For the second consecutive season, the Girls U10 White team have placed 1st in the Northern Counties Soccer Association (NCSA) "A" division. The team, led by Antonio Torres, were also undefeated in the group stage round of the New York State Cup tournament. They look forward to opening the Spring season at the Manhattan Kickoff tournament and competing in the NCSA U11 bracket.
The GU8 White team coached by Danny and Daniel Samimi have just completed a fall campaign that will not be soon forgotten. The girls finished the season with some staggering statistics as they completed their NCSA Fall schedule on Sunday night in Orangeburg.
There were high hopes for this team early on. As many other travel teams recuperated from the long spring, Coach Samimi held practice for his newly formed squad throughout the summer. The coaches were rewarded with early results when the girls won the first tournament they were entered in. Playing up an age group at U9, the CSC White team ran through the division in 4 games to take the title at the Yorktown Labor Day Tournament. The White team defense gave up 0 goals on the day and scored 15 with a well balanced team effort and a solid shut-down defense.
Over the following 3 months the girls played in the Northern Counties Soccer Association top division A-flight, and they dominated their competition. Over the 10 game season the team went undefeated, with a scoring differential of 52 goals!
The coaches quickly realized they needed a bigger challenge for the White team. For the first time ever “The Brooklyn Italians Columbus Day Tournament” accepted a girl team entry into the competition. Although the ladies walked away without a win, their heads were held high as they narrowly lost 4-3 against the top team in their flight.
The girls are currently playing up an age group in the GU9 silver flight of NYCSL NY Cup. The team completed the group stage without a loss, scoring 12 goals and surrendering only 1!
The team resumes training next week as they move indoors for the winter season. The U8 White team will participate in multiple tournaments over the coming months including a trip to Florida to compete in the U9 age group again at the ESPN Disney Cup!
DOC Kevin Grogan meets with Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson
For Director of Coaching Kevin Grogan every school holiday from the age of 12 was spent at Manchester United. Seeing Alex Ferguson huffing and puffing down the corridors at The Cliff became as normal to Grogan as a schoolboy cowering at the sight of a totemic headmaster. He progressed to be part of the Ireland under-16 squad which won the European Championships in 1998.