The Michigan Wolves 00 team coached by Sam Cheaib have returned from a week of post season play at the NPL national finals in Greensboro, North Carolina. The team earned a spot in the U14 division after winning the MDL regional championship in June. The finals held at Bryant Park featured league winning teams from 16 NPL divisions. The Wolves 00 team faced tough competition from the very beginning but came out strong with a 4-0 win vs Parsippany NPL99 from the Northeast league. They tied the very physical team from Oregon the BSC Hood River Strikers 1-1 in a tough battle. Their final bracket play was a 3-2 victory over the Santa Rosa United Arsenal from the Pacific Conference. In their semi-final match, the Wolves met Real Colarado U14 Athletico. Equally matched in skill and possession the deciding factor in this 1-0 loss was a PK awarded to the opposing team. Congratualtions to the Wolves 00 team. They completed a wonderful season and ended with a total record of 47-3-4.
The Michigan Wolves and Hawks will offer a summer soccer camp, July 28th-31st at JayCee
Park, 19800 Mayfield Street in Livonia. Cost for the 4 day camp is $115, if received before
July 11th, $135, if received after. In addition to quality instruction with many of our club
coaches using the club’s proven curriculum, each player will also receive a camp t-shirt. This
year, the camp will be attended by one or more of the Columbus Crew Professional Soccer
Players who will sign autographs. During the camp, players will be placed into groups based on
both age and ability after the first day. The camp is open to players from any club.
Camp Staff– Doug Landefeld, Adil Salmoni, Sam Cheaib, Lars Richters and Bryan Thorp
To register for camp, please complete form (link), including the waiver and send a check for
$115 if sent before July 11th ($135 after the 11th).
Also, please register on line at http://adisal.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=14c68c89457fa63646ef5cc22&id=ce7ed224e4&e=af8375389c
The Michigan Hawks continued a dominance at the U13 age group in Region II at USYSA Regionals. With the 4-0 Michigan Hawks win over CUP in the final, the club now has won three straight U13 Regional Championships and five in the last 6 years. The only year that the Hawks did not win, 2011, they lost in the finals.
Congratulations Coach Michelle and to this year's U13 Hawks!!!!
Good luck at Nationals.
CHICAGO (July 2, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has named 27 players for a two-week training camp being held from July 9-23 in Seattle, Washington, that will be the final event before the USA departs for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
TopDrawer Soccer Article Written by Will Parchman
The ECNL Seattle event wrapped up on Sunday, bringing together a host of the nation’s top girls talent from across the nation. For the U14 and U18 age groups it represented the national finals, and the Michigan Hawks U14 and PDA U18 teams wrapped up successful weeks with hardware.
Here’s a look at the TopDrawerSoccer.com combined Best XI from those U14 and U18 national finals contests. Note that this represents teams and players TopDrawerSoccer.com saw in person over the course of the six-day event.
GK Heather Rolls, Michigan Hawks U18: Hawks ultimately fell a win short of a national title, but Rolls was imperious between the pipes in nearly getting them there. They shut out all three opponents in the group phase, and when Real So Cal forced penalty kicks in the semifinal, Rolls came up with two enormous saves to put the Hawks in the title game. While a tight 2-1 loss to PDA followed, the Georgetown commit did herself proud in Seattle.
Shae Holmes, Real Colorado U14: Left backs aren’t exactly a dime a dozen, so Holmes’ influence didn’t go unnoticed in Seattle. She routinely popped up on the overlap for Real Colorado, and was just as adept at tracking runners and shutting down attacks. Notably, Holmes scored an absolute screamer in the U14 championship game against the Hawks U14 side to knot the game at 2-2 late. Real Colorado couldn’t come up with the victory, but Holmes got them to the doorstep.
Courtney Coate, San Diego Surf U18: Before running into the grinder that is the PDA U18s in the national semifinals, the Surf were among the most defensively sturdy teams at a goal-happy tournament in Seattle. They shut out the explosive Lonestar SC attack in addition to an Internationals side that had scored three earlier in the week. Coate was a stabilizing force in the middle, and the Pittsburgh pledge gave them the steel to get to the semis.
D Samantha Kleedtke, Michigan Hawks U14: A defender adept at drilling free kicks? In a lot of ways, Kleedtke is a coach’s dream. Kleedtke was a solid central defender throughout the week, but her real utility lay in her ability to hit withering free kicks. She scored from a spot kick from 25 yards in the U14 final and set up another goal with a 35-yard boomer in eventual victory. Every team has a spot for a player like Kleedtke.
M Ashlynn Serepca, Charlotte SA U14: Given that she hasn’t yet been called into a YNT camp, Serepca is one of the nation’s best-kept secrets. The secret may be out after this week following a solid 2-1 showing in Seattle. Serepca is a fluid attacking midfielder who can double as a striker, and while Charlotte SA didn’t advance past PDA, Serepca was a nightmare for opposing defenders all week.
M Rachel Corboz, PDA U18: This PDA side wrapped up arguably the best run in the history of the ECNL by winning its second consecutive national title in barnstorming fashion. Corboz was the team’s beating heart in the midfield, both setting attacks and helping shut down opposing ones. She’ll join her sister at Georgetown in the fall, and that should immediately create a midfield of silk.
M Sophie Hirst, Crossfire Premier U14: As far as wingers go, it didn’t get any better in the U14 ranks over the course of the week than hometown favorite Hirst. The right winger had a huge week, contributing to Crossfire’s 11-1 goal differential in the group phase and then operating as its most dangerous threat in an eventual 5-2 loss to the Hawks in the semifinals. Speed, guile and agility for days in all-important wide positions.
M Amelia Paternoster, PDA U14: PDA was given a raw deal with its group, as it was lumped in with top overall seed Charlotte SA. Despite not being the favorites, PDA put in a massive 3-1 victory over Charlotte to help win the group. Paternoster, an influential right winger all week, scored twice in that game to set the tone for a week in which she was often the most influential player on the field.
F Alexa Spaanstra, Michigan Hawks U14: There’s no question that Spaanstra deserves the player of the tournament award. The most dangerous U14 player in Seattle scored five goals in five games, including a hat trick in the semifinal and the title-winning goal with just minutes to play. With impeccable footwork, lightning-quick speed and a poacher’s instinct, Spaanstra has quite a future ahead.
F Laila Gray, McLean U18: McLean was involved in one of the great games of this tournament, and Gray was center stage for the fireworks. In their opening game against D’Feeters, McLean trailed 2-1 with just minutes to play when Gray popped up with the tying goal. In stoppage time, the dangerous Virginia Tech commit sliced in an assist to hand McLean the full three points. They ran into PDA in the next game, but a 2-1 week with Gray leading the charge is nothing to sniff at.
F Lauren Jankowski, PDA U18: PDA is loaded with tremendous attackers, but Jankowski, a South Carolina commit, came up with the timeliest goal of all. Playing off the more physical Colby Ciarrocca, Jankowski spun into dangerous positions all week, and it was her goal against Hawks in the final that gave PDA its second title in as many years. A lasting legacy to remember on a team full of stars.
Congratulations to Coach Derek Wiliford and his U14 Hawks for winning the ECNL National Championships. The final match was a 3:2 win against Real Colorado.
The U18 Hawks ECNL ended up as National Finalists after a 1:2 loss in the Final match.
As reported in TopDrawer Soccer.com:
REDMOND, Washington - Coronations don’t get much sweeter. For the Michigan Hawks U14s, the trophy represented redemption. For the PDA U18s, the cementing of an unmatched legacy.
Both got to hoist the ECNL national championship trophy just the same.
Sunday represented the final day of competition at the six-day ECNL Seattle event, which meant the U14 and U18 championship games took center stage in the morning session. In the initial contest, the Hawks banished memories of a loss to Legends at this stage last year with much of the same roster. Just hours later, the PDA U18 won its second straight title as a group and chiseled its place in stone as arguably the greatest ECNL side in history.
“For us, this has been the last piece of our journey,” PDA coach Seth Korman said. “They’re going off to college. We wanted to do things right. They’ve done things right from the very beginning, and we wanted to end it our way, which was with a national championship. We accomplished that.”
This diaspora of this particular PDA is coming with the start of college this fall, but before it splintered apart it put in one final show of force. PDA won all five of its games in Seattle, and the finale against the Michigan Hawks represented the first time PDA had trailed since anyone on the sideline could remember. Despite giving up an early goal, which the Hawks’ Michele Manning headed goalward within the opening 10 minutes, PDA clawed back with a pair of steely goals.
Just minutes after conceding, substitute Lauren Dimes poked home the equalizer, and Lauren Jankowski was on the end of a Colby Ciarrocca cross with about 15 minutes left for the decisive 2-1 lead. The Hawks pushed for the equalizer over the final moments, but PDA’s iron back line - which had surrendered just three goals in 16 regular season games - didn’t yield.
The result was the cementing of a dynasty years in the making. PDA hasn’t lost a regular season game in over two years, a national league event game in three years and a league game in four. That now encompasses back-to-back national championships, giving rise to the question of whether this particular side is the best in ECNL history.
The answer? It very well could be.
“In every training session, every year they raise the standard,” Korman said. “To beat a team like Michigan Hawks, they’re a very talented team. I think the two best teams in the country played today. But I don’t think they feel (the pressure). I think they love it.”
The Hawks’ 2-1 loss in the later game denied the program of a title sweep thanks to events that transpired earlier that morning. The Michigan Hawks U14 team overcame a similarly hard-fought battle to prevail 3-2 over a plucky Real Colorado side that knocked out PDA in penalties in the semifinals on Saturday. The Hawks trailed early, but a team that had lost out on a title at this stage last year wasn’t to be denied this time around.
“I think we worked really hard for what we got. I think we deserve it,” said midfielder Abby Gardiner. “It’s just a really exciting moment to win a national championship. I don’t think we really know what we’re feeling right now, but we’re just excited.”
Hawks may have controlled most of the game’s meaningful passages, but Real Colorado did effective work on the counter. Lightning quick forward Sophia Smith played up top as a lone striker and troubled a Hawks back line that was caught out several times. The first was just five minutes in when Jade Gosar knocked in a header off a free kick for an early lead.
The Hawks assumed command quickly thereafter and scored two in quick succession. Fifteen minutes later, center back Samantha Kleedtke blasted a 25-yard free kick into the upper left corner to level terms, and the Hawks redirected another Kleedtke free kick in a scrum not long after to take the upper hand.
Real Colorado didn’t go quietly. With about 20 minutes to go in the game, left back Shae Holmes scored the goal of the game with a left-footed screamer that beat the keeper to the top shelf. That knotted the game at 2-2 and set it up for a frantic finish. The Hawks were on the spot, and it was none other than Alexa Spaanstra, who scored a hat trick in the semifinals, with the athletic winner. She cut onto her left and finished across the keeper’s face with a low-burner with about five minutes to go for a 3-2 lead.
A prime time play from one of the nation’s prime time players on the biggest stage.
“Last year I think we were more shocked because we didn’t expect to make it either,” Spaanstra said. “But I think this year, we thought that because we didn’t win last year we were going to get to the finals and play our hardest. I think we did that.”