Tallahassee, FL – The Academy sent six teams eastwards along I-10 to Tallahassee, Florida on Saturday. It was the inaugural games of the new US Club Soccer league. This was the longest run within the league structure and brought together both boys and girls teams.
The girls played in the 2004 and 2006 age brackets with the older team winning both their games and the younger team winning one and knotting one. Coach Jade Reynolds has done a significant job with the girls and got due reward for the players endeavors with these impressive results first time out.
In the boys division, the 2001 team comprising mainly of ’02/03 aged players, won one and drew one, against strong and physical opposition. Coach Nigel Boulton said, “This level of competition is just what we were looking for. For the most part we were playing older, more physical opponents and that certainly helps us to toughen up and more importantly, improve our speed of play”.
The boys 2004 team were without a goalkeeper due to injury and unavailability. Outfielder Davis Spencer volunteered to help out. Not a goalkeeper, Davis did his best and continued on bravely allowing the team to take heart from his inspiration. Despite losing 2-5 in game one it was much closer on the balance of play. In the second game it was a close 1-2 loss.
The 2005 team won both games 3-0 and 3-1 with two excellent performances on the day. Coach Carl Reynolds was pleased saying, “Our performance was high level against good opposition. I was very pleased with the boys, it was a good start to our league play”.
The 2006 team with a number of 07/08’s playing up lost their only game by 1-2 but were still competitive and showed good signs, playing neat passing football throughout.