Crew SC Academy Wolves Start Season Strong

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The Crew SC Academy Wolves have started off the 2016-17 Development Academy season with a winning record in every age group.  The US Soccer Development Academy added three new age groups this year, and the Wolves are seeing success at every level.  The boys have home games this weekend against the Columbus Crew Academy. Please come out and support our Academy teams!


Saturday October 29th 12:00 PM U18 Academy Schoolcraft
Saturday October 29th 2:30 PM U16 Academy Schoolcraft
Sunday October 30th 2:00 PM U14 Academy Schoolcraft
Sunday October 30th 4:00 PM U13 Academy Schoolcraft
Sunday October 30 3:00 PM U12 Academy Jaycee Park

Megan Buckingham scores again as North Carolina continues to win

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SYRACUSE, N.Y.  –  The #18 University of North Carolina women’s soccer team completed a successful weekend against a pair of ACC opponents from the Northeastern United States as the Tar Heels knocked off Syracuse 3-1 Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at SU Soccer Stadium.  Coupled with last Thursday’s 3-0 victory at Pittsburgh, the Tar Heels improved to 10-3-3 on the season and 5-2-2 in the ACC.  The Orange fell to 8-7-3 and 1-6-2 in league play.

Freshman forward Bridgette Andrzejewski, who scored the game-winning goal in Thursday night’s win over Pitt, scored a pair of goals against the Orange, including her second game-winning tally of the week.  Junior forward Maya Worth had a pair of assists and Megan Buckingham scored the other goal for the Tar Heels in the 3-1 decision.

UNC outshot the Orange 15-10, including 11-3 in the second half when it took over the game.  UNC had six corner kicks to one for SU.  Syracuse did have a 6-5 edge in shots on goal.  Lindsey Harris made five saves, including four in the first half.  Courtney Brosnan had two saves for Syracuse, both in the second half.

Harris now has 63 saves in her redshirt senior season.  That equals the third most in a season in UNC school history.  Lori Walker had 63 saves in 1989.  Harris trails only Molly Current with 89 saves in 1980 and Aly Winget with 71 saves in 2003.

The Tar Heels jumped ahead with a pair of goals in the opening 23 minutes of play.  At 12:18 of the match, Buckingham put the Tar Heels up 1-0.  Maya Worth sent a cross from the right side and found an unmarked Buckingham on the left side and her finish was clinical and the Heels led 1-0.  About 10 minutes later, it was Carolina that seized a 2-0 lead.  Off a corner kick, Buckingham’s shot from the top of the 18 found the underside of the cross bar.  In the scramble after, it was Andrzewjeski who showed off her one-on-one skills, claiming the ball in the right side of the box, beating several defenders and then finishing from a difficult angle into the far side netting.

Syracuse had a good portion of the play in the first half and actually outshot the Heels 7-4 in the opening 45 minutes.  But the Orange had nothing to show for it until 44 seconds remained in the first half when senior Stephanie Skilton took a perfect through ball from Alana O’Neill in stride and had a one-on-one chance against Harris from eight yards.  Her finish was true and Carolina’s lead was cut in half just before intermission.

UNC answered at 53:40 of the match as Andrzejewski finished her brace off an assist by Maya Worth.  Worth volleyed on a ball from the left side of the box that took a deflection and Andrzejewski was there in front of the cage just four yards out and she roofed the finish strike for a 3-1 Tar Heel lead.

Next up for Carolina is #9 Florida State (12-2-2) at Fetzer Field on Thursday night at 7 p.m.  The Tar Heels will be seeking their first win over the Seminoles since 2011.

The game will be webcast live nationally on ACC Network Extra and WatchESPN/ESPN3.

Seven of the eight spots in the 2016 ACC Tournament have now been determined through Sunday’s play.  Quarterfinal games will be played at the host sites of the top four seeds next Sunday.  Current standings are as follows;  Duke leads with 22 points – Florida State, Clemson and Notre Dame are tied for second with 20 points – North Carolina and Virginia are tied for fifth with 17 points – Miami is seventh with 15 points.  The final spot in the field will be determined with games on Thursday.  The second half of the standings have NC State with 10 points, Virginia Tech and Louisville with 9 points, Wake Forest and Boston College with 6 points, Syracuse with 5 points and Pitt with 3 points

MSU wins on goals by 2 Michigan Hawks, Lexy Warner and Jamie Cheslik

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Junior Jamie Cheslik netted the game-winning goal in the 100th minute as the Michigan State women's soccer team defeated Purdue, 2-1 Thursday at Folk Field.

With the win, MSU wraps up their season with a 7-10-1 overall record, and end with a 4-7-0 mark in the Big Ten conference. Purdue dropped to 4-12-1, and 2-8-1 in conference play.

"It was another very similar Big Ten game. It was a gritty, hard fought, and very back-and-forth type of game," said Head Coach Tom Saxton. "We showed great character throughout the 100 minutes."

In the first half, Purdue created three corner kick opportunities and tallied eight shots, but the Spartans defense did not conceded a goal until the 43rd minute. Boilermakers, Andrea Petrina sent a shot from 20 yards out to give Purdue the 1-0 lead at half.

"After going down 1-0 at the half we really turned it around in the second to give ourselves more scoring opportunities. It was a battle throughout the entire game, but we came out on top of this one, and credit to Purdue for such a hard fought game," said Saxton.

Purdue was out shooting Michigan State 7-3 in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but the Spartans still capitalized and found the equalizer in the 60th minute. Freshman Sadie Misiewciz passed ahead to Cheslik, where she connected with sophomore Lexy Warner who headed the ball to the top right corner of the net to knot the game up 1-1.

Neither team found the back of the net in the remainder of the half to force the game in to overtime. Purdue held the shot count 27-15, but junior Savanna Wojtanowski recorded 13 stops through 90 minutes of action.MSU

The Boilermaker's tallied six shots and a corner kick in the first nine of the 10 minutes of overtime, but MSU generated a counter attack game-winning goal in the final minute to give the Spartans the 2-1 win. Misiewicz led the counter attack, sent the ball up to Cheslik, and she flipped the ball above Purdue's goalie for her second consecutive game-winning goal.

After two consecutive conference wins, Michigan State's season ends on a positive note. The Spartans graduated nine seniors who dedicated their time and commitment to the program.

"It was nice to give the seniors an opportunity to play in their last appearance as a Spartan," said Saxton. "I give so much credit to them, and I believe their character and resilience showed throughout this entire year with all of our ups-and-downs, and I was glad they could go out with two great wins."

"The seniors made footprints in our program, and as we always talk about, they left a legacy. They never game up and they showed how Spartans fight," concluded Saxton.

5 Michigan Hawks Help Northwestern to Co- Big Ten Championship

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Congratulations to Marisa Viggiano, Michelle Manning, Maddie Lucas, Brenna Lovera and Courtney Scott


EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 20 Northwestern clinched a share of the Big Ten Championship for the first time in program history with a golden goal to defeat Illinois, 1-0, Wednesday night at Martin Stadium.
Sophomore Kayla Sharples scored the game winner for the 'Cats on a wild play after a corner kick in the 98th minute.
The Wildcats moved to 14-1-3 overall and tied the program-record for most regular season wins, set in 1998 by head coach Marcia McDermott.
Junior Lauren Clem secured her program-best 36th career shutout, and combined with the defense to extend the NU single-season record for shutouts to 14.
Chicago's Big Ten Team started the match well on a rainy, cold and windy night at Martin Stadium. Fifth year senior Nandi Mehta's low drive missed the far post in the fourth minute and Lauren Clem made a tough save from distance in the 27th minute.
Northwestern slowly amplified the pressure against Illinois and senior Rachel Zampa's close range shot in the 33rd minute narrowly squeaked wide. Junior Kassidy Gorman fizzed a dangerous cross behind the Illini backline, but nobody could get a head on it.
Gorman continued to threaten the visitors' goal in the second half and came close to scoring twice. Illinois goalkeeper Jaelyn Cunningham saved an eight-yard shot from Gorman in the 48th minute, and forced a point-blank shot from Gorman over the bar in the 67th minute.
The Wildcats tightened their stranglehold on the game in search of a winner, as Kim Jerantowski latched onto a breakaway and curled her effort just past the far post in the 80th minute. Cunningham saved a near-post drive from sophomore Marisa Viggiano in the 88th minute in the last chance of regulation.
Northwestern would not be denied in overtime and imposed its will on rivals Illinois. Kassidy Gorman slammed a ball home off of a cross, but was marked offside in the 95th minute.
On a corner kick in the 98th minute, Marisa Viggiano swung in a cross that fell to Kayla Sharples, and in a moment of chaos, the center back willed the ball into the back of the net. Her second goal of the season delivered Northwestern its first-ever Big Ten Championship.
The Wildcats are back in action on Sunday in the Big Ten Tournament when they host a quarterfinal against Nebraska at Martin Stadium at 3 p.m.

Michigan Hawks Playing at the Highest levels - Zoe Morse @ UVA

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CHARLOTTESVILLE -- In soccer, the University of Virginia's presence continues to grow on the United States women's national team. Named to the U.S. squad that recently played two matches against Switzerland were four former UVA stars: Becky Sauerbrunn, Morgan Brian, Emily Sonnett and Danielle Colaprico.

For Zoe Morse and the other current Cavaliers, the alumni's success at the sport's highest level inspires and motivates.

"I think it's really cool to think that they were once where I am now as a first-year, and it's a path that you can take," Morse said. "I want to get to that point and work as hard as I can here, with all the resources that [UVA's coaches] provide."

Morse, a freshman from East Lansing, Mich., is a starting midfielder and has scored two goals for eighth-ranked Virginia (12-3-2 overall, 5-2-2 ACC), which closes the regular season Thursday night at Louisville (7-6-4, 2-4-3).


Of the newcomers on the team, Morse has played the most minutes (1,147) this season.

"She ran cross country in high school, and she's got an amazing engine," head coach Steve Swanson said. "What's unique about Zoe, though, is a lot of times cross country runners don't have a chance of pace. But Zoe has a really good change of pace. So she's got this heart and lungs that are so valuable for soccer players. She can run all day. And yet she also has a chance of pace that I think is so helpful with being a good midfielder."

In an era in which many talented athletes start focusing on one sport an early age, Morse took another route. In addition to starring in club soccer for the Michigan Hawks, she played basketball through the ninth grade and was a distance runner at East Lansing High School.

"I wouldn't have done anything differently," Morse said. "I think if you specialize too early, you end up burning out, even if you love the sport you're doing. Also, there's the advantage of cross-training."

The sprinting and endurance work she did on the basketball court and in cross country "all help you in soccer," Morse said.

Her father, who attended Central Michigan as an undergraduate, is a physician who attended medical school at Michigan State. The Morses live about a half-mile from the Michigan State campus, and Zoe grew up as a fan of the Spartans.

"Oh, yeah," she said, smiling. "I still am."

Her club coach, Doug Landefeld, is a Michigan State alumnus -- as is Swanson -- and her hometown school was always an option for Morse. Still, she did not feel obligated to stay in East Lansing.

"And when I was looking for colleges, Doug recommended that I look at Virginia, and I came here and loved it," Morse said.

She knew little about the University when the recruiting process began, Morse said, but she researched the school online, "and I had heard about Steve from Doug, and I really liked that whole side of it. But also the academics are obviously very good here, and I wanted to do the best that I could with soccer and academics, and I thought this was the perfect combo."

Morse is the latest in a series of standouts from Michigan to play for the Wahoos. Others have included Lindsay Gusick, Olivia Brannon, Annie Steinlage and Courtney Petersen, a sophomore who joined the program last year. (Petersen is competing for the U.S. under-20 national team this fall.)

"When I was growing up, Michigan didn't have much soccer at all," said Swanson, 53, who's from West Bloomfield, Mich., outside Detroit.

"But what's amazing is, in the past 25, 30 years Michigan's been a real strong women's soccer state, and there's been a lot of tremendous players that have come out of Michigan."

Morse arrived for a recent interview after taking a test in biology. Where her academic path will lead her, she's not sure. A premed curriculum is a possibility. So is UVA's architecture school.

"So I have to take classes for both, which ends up being very time-consuming, but it's OK," Morse said.

The appeal of architecture for Morse?

"Throughout school, I've always enjoyed math and science," she said, "but then also I really enjoy doing artistic things, even if I'm not the greatest at them. I just really enjoy them. So architecture people always talk about how you have to utilize both sides of your brain, and I feel like that would be a good combo for me, because I enjoy both."

Its architecture, of course, is one of the renowned features of Mr. Jefferson's University.

"When I was visiting here I wasn't considering architecture at all, but I was always really in awe of all that stuff," Morse said. "And then when I got here and started considering it, I started looking around and realizing just how amazing all of his designs and the thought that he put into every little detail are."

Morse arrived at UVA in late July. A couple of weeks later, she was back in Michigan, this time for the Cavaliers' training camp, which is held annually in Glen Arbor, about 200 miles northwest of East Lansing. On Aug. 11, Virginia played Michigan in an exhibition in Ann Arbor, about an hour's drive from East Lansing, and Morse had a large cheering section of family and friends for the game.

Her soccer experience at Virginia has been "amazing," Morse said. "Obviously, everyone on the team is a really great player, and being able to surround myself with them every day in practice, and also see how they hold themselves outside of practice, it's helped me develop a lot as a person and a player."

Morse has represented the U.S. at the U17, U18 and U20 levels, and soccer has taken her to such countries as Jamaica, Costa Rica, Honduras, Spain, England and Mexico.

From her time in national-team programs, Morse knew three of her classmates -- Taylor Ziemer, Alissa Gorzak and Meghan McCool -- before enrolling at UVA.

"For me," Swanson said, "I've always said there are three big transitions you make coming to college: You make an athletic transition in your sport, you make a social transition going from your home to [life] on your own, and you make an academic transition from your high school to the academic rigor of, say, a Virginia.

"Now, some people can handle those transitions easy, and some people it takes a little more time. Some people handle two well and [struggle with] one. The advantage I see for [players with experience on] the national team is that in general they can make that transition to college soccer because of the level they've played at."

For Morse, the adjustment has gone smoothly.

"It's just amazing that she's as humble as she is," Swanson said. "Because she's an excellent student -- always has been -- and she's a superb athlete, and there's not a lot of things she's done that she's not done well. But she's this easy-going, humble person."

Morse fits in perfectly, Swanson said, on a team filled with players who have outstanding work ethics.

"They're disciplined," he said. "They're committed. They're motivated. I think one of the reasons why we were so attracted to Zoe was just who she is on the inside. That's allowed her, I think, to be successful, and she's earned everything.

"I think the biggest thing that Zoe can take credit for is she's earned the respect of her teammates for how hard she's worked and how much she's fit in. She's a great teammate."

The postseason begins Sunday for the `Hoos. Virginia will play in the ACC tournament quarterfinals, against an opponent and at a site that are still to be determined.

"What I love about this team is, they've really gotten better every single day," Swanson said. "You'd usually say it's been weekly, but this has been daily. Every single day they've seemed to get better. I do not think we've peaked yet, but we're slowly becoming the team we can be."

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Breast Cancer Awareness

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Many of our teams this year purchased pink Breast Cancer awareness T-shirts to support Cancer research. Here are the U10 Hawks showing their support:

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Last set of Barone brothers adds to legacy with Michigan State soccer

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Giuseppi "Joey" Barone recalled that when he moved from Italy to Grand Rapids at age 12, he gave up playing soccer for a while because, well, nobody really played soccer.

"About four years, I didn't play," he lamented of his teenage years in the 1980s.

That's kind of funny to think about now since Barone's name is synonymous with the sport around West Michigan and extending all the way to East Lansing, where fortunate chromosomes have benefitted the Michigan State men's soccer program the better part of the past eight years.

"Soccer has provided a lot," Barone said. "But it really wasn't planned like that."

Barone, who eventually became an NCAA Division III All-American at Calvin College, and his wife, Michelle, had identical twin boys while they were still in college. The two, Domenic and Mark, played for the Spartans from 2008 to 2011 (Mark, a midfielder) and 12 (Domenic, a forward).

Once the couple settled in, they had another baby six and a half years after the twins – another boy, Hunter. And Hunter, they decided, needed a sibling to similarly match the relationship of the twins. So 18 months later, they had yet another boy, Giuseppi.

Those younger two, who idolized their old brothers growing up, are now playing for Michigan State. Hunter is a sophomore forward and Giuseppi is a freshman midfielder for the No. 20-ranked Spartans, who are 10-3-1 (3-2-1 in the Big Ten) with a 3 p.m. match Saturday against Northwestern marking the last regular season home game at DeMartin Stadium.

It is a legacy initially born out of proximity that became a coup for the Spartans and furthered a bond for the Barones.

The twins played four seasons at East Kentwood and had their share of college options but they were limited. The problem? The universities were all too far – as in not a quick drive home to Grand Rapids.

"We're a close family and I know for Dom and myself, we really didn't want to be far away," Mark said. "We really liked the idea of being able to come home for dinner or something and then get back in an hour or so."

Barones.jpgDomenic,left, and Mark pose with younger siblings Hunter and Giuseppe at a Michigan State game in 2009. 

As Domenic and Mark were enjoying distinguished careers with the Spartans, younger brothers Hunter and Giuseppe were in the stands for many of the games.

"They were usually like the go-to players and so that was fun growing up and watching them," Hunter said.

"They were someone we looked up to and wanted to be like," Giuseppe added.

Now it's the younger pair making an impact. Hunter, who usually comes off the bench, has two goals, while Giuseppe has started 14 games with one goal and four assists.

And in the stands now are Domenic and Mark.

"I had never really even thought about it even though I knew it was going to happen," Mark said. "This year, that Green and White scrimmage I watched, it hit home and it was unbelievable that it came full circle."

Spartans coach Damon Rensing has been the beneficiary of all of them.

"To have four brothers come in and be able to play Division I soccer at such a high level is pretty amazing just in itself," said Rensing, who was an assistant when the twins arrived. "But they are such a soccer family and they all know the game so well. I mean, Domenic was a strong goal scorer, Mark was the steady, constant defender and strong passer.

"And now, a handful of a years later, Hunter and Giuseppe come in and I think they arrived a little more polished, more ready to play, and that's probably a by-product of their brothers. They knew what it took, knew what to expect."

Playing soccer won't last forever, but coaching can.

The older brothers, now 26, have played the past two seasons for Grand Rapids FC, though Domenic – who has been besieged by injuries throughout his career – recently had hip surgery, and Mark is now married.

They both coach at the club level and assist their father, who has been with Midwest United FC since 2007 and operates Barone Goal Scoring Camps.

As for the younger pair, they plan to make the most of their remaining time at Michigan State.

"Everything I've learned from them has made me a lot tougher and stronger on the field," Giuseppe said. "We both wanted to be like them so to be out there now (with the Spartans) is pretty cool."

They don't really compare themselves nor spend much time debating who's better at what since they have slightly different builds with different skill sets.

Besides, the family has found life isn't only about soccer.

"People ask me, 'How did you and your wife bring up four boys who were Division I soccer players?'" Barone said. "I know I really didn't do anything other than genetics, I guess.

"But the soccer experience has helped them become men now. That's what soccer has done. They've had to deal with adversity, with failure, with success, how to deal with coaches and handle disagreements. But for them to be so close and so family-orientated, that is what's so special to me."

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Schoolcraft Dome Event November 3rd

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Final touches are underway at Schoolcraft’s state-of-the-art indoor soccer dome. The dome will be open for use on November 4th. However, the facility will welcome the Wolves-Hawks Soccer Club on November 3rd to launch the grand opening and raise our banners. Bring your chairs and help us celebrate at 7:00pm on November 3rd, 2016!