ECNL announces the Top 10 Clubs

The ECNL Overall Club Championship is recognition of consistent competitive excellence across multiple age groups. Previous winners have included PDA (2013), Slammers (2012), and Eclipse Select (2011). Congratulations to the 2014 ECNL Overall Club Champion PDA! Below is the Overall Club Top 10 for the 2013-2014 season.

2014 Overall Club Championship - Top 10

  1. PDA
  2. San Diego Surf
  3. Michigan Hawks
  4. Eclipse Select
  5. Dallas Texans
  6. Real Colorado
  7. Crossfire Premier
  8. So Cal Blues
  9. Dallas Sting
  10. West Coast FC

2014 National Championships Best 11

The 2014 National Championship posted a list of the best 11 players in each age group.  Three Hawks and one Wolves player made the list:

BEST 11 TEAMS

*  Represents Golden Ball winner
** Represents Golden Glove winner
 

Under-13 Girls
Player Team Position State
Brooke Cavino South Shore Select Elite Forward MA
Jaida Thomas Dallas Kicks SC Forward TX-N
Lilian Lucas * Michigan Hawks 01 Forward MI
Brooke Wilson Surf Academy Forward CA-S
Kaya Frazier Michigan Hawks 01 Forward MI
Kelly McNeil South Short Select Elite Defender MA
Monique Landrum Surf Academy Defender CA-S
Mackenzie Simpson Surf Academy Forward CA-S
Bria Telemaque Michigan Hawks 01   MI
Mackenna Carmichael ** Surf Academy Keeper CA-S
Emma Reeves Surf Academy   CA-S
Under-15 Boys
Player Team Position State
Christopher Hardy 99 Lobos Rush Premier Forward TN
Nahshon Little Delaware Rush 98 Forward DE
Kenneth Kiggins United FC Gold 98 Midfield CA-S
Mandel Steward * Solar Chelsea Red 99 Forward TX-N
Jack Woods Solar Chelsea Red 99 Forward TX-N
Raymundo Zuniga Pateadores San Diego Forward CA-S
Brayden McNitt Michigan Wolves 99 Midfield MI
Brian Melchor Pateadores San Diego Midfield CA-S
Charles Wehan United FC Gold 98 Midfield CA-S
Hugo Espindola United FC Gold 98 Forward CA-S
Issac Hernandez ** Pateadores San Deigo Keeper CA-S

Hawks 01 advance to Finals at Nationals

Game 1 vs Dallas Kicks: Kaya Frazier started off the scoring with a long left footed shot from outside the box.  In the second half, Erin MacDonald scored a header goal off of a corner kick.  Then Lily Lucas placed a free kick perfectly under the crossbar from outside of the 18.  Kaya Frazier finished off the scoring with another left footed rocket shot.

Game 2 vs South Shore Select(MA):  The first half was scoreless as the teams got to know each other.  Lily Lucas scored the only two goals of the game on a PK and a long shot from way outside box.

Game 3 vs San Diego Surf Academy: The third game of round robin play featured the top two rated teams in the country.  The first half was scoreless as both teams had good opportunities.  Lily Lucas scored the games only goal two minutes into the second half on a shot from 40 yards out.

The Finals are on Saturday at 6:00PM.  The Hawks will have a rematch with the San Diego Surf Academy.  The game will be streamed live on the internet at http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/live

Go Hawks !!!!

Lars Richters awarded Coach of the Year in the Central Conference

CHICAGO (July 20, 2014) - The U.S. Soccer Development Academy has named its conference award winners for Player of the Year and Coach of the Year. Additional accolades include a Starting XI for each conference at each age group, as well as team- and club-focused awards.

Jeremy Ebobisse (Bethesda-Olney) was named Player of the Year in the East Conference for the Under-15/16s (1997-98 birth years). Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire) won the award in the Central and Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ) in the West. For Coach of the Year, Matias Asorey (Kendall SC) was the winner in the East Conference. Lars Richters (Crew Soccer Academy Wolves) won in the Central and Teddy Chronopoulos (Pateadores) took the honors in the West.

For the Under-17/18s (1995-96 birth years), the Players of the Year were Brian White (Players Development Academy) in the East, Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea FC) in the Central and Adonis Amaya (LA Galaxy) in the West. Matt Pilkington (Bethesda-Olney) was the Coach of the Year in the East, with Tim Carter (Shattuck-St. Mary's Soccer Academy) and Derek Armstrong (Nomads SC) winning the award in the Central and West, respectively.

For the overall awards, the Philadelphia Union was named the Best Overall Club in the East Conference. FC Dallas earned the same distinction in the Central and the award went to the LA Galaxy in the West. To be considered for this award, a club must have a U-12 through Pro Development pathway.

In the Under-13/14 age group (1990-00 birth years), the Development Academy does not award individual players but does recognize Coaches of the Year, along with team and club awards. Marcelo Neveleff (Weston FC) took home Coach of the Year honors in the East Conference, with Dave Richardson (Sockers FC) and Shaun Tsakaris (De Anza Force) garnering the honors in the Central and West Conferences, respectively.

Hawks U13's make Region II History

Hawks01 RegionalsThe 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.

http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/regionII/Region_II_History/

U14 Hawks ECNL win National Championship

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.

 U14ECNL NationalChampions

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.”

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