Over Labor Day weekend a dozen Team Evanston teams aquitted themselves well against many top teams from the area and some from out of state in the annual Palatine Celtic Cup soccer tournament. Congratulations to the U12 Orange and U13 Orange girls teams on their runner-up finishes and to the U9 Orange boys who won all of their games. The U17 Girls Premier and U10 Boys Orange teams had strong showings, but fell in the semi-final round.
The U12 Orange girls' historically stingy defense once again rose to the challenge in the Green Division, allowing the team to win their bracket with a 2-0-1 record. Playing a much higher-ranked team in the finals, the girls lost a tough game 2-0 but showed that they have made big strides following a 6-1 loss to the same team in the Spring.
The U13 Premier girls team took second place in the Celtic Cup White division, losing 3-0 to AC Milan from Detroit, a highly-skilled team that scored a total of 19 goals in the tournament. The U13 team went 3-0 in bracket play, and won the semi-finals 1-0 versus FC Lake County.
The U17 Premier Girls team made it to the semi-finals in one of the most prestigious girls showcase tournaments in the Chicago area. Among 12 teams playing in the Green (top) division, 8 were ranked among the top 15 in Illinois. The girls lost their semi–final match 5-0 to FC United Select 1 (ranked 13th in the nation, and number 1 in Region 2).
The U09 Orange boys team went undefeated in winning their division in the tournament. High powered offense was on display as the boys defeated Lincolnshire Lightning (IL) 5-1, Chicago Kicks United (IL) 6-2, and Glenview Select (IL) 10-1 en route to first place. Coach Branko Savic said simply, "Well done boys!!!"
The U10 Boys Orange team reached the semi-finals before losing to eventual tournament champion AC Milan Detroit Juniors 5-3. The Evanston team forced the semi-final game into overtime by tying the match 2-2 in the final minutes of regulation. Team Evanston scored 18 goals in bracket play, the most in the U10 division.
U12 Orange Girls - Runners-up
U13 Premier Girls - Runners-up
U09 Orange Boys - Undefeated weekend
Coach Competition Kicks Off Calendar
Team Evanston families started off the season with some fun under a beautiful blue sky night watching Team Issac and Team Mauricio squaring up in the annual coaches game/ice cream social. The sidelines were packed with players of all ages enjoying ice cream while the coaches played a high scoring and exciting game. Team Issac took control of the game early by putting a well-driven ball into the corner of the net, after which jubilant fans rushed out onto the field to mob the coaches, something they did after every goal. Inspired by that, Team Issac netted two more before Team Mauricio woke up and began to challenge, determined to put itself into position to score. Though Team Mauricio’s skillful passing gave it multiple shots inside the box, Terence on Team Issac was able to stop everything that came his way, making diving saves and a couple tips over the net. Refusing to relent, Mauricio's team at last found the back of the net to make the game 4-1. Both teams then turned up the heat, with Team Issac scoring two more and Team Mauricio scoring three to bring the game to 6-4. In the closing minutes, Maddie on Team Issac had a wonderful volley in front of the goal that ended the game with Team Mauricio being defeated by a final score of 7-4. This is the third year in a row that Team Issac has taken home the coaches’ game championship.
We would like to thank all the players and parents who attend the game last night and cheered on the coaches during their match. We are extremely excited to begin the Fall 2014 season.
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
**Please note the coaching assignments and training schedule are not yet final and may be adjusted in a few places. Additionally the U12 Boys Premier Team, U13 Boys Premier Team and U14 Boys Premier team's training days are subject to change due to NISL game days occurring during the week. **
U14 Boys Premier Wins US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup
The Team Evanston U14 Premier Boys team won the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup in Greenville, SC on July 13th, beating Montgomery Arsenal (PA) in tie-breaking penalty kicks (PKs) to win the prestigious national tournament title. They advanced to the national stage by winning the US Youth Soccer Region II Presidents Cup on June 14th, going 3-0 against a Fort Wayne, IN team, 3-0 against a team from Louisville, KY, and 7-0 against one from Port Washington, WI. This took them to the finals, where they beat a team from Columbus, OH 2-0. During the Regional tournament, Team Evanston outscored its opponents 15-0 in their four games, with teammates Rudy Bieglmeier and Jonathan Meneses each scoring 4 goals and goalkeeper Simon Jillson and his defenders registering 4 straight shutouts.
The U14s then ventured to Greenville, SC, to play against the winners of the other three regions. They tied Montgomery Arsenal, from suburban Philadelphia, 0-0 in their first game: Team Evanston had several chances, but Arsenal's goalkeeper, voted top goalkeeper in the U14 division, turned each opportunity away. In their second game, Team Evanston went down 0-3 to a team from Laredo, TX, but made some tactical changes and started a comeback in the 47th minute, when Jonathan Chavez scored off a corner kick, followed by Deniz Gundogdu stealing the ball from Laredo Heat's goalkeeper and drilling it into the open net. The game-tying goal was delivered by Jonathan Meneses with less than 10 minutes to play. Team Evanston continued the pressure and had great chances to pull out the victory, but ultimately were turned away and the game resulted in a 3-3 tie. Team Evanston then beat a team from Oxnard California 1-0 to advance to the championship game, where they again played Arsenal. They remained tied through regular time and two 10-minute extra time periods, and amid intensifying heat, moved to penalty kicks (PKs) to decide the game winner and ultimately the national champion. Team Evanston's goalkeeper Simon Jillson, with his 6-foot 2-inch frame, intimidated the Arsenal players into forcing two misses (one wide and the other over the crossbar) and then stopped the fourth shooter. All three of Team Evanston’s shooters, Nathan Pollack, Deniz Gundogdu, and Jonathan Meneses buried their shots to secure the victory, with Johnathan Meneses ultimately being voted MVP of the tournament by the opposing three teams’ coaches. "As a coach, I don't like it when the game is decided by PKs," said Issac Moushi, coach of the U14 squad, "but I had confidence in all of my players. The players went wild when Simon stopped their fourth shooter to secure the win."
PK at end of championship game
"It's a great feeling to be national champions," said Moushi. "The players didn't know what to expect when they got here, but once the games began, they blocked the competition and played the game the way they were trained." While the run to the championship title unveiled individual talent, Moushi claimed it was an all-team effort. "I thought the entire defending line played very well," he said, "and Mateo Blair and Issac Diop were key players at controlling the midfield. Jonathan Meneses created many chances up front, including scoring the only goal in our third game to advance us into the championship game on Sunday."
Team Evanston’s Boys U14 Premier team consists of: Rudy Bieglmeier, Mateo Blair, Jonathan Chavez, Isaac Diop, Noah Dolan, Deniz Gundogdu, Simon Jillson, Niko Kapetan, Jonathan Meneses, Luis Molina, Nathan Pollack, Zach Rogers, Reed Schaefer, Colin Thompson, and Aidan Tobin. Way to go!
Facility Drop-Off and Pick-Up
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.