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Coach Sam inducted into HYPE Sports Hall of Fame

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Congratulations to Coach Sam Cheaib after being selected to the 1st Annual HYPE Sports Hall of Fame! The inductees were selected based on each person’s service to the community and HYPE and their impressive athletic achievements. Coach Sam was inducted at HYPE’s Annual Dinner “The Village That Raised a Child” on Thursday April 16, 2015  at the HYPE Recreation Center:

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On hand to watch Coach Sam receive his award were Lars Richters, Michele Krzisnik, Ed McCarthy, Adil Salmoni, Tony and Kim Phillips, Heather Prince, Amber and Jerry Townes.

U7 Wolves Total Soccer Champions

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Congratulations to the U7 Wolves '08 team and coach Holly Peters on winning the Total Soccer Winter II Session.

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Hawks Standout in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO, California – Day two of the ECNL National Event at the San Diego Polo Club is over, and there were more performances worthy of recognition from the games TopDrawerSoccer watched.

Overall, the action on the second day was much more closely contested, with fewer players completely taking over matches. Still, there were players who stood out in the sunny (not to mention windy) conditions in San Diego, and one thing those players had in common was a tendency to persist in half chances and 50-50 balls.

Read More: Standouts from ECNL SD Day One  | ECNL Coverage | ECNL Scoreboard 

Here are the players who stood out the most in the games TopDrawerSoccer took in on Saturday.

Alexxis Lipsey, Michigan Hawks U16: Lipsey showed various facets to her game against Colorado Storm. She had skill, and knew how to move with and without the ball. But when she couldn’t get clean looks on goal, she showed her tenacity to follow speculative opportunities and was rewarded with an admittedly scrappy goal, albeit the winning tally.

Paige Franks, Richmond United U15: A forward not afraid to shoot, Franks was unfortunate not to score a goal against De Anza Force when her chip was tipped over the ball in the first half. But she also displayed good link-up play with her teammates and had good touch.

Katrina Koomen, Michigan Hawks U17: The towering defender showcased a midfielder’s skillset on the afternoon, as she was not afraid to move upfield to hunt for the ball (and often won it) and displayed a quick turn from time to time. She’s also got a booming kick to play it upfield, something that paid off as the Hawks’ game against FC Stars of Massachusetts wore on.

Allison Winterfield, Michigan Hawks U17: Solid on defense in the middle of the field but very good in flipping a quick counterattack, Winterfield scored a terrific goal on the day and was unlucky not to have scored more once the Hawks’ attack began to click.

Emma Tokuyama, Michigan Hawks U17: Had her backheeled shot on goal gone in she would have had pulled off some real skill, but besides the audacious attempt Tokuyama played well to bring down balls over the top on diagonal runs and had a very quick turn to beat defenders.

Indy Burn Champions

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The U14 Michigan Wolves 01 Gold team participated in the Indy Burn Cup on April 10-12th. Their first match was a 7:0 win against United Soccer Alliance of Indiana, second match was a 1:0 win against Indiana Elite FC, and the third match was a 3:0 win against Deleware County Futbol Stars.  The Championship match was played against Indiana Elite with a final score of 2:0.  Congratulations on having no goals scored against them all weekend!

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U20 Women's National Team Camp invites 3 Hawks

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CHICAGO (April 6, 2015) – After going undefeated in three matches at a friendly tournament in La Manga, Spain, in early March, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold a domestic training camp from April 11-18 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. The event will be held in conjunction with a U-19 Women’s National Team camp.

U.S. head coach Michelle French has called up 24 players – 12 college players and 12 currently still playing for their youth clubs – with 13 players born in 1996, seven in 1997 and three in 1998, including Jordan Harr and Mallory Pugh, both of who scored goals in La Manga. French will add one more player to the camp before it begins.

This age group is focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996. FIFA recently announced that the tournament will be held in Papau New Guinea.

The U-20s will split its squad on Friday, April 17, to play matches against USC (4:45 p.m. PT) and UCLA (6:30 p.m. PT).

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Caroline Brockmeier (Florida State; Tallahassee, Fla.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Schuyler DeBree (Duke; Fair Haven, N.J), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Ally Haran (Wake Forest; Linden, Mich.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.), Jessie Scarpa (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Megan Buckingham (UNC; Novi, Mich.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Gabrielle Matulich (UCLA; Los Gatos, Claif.), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.)
FORWARDS (5): Alexa Ben (DePaul; Schaumburg, Ill.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Kelly Sweeney (Vardar; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.) Article Link

Wake Forest defender Ally Haran was called up to the United States Under-20 Women's National Team for the first time for a training camp from April 11-18 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.
Haran previously spent time training with Canada's U-20 team. She was born in Stratford, Ontario, but was raised in Michigan and played for the Michigan Hawks.
She is one of 24 players selected to the roster, including one of seven defenders. Six of the 13 current college players on the roster are from ACC institutions.
After missing the first eight games of the 2014 season, Haran stepped in as a starting center back. She recorded a goal and an assist in nine games, helping anchor Wake Forest's back line as a freshman.

3 Hawks Head to National Camp

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The Under-16 Girls’ National Team will hold a training camp from April 6-13 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., that will feature 24 players. The event will run in conjunction with a U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team camp. The two teams will play each other twice during the week. This will be the second camp of the year for the U-16 GNT. Camps for this age group represent and overall increase in programming for the USA’s youth national teams. All but one player on the roster was born in 2000.

ECNL Impact | Changing Club Structure and Methods

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Richmond, Va.(March 30, 2015) - The Elite Clubs National League (“ECNL”) was founded in 2009 with a very basic mission – to improve the training and competition environment for elite youth female soccer players in the United States. This mission is frequently shortened to 3 words – RAISE THE GAME. These words encompass a platform that seeks to improve coach, player, and club development through competition, education, development, and more.

Prior to the formation of the league, top youth female soccer players in the United States played too many overall games and not enough meaningful and highly competitive games.  In this reality, training frequency and quality suffered, and individual player development was not consistently maximized. The ECNL mission was to change this reality – by creating a platform where top players could consistently train with and compete against each other.

The 2011-2012 season was the first “full” season that ECNL teams and players competed solely in the ECNL all year.  Since that season, through consistent and meaningful high-level competition and other associated demands, there has been steady improvement in style of play, coaching, and player performance.  These improvements have come through positive change in the daily environment at ECNL clubs throughout the country.

To understand the impact of the ECNL within the clubs, we spoke to the Directors of Coaching at four top ECNL clubs.  Below is insight on how the ECNL has impacted their club and players in the past few years, and their expectations for the future:

  • Doug Landefeld - Director of Coaching, Michigan Hawks
  • Colin Chesters - Director of Coaching, San Diego Surf
  • Lorne Donaldson - Executive Director of Coaching, Real Colorado
  • Mike O’Neill - Girls Director of Coaching, Players Development Academy  

Crew Spring Classic 2015 Champions

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The Crew Spring Classic held on March 27-29th, 2015 in Grand Rapids, MI was a great start to the season for 5 of our teams.

The Michigan Hawks 07 were Champions of the girls U08 Gold division after winning all of their matches and finishing with the Championship title after a 5:2 win against PSG MI Gators.

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The Michigan Hawks 06 Black team were Champions of the girls U09 Silver division. They finished the Championship match with a 4:3 win against RSC Lighting 06 Blue

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The Michigan Wolves 07 were Champions of the boys U08 Gold Division after wining all of their matches.

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The Michigan Hawks 06 team were Finalists in the girls U09 Gold division after a close 0:1 final match.

The U13 Michigan Hawks 02 Red team ended the weekend as Finalists after a close 0:1 match to the home team GR Crew Black.


Congratulations to all players and parents!

1st Annual Michigan Hawks Appreciation Banquet

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HawksBanquet2015Doug Landefeld, Director of Coaching for the Michigan Hawks, hosted the 1st Annual Appreciation Banquet for the U14-U18 Hawks teams on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Laurel Manor. There were over 320 people that attended including Honored Guests and Founding Directors of the Club - Tom Coyne, Paul Dugan and the Scicluna family along with Special Guest Speakers (former Hawks players) University of South Carolina-Upstate Head Women’s Soccer Coach Abby Minihan and Rock Valley College Head Women’s Soccer Coach Carrie Barker. The graduating senior Hawks were recognized and honored while two girls from each team shared some insight about their teammates.   It was a fun evening of laughs (some tears by Coach Doug), lots of pictures and great stories. If you were not able to attend this year, we hope you can make it next year.

Zoe Morse Shoots for Soccer’s Top

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EAST LANSING – Zoe Morse, a junior at East Lansing High, has been in love with soccer since she was a little girl. Recognized as an All-American and representing the U.S. as part of the Women’s National Team, she’s beginning to realize her dreams of playing in the World Cup are within reach.

Morse is one of 24 players in the country named on the U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team (WNT). The team’s first training camp of the year was held in February at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Soccer’s “U” system denotes players under a certain age, grouping them by team.

“It’s amazing,” said Morse, who plays midfielder. “All the staff there just really helps you out, it’s that kind of environment where everyone just wants you to succeed.”

Morse and her team will be eligible to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 World Cup. However, the next World Cup in 2018 might be more realistic. The WNT program starts with U-17, running through U-23. The final level is the elite WNT, which includes players like Abby Wambach and Shannon Boxx and will represent the U.S. this summer in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Morse holding a plaque from the U-17 NTC Invitational in Carson, California.
Morse holding a plaque from the U-17 NTC Invitational in Carson, California.
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  Morse considers her involvement with the national teams to be her greatest achievement. The All-American honor in January comes at a close second. She also played on the U-17 WNT in 2013, and helped her team defeat Japan in the Women’s NTC Invitational.

Aside from the national team, Morse is a midfielder for the U-18 Michigan Hawks coached by Doug Landefeld. The Hawks program has been a springboard for Michigan’s best players, such as former star defender Kate Sobrero Markgraf.

“The competition is really kind of what separates us (from most programs), it’s why we’re in this league and why people like Zoe are playing for us,” said Landefeld.

Twenty-one of the 22 players on Landefeld’s roster will play collegiate soccer, with 20 in Division I .