All-Star Teams Announced for the 2016 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional FRISCO, Texas (Dec. 9, 2016) – US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the US Youth Soccer ODP All-Star teams for the 2016 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional, which recently took place Nov. 20-25 at Spanish River Athletic Park in Boca Raton, Fla. Of the nearly 400 players that participated in the event, five rosters were constituted based on outstanding performance – one for each of the 1999 through 2003 age groups.
The US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional featured players that were selected from US Youth Soccer State Association and Regional level evaluations. Throughout the event players attended training sessions and competed in matches in front of U.S. Soccer national staff and collegiate coaches for the opportunity to be selected to a higher level of play.
2016 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional All-Star Teams
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.
When 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.
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.
RAGE Revolution, a U-14 Flight team, had an excellent tournament in Walnut Creek recently. Taking first place in the tournament! These girls not only played their hearts out on the field, but had great sportsmanship with each team they played.
Back row: Coach Gary Brown, Coach Ben Eeo, Middle Row: Alexandra Greth, Jamison Gray, Mollie McKay, Summer Reeves, Jenna Brown, Lexie Freeland, Audrey Emmett, Erika Shinn, Caroline Field, Emma Tsztoo, Coach Clifford Wu, Front Row Sitting: Lindsey Schroeder, Alyssa Wu, Jielin Eeo, Kristin Kye
The Pleasanton Rage Orange Pride participated in their first tournament of the season at the Walnut Creek Fall Classic. The round robin play provided some excellent competition.
The first match was against the Dublin Earthquakes. The Earthquakes put up a formidable defensive effort throughout the entire game. Neither side was able to mount much of a sustained offensive attack. There were very few opportunities and fewer shots on net. The half ended 0 – 0. The second half was a continuation of the first half and it appeared the game would end in a draw. With 10 minutes remaining, Jielin Eeo feathered a soft pass to Jenna Brown. Jenna was able to send a well-placed ball into the corner of the net before the Earthquakes could collapse on her and gave the Pride a 1 – 0 lead. With just a few minutes remaining, Kristin Kye was able to dribble around several defenders and passed to a wide open Mollie McKay who blasted a shot off the keeper’s hands to give the Pride a 2 – 0 victory in their opening match.
The Pride opened up the scoring early in their second match against the Walnut Creek Fusion. Just minutes into the game, Jamison Gray delivered a cross from the right side and Jenna Brown took the cross and put it into the back of the net. Summer Reeves was able to push the ball from just beyond the mid-line and past the Fusion defenders. Jenna Brown outraced everyone for a breakaway goal to put the Pride up 2 – 0. Jamison Gray scored halfway through the half and scored again, out-muscling two Fusion defenders for the ball and putting it past the keeper. Audrey Emmett finished off the scoring off a feed from Jamison Gray to give the Pride a 5 – 0 lead at the half. The Pride kept up their offensive pressure in the second half, but the Fusion were up to the challenge and the game finished at 5 – 0.
The final game of pool play pitted the Walnut Creek Wildcats versus the Pride. The Wildcats packed their defensive end and the Pride was unable to unleash any time of offense in the first half. The Pride finally found the right combination midway through the second half when Alyssa Wu found Jenna Brown open in the middle. A quick spin and shot by Jenna into the corner put the Pride up 1 – 0. The Wildcats seemed more determined and carried play in the Pride half of the field. A well-placed shot by the Wildcats went in over the Pride keeper to knot the score at 1 – 1. This time it was the Pride’s turn to take over the game. A great combination from Jamison Gray on the left to Jenna Brown in the middle to Audrey Emmett streaking in from the right for a score put the Pride back up 2 – 1. With five minutes remaining, Mollie McKay made a beautiful cross to a wide open Audrey Emmett who popped in the final goal giving the Pride a hard fought 3 – 1 victory which put the Pride into the championship game against winners of the other bracket, the Pleasanton Rage Aftershock.
The Pride opened up the scoring early in the game on a rocket shot on the right side by Audrey Emmett that ricocheted off the post to Jenna Brown who managed to deflect it to an Aftershock defender. Continued pressure by Audrey and Jenna forced the defender to attempt a clear from deep in her defensive zone that resulted in an own goal. Some precise passing through the mid-field, a pass from Jamison Gray for Alyssa Wu’s one-time shot at the top of the box made the score 2 – 0 in favor of the Pride. Towards the end of the first half, Summer Reeves popped a pass to Jenna Brown who headed it to Mollie McKay. Mollie was able to elude the last defender and scored to make it 3 – 0 for the Pride at the end of the first half. The Pride kept up the offensive pressure in the second half. Kristen Kye one-timed an attempted clear by the Aftershock defense and popped it over the outstretched hands of the keeper. The Pride’s final score came on precise passing from Alexandra Greth to Jamison Gray. The Aftershock keeper had no change against Jamison’s blast making the final score 5 – 0 securing the championship for the Orange Pride.
The Pride were able to control the midfield with major contributions from Lindsey Schroeder and Carly Field. Their constant pressure against their opponents caused many turnovers and their timely passes helped transition the Pride to several breakaways, which resulted in several scores. Alexandra Greth, Lexie Freeland and Emma Tsztoo led the Pride defense. Time and again their speed and quickness frustrated the opposition. Erika Shinn, the Pride keeper, provided steady goal keeping and came up with key saves throughout the tournament. Her leadership was one of the big reasons for the Pride’s successful run at the tournament.
Coaches Ben Eeo, Gary Brown, and Cliff Wu were proud of the Orange Pride’s accomplishments and more importantly the camaraderie and unselfish play they exhibited throughout the tournament.
Congratulations to all the Orange Pride girls for winning the 2014 U14 Girls Walnut Creek Fall Classic tournament!
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!
The Pleasanton Rage 04 Orange took first place in the spring Norcal Gold division 3-4 league. The 04 Orange, under new coach, Ramiro Rodriqgez won 6 games, lost 1 and tied 1 and showed they were the class of the league comprised of other top times from around the area. The team is comprised of Ava Hofstede, Alana Owens, Alura Hagan, Andrea Castillo, Kelly Queen, Olivia Soble, Paige Morgan, Kaitlyn Lemus, Samantha Riter, Kiana Tahmassebi and Tasha Laberge-Shusterman. The team is now practicing for the summer/fall season.
The Pleasanton Rage Orange 03 team took 1st place the Spring Region 3/4 Premier bracket Sunday, by topping Livermore 4-2. The team known for their determined style of play includes (front row, l-r) Natalie O’Sullivan, Kayli Shimanuki, Sophia Minnite, Maddie Benson, Leah Allari, (back row, l-r,) Coach- Tina Estrada, Ashley Belshe, Hayden Jolley, Caitlin Currie, Isabella Guerrero, Maggie Nostrand, Evette Allari and Ava Buckles. The team is moving onto the Spring Cross-Regional Playoffs held in Davis the weekend of June 7-8. Congratulations Orange 03 and play hard in Davis.