Congratulations to the Sharks, one of our U9 boys travel teams, for finishing in 3rd place at the 2009 Hempfield Fall Classic.
Congratulations to all of the Lightning players!!!
On November 1, 2009, the PASC U-10 Girls “Lightning” finished in first place in the Red Division of the 2009 Upper Moreland Intramural Select Soccer Tournament. The PASC Lightning finished the tournament with a 4-0 record, while outscoring their opponents 21-0. This is quite an accomplishment for the Lightning, a PASC recreational team, as they defeated 4 different “all-star” teams from Montgomery and Bucks Counties. All of the girls played outstanding throughout the tournament.
Great job Panthers!
The Panthers U10 Girls Recreational team placed 2nd in the Upper Moreland Select Tournament in Hatford, PA on Sunday, November 1st. They finished with a record of 1 win and 2 ties. The team tied MUSC who ended up finishing 1st in their bracket. This was the first tournament this team has ever competed in. What is more impressive is that the majority of the teams competing were all-star/select teams.
The Parkland Area Soccer Club’s U12B Premier (PASC – BLACKHORSE) went undefeated (8 – 3 – 0) in the DELCO 12B D2 Division this season and were crowned the Regular Season Champions and League Playoff Champions on Sunday. This weekend the PASC – BLACKHORSE played a well skilled Lower Merion team to a 2-1 win in the league semi-final match on Saturday and then on Sunday played a well played match against Methacton United Soccer Club to a 1-0 win to grab the DELCO U12 D2 Playoff Championship. Coach Layne Turner told the boys after the championship game that this season was a journey and that their championship was the realization of all of their efforts. The Coaches stressed that each and every player on the PASC - BLACKHORSE team contributed to the team’s success through their hard work and dedication on and off the field! The coaches would like to thank the players for their hard work and effort this season and would also like to thank the parents for supporting the players and team throughout the season by getting them to practices, games and tournaments. We are fortunate to have a great group of families on the PASC - BLACKHORSE team!
Congratulations PASC Parkland Red Storm U14 Boys!
In order to make the playoffs, the U14 Red Storm faced a must win situation in their last regular season match. The Storm found victory with a 3-2 win over Kirkwood, Delaware, on a goal with less than a minute to play. The Storm did this with great heart and complete exhaustion as they played without any subs, even playing down a man due to injuries for periods of time in both halves. The win set up a rematch with Kirkwood the very next week in the playoff semi-final match. Seventy minutes of regular time and two ten minute overtimes could not decide the winner in a heated 1-1 contest. Penalty kicks tied 4-4 before sudden death. PK’s occurred with the Red Storm again pulling out the victory on the last penalty kick. Completely exhausted but determined, the Red Storm came back the very next day to travel to the Delco championship site in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where the Storm again achieved victory by scoring the only goal of the match with ten minutes left to defeat Harleysville, Pennsylvania for the Delco title.
In contrast to the goalfest of the spring game, this time the score was a miserly 2-2, in no small part due to the contributions made by the two team captains. Past President Peter Burke lived up to his ’Cat’ billing with an outstanding performance in goal for the Black team while current President John Madeira insisted on playing as striker for the Red team.
Peter’s influence also spread to the rest of the field (and probably beyond - at least Red Robin knew when the game was over) with his stentorian commands both exhorting and directing his team. Conor and Brendan Burke - there are now at least 16 coaches who sympathize with you.
Early on the Red team threatened to run away with the game but John entered into the spirit of the occasion by converting only one of the numerous chances which came his way. Portugal may have struggled without their twinkle-toed talisman Ronaldo on Saturday but our PASC import again showed that it’s not just the good looks he shares with his compatriot - not least the leisurely jog back to ’help’ with defense when an attack broke down.
Those early misses came back to haunt the Red team, however, as the Black team battled their way back into the game and, prompted by dynamic bursts from midfield by Travel Coordinator Jim Fell, tested Red ’keeper Jay Varrato more and more. Eventually they tied the game at 1-1 before the law of averages again proved its worth with John Madeira tapping in a rebound.
Once again, however, the Black team made their superior fitness (journalistic license) tell and came back to tie the game 2-2. Indeed they had what looked to be a good shout for a penalty in the closing minutes but referee Matt Guetzlaff (thanks for doing a great job, Matt) ruled Vinnie Herczeg’s tumble more in keeping with the high board than the soccer field. Not even rolling around in apparent agony for several seconds was enough to earn Vinnie the decision - though we might still see him on the Hollywood red carpet.
Anyway our thanks to all the guys who played (and the gals, Nancy Reightler and Christine Guenther - thankfully none of the guys had hair that was long enough to pull) and families who came out to support us, particularly the kids who provided such perceptive advice to their coaches.
Plans are already in place to repeat the game again next spring - not least because we need to give another past president, Bert Mukkulainen, plenty of time to check with Mrs. M. that he will be free that night.