Five TC Teams Take 1st or 2nd at President’s Cup

This last weekend, the TC Select program enjoyed great soccer at the incredible Sanford Fieldhouse in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the 2016 DASC President’s Cup. Eleven Storm teams were represented in this year’s tournament and of these eleven teams, three came back Runner-Ups, and two came back as Champions!

Champions

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Congratulations to the U13 TC Storm Girls for winning the U13 Girls Olympic Division! After going 2-1 in pool play, the Girls beat Nitro in the final, by a score of 2-1. Nitro had beaten them 0-6 in pool play but the Girls made the proper changes and came away with the win to claim the title!

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Congratulations to the U18 TC Storm Boys for winning the U18/19 Boys Division. The Boys won all of their games, scoring 25 goals and allowing only 11. They defeated Storm Lake FC in the final by a score of 2-1 to claim the title.

Runner-Ups

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Congratulations to the U13 TC Storm Boys Black team for claiming second place in the U13/14 Boy’s Division! After going 2-0 in pool play, the boys faced their teammates, the U13 TC Storm Boys Gold team, to make for an interesting semi-final game. Sharing a single coach and bench, the two teams enjoyed their game against one another, but was competitive none the less. In the end, the Black team advanced to the final to face WYSA U13B, a team that they had beaten in pool play, where they would unfortunately fall 1-4.

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Congratulations to the U16 TC Storm Girls for claiming second place in the U16 Girls Division! After going 1-1 in pool play, the Girls showed their resiliency in the semifinal against BHR U16G Burgundy, beating them 4-3. They faced the younger U15 BHR Burgundy team in the final, but fell 2-4.

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Congratulations to the U18 TC Storm Girls Gold team for claiming second place in the U18 Girls Olympic Division! In pool play, they battled and finished with a 1-1-1 record, with 6 goals for and 6 against. They advanced to the final and claimed second place against DASC 99/00 Black.

We’d like to thank DASC for putting on a wonderful tournament, our coaches and parents for bearing the blizzard, and our players for all their hard work and dedication!

TC Announces Soccer Juggling Club

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http://www.tricitystorm.org/jugglingclub

A player development initiative launched in 2016, the TC Storm Juggling Club is open to all Tri-City Storm Youth players, Recreational and Select alike, and is dedicated for players to showcase their soccer skills and improve their passion for the game. There are 5 levels of the Juggling Club: 50-99 Juggles (only avaliable to players U12 and below), White (100-249 juggles), Gold (250-499 juggles), Black (500-999 juggles), Elite (1000+ juggles).

What is Juggling?

Juggling is the act of keeping the ball off the ground. For soccer players, this means using any part of your body (foot, thigh, chest, head, etc.) to maintain control of the ball in the air without using your hands! If you haven’t juggled before, try the following: Hold the ball out in front of yourself. Now, drop the ball onto either your foot or thigh, and knock it back into your hands. Once you get a feel for this, try to do it two or three times in a row without using your hands!

Why Juggle?

Because juggling can significantly improve your game in many different ways! Your touch on the ball is vital to the game of soccer. If you can juggle the ball consistently, you are more likely to be consistent when receiving and distributing the ball in games. It’s a great way for you to learn how the ball reacts to different touches and surfaces. Juggling can also improve your confidence on the ball – not to mention, it is fun!

When to Juggle?

The best part about juggling is that you can do it almost anywhere and all it takes is you and your ball! The most effective way to achieve your juggling goals is to practice on your own! Beating your score and challenging yourself are important keys to improving your game. Juggling a soccer ball with feet, thighs or head is an excellent activity for both beginners and advanced players alike.

Coed Indoor Winter Champions

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After an eight-game pool division, Eleven Wise Monkeys claimed the 2016 Winter Coed Division title! The team finished the season with a an impressive record of seven wins and one loss. 5 of the 12 players are members of the TC Select Program.

Members of the team pictured are: 
(front row left to right): Omar Alabase, Thomas Pflipsen, Jason Mellmer, Jace Duffield, Zuheer Alabase.
(back row left to right): Cory Duffield, Anna Triller, Jennifer Marsh, Karissa Sanchez, Molly Sarafolean.
(not pictured): Jeff Duffield and Jensen Odegaard

High School Indoor League Champions Crowned

This previous Sunday, Tri-City Storm Soccer Club concluded another successful Winter Indoor High School Season. Congratulations to Northwest Girls and DSS United, champions of the Girls High School League and the Boys High School League, respectively.

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The Northwest Girls beat Shanley 6 to 2 in Sunday’s Final to become the 2015-16 Winter Indoor Girls High School Division Champions. The Northwest Girls team consisted of players that attend high school at Fargo North and West Fargo. 6 of the 10 players are members of the TC Select Program.

Members of the team pictured are:

(front row left to right): Megan Zander,  Maddi Kramer, Peighten Watson, and Emmy Burtsfield.

(back row left to right): Sydney Kramer, Ruth Hegstad, Jessica Goroski, and Molly Sarafolean.

(not pictured): Rachel Koenig and Mackenzie Scraper.

DSS UnitedDSS United beat Moorhead Spuds 6 to 5 in Sunday’s Final to become the 2015-16 Winter Indoor Boys High School Division Champions. The DSS United team consisted of players from high schools all around the Fargo area including Fargo Davies, Fargo Oak Grove, Fargo Shanley, and Fargo South. 10 of 15 players are members of the TC Select Program.

Members of the team pictured are:

(front row left to right): Josh Anderson, Matthew Russell, Trey Waltz, Aaron Syvrud, Nati Teshager, Wasi Ewnetu, and Cody Sather.

(back row left to right): Andrew Hanson, Brian Rapp, Dawson Breyer, TJ Anderson, and Jacob Fritz.

(not pictured): Conner Bosch, Sam Gess, and Sam O’Keefe.

 

Austin’s Angels Helps Scholarship TC Players

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Thanks to the kind donation of Austin’s Angels, a recently formed charity established in the memory of the late Austin Wagar, Tri-City Storm Soccer Club has been more able to award several full scholarships to deserving Tri-City Storm players.

Knowing that putting a child through youth sports can be financially tough, if not unattainable, for some families, these scholarships will cover the seasonal fees of the 2015/16 year in an effort to make traveling soccer more affordable for families who have demonstrated financial need.

We’re proud of our recipients who have been deserving members of the club and we know they will continue to represent Tri-City Storm in the highest manor, both on and off the field. We hope to continue to expand our scholarship program into the future to give more kids in the F-M area the chance to participate in traveling soccer.

More about Austin’s Angels:

In the late summer of 2012, Austin Wayne Wagar tragically passed away just before his junior year in high school. In his memory, his mother, Jamie and his father, Scott, started Austin’s Angels. Their mission was to honor Austin’s life by giving back to the things he was most passionate about and that helped shape him into the incredible person he became.

According to Jamie and Scott, Austin was always a very active child with a passion for many sports and outdoor activities. He especially loved soccer and was a long time member of Moorhead Soccer Club—a predecessor of our own Tri-City Storm Soccer Club. With a personal motto of YOLO, he was such a kind and loving individual and had such a love for life.

To this date Austin’s Angels has donated nearly $3000 to the community the past two years, most notably a contribution to the 2013/14 Moorhead High School track and artificial turf renovation project.

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Austin’s Angels Memorial Snowmobile Run in Sabin, MN:

The main fundraising event that Austin’s Angels hosts is a winter memorial snowmobile run in nearby Sabin, MN. This year’s run is scheduled for January 30th. We encourage our members to take part in the run to show their support for Austin’s Angels. Not only is it fun winter activity to do with the whole family during the cold months, but it’s also a great cause and a generous way to show appreciation to one of our newest donors.

For more information on the Snowmobile Run visit their website! You can also donate directly to the charity through their site.

TC and the 2015 DASC Winter Games

Sioux Falls, South Dakota was the site of this year’s DASC Winter Games indoor soccer tournament. Closing out the 2015 Fall Season, four TC teams made their way south to the pristine fields at the Sanford Field House. Unlike the rest of the fall tournaments, the Winter Games is a 5v5 tournament that compliments speed of play and playing in tight spaces. With the Winter Season just around the corner, TC teams took positive first steps for the future months of small-sided indoor competition.

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The Tri-City Storm U15 Boys Gold team went 1-2 on the weekend in the Olympic division. They had 9 goals for and 12 against. It was a tough division, with no game decided by more than two goals. They fell in close matches to eventual runner-up, DASC U15 Botafogo, and eventual champions, Furia, both by the same score of 5-3.

Like the U15 Boys Olympic division, the Tri-City Storm U15 Boys Black team faced a strong World Cup division. The Black team tied the eventual runner-up, DUSC U15B, 4-4 and lost to the eventual champion, DASC U15 Spitfire, by a single goal. They had 12 goals for and 17 against.

Overall, Coach Ben Schneweis concluded that both teams were provided with “high-quality, appropriate competition” that tested what the group had been working on the previous weeks in training. Schneweis noted the positive strides of the team on the weekend: “We have been working hard to improve our speed of play, playing more thoughtfully/intelligently, and connecting and combining with each other in possession. Both of our groups showed improvement in these areas during the event. The tight space and quality competition forced us to have to play and think quickly, and as a coach I enjoyed watching our players try out the things we’ve been doing in training. We now have a terrific opportunity to continue improving in these areas as we move into the Winter Session.”

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Combined into a single division, the Tri-City Storm U16 Girls Gold and Black teams battled within their separate pools in hopes of seeing one another in the final.

The Gold team finished second in their pool, with a record of 2-1. After falling to eventual champion, DASC 99/00 Blue, by a score of 5-3 to start their weekend campaign, the Gold team then went on to win 7-4 against Tristate Revolution Red, and blanked Dakota Alliance Black 6-0.

In a demanding A Pool, The Black team were slow to start their weekend but closed out their tournament with a strong performance against the eventual Runner-Up, BFC/WYSA Select, falling 5-3 in the final minutes.

After getting his first look at how the teams play indoor, Coach Ben Brooks was optimistic about the team moving forward: “We as team have been working on attacking runs and high defensive pressure to build a high scoring offense. At times, it can be risky tactic and can cost us counter-attack goals, but learning how to play at this pace is a vital part of player development. By the end of the tournament, the girls were passing and attacking at a really high level. It was a great foundation for success. It is fun to watch, and I am looking forward to some high scoring games during the winter season!”

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This tournament concludes another successful TC Fall Season. Teams will have a brief break before they head indoors for the 2016 Winter Season. Congratulations to all of our teams this fall for all their hard work and dedication!

TC’s Three Oldest Teams Take on College Showcase in Kansas

For those players looking to play soccer at the next level, the GSI Tournament in Overland Park, Kansas, is one of the best in the Midwest. According to the GSI College Showcase webpage, more than 600 collegiate coaches from Divisions I, II, III, NAIA, and NJCAA were invited to scout players with 200+ College Coaches in attendance this year. It was certainly a great opportunity to get seen by coaches from around the region.

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For players who have chosen to not play beyond youth soccer, or for those who are still undecided, the tournament still offered something special: premier competition from all around the Midwest, world-class facilities with pristine turf fields, and another great chance to get out and play soccer with friends outside in November.

As for the team’s performance this weekend, the teams represented TC well against the best regional teams. Combined, TC had 3 wins on the weekend and 6 losses. But in showcases, there are no championships. Just three games to show off their skills and hard work in front of prospective college coaches—the scores don’t matter so much as how individuals played the game.

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Some TC players were approached after games by college coaches. Other college coaches talked with our TC coaches about players. It’s possible that some TC players will be emailed in the near future. Other players might be scribbled into recruiting notebooks—players to keep an eye on in the future or, even better, to call when their recruiting rules allow them to.

To play college soccer. It’s a question that our youngest players, and their parents for that matter, aren’t likely thinking about. Right now, soccer is just a good way to have fun, stay active, and make new friends. But here at Tri-City, the end goal of the Select Program is preparing our players for college soccer and beyond.

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If you’re reading this and thinking, “Gosh, I’m not looking for something that serious for my child,” don’t worry. Fun and enjoyment are integrated at all ages—it’s why they are playing. Most kid’s drop out because the sport is no longer fun. But as players get older, some start to find enjoyment in taking their game more seriously. As such, we are committed to developing our players so that they are prepared for that next level, if they should want to play. And if a player’s goal is to be a great club or high school player, the curriculum certainly supports that too.

Let us explain. The Select program is designed from the top down. We asked first, what are college coaches looking for out of a senior player in high school (U18)? Then we work backwards: what do we need to focus on at U16 to get our players to that desired level at U18? What do we need to do at U14 to achieve those U16 goals? U12 to get to U14? So on and so forth. Knowing the end-goal for our U18 youth players provides us with a structure for what to teach our U9 players.

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This structure is the backbone to our long-term player development curriculum. The development of the player is the primary concern. Focus is on providing an age appropriate soccer education with logical progressions throughout a player’s youth soccer career. Part of that preparation is giving players opportunities to get seen by college coaches when they reach the older ages.

Several of TC’s last class of players went on to play in college. Some stayed locally to play at Concordia. Others went further to play at the University of Minnesota Crookston, University of Jamestown, and Hannibal LaGrange University, among others. Some of our current TC players have already committed to NDSU, Concordia, and Jamestown and more should soon follow.

Until then, our players will keep working hard and improving their skills—preparing for their next game or tournament or showcase. We’re proud of our teams and how they continue to represent our club so well at tournaments. Keep up the good work and, as always, Go Storm!

U18 Boys Take First, U16 Girls Take Second in Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska was the sight of Tri-City Storm’s latest tournament adventure, the longest trip yet this fall season. Eight teams made the six-hour trip south for the 2015 Phoenix FC’s Socctoberfest. Of the eight, two teams came home with hardware around their necks. Congratulations to the Tri-City Storm U18 Boys and U16 Girls for their first and second place finishes, respectively.

In their first tournament of the fall season, the Tri-City Storm U18 Boys were impressive in Omaha. In their four games, the U18 Boys scored thirteen goals, an average of more than three goals a game. But even more notable than that was the U18 Boy’s defending—zero goals allowed all tournament. The U18 Boys defeated Metro Wolves Milan 1-0 in the final to claim first place of the Boys High School Varsity Division. DSC_0585

Also in their first tournament of the fall season, the Tri-City Storm U16 Girls impressed with a runner-up finish in their division. Undefeated in pool-play, winning one and tying two, the U16 Girls fell 2-0 to DASC 99/00 in the final—a team that they had tied just hours before. They finished the tournament with five goals scored and six conceded.

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As for the other TC Storm teams:

The U11 Girls finished their impressive fall season off with some hard-fought games against tough opponents. According to Coach Noel Nyborg, over the course of the weekend, the girls had to adapt to multiple styles of play, but stayed positive and gave extra effort as they battled from behind—important developmental lessons for the young players to experience.

In their last tournament of the season, the U13 boys faced tough competition in Omaha. Despite this, Coach Jon Hedin noted that thanks to good goalkeeping and moments of good combination play, the boys fought hard and ended their season with some fight—energy that should take them far in the future.

Like the U11 Girls, the U14 Girls had an impressive fall season, but faced tough teams over the weekend. After two close games to the eventual runners-up and champions, decided by a goal apiece, the U14 Girls rebounded and finished their tournament with a 5-0 win over MSC U14G Select. They finished their tournament with eight goals scored and five against.

Because of the division format, the U14 Boys ended up facing both the eventual runners-up and champions in pool play. Coach Matt Crawford stated that the boys played very well against those two teams but simply couldn’t finish their chances despite the spells of opportunity.

The U15 Boys took their first strides of their fall season in a sprint, winning their first game 7-2 against BSC Sharks, the most goals scored in a single game in the division. However, the U15 Boys couldn’t maintain the goal-scoring stamina and dropped the next games to eventual champion, SSC Diablos, and runners-up, DASC Spitfire, by close goal-margins.

The U18 Girls started their fall season with two wins and one loss in the Girls High School Varsity division. Decided on a late penalty-kick, the 4-3 loss came to eventual champions DASC U17 Girls Black. Despite playing one less game than the runners-up, Tristate Revolution, the U18 Girls finished the tournament second in overall points and a plus-four goal differential.

We’d like to thank Phoenix FC for putting on a great tournament, parents and coaches for making the long trip, and players for representing the Tri-City Storm name so well across the region.

 

Coed and Masters Futsal Champions Crowned

Congrats to Son’s of Pitches who are the champions of the Coed Futsal League after going undefeated throughout the entire season. In the final game they faced LA Galaxy and beat them by a score of 7-2 to claim first place.

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Team members from left to right: Phil Bruckbauer, Cayla Bendel, Amanda Crook, Lorraine Thompson, Michelle Crary, Alex Dahl and Mike Gillund.

Not pictured: Justin Flack, Lindi Foreman, Alex Roberts and Dominique Roberts

Congrats to NTSI who are the champions of the Master’s Futsal League with a final record of seven wins and one loss. In the final game they came up against Granite City and beat them by a score of 6-4 to claim first place.

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Team members back row left to right: Alexandra Vruno, Kemal Sabanovic, Sanin Agic and Djemo Sabanovic.
Front row: Gwen Thomas and Haris Smajic.

Not pictured: Mary Crampton, Adis Lilic and Ben Thomas

Jamboree with Minot

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It was a windy Sunday at Pepsi Soccer Complex where Tri-City Storm hosted teams from Minot Soccer Club for a jamboree of games this last weekend. The jamboree was part of a two part series between the clubs in an effort to get both parties more games for a relatively cheap price.

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In August, TC sent six teams to Minot. In what would become a cold and rainy day, TC players enjoyed getting in two to three games against new opponents. The early season games also gave coaches a chance to see their players in action—a necessary step to designing a season plan. In turn, Minot sent six teams of their own down this weekend to face off against TC teams. For our youngest teams, Sunday’s jamboree marked the end of the fall season. For the older teams, the jamboree was the final round of games before Socctoberfest in Omaha.

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Not to mention that the jamboree over the weekend provided another opportunity for local referees to get games in. In previous articles, we’ve noted our continued support of referees in the area. Not only do referees serve as a vital piece to creating a safe environment by enforcing the rules of the game, they also help educate the players about the game. TC is the only club in the area that offers refereeing education and many of the referees in the F-M area began their careers with TC.

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Although the drive is longer than we’d hope, the jamborees with Minot were established to get our players developmentally appropriate games at a low cost to families—something we believe these games accomplished.

We hope to continue with more jamborees with Minot into the future. Hopefully, those jamborees can become bigger and better in years to come. We’re thankful for Minot Soccer Club for all their help in getting this set up. As always, thank you to all the volunteers, coaches, parents, staff and players for yet another successful day of soccer with Tri-City Storm.