**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!
Spring Season Success
We would like to Congratulate the following teams on their Spring Season Success:
U09 Girls Orange - Division Runner-Up
U10 Girls Orange - Division Runner-Up
U11 Girls Blue - Division Runner-Up
U12 Girls White - Division Champions
U14 Girls Premier - Division Champions
U14 Girls Select - Division Champions
U09 Boys White - Division Runner-Up
U10 Boys Blue - Division Champions
U11 Boys White - Division Runner-Up
U14 Boys Select - Division Runner-Up
U16 Boys Premier - Division Champions
U17 Boys Premier Ranked #1 in the State of Illinois
Team Evanston's Boys 96/97 Premier team climbed to the top of the Illinois youth soccer world following a triumphant Memorial Day weekend run at the Potomac Memorial Tournament in Germantown, Maryland. The team advanced to the elimination round with shutout victories in bracket play over Boston, New York, and Pennsylvania teams, and blanked Philadelphia Coppa Arsenal (PAE), currently ranked 17th in the nation. In addition to besting teams ranked in the national Top 20, Evanston did not yield a single goal in regulation play the entire tournament. They are currently ranked first in Illinois, 6th in the 14-state USYSA Region 2, and 68th nationally. This is the second Team Evanston squad to be ranked #1 in Illinois, following the 95/96 Premier team. Many members of the team competed on the ETHS varsity team that made a run to the Illinois Sectional finals last fall. Other members played on high school teams such as Grayslake Central, Niles North, Von Steuben, Deerfield, Glenbrook North, Maine South, and St. Benedict Prep.
The team competes in the State Cup semifinals May 31st - June 1st in Naperville, their second straight visit to the semis. This is the first year Team Evanston has placed three teams into the State Cup elimination round at the same time (they’re joined by the U16 and U18 squads). Good luck to them all!
Your #1 ranked team Evanston 96/97 Premier squad is:
Gosell Connor (GK); Ben Osterlund (D); Ben Rogan (M); Benjamin Ibarra (D/M); Breton Lowry(D); Jake Santellano (M); Gianfranco DeCarne (M); Miguel Sanchez (D); Adrian Coardos; Christopher Vergara (M); Alen Hataric (F); John Tsingas (M); Larenz Brown (F); Max Goldsmith (M/D); Noah Kanter (D); Alex Karmin (GK); Parker James (M); Lucas Iraci (M); Dawid Babula (M); Clement Niyigena (M)
Spring 2014 Grove United Tournament Success
Congratulations to the following teams on their achievement.
U10 Girls Blue - Tournament Finalist
U11 Girls Blue - Tournament Champions
U12 Girls Blue - Tournament Champions
U09 Boys White - Tournament Champions
U10 Boys Blue - Tournament Finalist
U11 Boys White - Tournament Champions
U13 Boys Premier - Tournament Finalist
U14 Boys Premier - Tournament Champions
U14 Boys Classic - Tournament Finalist
New Team Evanston Logo
As we head into the 2014-2015 season, all current Team Evanston players will be required to purchase the Returning Player Uniform Package (two jerseys, pair of shorts, pair of socks), as the current Adidas uniform kit that Team Evanston has used for the past three years is no longer being manufactured. The new uniform will have separate tailoring for girls and boys. Team Evanston has used this as an opportunity to modernize its logo, marrying the ball and banner of our previous logo with the now-standard soccer shield/crest.
If you have last season's warm-up suit (jacket and pants), Chicago Soccer will replace the old logo with the new one. If you do not have a warm-up suit from last year, you’ll need to purchase one for the 2014-2015 season. Purchases can be made in-person at any Chicago Soccer store or by clicking here.
Kick-it! 2014 Scores Big
To everyone who attended or donated money to Team Evanston's Kick-It! 2014 fundraiser this past Saturday, we thank you for your support!You helped us celebrate the grand opening of our new indoor facility in style. We had over 175 people in attendance and netted over $5,000, which will be used for improvements to the facility such as a pathway to the street from the rear of the facility and possibly a scoreboard. We also appreciate that Peter Braithwaite, City of Evanston's 2nd Ward Alderman and Joe McRae, Director of Parks, Recreation & Community Services/Deputy City Manager, were both on hand to celebrate with us Saturday night.
During the event, Team Evanston Board Members Lander Brown and Kathleen O'Connor were given appreciation awards for their many hours of hard work ensuring that the facility was operational and in top shape for us this spring. Terence Lord was presented with the first-annual Coach of the Year award for his years of dedication to Team Evanston and his outstanding coaching with our club.
Attendees enjoyed a delicious array of food from J&L Catering, washing it down with delectable craft beer from Temperance Beer Company and tasty gelato from Panino's. After the awards were presented, parents were treated to a blistering live performance by Chicken Bone, who got everyone tapping their feet or out to dance.
We would like to thank Temperance, Panino's, and Chicken Bone for their generous donations. In addition, we would like to thank Gabe Brooks for the many, many hours of hard work she put into the event to make it a success and John Cleave, winner of the 50/50 raffle, who donated his winnings ($1,000) back to the club.
We plan to make this an annual event, so if you couldn’t make it, we hope to see you next year!
May 3rd - May 4th Tournament Success
U10 Boys Orange team were the undefeated champions of the 2014 Illinois FC Spring Invite!
Boys U14 competed in "Shoot for a Cure" in Fort Wayne and were the tournament champions. This tournament sponsors breast cancer.
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!
Team Evanstonís Indoor Facility Opens, Advantage Rule in Effect
Team Evanston’s indoor facility at 2025 Dempster passed inspection last week, and already the Club has had advantage applied: foul weather barred use of outdoor fields last week, so Team Evanston was able to continue play by bringing practice inside. The 30,000 square foot facility features five turf fields as well as office and meeting space for Issac, the coaches, and Club Administrators. Team Evanston will use the facility for practice during the winter months and whenever inclement weather prevents the kids from practicing outdoors. It will also be used for clinics and other specialized training.
Team Evanston will be hosting its annual fundraiser at the facility on Saturday, May 10th.