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4 05, 2016

2016 CIF State Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Sophia Brown!

Sophia Brown - 2016 CIF State Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year!

Sophia Brown – 2016 CIF State Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year!

The Board of Directors and Staff of Pleasanton RAGE are extremely pleased to feature U18 ECNL Goalkeeper Sophia Brown, the 2016 CIF State Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year!

The award is based on the highest level of academics, success as an athlete (ECNL RAGE soccer, Foothill High School varsity basketball, and varsity lacrosse), community service, and leadership.  Sophia has played for RAGE for 13 years and will attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she will major in Aerospace Engineering and play Division 1 soccer. 

This honor is a repeat for the Brown family, as Sophia’s older sister, Phoebe, won the same award 4 years ago and will now graduate from Princeton University. 

Congratulations to the Brown family on a remarkable achievement!

http://cifstate.org/parents-students/awards_and_scholarships/2016_sa_winners

 

2 05, 2016

U-18 U.S. Women’s National Team Experience – Olivia Sekany

_Olivia-Sekany1Last month I had the incredible experience of training with the U-18 U.S. Women’s National Team at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. I had been scouted by the National Team coaches at the ECNL event in San Diego, and received an invitation to attend the training camp two days after we returned from this event. I was extremely excited to receive this opportunity–wearing the U.S. soccer crest and representing our country is a privilege that very few players receive, and I am honored to be one of them.

We arrived in Carson on Saturday, April 16th, and the rigors of camp began almost immediately. We had a training session that evening to get our legs moving after a long day of travel. It was amazing to be playing with 25 of the best players in the nation, and to see their abilities as well as their dedication to the game in action. That night, we were given instructions regarding various forms of health and wellness monitoring that we would need to perform. Every morning we were required to fill out a survey regarding our level of soreness and fatigue, level of stress, our moods, and any injuries we may have had. Additionally, we were required to monitor our resting heart rates, as well as take part in daily weigh-ins and hydration tests. With the high volume and intensity of our training sessions, we had to ensure that we were properly caring for and preparing our bodies.

_Olivia-Sekany2Sunday morning we had fitness testing. We participated in four different fitness tests: a 20-yard sprint test, the arrowhead agility test, a vertical jump test, and the “Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test,” also known as the beep test. I did particularly well on the vertical jump test, with the third highest score on the team.

We had two training sessions a day–one in the morning and one in the evening. The other three goalkeepers and I began every session working with the goalkeeper coach until we were needed for drills with the rest of the team. The speed of play was very fast, and the sessions were extremely physical and competitive, which was a lot of fun for me. We also had team meetings every night to watch film, listen to scouting reports on our opponents, or talk about our plans for training the next day. The other goalkeepers and I would stay with the goalkeeper coach after the team meetings to watch film from our training sessions and analyze our technique. Some days, we also had extra training sessions while the field players rested.

_Olivia-Sekany3Over the course of the week, we played 2 games. On Tuesday we played Long Beach State University and tied them 2-2. On Friday, we played the U-17 Women’s National Team, who were also in camp that week in Carson. The U-17 WNT is preparing for the U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan this Fall and have been in camp together and playing games fairly regularly, so it was a great opportunity for us to play a very skilled, well organized team. We ended up losing the game 2-1, but it was still a great experience.

I learned a lot when I was at camp, about the game and myself as a player. I am looking forward to hopefully being back in training camp with the National Team this summer. My goal is to travel with the team to Ireland in October to play in some international friendlies and earn my first cap!

27 04, 2016

Philippines Women’s National Team ID Camp Experience from Isabella Adamos

Isabella Adamos1 The invitation to attend the Philippines Women’s National Team ID camp was exciting and an honor.  When I found out that the scouting coach came to watch me at one of my games at ECNL Arizona last November, I was very excited for the chance to show my skills and knowledge of the game.  The possibility of playing soccer for my native country would be an honor and unforgettable experience.

The first ID camp was in late November and I had no idea how to prepare for it. I asked my coach advice and he gave me simple tasks. He told me to make small personal goals for myself at the camp. For example, try to focus on the basics and simply perfect them. He also said to be myself on the field, to show who I am and how I play. Finally, he advised that I embrace the opportunity and really learn from it. This was the chance of a lifetime and I should try not to stress out or be nervous.

Isabella Adamos2When the first day of the ID camp came, I was pumped and very eager to play. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the other girls who would also be participating. I was a bit intimidated by them at first, but once we started to warm up, I learned that all of them were super friendly and nice. The coaches also had very friendly attitudes and were welcoming to everyone. They immediately began to treat everyone like family and cracked a few jokes here and there. The camp felt a lot like a college ID camp. We were split into three age groups; U14, U16 and U19.  I was in the U16 group.  We went over technical drills that included dribbling and passing, then we moved on to small 1v1 or 3v3 games. I learned that their style of play was very aggressive and technical. We ended the training sessions with a scrimmage amongst the age groups.

During my three days at the November camp, in addition to field sessions, we also attended classroom sessions where we watched videos of the Senior team in past events.  When I was invited to attend the 2nd ID camp in March, I felt so happy and proud to be invited back.  The March camp was similar to the November one except that we mostly scrimmaged the two days that I attended.  I was placed in the U16 group again but this time, I had the opportunity to scrimmage with the U19 group against the U18 ECNL Strikers FC team.  I was so excited because I scored a goal against this team and our group won the scrimmage 5-1.  At the end of the camp, I was told that I had made the U16 pool of players!

 

The most memorable part of my experience at the PWNT camps was listening to the Senior girls’ experiences. Their descriptions of their journey on the national team were very inspiring. They made me believe that I had the ability to make the team, and that I could be great, like they are. They also emphasized the sisterhood that grew within the team. They called each other “sistersfor life.”  They were family and they would always be there for each other, on and off the field. I was able to relate to how they felt since my Rage U15 ECNL team is my second family and I wouldn’t be where I am today with soccer without them. My teammates always push me to work harder and support me through everything that happens. The bond between us makes us so much stronger as a team, and it shows on the field.

Isabella Adamos3

My journey with the Philippines Women’s National Team is just beginning.  I’m hoping to be called up to play in the 2016 AFC U16 Women’s Championships Qualifiers this August/September.  It would be a dream come true and an once in a lifetime experience.

12 02, 2016

ECNL Stats

The class of 2016 is comprised of Amazing Young Women who will be playing at multiple collegiate soccer levels:

  • ECNL Class of 2016: 1,310
  • College Bound ECNL: 1,217 (93%)
  • Total Players Playing Collegiate Soccer: 1,209 (92%)
  • Division I: 955
  • Division II, III, NAIA: 264
  • Undecided: 91
27 07, 2015

U12 Premier Team at RAGE Showcase Youngers

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Pictured front row: L-R Bella Jimenez, Ashley Heck, Kayli Shimanuki, Natalie O’Sullivan, Maddie Benson, Sophia Minnite, Leila Lyons, Morgan Pearson. Back row: Ava Buckles, Ashley Belshe, Meghan Debudey, Leah Allari, Isela Ochoa, Isabella Guerrero, Caitlin Currie, Hayden Jolley, Maggie Nostrand and Evette Allari.

The U12 Rage Premier team took first place at the Pleasanton Rage Showcase Youngers Tournament the weekend of July 25-26.  The team won in a hard fought battle for the top spot against a field 12 high caliber teams.
25 08, 2014

U18 Premier

U18 Premier

Coach Mike Beiler’s U18 Premier team had some success August 2nd and 3rd at the Sac United Suntan Classic. After only two weekends of playing together, the team brought home the U18/U19 Championship trophy! Besides battling the hot weather on Saturday the girls had to endure two rounds of penalty kicks in order to secure the First Place prize.

Well fought weekend win, girls!

The team also was the finalist in the Soccer by the Bay tournament August 16th and 17th. Facing the Marin FC team in the finals with limited substitutes, the team held the Marin to just one goal. Quite an accomplishment against a team who had outscored their opponents in bracket play 16-0.

Our girls are warriors – we are ready for league play!

7 08, 2014

RAGE U14 Premier

The Pleasanton RAGE U14 Premier team swept its way to the championship in the Gold Division at the Pleasanton Youngers RAGE College Showcase Tournament.  In the scorching heat, the RAGE U14 Premier Team burned all four of its opponents with a total of 11 goals!
The team worked strategically to maintain possession and tire its opponents under great coaching by Robb Pandolfo.

Back row left to right: Holly Judson, Charley Okmin, Shirley Bi, Eknoor Kaur, Rebekah Balza, Zoe Moura, Gabriella S, Coach Robb Pandolfo First row left to right: Cammy Okmin, Gabriella Funk, Maggie McPeek, Yasmine Springer, Kiera Hegarty, Addyson Mapes, Carolyn Lai Sitting: Goalie Haley Roundtree

6 08, 2014

Pleasanton RAGE 02 Premier – 1st Place in NorCal Premier Region

The Pleasanton Rage 02 Premier team came in 1st Place in the NorCal Premier Region 3-4 Premier Spring league.
The team went undefeated with a record of 8 wins and 2 ties.  Great job, Premier team!
Back-row: Chaney Heinbaugh, Christina Johnson, Maddie Goldberg, Noelle Marceno, Allison Jones Vanessa von Sosen, Immie Burstein, Kaeli Tembrevilla, Naya Williamson Middle row: Maille Smith, Ella Melvin, Victoria Frentz, Emily Gossett, Kennedy Mayo Front-row: Zoe Whelan, Audriana Templeman, Kalena Johnson Very Front-row: Coach Darin Preszler

Back-row: Chaney Heinbaugh, Christina Johnson, Maddie Goldberg, Noelle Marceno, Allison Jones
Vanessa von Sosen, Immie Burstein, Kaeli Tembrevilla, Naya Williamson
Middle row: Maille Smith, Ella Melvin, Victoria Frentz, Emily Gossett, Kennedy Mayo
Front-row: Zoe Whelan, Audriana Templeman, Kalena Johnson
Very Front-row: Coach Darin Preszler

6 05, 2014

U17 Premier Team

Jarreth Chan's U17 Premier team ended their season with a Nor Cal State Cup Gold Division Championship win on May 10th!

Jarreth Chan’s U17 Premier team ended their season with a Nor Cal State Cup Gold Division Championship win on May 10th!

Jarreth Chan’s U17 Premier team ended their season with a Nor Cal State Cup Gold Division Championship win on May 10th! With the wind being a formidable issue, Rage had to come from behind twice. Both Julia Amos and Kendyll Woolsey scored to tie the game for Rage. At the end of regulation Rage found itself tied 2-2. After two 5 minute overtimes, the team found itself in a penalty kick situation. Practice and cool heads prevailed: Madi Mills, Rachel Barta, Katelyn Kramer, Monica Medor and Allie Engberson all buried their balls in the net. Gabriella Tassiano made 3 amazing stops against Cal Odyssey’s kicks resulting in a Pleasanton Rage win!

Great job Coach Jarreth and team orange!

18 11, 2013

U14 Premier Team Wins National Premier League (State 3)

U14 Premier Team Wins National Premier League (State 3)

Back Row Left to Right: Head Coach Axel Thibodeau, Delaney Bammer, Summer Langsam, Terra McHone, Audrey Goodman, Kirsty Brown Middle Row Left to Right: Lauren Russell, Victoria Sanchez, Emily Wright, Lucy Holmes, Lilly Ryan, Natasa Copic Front Row Left to Right: Madison Baxter, Nicole Zhang, Keara Greenan, Katie Judson, Sydney Pandolfo Next to Soccer Ball: Jennifer Waldo and Molly Murphy

Back Row Left to Right: Head Coach Axel Thibodeau, Delaney Bammer, Summer Langsam, Terra McHone, Audrey Goodman, Kirsty Brown
Middle Row Left to Right: Lauren Russell, Victoria Sanchez, Emily Wright, Lucy Holmes, Lilly Ryan, Natasa Copic
Front Row Left to Right: Madison Baxter, Nicole Zhang, Keara Greenan, Katie Judson, Sydney Pandolfo
Next to Soccer Ball: Jennifer Waldo and Molly Murphy

This weekend, the Pleasanton RAGE U14 Premier Team finished off a dream fall season and won the National Premier League State Three Title. At one point they went undefeated for fourteen games in a row! They also completed an undefeated State Cup run in Group Stage Play. They finished #1 in the powerful NPL State Three Division featuring teams from throughout Northern California. They resume play after the high school break in late February. The team is Coached by Axel Thibodeau. The Assistant Coach is Ray Hooft. They are also lead by their Age Group Head Coach and Technical Trainer Stephanie Wieger.