Advancing to the final Sunday afternoon, the Spirit took the sting out of the Black Swarm with a 1-0 victory to claim the gold medal.
Stellar defensive play combined with a quick and strategic offensive attack, allowed the Spirit to outscore their opponents 15-0 collectively over the weekend. Head Coach Jared Klooster attributed the team�s success to good ball movement, a solid defensive showing and strong team unity.
�Our girls really came together as a unit, working hard to achieve their goal. We really try to focus on the importance of team unity and this weekend they were truly a team. They were determined to come home with another gold medal for the Sault Civics Soccer program and their community. They represented themselves well both on and off the field in our nation�s capital. We are so proud off all of all of them!�
The Spirit were gold medalists in the U12/13 division at the 2013 Sudbury Impact Soccer Tournament two weeks ago and have their sights set on a successful showing at the Midland, Michigan 10th Annual Fusion Invitational Tournament August 23-25.
Team members include: Hailee Young, Heather Marsh, Emily Krysa, Star Harman, Summer Harman, Karlee Richer, Payton Ford, Emily Clarke, Abby Logan, Mia Giuliano, Kaitlyn Grawbarger, Emma Klooster, Madelin Meyers, Brooke Nelson, Annie Damignani, and Katherine Filion. Coaches are Jared Klooster and Graham Nelson. Team manager is Aileen Marsh.
The Spirit would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:
Tenaris, Lemay�s Decorating Centre, The Medicine Shoppe on Great Northern Road, SalDan and Rogue Transportation, Manulife Financial, NorthStar Brokers, G.K. Harten Trucking, Parmalat Canada, Systems International Machine Shop Ltd., George Wellington Esquire Club in Trust, Station Mall Merchants Association, The Athlete�s Foot, Dawson and Keenan Insurance, Scott RNCE, Meyers Munchies, KPMG, Steelton Shoes, Dr. Crawford, Provenzano Law Firm, Elstrong Management Limited, GT Quick Lube and Automotive, Steel Speed, and Bridge Automotive.
August 6, 2013. U-16 Civics Girls win silver at Ottawa Showcase (by Marty Rimmer, team parent)
The Sault's U-16 Civics were looking to win their third consecutive tournament of the summer this past weekend but fell to the Mount Hamilton Youth Elite SC 3-0 in the Ottawa Showcase Championship final.
The loss was the first tournament defeat of the season for the Sault girls who won three straight round-robin games to advance to Monday's championship game.
The Civics finished atop the standings following three days of round robin action. Mercedes Ryan fired a hat trick and Lauren Rimmer added a single marker in Friday's 4-1 win over the Bonivital Flames of Winnipeg.
Ryan had another three goals and Martina Pulente one in Saturday's 4-1 victory over the Gloucester Hornets Impact.
Mikaela Caputo had the shutout, Ryan a pair of goals with Hali Studens and Jenna Mitchell adding single markers in Sunday's 4-0 win over Ajax FC.
The U-16's will close out this season's tournament action when they travel to London for the 36th Annal Henderson Memorial Tournament on Labour Day weekend.
July 31, 2013. Civics U13 Girls Red compete at the Sudbury Impact tournament (by Paul Nanne, team parent)
Sault Civics Shock U13 Girls Red gave a solid effort in the Sudbury Impact Tournament this past weekend, competing in the older U14 Girls division, but were unsuccessful in securing the tournament title.
Throughout their first game against the Sudbury Strikers U14 Girls, the Sault Shock played consistently, however the team's offensive pressure failed to produce any goals. The girls� inability to capitalize on the offensive opportunities resulted in a 2-0 loss.
"The teams' offensive play was relentless", says Coach Alison Bondar. "It was frustrating for the girls that they just couldn't land any shots on net."
The team followed up with a 1-0 win in their second game versus the North Bay Wrightway Fusion U14 Girls. Nicole Pulente scored the lone goal with goaltender, Emma Hendrie registering a shut out for the game.
The final Sunday game was played against the older U14 Sault Civics FURY Girls team. The Sault SHOCK gave an impressive effort but conceded the game with a 4-1 loss. Jadyn Deschene scored the single Sault SHOCK goal early in the first half.
Although the Sault Shock was tied with the Sudbury and North Bay teams with a 1-2 record, they did not advance to the final round due to goals for and against.
On the team's effort in Sudbury, Coach Bodnar notes, "They did very well, especially playing in the older age division. We have competed at this level before and have won, so we have the potential. In this tournament we were very competitive and didn't let up the pressure. If we could have caught a few breaks in the first game and capitalized during some of our offensive drives we could have easily made it into the final playoff match."
MVPs for each game were awarded to Jadyn Deschene, Kara Gruyters and Emily Scarpino.
Other team players include: Makenzi Chartrand, Tiffany Davies, Sabrina Duckstein, Taryn Gazankas, Jessica Howe, Julia Howe, Jenna Nanne, Olivia Orazietti, Sydney Pigeon, Destinee Pine, Laura Rosso and Emily Weir. Coaching staff for the team is comprised of head coach Alison Bodnar, assistant coaches Jessica Gillespie and Mike Maione, and team Manager Allyson Pulente.
The Sault Shock will be competing in the Midland Fusion Invitational Tournament on the August 24-25 weekend in Midland, Michigan. The Sault Shock won this tournament last year and hope for a repeat performance this year.
About the Team:
Sault Civics Girls 2000 is a competitive team for girls ages 13 and under. The Civics program is designed for players wishing to develop their skills at a more competitive level. This team represents Sault Ste. Marie in their age division in various tournaments both in Canada and the United States. The team has played together since October of 2010.
Team Sponsors for the Sault Shock include Esquire Club, USW Local Union 2251, WHAM, S&T Group, NAPA Auto Parts, Kenagy Mechanical, Flakeboard, Power Tel, Chilly Willy's Sports Bar & Grill, Ro-Von Steel, Western Automotive Ltd., N.E.R.S.S., RBC, Design Environment, Floreani & O'Toole Orthodontists, Builtwright Construction Ltd., North Star Brokers, Century 21 Choice Realty, RM Frolick Roof Systems and Renovations Inc., Williams Electrical Training, Final Touch, Superior Slag, KAL Tire, Peace of Mind Home Inspection Services, Sault Optometry Clinic, Stone's Office Supply, and Credential Financial Strategies.
For further information about the team visit: www.eteamz.com/saultcivicsshock.
July 30, 2013. Sault Civics U13 Girls White Spirit win gold at the Sudbury Impact Tournament (by Jared Klooster, head coach)
Team Spirit battled their way to the finals in Sudbury this past weekend and captured a gold medal.
On Saturday, they began their climb to the top with games against the Greater Sudbury Soccer Club Rocks tying the game 0-0 and again in the afternoon winning 4-0 versus the North Bay Selects.
Ranking first in their pool division, Team Spirit found themselves facing their semi-final game Sunday morning. They succeeded, winning a hard-fought game against the Sault Civics Rage with a 1-0 score advancing them to the final game.
Team Spirit once again faced the GSSC Rocks Sunday afternoon in the final. Despite weather conditions, the girls persevered ending the game with a 1-1 tie forcing them into overtime and eventually to penalty kicks. The U13 Girls Sault Civics Spirit won the shoot-out finishing first out of the six teams in the U12/U13 Division � bringing home gold for the Sault.
Coach Jared Klooster commented that, �We are impressed with our girl�s tenacity this weekend. The weather didn�t always co-operate but our girls never gave up. Our defense and goalie were instrumental in keeping us competitive in the game and our forwards and midfielders worked together to keep pressure on our opponents.
It feels great to experience success after the amount of time, hard work and dedication these girls and their families put in all year long. We practice as a team, we travel as a team, we compete as a team... we win as a team. It was definitely a team effort, we are very proud of them.�
In June, Team Spirit went undefeated in Petoskey, making their way to the semi-finals. In August, the team will travel and compete in two more tournaments.
Team members include Hailee Young, Heather Marsh, Emily Krysa, Star Harman, Summer Harman, Karlee Richer, Payton Ford, Emily Clarke, Abby Logan, Mia Giuliano, Kaitlyn Grawbarger, Emma Klooster, Madelin Meyers, Brooke Nelson, Annie Damignani and Katherine Filion.
Coaching Staff: Jared Klooster, Graham Nelson, and Aileen Marsh.
Thank you to our team sponsors, we appreciate your support: Tenaris, Lemay�s Decorating Centre, The Medicine Shoppe on Great Northern Road and Rogue Transportation. Player Sponsors: Manulife Financial, NorthStar Brokers, G.K. Harten Trucking, Parmalat Canada, Systems International Machine Shop Ltd., George Wellington Esquire Club in Trust, Station Mall Merchants Association, The Athlete�s Foot, Dawson and Keenan Insurance, Scott RNCE, Meyers Munchies, KPMG, Steelton Shoes, Dr. Crawford, Provenzano Law Firm, Elstrong Management Limited, GT Quick Lube and Automotive, Steel Speed, and Bridge Automotive.
July 29, 2013. U14 Girls Cvics Northside Volkswagen Fury undefeated in Sudbury (by Steve Bodnar, team parent)
The U14 Girls Civics Northside Volkswagen Fury went undefeated this past weekend to win the Greater Sudbury Soccer Club Tournament.
The girls defeated North Bay 2-0 with goals by Averi Bodnar and Taija-Dawn Ryan. Payden Schuurhuis had the shutout.
The second game saw the girls scoring early to defeat Sudbury 2-1. Goals were scored by Taryn Lamorie and Serena Pulente.
The third game of the round robin saw the Civics defeat the Civics U13 Girls Red team 4-1. Three goals were scored by Lauren Rizzo, with Taija-Dawn adding a single.
The Fury met Sudbury in the finals winning in a very close 1-0 game with the loan goal by Bodnar. Schuurhuis finished with her second shutout of the tournament.
The Fury play their final tournament of the year in the Detroit area later in August.
July 28, 2013. Injuries play havoc for U15 Civics (by Peter Ruicci, The Sault Star)
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What kind of season has it been for the Under-15 Civics Surge?
Well, the local girls soccer team lost its backup keeper Sunday, when Ryea Caughill hit her head on the goalpost during warmup prior to their game at Tom Tipton Soccer Field.
�If it wasn�t for bad luck, we�d have none at all,� lamented head coach Jeff Conley. �We�ve had a lot of injuries.�
Without six starters Saturday, the Surge dropped a 3-2, Western Ontario Youth Soccer League (WOYSL) game to the visiting Waterloo United.
Sunday, with striker Maggie Kirk filling in as the team�s third-string goalie, the Sault squad dropped a 2-0 decision to Waterloo.
For the season, the Surge fell to 2-0-8 (wins, ties, losses), heading into a pair of games in Sarnia next weekend.
Waterloo improved to 3-1-5.
�If we had our full club, we�d pretty much be in the mix to win the WOYSL league,� said Conley, whose club is in sixth place in a nine-team loop. �But injuries have been horrific this season. We lost 70% of our scoring before the season began.�
Conley spoke of how strikers Emily Calibani (St. Basil) and Bailie Malmloff (Superior Heights) have been unavailable to the Civics after suffering knee injuries while playing high school soccer.
He said he�s urged his players to step up.
�They�ve had to play outside of their comfort zone and I�m more proud of them this year than in past years,� Conley said. �They�ve been amazing. They�ve played wonderfully with tons of character.�
On Saturday, two late goals cost the home team, which dressed 12 original players and two call-ups.
Kirk, on a penalty shot, and affiliate player Kaylee Gilmar, on a long strike from just inside the 18-yard box, handled the Sault�s scoring.
Caughill played in goal in place of starter Megan Girardi, who was serving the first game of a two-game suspension.
In Sunday�s contest, Kirk played well in goal, but the Surge was unable to produce much offence.
�I thought we played exceptionally well Saturday,� Conley said. �The two late goals they scored on us were unfortunate. On Sunday, we showed a ton of character. We�re decimated, but still competing hard.�
July 22, 2013. U16 Civics Girls capture Schwan's USA Cup title (by Marty Rimmer, team parents)
The Sault's U16 Civics went undefeated through 7 games with 6 wins and a tie in the week long USA Cup held this past week in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The U16 division featured 15 teams from Minnesota, Texas, Hawaii, Ontario and Manitoba.
Mercedes Ryan had a hat trick and Lauren Rimmer the winning marker in a 4-0 victory over the PSA Ice of Plymouth Minnesota in Saturday's championship final. Mikaela Caputo had her sixth shutout of the tournament.
The Civics advanced to the Cup final following Friday's 3-0 quarter-final win over the Burnsville Bandits and 2-0 semifinal victory over Lakes United FC. Ryan had a pair of goals in each contest while Rimmer added a single marker in the quarter-final.
The Sault squad finished earlier round robin action with three wins and a tie. Sarah VanBoerdonk, Martina Pulente, and Ryan scored in Tuesday's tournament opening 3-0 win over Euro FC Baker. Ryan had a pair and Rimmer one in Wednesday morning's 3-0 win over Two Harbors then Ryan added two more goals in a 2-2 tie with PSA Ice in the days second contest.
Ryan continued her two goals a game streak on Thursday as the Sault beat the Centennial Storm 5-0. Martina Pulente, Mackenzie Mazzuca, and Rimmer also supplied goals.
Other key contributing members of the championship squad include Katie Higgs, Alexandra Berlingieri, Kaitlyn Policicchio, Brooke Braido, Madyson Mick, Hali Studens, Logan Naccarato, Olivia Bruni, Jenna Mitchell, Kaylin Paquette. Coaching staff includes Chico Amaral, Jaime Amaral and Elisa Caputo.
Next tournament action for the Sault squad will be August 2nd - 5th when they travel to Ottawa for the Showcase of Champions Tournament.
July 22, 2013. Ontario Cup out of reach for the Civics U13 Girls Red (by Paul Nanne, team parent)
Sault Civics Shock U13 Girls Red gave a valiant effort in the Ontario Cup Round Robin Tournament hosted this past weekend in Sault Ste. Marie. Competing against some of the top teams in the province, the Sault Shock fell short in their ability to advance into the quarter final rounds of the Ontario Cup.
A first game 1-0 loss against the Mississauga Dixie Athletic Girls 2000 followed by a 4-1 loss to the Guelph Royals Blue team on Saturday sealed the local team�s fate to advance further in the Ontario Cup. Both games proved to be a display of skill, strength and endurance. Emily Scarpino scored the Sault's lone goal against the Guelph Royals.
In Sunday's final game, the Sault Civics Shock tied the Toronto High Park Dragons 1-1 to end the tournament. A last minute goal prevented the Sault from taking the win. Jayden Deschene scored in the final game against the Dragons.
"The team gave a laudable effort during this weekend's tournament. We knew the competition would be strong and the girls would have to be on top of their game to advance. Unfortunately, we didn't capitalize on all our opportunities. At this level, you can't let that happen and expect to win.� says Coach Alison Bodnar. �On the positive, it was a tremendous learning experience for the girls and will ultimately encourage them to improve their skill level for future tournaments."
Other team players include: Makenzi Chartrand, Tiffany Davies, Sabrina Duckstein, Taryn Gazankas, Kara Gruyters, Emma Hendrie, Jessica Howe, Julia Howe, Jenna Nanne, Olivia Orazietti, Sydney Pigeon, Destinee Pine, Nicole Pulente, Laura Rosso and Emily Weir. Coaching staff for the team is comprised of head coach Alison Bodnar, assistant coaches Jessica Gillespie and Mike Maione, and team manager Allyson Pulente.
The Sault Shock will next be competing in the Greater Sudbury Impact Tournament on the July 27-28 weekend in Sudbury, Ontario, in the U14 Girls Division.
July 17, 2013. Sault Ste. Marie hosts Ontario Cup tournament round for the U13 Girls (by Paul Nanne, team parent)
The U13 Civics Girls Red team (Sault Shock) are looking to the community for support this July 19-21 weekend. It will be an important soccer weekend for the team as Sault Ste. Marie plays host to a tournament round in the 2013 Ontario Cup, under 13 girls division. The Sault is one of 4 cities that will host a tournament round for the 2013 Ontario Cup title. Seven teams from southern Ontario will travel to Sault Ste. Marie to compete in 2 tournament round matches to determine who will progress to the quarter finals which will be held on August 10. Only one team from each grouping of 4 will make the cut.
The Ontario Cup is the Ontario Soccer Association�s provincial soccer championship and the largest competition of its kind in Canada. It involves over 600 teams with 12,000 soccer athletes from around Ontario, competing in all-male and all-female divisions from ages 13 to 21 as well as a Special Olympics division. The yearly event starts in May and culminates with the championship round in September in Vaughan, Ontario.
As one of the premier soccer competitions, the Sault team knows the opposition will be very tough with many of Ontario�s top rated soccer teams vying for a spot in the quarter finals. In preparation for the upcoming tournament, the U13 Sault Shock girls have been practicing with increased enthusiasm knowing they will have to be at the top of their game to earn wins in each match.
In their tournament round games, the Sault Shock will be facing the Guelph Royals Blue, the Mississauga Dixie Athletic Girls 2000 and the Toronto High Park Dragons. There is an added level of the unknown as the girls have not previously competed against any of these teams.
Strong teamwork and an all-out effort will be keys to successfully competing at this level. Team coach Alison Bodnar states, �Cooperation is what our team excels at. We are going to give 110% at every game. If we continue to work as a team, give our best effort and keep mistakes to a minimum, we will be very competitive in this tournament. We support the girls and have built a good foundation with them and they have worked hard for this.�
Jenna Nanne, team captain plans to encourage her team to, �Play hard, leave it all on the field and to remember we are a great team, win or lose�.
Other teams matched up to play in the Sault July 19th weekend include the Richmond Hill Raiders White, Kitchener Spirit, Windsor Eastside Kickers 2000, and the Ajax FC Girls 2000 Red.
The Sault Shock team has played together for three years. They won the Midland Michigan Fusion tournament in 2012 and have regularly progressed to the playoff rounds or final games during their competitive tournaments.
Team members for the U13 Civics SHOCK Girls Red team include Makenzi Chartrand, Tiffany Davies, Jayden Deschene, Sabrina Duckstein, Taryn Gazankas, Kara Gruyters, Emma Hendrie, Jessica Howe, Julia Howe, Jenna Nanne , Olivia Orazietti, Sydney Pigeon, Destinee Pine, Nicole Pulente, Laura Rosso, Emily Scarpino and Emily Weir. Coaching staff for the team is comprised of head coach Alison Bodnar, assistant coaches Jessica Gillespie and Mike Maione, and team manager, Allyson Pulente.
The U13 Sault Shock will be playing at 7:30 pm Friday July 19 at Strathclair Field #2, 12 noon Saturday July 20 at Strathclair Field #1, and 10:00 am Sunday July 21 at Strathclair Field #2. Help support the local team by attending the games.
July 3, 2013. Youth soccer becoming more about skills (by Mike Verdone, The Sault Star)
Changes to the way children play soccer in local programs were made in some parts of Canada nearly 12 years ago and have continued from province to province.
The Sault Youth Soccer Club and League began phasing in new formats among players at the youngest level last season, and the group will continue to incrementally introduce the changes to older age groups this year, and beyond.
The new format includes putting children � under five and under six-years-old ‑ on smaller fields, with three players on each team, very small nets and no goalies.
The moves are designed to focus attention more on teaching children skills, rather than allowing them to suit up with the main goal of playing competitive games and trying to win.
Randy Williamson, president of Sault Youth Soccer says the changes have come down from the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) through the Ontario Soccer Association.
�They�re overhauling soccer completely, how it�s going to be taught in Canada,� Williamson said.
�What they�ve said basically in Canada is, �We�ve been teaching our kids how to win, but not how to play the game. We�re very competitive at a very young age, but we�re not teaching the skills to them,� he said.
Three-on-three games on smaller fields with no goalies apply to the youngest age groups this season, however, each successive year the changes will be adopted by the next older group and the next, until the new format applies to all divisions, up to and including the U12 group.
Goalies will be used beginning at the under-eight level.
As the children become older and graduate to the next level, the number of players on the field at each successive level will gradually increase as well, with five-on-five and six-on-six formats and so on until U13.
At that level � for the first time � teams will have a full complement of 11. As they get older the children will also play on larger fields with larger nets.
Williamson says feedback from coaches and parents has been fairly positive, but some parents were �a little upset� with the new format at the beginning of last season.
�Even coaches said, �This is crap. I don�t like this.� But I found that by about the third or forth game in, you started having people coming back and saying, �This isn�t bad.��
Approximately 2,200 children are registered to play in local house leagues this season, plus 300 more in Civics programs, or on tournament teams.
Having smaller groups on the field, especially among the very young, allows children to get more involved because some young players are shy or timid and hardly ever touch the ball when there are several players on their team.
�Usually you�ll see these kids fade out after two or three years because they�re not enjoying (themselves), the parents aren�t enjoying it (either). They move on to something else,� Williamson said.
With fewer players on the pitch young children get more �touches� of the ball and feel like they�re more a part of the team, and they have more fun, Williamson said.
�The idea of this is try to get the kids to have an actual love of the game and stick with it.�
Williamson has coached soccer for 25 years and says he has seen the level of skill in children decline.
�They�re very, very competitive, but their skill level drops continuously because they�re not learning how to play the game, they�re learning how to win, that�s all they want to do. Their parents want them to go out and win,� he said.
When Williamson was a child learning to play soccer some 40-plus years ago, he was taught skills first.
�When I started playing in the Sault here, it was mostly older European players that were teaching us. They had come from The Old Country, and that�s the way they had learned,� he said.
�They didn�t put them into a competition type situation until they knew the skills.�
British Columbia was the first province in Canada to adopt the skills-first format some 12 years ago. The new system was implemented all at once in the Pacific province, rather than phased in over several years, Williamson said.
Quebec began introducing the changes about five years ago and since then other western provinces, as well as the Atlantic provinces, have followed suit.
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July 2, 2013. Sault Civics Scorpions U12 Boys victorious in St. Thomas (by Maud Hodson, team manager)
Parents and coaches would like to congratulate the Sault Civics Scorpions U12 Boys team for an excellent weekend. The Scorpions travelled to the St. Thomas Soccerfest tournament on June 29-30 and came out victorious winning gold medals.
The boys went undefeated in round robin play outscoring their opponents 6-1. The team faced Mt. Hamilton in the semi-finals in a nail bitter game that was forced to penalty shots.
The Scorpions advanced to the finals against St. Thomas, defeating them 3-0 to win the tournament!
The 2013 Sault Civics Scorpions team includes: Dale Armstrong, Jacob Bumbaco, Tristan Cicchello, Jacob Desjardins, Adam Ferlaino, Donovan Harris, Noah Hodson, Saurodeep Majumdar, Jaden Paquin, Tristan Sacchetta, Aidan Sicoli, Nico Suriano and Ronny Zappacosta, managed by Maud Hodson and coached by Dan Sicoli and Tris Cicchello.
Congratulations Boys and Good Luck with the rest of your season!
A special thank you to our sponsor Tenaris for their support!
June 24, 2013. U12 Girls Sault Civics Rage go undefeated in St. Thomas (by Roman Meser, team parent)
The Under 12 Girls Civics Rage team travelled to the St. Thomas Soccerfest Tournament this past weekend and had great success.
Last year at the same tournament, the girls lost in a shootout in the quarter finals. But this year had a different ending, as the team brings home gold. Here is the recap of the tournament.
In the first game of the round robin play, the Sault Civics played Brantford and won convincingly 6-0. The goal scorers for the Rage were Jalen Gagnon with 3 goals and the single goals went to Hanna Jodoin, Olivia Mulholland, and Jayme Meser. Emma Rushon recorded the shutout.
The second game was against Windsor Cabato with the Rage winning 3-0 (another shutout from Emma Rushon). Hanna Jodoin, Jayme Meser, and Jalen Gagnon scored again for the Rage.
The team advanced to the Quarter finals by finishing first in their pool and having best record and most goals scored. The quarter final opponent was Woodstock where the girls kept steamrolling to a 3-1 victory. Goals scored by Madison Vernelli, Jayme Meser and Jalen Gagnon advancing the team to the Semi Finals where they would face Leamington. This game resulted in a 2-0 win by the Rage with goals scored by Catherine Mesich and Jayme Meser.
In the finals the Rage would face their toughest opponent, Sarnia. The Rage and Sarnia played to a 0-0 tie in regulation. This resulted in two 10 minute halves followed by a shoot out but the shoot outs was not necessary because in the overtime an aggressive play by Jalen Gagnon enabled a heads up play by Hanna Jodoin to score the only goal in overtime giving the Sault Rage their first tournament championship in their second year of competitive play.
A great job by the defense only allowing one goal in the five games played and goalie Emma Rushon chalking up 4 shutouts for the weekend. The whole team played fantastic this weekend showing they can compete. The other contributing players on the team were Dorian Korab, Isabella Caruso, Mia Burzese, Paige Mathewson, Jacey-Rae Duguay, Alexa Beith, Hannah Boyonoski, Ellexis MacDonald, Amber Clement, Alyssa Rizzo and Riley Coventry.
Congrats to the coaching staff of Kyleigh Binkley, Alysha Vernelli and Stacey Rizzo with their hard work with the girls.
The Rage's next tournament will be in Sudbury on July 26-28.
June 18, 2013. U-16 Civics Girls capture Petoskey Summer Invitational (by Marty Rimmer, team parent)
Following two successful seasons of playing in the WOYSL (Western Ontario Youth Soccer League), the Sault's U-16 Civics girls have returned to tournament action for this year. The change was kicked off with a successful start by winning this past weekend's 31st Annual Summer Invitational in Petoskey, Michigan.
Striker Mercedes Ryan led the way for the Sault squad with an eight goal weekend including a pair of hat-tricks. Ryan had three goals and Sarah VanBoerdonk one in Sunday afternoon's 4-2 Championship final over the hometown Petoskey Breakers.
In earlier round-robin action, the Civics finished first in the U-16/17 division with a pair of wins and a tie. Saturday's opening action saw Mikaela Caputo earn a shutout in a 0-0 draw with Petoskey followed by a 5-2 decision over the U-17 Sault Civic Fusion. Ryan had a pair of markers with Martina Pulente, Logan Naccarato and Van Boerdonk also scoring in the afternoon contest. Ryan supplied all the offense in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Marquette Soccer Academy to close out round-robin action.
Other contributing members of the U-16 championship squad include Katie Higgs, Alexandra Berlingieri, Kaitlyn Policicchio, Lauren Rimmer, Brooke Braido, Madyson Mick, Hali Studens, Mackenzie Mazzuca, Olivia Bruni, Jenna Mitchell, and Kaylin Paquette. Coaching staff includes Chico Amaral, Jaime Amaral and Elisa Caputo.
Next tournament action for the Civics girls will be the week of July 16th - 21st when they travel to Minnesota to play in the prestigious Schwan's USA Cup.
June 17, 2013. Sault Civics U17 Girls Tenaris Algoma Tube Vipers win gold (by Mark Ciotti, head coach)
The Tenaris Algoma Tube Vipers came out on top, competing in the Ancaster Heritage Days Soccer Tournament this weekend with a shootout win against the Toronto Lady Lynx in the finals.
The Vipers met the Lady Lynx in the first game of round robin play and lost by the score of 1�0 . The Vipers bounced back in their second game against Hillsburgh Erin and District Soccer Club with a 1-0 win. The lone goal being scored by Taylor Bellini and Jayme Ricard recording the shutout.
In the third game Vanessa Rota scored a pair of goals in the first half to give the Vipers a 2-0 win over the Brantford City Barracudas, Ricard again with the shutout.
In the championship game vs Toronto both teams traded numerous scoring opportunities but both goalies turned back everything that was shot at them. In the overtime which consisted of each team kicking five penalty kicks the teams were still tied with both scoring 3 times. The Lady Lynx 6th shooter was stopped by Ricard which allowed Viper�s fullback Nikki Barill to seal the championship.
The Ancaster Heritage Days Tournament is now the largest youth soccer tournament in Ontario.
May 29, 2013. Francella�s dream comes true (by Mike Verdone, The Sault Star)
Amy Francella has been thinking about it for years.
The Sault Ste. Marie tee has been eager to play university-level soccer since she was a young girl.
Her dream is close to becoming a reality, and includes an added bonus the 18-year is equally excited about.
Francella is off to Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, this summer where she�ll suit up with the Yellowjackets and begin a four-year sport management program.
�This is just amazing to me to be able to play (soccer), and in the States, that�s what I wanted to do. My mother is American, she�s from Sault Michigan� She thinks it�s awesome,� said Francella, who holds dual citizenship, Canadian and American.
�Just the fact that it�s in the States makes it even better.�The Sault Civics team Francella played with last summer made a four-day visit to Graceland University to play against the Yellowjackets and practice with the team�s head coach.
Her Civics coach, Claudia Hryniewicz, is a former GU player.
Several local women have attended the U.S. school to play soccer.
Graceland�s head coach kept in contact with Francella after she returned to the Sault.
It didn�t take long for her to make up her mind once she learned the school was serious about bringing her into the fold and offered her a partial scholarship.
�We just stayed in touch and I committed,� she said.
�It was my dream to play in the States.�
Another dream she has is to one day compete on the world stage at the Olympics.
�To play in the Olympics for Team Canada would be amazing. I watch Christine Sinclair all the time. She�s someone I look up to. So to be playing in the same league she did would be amazing.�
Sinclair is an outstanding Canadian professional soccer player with a long list of awards and accomplishments to her credit. She is a captain of the Canadian National team.
Francella began playing soccer when she was four. She has two sisters, one older and one younger, who are also involved in the sport.
�My dad (Carlo) played soccer and that�s where it (the interest) started from,� she said.
When she was very young she took dance lessons, but her parents let her make her own decision about what she wanted to do. That choice set a course for her that propelled her through the local soccer ranks, to a league in southern Ontario and onto the provincial team.
She was a member of Sault Civics teams for three years before she headed east to become part of a travelling team made up of older girls that was based in Sudbury, but played in the Toronto area.
The competition in the southern Ontario league �was a lot better,� she said. �The league was very tough.
�In Toronto, you have like 200 girls to choose from, and here, it�s kind of like whoever shows up sort of makes it. So it was great competition.�
Francella was also a member of the provincial team in Grade 8 and was ranked among the top 40 players for her age group.
�There were so many girls to choose from, so to make top 40 in all of Ontario was such an accomplishment,� she said.
She admits to being a little nervous when she first moved up to play against girls a year older, many of whom were very skilled.
�Going into a bigger area where there were tons of girls, it did intimidate me,� she said.
However, the more competitive league challenged her to raise the level of her game.
�When I stepped onto the field, it made me more focused and I was more determined to show I could keep up with these girls,� she said. �I had to play 10 times harder, so I think it made me a better player.�
Francella returned to the Sault Civics last summer and will again play with the organization this year.
She has been a standout with the St. Basil senior girls this year, helping lead the team in regular season play to a 5-0 record and into Monday�s championship game, where they lost 4-0 to the St. Mary�s Knights.
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