U14 Hawks ECNL win National Championship

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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.

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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.”

ECNL National Championships

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Congratulations to the Michigan Hawks. One of 3 clubs in the nation with all 5 age groups playing this year for an ECNL national championship! !

Good luck to all the teams as they begin play June 24th in Seattle.


Saturday June 28th, 2014:

The U14's and U18's played in the semifinals today. The U14's playing Crossfire Premier won 5:2 and the U18's playing Real So Cal won in PK's with the Hawks Goalie saving 2. Both the U14's and U18's advance to the National Championship match.

Friday June 27th, 2014:

All three teams playing today need a good result so the U15 Hawks started the day with a 1:0 win against Albertson Fury. The U16 Hawks tied 1:1 against Concorde Fire and the U17 Hawks tied 2:2 against Washington Premier.

Thursday June 26th, 2014:

The U14 Hawks won 6:0 against the Slammers
The U15 Hawks won 3:2 against Washington Premier
The U16 Hawks lost 0:1 to Dallas Sting
The U17 Hawks lost 0:1 to San Diego Surf
The U18 Hawks won 1:0 against MVLA

Wednesday June 25th, 2014:

The U14 Hawks tied 3:3 against World Class FC
The U18 Hawks won 1:0 against Connecticut FC

Tuesday June 24th:

The U18 Hawks won 3:0 against OP Ohio Premier
The U14 Hawks won 4:0 against Solar Chelsea SC


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Black & Gold renew partnership with Detroit-based CSA Wolves for two years

For Immediate Release: June 20, 2014
Contact: Alex Caulfield, 614-447-4190 or Tim Miller, 614-447-4176

COLUMBUS – The Columbus Crew today announced that the Crew Youth system has extended its partnership with its affiliate program in the Detroit metropolitan area. The new, two-year contract extends the partnership to its fourth and fifth years as a Crew Youth affiliate.

The partnership began in 2011 as a comprehensive relationship between a top youth club (No. 4 in Soccer America’s 2010 rankings) and one of the most successful MLS youth organizations (No. 8 in Soccer America’s 2010 rankings), which was the first of its kind in the country.

“The Wolves have been a great partner with us since 2011 and have long been one of the most successful youth programs in the nation.” said Andrew Arthurs, Crew Senior Vice President of Soccer Business Development and Executive Director of Crew Juniors. “Through the U.S. Soccer Development Academy platform, CSA Wolves offer top Michigan youth the opportunity to compete at the highest level of youth soccer in the United States. This partnership allows us to extend that pathway for their outstanding players all the way into the Columbus Crew First Team. We are excited to be able to enhance the support to these teams with more technical support and oversight, as well as training, friendlies and matches in both Detroit and Columbus.”

"We have enjoyed the initial years of our relationship with the Crew,” said Brian Doyle, Michigan Wolves-Hawks Director of Coaching. “We are excited to continue working together to develop outstanding players and teams."
Crew Youth and adidas will supply significant match and training gear to CSA Wolves teams. In this extension, Wolves teams will also attend Crew matches throughout the year and send numerous teams to the Crew Youth event series annually. CSA Wolves secured a National Championship in 2009 for the Under-16 squad in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

For more information on the Crew Soccer Academy please visit www.thecrewyouth.com/crewsocceracademy.

The Columbus Crew is Ohio's Major League Soccer club. Owned and operated by Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV), and one of the League's Charter Members, it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008, and has also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. 2014 is the Crew’s 16th season at first-of-its-kind Crew Stadium, the first topflight soccer-specific facility built in the United States. Founded by the American sports pioneer Lamar Hunt, the club was purchased by PSV on July 29, 2013 as part of the privately held investment and management firm’s sports and entertainment business enterprise.

USYS Regional Championship Report

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Two Regional Champions:

The U-13 Girls Michigan Hawks took home the crown and move on to Nationals after defeating CUP Gold from Ohio South 4-0. Hailey Hartwig gave Michigan a 1-0 lead at halftime after scoring in the 35th minute. In the second half, Kaya Frazier got a pair of back to back goals in the 37th and 65th minutes. Grace Kelley scored the final goal of the match in the 69th minute, and the Hawks’ strong backline kept the shutout for the 4-0 victory. The Hawks were undefeated after all tournament matches.Hawks01 Regionals

Michigan Wolves 99 got their second straight Regional title after defeating U-15 Boys team Challenger Crew from Ohio North. Michigan got a 3-1 score for the championship and a spot at the 2014 National Championships. Louis Meeks stepped on the field and got a quick goal in just the 3rd minute of play. Stephen Milhoan found the equalizer for Challenger Crew before halftime in the 25th minute. In the final minutes of play, Michigan came back and concluded the match with two late goals by Nickolas Massey in the 79th minute, and Samuel DeLoy in the final 80th minute for the victory.Wolves99 Regionals

Tuesday June 24th, 2014

The U15 Wolves battled to win another heart-pounding game today. Wolves maintained superior possession throughout the second half, but were unable to capitalize on numerous scoring opportunities.  In the knock-out stage of the semi-finals, the Wolves were down 0-1 to Sporting K.C. entering the final minutes of stoppage.  The boys dug deep and Nick Matton managed to get his head on a loose ball scoring the tying goal off of a free kick just outside the 18.  Not willing to settle for the tie, the Wolves were able to reclaim possession and Sam DeLoy served a brilliant ball into the box where Abe Johnson drove the ball into the net advancing the Wolves to the finals against Challenger Crew.

The U13 Hawks won their semifinal match against the Michigan Jaguars Green with a score of 4:1.  The Hawks started the scoring at the 23rd minuite with a goal from Ashley Armstrong. After a goal from the Jags in the 57th minute Ashley Armstrong scored her second goal of the match at the 76th minute mark. Four minutes later Madeline Carlson scored and then Chloe Parana scored in the 82nd minute.

The U19 Wolves had a slow start and gave up 2 goals in the first 15 minutes.  After half time they rallied back with two goals from Brenton Desai however with the last push up top they lost the match 5:2.  We wish all the players the best in the future on their college teams.

MDL Regional Report

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Wolves 00 Win Championship!!!

The U14 Wolves 00 won their MDL regional championship today 1-0. They have advanced as the midwest winners to the National Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina in July. Go Wolves!!!!

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Day 3 Report:

The U14 Wolves 00 advanced to the regional MDL finals in Waukegan, Illinois. They will play for the championship tomorrow at 10:30AM. Wolves 00 faced tough competition from Scott Gallagher Missouri but held out for the final tie to advance.  Great play by Michael Martinez and the rest of the Wolves team

4v4 Soccer Scramble

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Wolves Hawks is offering the first 4v4 Scramble Soccer Event.  The event is a modern version of the 4v4 Games made famous with the Dutch Coaching Schools.  

The 4v4 Scramble involves every player being shuffled or scrambled every game.  Simply, each game will involve new players to form a team.

Scores will be kept on a win, loss, and draw basis, with individual prizes for the highest tally.

The 4v4 Scramble is limited to 60 players.  You must attend all sessions.  

AGES: U10s TO U12s
U10 = players born between 8/1/04 - 7/31/05
U11 = players born between 8/1/03 - 7/31/04
U12 = players born between 8/1/02 - 7/31/03

TIMES: 10AM to 12PM

DATES: Tue, July 22, Wed, July 23, & Thur, July 24


Cost: $60.00

Please file the registration link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GRE53clSc-3WAG13AjimKST9tbRd-3kPR-kgwcREdE4/viewform?usp=send_form

Checks written out to: Wolves-Hawks Soccer Club

You must register ONLINE and Mail a copy of the Registration Form to: Wolves Hawks SC, 21252 Parklane St, Farmington Hills, MI 48335

Any questions, please contact Bryan Thorp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

July Summer Camp

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Enjoy the summer while refining you’re skills before you join you’re new teammates. This Summer Training Camp was created to enhance and continue the development of the individual. For the third straight summer we are offering 9 total sessions that cover different areas of the game (Dribbling, Passing/Receiving and Finishing). This camp is a great tool to stay sharp throughout the summer in addition to attending weekly camps. Our camp is offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for the last 3 weeks of July. So come out and join us at the friendly confines of Jaycee Park in Livonia!

When: Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s in July (15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, and 31)

Who: All Players (U9-U13 5:30-6:50) (U14+ 6:50-8:10

Where: Jaycee Park 32501 Pembroke St. Livonia, MI 48152

Cost and Packages: $155 for 9 Sessions, 6 Sessions for $130 or 25$ per session.

Registration Deadline: July 7th

What you get: Tuesday- Dribbling. Wednesday- Striking and Finishing. Thursday- Passing and Receiving.

* If you have any question please contact Scott Duhl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (734) 891-6272

Please download the registration form to register.