Through the past Fall 2014 outdoor game season, Team Evanston's teams all competed with determination, many times against top-quality opponents. While often not reflected in their overall won-loss record, teams and players showed improvement, with many teams having notable achievements worth celebrating. Among the highlights:
The U17 Girls Premier team won the Midwest Regional League, which brought them a write-up on the IYSA site. They also advanced to the semi-finals of the State Cup for the second year in a row.
To all Team Evanston teams, the club applauds your commitment. The ultimate value of soccer is not your won-loss record, but what you learn while striving to improve, and that showed on the pitch this Fall. We can't wait to see your work pay off during the upcoming Winter and Spring seasons. Keep up the good work!
Team Evanston Shows Spirit in St. Louis
Three Team Evanston girls teams journeyed to St. Louis on Halloween to participate in the St. Louis Scott Gallagher tournament, which brings together some of the top talent in the Midwest.
The Girls U11 Orange team finished as first runner-up in a division containing 14 teams. It was their first out-of-town tournament. Trailing 2-4 in their first game, the girls fought back to score two more and tie the game 4-4. They won their next two games to advance to the semi-finals. There, they battled to a 1-1 tie through regulation and overtime, and clinched the game with a PK. They then lost in the final. Coach Issac is very proud of the girls' performance, including their endurance, playing five games in 2 days.
U11 team celebrates after winning penalty kick
The U14 Premier team went 2-0-1, but did not advance due to the tie breaker. The U13 Premier team finished 0-2-1 with a come-from-behind indirect kick to tie their last game. Way to go, girls!
U14 team celebrates Halloween in style
Maurizio Grillo Appointed Director of Coaching for Girls U12-U18
Team Evanston is proud to welcome Maurizio Grillo, long time soccer coach and head of the ETHS women's soccer program, to the new role of Director of Coaching for Girls U12-U18 teams. This will bolster the leadership and development of this group and better support the needs of each team and player in every age group in both the boys' and girls' program. This leadership expansion allows Coach Issac to focus on continuing his current club-wide efforts and further enhancing the already-successful boys’ program. The move follows an emerging “best practice” among elite soccer clubs in the area to have a director of coaching focused on middle school and high school girls’ teams. Maurizio will be partnering with Jay Bulev, Girls Program Coordinator, to further enhance the support and training for each of our players. Team Evanston's Board of Directors, Coach Grillo, and Coach Moushi all look forward to collaborating in support of this new structure.
Coach Grillo was born and raised in Livorno, Italy where he began playing soccer at a very young age. His experience in soccer and business spans multiple continents and roles, as a successful player, coach, and entrepreneur. He has coached in multiple high school and club settings in Illinois and Michigan and brings a deep commitment to each of his teams and programs. Coach Grillo has a passion for soccer that drives him and his players to the highest level of success, and he is known for being a highly accessible and supportive coach to players and their families. The move is part of Team Evanston’s effort to build an environment supporting the continued development and success of each of our young athletes.
Parent Information Night Covers Soccer Curriculum, ACL Prevention
Team Evanston hosted the first of a series of Parent Information Nights at the Levy Center on Wednesday, October 29th. Issac began by outlining some recent club successes, then laid outthe club's approach to training structure and curriculum, by age group:
Instill a love of soccer and have fun
Engage players in fun games and offer individual attention
Improve technical skills, try different positions, have fun, provide equal playing time
Focus on individual, helping players overcome fear of making mistakes and gain confidence in 1v1, 2v1, and 2v2 situations
3-1-2 as a building block to 11v11
Position specialization, playing time is earned
Focus on team and tactical aspects of the game in small group (3v2, 5v3, and 8v8) situations
3-3-2 as a building block to 11v11
Establish positions, playing time is earned
Focus on team, offer training in attacking methods and defending as a group in 6v6 and 9v9 situations
Varies depending on team composition, opponent's strengths/weaknesses
Established positions, prepare players for college showcases
Meet team and individual needs to prepare for competition
Issac also discussed the club's approach to tournaments. It registers all teams in the same Labor Day and Memorial Day tournament to make it easier on families who have more than one child playing Team Evanston and on coaches, who often coach multiple teams. The club encourages all teams to participate in additional tournaments as well, to gain game experience and to tighten team cohesion and bonding.
Dr. Eric Chehab and Cory Leman, both of the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, were on hand to discuss ACL injury risks and prevention. ACL injuries require a lengthy and painful rehab and can impair sports participation for the rest of a young athlete's life, so Team Evanston is committed to doing whatever it can to prevent their occurrence. The injury typically occurs when players pivot and generally do not involve contact with other players, and girls are much more susceptible. Prevention includes both conditioning to strengthen the muscles around the knee and training on foot planting, balance, leg flex, and avoiding high-risk situations. Team Evanston coaches have been taught how to conduct this conditioning, and the Club is conferring with experts on additional steps it can take to prevent ACL injuries. Thank you Eric and Cory for taking the time to teach us.
The next parent information meeting will cover concussions.
Boys U13 Premier Take Title in Windy Indy
The Boys U13 Premier team won their division at the Indy Premier Halloween Classic tournament over the weekend of October 25-26, going unbeaten against elite teams from around the Midwest. They played their first game against Team Chicago Rangers in very breezy conditions, taking an early lead that was matched in the second half for a 1-1 tie. They won their second game in a very physical match-up, falling behind 2-1 before a penalty kick and a shot off the crossbar late in the second half gave them a 3-2 victory. After winning their third game on a forfeit by the Indiana Fire Juniors for having players from another roster (the reason our Club is so vigilant about rosters), the boys went into the championship game against Lexington Red from Kentucky. Strong defensive play from Team Evanston kept Kentucky scoreless and they brought home the hardware with a 2-0 victory. Well played, gentlemen!
Boys U13 Premier - Champions!
Fall Newsletter now on the Newsstands
The Fall 2014 edition of the Team Evanston newsletter is now available. Click here to access it. It contains information on new appointments, drop-off procedures, results of our parent survey, and more.
2014-2015 High School Boys Registration Information
Please click below to see steps for registration as well as team placement information.
ETHS Freshman A Boys Soccer team wins Central Suburban League’s South Division
Team Evanston congratulates the ETHS Freshman A Boys Soccer team, who won the Central Suburban League’s South Division outright with an overall record of 15 wins, 3 losses, 4 ties. 17 of the 20 boys on the roster are current or former Team Evanston players. The team was coached by Harold Bailey. Congratulations on a wonderful freshman campaign, boys!
First row (left-to-right): Jordi Amaral, Nathan Pollack, Johnny Trujillo, Gavin Rosengarten, Isaac Diop, Carlo DiBernardo, Aidan Tobin, Edgar Torres Second row (left-to-right): Coach Harold Bailey, Alex Coronel, Jack Caldwell, Elan Shohet-Zabin, Tyler Tomasello, Will Lucas, Jacob Friedman, Miguel Jimenez, Niko Kapetan, Sam Bogan, Nicolas Henriquez, Teddy Dove (not pictured Colin Thompson)
ETHS Sophomores are Central Surburban League Champions
Team Evanston congratulates the ETHS sophomore boys soccer team, who won the Central Suburban League Division with a 12-3-2 record, including a big win over rival New Trier. 17 of the kids on the team are present or past Team Evanston players, and team coach Mark Layne also coached for Team Evanston.
First row: Emilio Gonzalez, Joey Chafetz, Tyler Roback, Victor Mendoza, Taj Carter, Josh Klier, Carlos Martinez. Second row: Coach Mark Layne, Noah Schuneman, Sam Blustein, Benjamin James, Andrew Brown, Jackson Rogers, Danny Managlia, Adrian Zdremtan. Third row: Peter Osterland, Ben Girard, Dylan TerMolen, Santi Corona, Wes Harrell, Henry Maltezos.
Teams Do Their Best at Octoberfest
U12 Girls Orange team wins title in overtime on last-minute goal!
October 12, 2014 - Libertyville, IL
Team Evanston's Ryann Lucas, knocked out of the game earlier, knocked in the tournament-winning goal with a minute remaining in the second overtime period after a free kick by Sophia Weglarz proved too hot to handle. Ruby Rogers also scored from near midfield to close out the first half in the girls' 2-1 victory in the Libertyville Octoberfest GU12 championship game.
Over 30 Team Evanston teams competed in the Octoberfest Classic Tournament in Libertyville, IL this past weekend. All of the teams fought hard and played well, and the Girls U12 Orange, Boys U09 Blue, and Boys U11 Blue teams were crowned tournament champions; with the BU09 Blue team winning every one of their games. Team Evanston also had six other teams fall in their semi-final matches, four by a single goal each.
The Girls U12 Orange advanced to the final after two wins and a tie in group play, during which the team scored four goals and gave up just one. The championship was a highly competitive and physical match that saw four TE players helped off the field with injuries. The game went to overtime after regulation ended 1-1. Late in the second period of overtime, a direct kick taken by Team Evanston led to a rebound that was skillfully finished for a 2-1 victory.
The Boys U09 Blue won three group games and then the final through brave goalkeeping, solid defending, and team wide scoring. The championship game was very close with the boys coming from behind to win 4-3.
The Boys U11 Blue team won two games and tied one in group play to earn a place in the championship game against an old foe, CL Force U11 Premier. Playing from their hearts, the boys came out blazing and scored a goal in the first five seconds of the match, then added two additional goals to secure a 3-0 victory.
U12 Girls Orange - Champions
U09 Boys Blue - Undefeated Weekend!
U11 Boys Blue - Champions
Pilot Yoga Program To Be Held At Indoor Facility
Team Evanston, in collaboration with Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, is offering a “Youth Intro to Yoga” class. We will be piloting a 4 week Youth Intro to Yoga class to be held in the Team Evanston indoor facility. Our intention, after the pilot, is to gain feedback from attendees and instructors with the hope of providing a permanent youth and parent offering as well as more schedule options in January 2015. The enrollment in the initial pilot session will be limited to 40 participants. Please note the details below:
Program: Introduction to Yoga - Youth
Location: Team Evanston Indoor Facility - 2025 W. Dempster St.
Session Dates and Time: 4 week session every Sunday: October 19th, October 26th, November 2nd, November 9th - 10:00am- 11:00am
Session Cost: $60.00/4 week session
Registration Process: This a pilot program with limited enrollment of 40 participants. Registration will be handled by Rich Hollingsworth, Team Evanston Administrator.
The first 40 participants to indicate interest by paying the session fee will be confirmed for the pilot. Please indicate your interest directly to Rich Hollingsworth at 847-748-1452 or via email at email@example.com. We will create a wait-list for interested participants that are not confirmed for the initial pilot.
U17 Girls Premier Advances to State Cup Semi-Final
The U17 Girls Premier team, currently ranked 6th in Illinois and 21st in the 14-state IYSA Region 2, has advanced to the semi-finals of the Illinois State Cup, taking on the Oak Brook Inferno on Saturday, October 18th. The winner will play in the State Cup Final on Sunday against the winner of the NSA Lasers/Eclipse Elite game.
This is the team’s second visit to the State Cup semi-finals in as many years, having lost to the eventual winner of the State and Regional Cups last year. The Illinois State Cup competition brings together elite teams in the area, with the winner advancing to a Regional and then National Cup. This Fall, the U17 Premier Girls team went 3-0 in the "pool play" round, beating Chicago Fire Juniors West 7-2, #4 ranked Inter Homer Glen 2-0, and Campton United 2-0.
The U17 Girls Premier team has also gone undefeated in Midwest Regional League play this Fall and currently sits atop the bracket, and has been accepted into two highly competitive, prestigious college showcase tournaments, CASL in North Carolina and the Disney Showcase.
The U17 Girls Premier team - with players from 6 different high schools, and 12 of them playing for ETHS - is coached by Branko Savic and consists of Alex Berkley, Emma Carey, Kamari Chisholm, Sheridan Cleave, Caitlin Dalton, Julia Donati, Flower Edington, Kira Favakeh, Madison Gilbreth, Isabel Hart, Julia Kenney, Kate Kremin, Emela Mehicevic, Nora Mertz, K'Tyah Point-Du-Jour, Gabrielle Schwartz, Ashley Steadman, Kaylee Takagishi, and Meghan Ter Molen.
Our Academy program introduces 5-6 year old players to the basic skills of soccer in a fun and exciting environment. The program consists of two sessions per week: eight weeks in the fall and eight weeks in the spring. The first session of each week on Mondays will focus on fundamental skill-building, while the second session on Wednesdays will focus on game-play. It is Team Evanston’s belief that the game is the best teacher and our players must be put in that environment weekly.
As part of the registration fee, all Academy players will receive two Team Evanston t-shirts, one pair of socks, one pair of shorts, and a soccer ball on the first day of practice. Players should always bring a bottle of water.
Team Evanston Academy – Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Details
The apartment building next to our indoor facility has lodged complaints with the city that Team Evanston cars are blocking residents’ access to their parking spaces. When dropping off and picking up your child, you must enter Greenwood from Dodge and line up on Greenwood heading west, so the line of cars runs east of the facility and are all headed in the same direction. You may not double-park anywhere west of the facility. Please do not enter Greenwood from the west (Hartrey), enter it only from Dodge.
This is mandated by the city – no exceptions!
We are proud to announce that our club will now have Spirit Wear for parents, family members and Team Evanston supporters. Spirit Wear will allow for you to support your son/daughter on the sidelines in Team Evanston attire. Please check out our web page to see all the options, colors and different designs that are available for purchase.