On Monday, October 21st, RAGE Girls Soccer Club hosted its first ever, RAGE Kicks Cancer event. This club-wide event brought together more than 400 players and families to raise awareness around breast cancer. The girls also raised nearly $10,000 to support HERS Breast Cancer Foundation and Culinary Angels, two local organizations that support women who are fighting breast cancer.
The evening started with crafts and activities that raised awareness about breast cancer. The girls made bracelets, posters, and flowers and took spirited photos at our selfie booth. They also celebrated with water balloon challenges, and a Pink Cake Walk. There was also a special quilt table, where players were invited to create squares that will be put together into a quilt that will represent our unity and hope in the fight against breast cancer. The girls then had the opportunity to listen to several inspirational speakers. We heard from representatives of HERS Breast Cancer Foundation and Culinary Angels, and then from two of our own RAGE moms who have battled breast cancer. The emotional stories helped bring awareness and fostered a sense of purpose for RAGE Kicks Cancer. Finally, the RAGE coaches had a field goal kicking contest. Congratulations to Walter Pratte for kicking the farthest.
It was incredible to witness a sea of pink, coming together to give back to our community. As an all girls soccer club, RAGE has a special motivation to raise awareness for breast cancer. Beyond awareness, this community service project created solidarity, and raised nearly $10,000 to support local women who are fighting breast cancer. The RAGE Board of Directors also agreed to match donations, up to $5,000, bringing the total donations to nearly $15,000.
A special thank you goes out to special group of 05 players who helped organize RAGE Kicks Cancer: Ava Hofstede, Emma Fuller, Brooke Walker, Cami Amaral, Siena Queirolo, Lauren Grgurina, and Zoe Franks. Another huge thank you goes to Jen Franks, Tamie Shadle, and Shelly Walker for bringing RAGE Kicks Cancer to life.
On behalf of RAGE Girls Soccer club, I am proud to say that we are living up to our Mission to empower our players to reach their full potential through service and leadership programming.
Thank you for making RAGE Kicks Cancer a resounding success!
In partnership with the San Jose Earthquakes, the San Jose Sports Authority has secured discounted group tickets for Bay Area youth soccer leagues. An All Session Pass, which includes 2 semifinal matches and the National Championship, is now just $20 for the players and $30 for families and friends of Pleasanton RAGE.
The Earthquakes have generated a link with a code for purchase that you can send out to your teams. Purchases made using this code will guarantee your club sits together for all the action! To purchase tickets, use the button to the right.
Lastly, the Youth Ticket Initiative is first come first serve and other leagues have already secured their spots. I encourage you purchase tickets ASAP, and secure your spot at the 2019 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Soccer National Championship.
You are cordially invited to our first RAGE Kicks Cancer, community service project. This is a fundraiser and breast cancer awareness event that will support two remarkable organizations, HERS Breast Cancer Foundation and Culinary Angels. To support these organizations, we are asking that each player donate at least $10. In addition, RAGE will match funds raised by our players, up to $5,000.
RAGE Kicks Cancer will include a Big Sister-Little Sister picnic, information booths, craft activities to support awareness, a Pink Cake Walk, spirit events, and a coaches challenge you don’t want to miss! RAGE is honored to bring awareness and financial support to a cause that is so important to our players and families.
Please return this paper, along with your donation, prior to Thursday, October 19th. Your team’s Big Sister-Little Sister coordinator will collect the funds and forms and turn them in the day of our event. Cash or checks are acceptable. Make checks payable to PGSA.
Prizes – All players who donate at least $50 will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card. Players who donate at least $100 will be eligible to win 2 Disneyland Park Hopper Passes.
At the start of the season, there was an open spot in Penn women’s soccer’s back four. Freshman Peyton Raun has fit right in.
Raun has made her way into the starting lineup, playing almost every minute of every game so far this season. In front of senior goalkeeper Kitty Qu, Raun has joined the likes of seniors Megan Lloyd and Laura Hamilton, as well as junior Jadyn Wilensky, in the back.
Right off the bat, Raun showed promise. Her preseason performance indicated that she would be ready to compete for the Quakers come the start of the season.
“Peyton is just unbelievably athletic. She covers so much ground. She’s fast and she has an engine. Sometimes that allows you to get away with a few more mistakes because you have that athletic ability. But not only that, she’s a competitor,” coach Nicole Van Dyke said. “I think she’s done a great job of coming in, staying focused, but at the same time trying to learn and grow.”
Raun has helped fill the void left by defender Camillia Nwokedi, who graduated from Penn after last season.
Throughout her career, Nwokedi played in 57 games, starting in 50 of them. In 2018, she was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. Along with the rest of the defense, notably Qu, Nwokedi helped the Quakers to only allow five goals all season. It’s safe to say she was a staple of the defense.
Not only was Nwokedi an integral member of the back four, but the Quakers also pride themselves on having a very strong defensive style.
“I think that defense has always been the backbone of our team. It’s been a large part of our identity over the past four years now that I’ve been here. In terms of style, it hasn’t really changed that much,” Qu said. “It’s amazing this year that we have so much depth. I think that [our defense] doesn’t change that much when we have new players stepping in because everybody understands their role and everybody plays together really nicely, no matter who it is.”
Fortunately, Raun has shown that she is capable of maintaining this style.
“I think she has a lot of similarities athletically to Cami. However, she’s a very good soccer player. She can connect passes; she’s very precise on her long balls,” Van Dyke said. “She probably would like to go forward way more than we allow her to, and that’s something that we can grow into the position as she becomes more experienced and continues to learn our style and when that would be appropriate.”
Like 14 of her teammates, Raun is from California. A native of Pleasanton, she played for Pleasanton Rage ECNL for seven years. She also competed for her high school team for three years after taking her freshman year off.
“I just needed a break [to] figure out that I wanted to come back and play,” Raun said.
After her freshman year, Raun returned to soccer with a newfound excitement. It was the allure of a closely-bonded team that drew her to Penn and has helped her succeed in her first few games.
“[The first few games] have been so much fun actually. I love the competitive environment, and everyone’s so uplifting,” Raun said. “During the game, you make a mistake and instantly someone to my right or left is saying, ‘it’s ok, you got it next time,’ as well as just being surrounded by a competitive environment where I know anyone could come on the field and compete just as well as anyone who was already on the field. I think it’s important to be part of a team like that.”
As for what she has learned, Raun cites learning how to be a good teammate as the most important lesson. It’s clear that she has had a positive impact on the backfield as well.
“She gives us a calming presence back there. I think that she is able to settle us in the back a little bit. If the other team starts coming at us a little bit, she’s able to provide that calming presence,” Qu said. “She’s very quick; I think that helps a lot [in] the back. She’s able to close down space very quickly; she’s able to recover if we get countered. I think all those abilities contribute to how well she’s been playing.”
Now that the Quakers have progressed into Ivy play, Raun’s performance will be as important as ever. The Red and Blue will next play Cornell this Saturday at home.
Notification to the membership by the RAGE Board of one (1) proposed amendment to the Constitution. This amendment will be discussed and voted on at the October 16, 2019 Annual General Meeting.
CURRENT WORDING: 1:02 MISSION
1:02:01 The Pleasanton Rage is a community-based soccer club dedicated to providing a positive learning environment to help all girls and young women in the development of their character and life skills through soccer.
PROPOSED CHANGE to the Constitution:
1:02:01 Pleasanton RAGE is an all-girls soccer club that empowers its players to reach their full potential through soccer, service, and leadership programming for all ages and abilities.
The Nominating Committee presents to the RAGE membership their slate of nominees for the upcoming Annual Elections of the Board of Directors:
Note: Open nominations will be accepted from the floor at the Annual General Meeting on October 16, 2019. These nominees must be present at this meeting.
The Annual Elections shall be held via an online ballot vote within the week following the October AGM. Results will be tallied by the election inspectors and announced prior to the Board meeting in November.
At the first meeting of the 2020 calendar year, the Board will elect, from its 15 members, a President, Competitive Vice President, Recreational Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.
Dear RAGE & BUSC parents,
RAGE and BUSC have partnered with the local Huntington Learning Center of Pleasanton on a SAT/ACT
preparation test. Huntington Learning center has been providing Premier Tutoring to kids from K-12 for over
30 years. Due to limited class size you must register in advance for this event.
$25 per student paid at the center. Cash or check made out to BUSC or Rage. **$199 VALUE**
June 21, 2019 – 25 participants maximum – Register in advance below.
August 17, 2019 – 25 participants maximum – Register in advance below.
1pm – 4pm (This test will not have the essay) Please arrive 15 minutes early to hear more about which test is
the right one for your student.
A result date will be set up for you and your student to come and find out the results. More info will be given
at the test.
This effort will benefit the soccer programs and give students preparing for the SAT / ACT test another
opportunity to practice. Those who are thinking of preparing soon, should take the test to understand to see
what they need to prepare.
Please visit the link(s) below to register:
6/21 – https://huntingtonhelps.com/registration/isep/confirm?location_id=193552&course_id=2836
8/17 – https://huntingtonhelps.com/registration/isep/confirm?location_id=193552&course_id=2838
6/21 – https://huntingtonhelps.com/registration/isep/confirm?location_id=193552&course_id=2835
8/17 – https://huntingtonhelps.com/registration/isep/confirm?location_id=193552&course_id=2837
RAGE and BUSC have partnered with the local Huntington Learning Center of Pleasanton on a SAT/ACT preparation test. Huntington Learning center has been providing Premier Tutoring to kids from K-12 for over 30 years.
Due to limited class size you must register in advance for this event.
$25 per student paid at the center. Cash or check made out to BUSC or Rage.
April 19th 2019 – 25 participants maximum – Register in advance below.
1pm – 4pm (This test will not have the essay) Please arrive 15 minutes early to hear more about which test is the right one for your student.
A result date will be set up for you and your student to come and find out the results. More info will be given at the test.
This effort will benefit the soccer programs and give students preparing for the SAT / ACT test another opportunity to practice. Those who are thinking of preparing soon, should take the test to understand to see what they need to prepare.
The RAGE Recreational Youth Academy provides a unique learning environment for recreational players to develop fundamental soccer skills. The goal of this Academy is to foster a passion for soccer and a greater understanding of the game while building a solid foundation of basic skills and technique. This training will add in elements to prepare young players for upcoming competitive placement (tryouts) for the 2019 season. Players are welcome to attend whether or not they are planning on trying out for a competitive team. We are also adding goalkeeper training to our Recreational Spring Academy for players that are interested in receiving goalkeeper training from our competitive Goalkeeper Director, Brittney Cameron. Goalkeeper training is for players with 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005 birth years.
The Recreational Youth Academy is open to all RECREATIONAL players with 2014,2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 birth years. This is a great way for players to continue improving throughout the spring months.
Academy Trainers:Recreational Program Director (Megan Walinski) and RAGE Coaching Staff
When:March 11, 2019 – April 16, 2019 (5 week program)
60 minutes, once-a-week training session (total of 5 sessions)
**No training the week of Spring Break 4/1/19
Birth yearTraining Days and times Dates Location
Tuesdays – 4:30 – 5:30pm
3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/9, 4/16
Mondays – 4:30-5:30pm
3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15
Mondays – 4:30 – 5:30pm
3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15
Mondays – 5:30 – 6:30pm
3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15
Goalkeeper training only 2008/2007/2006/2005
Mondays – 4:30-5:30pm
3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15
Play date:2 separate Fridays – Dates and times TBD
Where:Mondays – Muirwood Park –4701 Muirwood Drive
Tuesdays – Aquatic Park
Player must bring cleats, shin-guards, soccer ball, and water to all practices.
Join Pleasanton RAGE and National Team Legends Abby Wambach, Christie Rampone and Shannon Boxx as they discuss their journey to becoming elite athletes. Sacrifice, commitment and dedication will all be discussed, along with celebrating success and embracing failure. Surely a night you will not want to miss!