U15 Girls Make Semi Finals in 2012 State Cup!
U18 Boys 2011/2012 CDL League Champions and Sweet 16 State Cup!
Two of FC Sarasota's Own Make First Team ODP
U15 Girls Win 2011 President's Cup!!!
U16 Girls Win Div II USA League!
U17 Boys Win Disney Memorial Day ShootOut!
Photo: Gus Pedeson (back row, left to right), Sebastian Behan, Jake Bokorney, (middle row, left to right) Coach Adam DeClerico, Ivo Lima, Mike Amaya (front row, left to right) and Tyler Marshall, Not pictured are Alexandre Zidani and Steven Rocca.
The U18 Boys FC Sarasota Team is proud to announce that eight (8) of its players have signed letters of intent to continue their soccer careers at the NCAA level starting in the fall of 2012. This represents one of the highest percentages of collegiate placements for a youth soccer team out of this region in the past 25 years. The player and respective college or university list includes:
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Pictured from L to R: Front Row – Austin Myara, Stephen Taylor, Brendan O’Connor, Justin O’Connor, Andrew Chlebina. Back Row – Michael Amaya, Carlos Reyes, Gus Pederson, Jake Bokorney, Tyler Marshall, Ivan Pineda , Rashoir Elliot , Seb Behan
FC Sarasota U17 Boys Proud of Recent Success
Sarasota, FL, June, 21, 2010 – The U17 Boys Team, which is made up of players from both Manatee and Sarasota counties, is proud to announce our region's very first player to be selected to a United States National Soccer Team. Bakie Goodman was recently honored for his hard work and dedication by being selected to the US National U15 Boys Team. Bakie just completed a week-long camp in New Jersey with the top U15 Boys from around the country and impressed his peers and coaches alike. “Overall, the play was much faster, the players were more skilled and the competition was much tougher than what I had ever experienced. The players work harder, are always moving off the ball, and they don’t stop running” said Bakie. Asked for what areas of development does he and his local team need to focus on now that he has seen the best players in the country, Bakie states “moving the ball much faster by working on our ball skills, including first touch, moving off the ball, and taking everything seriously.”
Secondly, the team returned home on Father’s Day after capturing the Championship at the Disney Summer Showcase Tournament in Orlando (June 18 - 20). According to Coach Roy Hill, “after committing to play in the Disney Tournament, 3 players from our starting 11 became unavailable, taking our squad down to just 13 players while every other team had at least 17 players on their squads. Our team was focused from the first game to dictate the speed of play and not just boot the up field in 90 degree heat. We had players step up in both performance and attitude, our defensive play was solid conceding only one goal all weekend. The team played great two touch soccer through our midfield while movement and runs from the strikers was excellent. From a coaches point view this weekend’s win will set us up well for this coming season’s CDL League and our trip to the prestigious San Diego Surf Cup Tournament in late July, where the boys will once again represent the Sarasota and Manatee area.”
Since 2005, this group of players is the only local team program designed to by-pass traditional club-level politics and unify the most committed and skilled players from the major soccer affiliates in Manatee and Sarasota counties. The focus then and now centers upon tactical soccer knowledge and implementation of sound technical skills while emphasizing individual accountability, developmental training and practice over the sole result of a game outcome. “We want our players to play the game right and develop as skilled athletes versus boot-balling just to get the win”, said Coach Hill.
Jamie Brester, the U18 FC Sarasota Head Coach is looking forward to watching her 4 players play at the College level and for another promising season. Congratulations Girls
University of Central Florida:
Tina is one of the most talented players I have seen come out of this area and will be one of the top players for UCF. Having her as a captain and player on FC’s team has been technically,tactically and mentally good for the entire program,says Head Coach Jamie Brester.
UCF Associate Head Coach Colby Hale: "Tina has flown a little under that radar and we believe she could be one of the real steals in the class. She is quick, tough and very creative. She can strike a ball with her left or right foot and is composed in front of goal."
University of South Florida:
Graduates 2011 but has verbally committed to USF Soccer program. Sarah Has been a big impact player for FC Sarasota and will succeed at the next level.
Babson Park, Fla. - The Webber International University Women’s Soccer team continues to strengthen their squad for the 2010 soccer season as they announce the signing of – Makenzie Vance, Hillary Zieglar, Nicole Enterlein, and Kelsey Coty. These four ladies will assist in the continuing success of the Lady Warriors in the upcoming season. Hillary Ziegler is a St. Pete, Fl native where she attended St. Pete Catholic High School and has started all four years on varsity for her high school team. Most recently she has been playing one year with FC Sarasota. Hillary is looking forward to studying business at Webber.
“Hillary is a defender but could easily play midfield for us as well. She is fearless in the air, has good size, athleticism and strength. She should help us on defense but also be able to attack with her versatility. I am looking forward to seeing the impact Hillary brings to our team. She stood out in my mind right away on the field.” – Coach Hagy
Lees McRae :
Head Lees-McRae College women’s soccer coach Cally Morrill has announced the addition of six new players to the 2010 team.
Morrill has signed Kaitlyn Kerrigan and Rachel Wojcicki for the upcoming season. Both Kerrigan and Wojcicki have played for FC Sarasota and been a huge part of the success of the U18 team this year. Kerrigan a natural leader and talented hard working player will do many great things at the next level. Jamie Brester, the U18 FC Sarasota Head Coach is looking forward to watching the 4 seniors play at the next level and for another promising season.
Wojcicki who is a hard nosed smart defender will help Lees McRae defend against the best of them. Both players have been impact players for the club and role models for the younger teams.
Kaitlyn Kerrigan, a Lakewood Ranch, Fla, native, led her high school team to the 2010 4A Final Four and signed with the Lady Bobcats over two schools in her home state of Florida. Kerrigan had never heard of Lees-McRae College until this past December when she was playing in the Orange Classic college showcase.
The Lakewood Ranch senior began talking with first-year head coach Cally Morrill, but it wasn’t until Kerrigan visited Lees-McRae, located in Banner Elk, N.C., that the school became her top choice.
“I knew I kind of wanted to go out of state, but I was open to anything,” Kerrigan said. “But when I visited Lees-McRae, I just fell in love with the campus and the city.” Kerrigan, who also also looking at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, made her decision official April 19 when she signed a letter-of-intent to play soccer for the Bobcats.
“It feels good,” Kerrigan said. “I call it a good stress. It’s nice finally knowing where I’m going though. It just feels great and I’m really excited.” The center midfielder will leave for Lees-McRae in early August to begin her training program. Kerrigan plans to major in biology with the goal of becoming a physical therapist for a collegiate or professional sports team.
Rachael Wojcicki was a four-year starter at Lakewood Ranch along with Kerrigan where the team went to the 2010 4A Final Four. She was All-Area in 2009 and the team’s defensive MVP in the same year.