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Oct 20, 2017 - Tuesdays Full Field
1) Please spread the word among yourselves that the league is wanting our team to blend with other teams for a full field scrimmage this next Tuesday night under the lights, and possibly one or two Tuesdays after this effort to give them a sense of full field play. This will be a 60-minute scrimmage, so our kids may or not be directly under me. It will be a collaborative idea.
2) Buttons are still for sale, 2 for $5.
3) Please contact me if you plan to attend the Rollins vs. Embry Riddle match at 7:00 in Daytona Beach. Rollins is 8-3-1 with a 3-game win streak including a 9-1 drubbing of St. Leo. Rollins clearly is looking to ride that momentum into postseason action.
See you Saturday morning at 8:45, and I'll work with anyone who shows up at 8:30.
Oct 19, 2017 - Note to Parents from Coach
Turn your kid loose on our website: it's built to help you use soccer as a world sport translating its parameters and requirements toward life. I'm pulling from my team-building background not only as a coach, but also a parent of a son in his 20s and a daughter in her late teens, 19 years as a high school and middle school teacher, and 16 seasons guiding whitewater raft trips, now gone into business consulting with outside sales. My background is kind of crazy, including a backpacking trip alone up the Rockies my twenty-third summer in life. I was definitely a kid learning my own capabilities and horizons through physical activities. I teach kinesthetic learners best because I still am one.
I know, as parents, we are our kids' first shield on earth, and we eventually let them go shield their kids. We all want to bring absolutely every winning edge possible to our kids. They will be making more of their own choices each year, and staying plugged in with their lives is the challenge in today's rapid fire world of distractions and dangerous invitations. ALL of us can celebrate their potential rising into action as we cheer on their best from the core, and build their ability to identify their core -- not only their God-given gifts and talents and aptitudes, but especially their purpose and calling. They need to see these things in themselves, and we can cheer them on with this process with exactly the same enthusiasm that we cheer on their soccer.
We can look around at the families with this team and actually feel the forward movement we have found as a group, as a team behind the team. Through soccer, we are pushing them each week to reach down for a little more. In so doing, we do not want to lose any ground with any single one of them. This is hard-won territory in today's world. We must stand that ground and push for more. Please stay in my ear about anything I can do to support your child's individual growth in teamwork, skill sets, and character this season. I promise my best as we pull out their best.
I definitely see we have a special group of parents collected. You guys know that about each other. Let's make the most of our opportunities this season. Find a new brother or sister or two in this mix. We started smart, and we'll finish strong. The more communication and unity, the better. We are teaching our kids to be overcomers together. Let's keep that vision clear throughout our time together. We want them to learn winning choices all across life, with soccer as a realm to make some of these positive principles come alive. Our team website is a key tool. I wish I had bumped into some of these materials when my kids were younger!
Oct 17, 2017 - 2 Buttons for $5
⚽️ Parents, Coach Miley still has 2 buttons with your child in Hurricanes royal blue, from Picture Day.
They are being sold again this week at 2 for $5. Coach Miley still has that bag of buttons from last week.
They came out well! It's a good $5!
Oct 17, 2017 - Mid-season Results/Standings
Oct 16, 2017 - VERSATILITY
Every team needs "utility" players. These are the players who show special willingness and ability for different roles. Every coach wants as many utility players as possible. Not only does each player's versatility open up effective options in a given lineup, but this sort of attitude inspires everyone toward a more accommodating sense of the team and what the team may need in any given situation. Of course, just like life beyond soccer, we all have our favorite positions and roles and situations where we feel most comfortable and prepared to excel, but it takes a special team player to see what the team needs first, and then to bring the game-changing willingness to work hard at something that isn't a first choice. The Hurricanes lean on several players who have demonstrated leadership in this manner.
Any coach knows, with four or more true "utility" players willing and able to play anywhere with equally high energy, the options and strategies simply explode into all kinds of elements of surprise that opposing coaches can't begin to track.
The top four leaders in this area at mid season -- Zander Lema, Savannah Polk , Ryan Dennis, and Nate Ruiz -- all had other ideas about their first choices for positioning, yet all have adapted to the needs of the team with considerable enthusiasm and a team-first attitude. The versatility of these four players, as well as several others rising into such opportunities, has become a real key to the Hurricanes team mentality that all the players feel.
Oct 16, 2017 - Daytona Trip Reminder
The Rollins College Tars (in the top 20 this season) visit the Embry Riddle Eagles in Daytona Beach for a men's soccer match at 7:00 Saturday night, October 21st. D2 men's soccer is often more physical than D1 soccer, with many amazingly intelligent players on scholarship precisely for the best education at the best smaller colleges. Rollins is known as the best private business school in the South, and Embry Riddle is renowned for producing top aeronautical engineers, pilots, and astronauts. Both schools have very intelligent, physical players who will turn on a dime for snappy decisions and bang around more than the pros do. The Tars always have a tough defense and patient passing under a crafty English head coach who played for the Tars right after Coach Miley did. Both sides will be studded with American and International standouts.
This will be a team-building outing for those who can attend, even if the turnout is partial. Details will finalize this week, as we find out availability and interest. Aiden and his family have expressed interest. We are hoping for at least several families to join them. Any player who attends will definitely benefit. We will solidify the Daytona trip by this Thursday's practice (October 19th) ⚽️
Please contact Coach Miley as we pull together our group for this great opportunity.
Oct 16, 2017 - A Look at Week 6
This coming Saturday, October 21st, the Hurricanes will face the next best defense in the league behind their own, when they take on their nextdoor practice neighbors, the sky blue Typhoons.
"The Typhoons gave us the best scrap we've seen yet in the second match," said Coach Miley of their narrowest win (3-2). "They know us better than the other squads do because we have scrimmaged them three times. One time they tied us in a scrimmage. I have a lot of respect for what Coach Kirkhoffer is doing with them. He will bring his best game to us."
The #3 Typhoons (2-2-1) suffered a 0-2 shutout versus the #2 Rip Tide in the late match after the Canes took their 8-1 fifth victory over the Highlighters. "I saw that match," said Miley. "It was competitive as usual, from the sky blue squad. They always play low scoring competitive matches. They dictated a low score with us, too. But we have been working on a few weapons since our last time with them, also. I feel good about our chances, but our kids need to know we will be seeing the best from our opponents from here on out. Everybody's coming for us now. The target is on our back as upstarts storming the league. We expect that."
Oct 16, 2017 - The 2017 Ocala Hurricanes
Oct 16, 2017 - Game 5 Report
On Saturday, October 14th, the Ocala Hurricanes added to their perfect start and momentum with their most resounding win, an 8-1 handling of the Highlighters. The match started more even than it ended, as both sides probed for weaknesses and pushed each other hard. Halftime found the Canes on top after two early goals by strikers Anthony Minami up the left flank off a steal, and Martella Asby finding a seam down the middle off a feed from midfielder Savannah Polk.
The Hurricanes regrouped with adjustments at the half and went right to work. Minami, at 12 one of the youngest players in U14 play, continued his scoring outburst across the league with two more quick ones, first up the middle off a steal and then down the left flank off a loose ball that he claimed at midfield and took to the house. Asby added the fifth tally before water break ended the third quarter of play. Minami easily added Goal 6, his fourth of the match, with a flick of the outside of his right foot from an Asby feed, and that's when Coach Miley brought Minami to the back of his diamond defense for some experience there. The Highlighters picked up their only point on a free kick awarded to their left flank, about 25 yards from frame. The Highlighters coach gave instructions for #10 to shoot on frame, and he did exactly that, lofting a perfect strike to the top right side netting with the most spectacular play of the day. Starting sweeper Josh Sieradzky, who had shifted forward to the stopper position at the top of the defense, then promptly started assaulting the Highlighter net with three long penetrating runs off three steals, resulting in the final two tallies, as the Canes continued their rampage across the league with another runaway showing, 8-1. An injury to the Highlighters Goalkeeper on his final dive to contest Sieradzky's final tally, was handled with a precautionary paramedic call, but that player's X-Rays came up negative and he will be okay.
Across their first encounters with all five opponents the first half of the season, the Hurricanes continue to lead the league in defense with fewest goals allowed (7), and also in attack with most goals scored (27). Goalkeeper Aiden Chittum has one of the league's two shutouts and the least goals allowed among starting goalkeepers (5). Strikers Martella Asby and Anthony Minami lead the league together with 12 and 11 goals respectively. Josh Sieradzky leads the league's defenders with three tallies of his own, while anchoring the league's only high level defensive system, a diamond formation following schemes of many NCAA squads.
The #1 Hurricanes (5-0-0) next face the #3 Typhoons (2-2-1) this Saturday morning, October 21st, at 9:30, also on Field 7.
Oct 16, 2017 - Chittum's Campaign
Ocala Hurricanes Goalkeeper Aiden Chittum quietly continues his league-leading campaign with fewest goals allowed per match. He has posted 17 saves in five starts and 270 minutes as the last man through the Hurricanes perfect five-win showing. Most importantly, he has allowed only five goals in all five outings, behind the league's only diamond defense system. Chittum has caught on fast as the field marshal for this high level system with the upstart Hurricanes, and along with his sweeper Josh Sieradzky, they have frustrated all five opponents with a swirl of communication, decisions, and recycling defenders generating snappy counter attacks in matter of fact order. The message to the league is simply this -- you are not up against stars to match your stars; you are up against an actual team. And out on the pitch that team begins at the back line. It begins with the last man.
"Aiden is a naturally quiet guy, but we all know he is a fierce competitor," Coach Miley says. "and he is learning how to call a match with more chatter, much like a catcher does in baseball. Like a catcher, he is the last man. Some players have the personality for this responsibility. This kid will take his goalkeeping as far as chooses to take it. Remember his name."
In the meantime, Chittum is all about winning each moment as the voice behind the league's only diamond system, and when he finds himself as the last man stopping a shot, he's all about that, too.
Oct 15, 2017 - FEATURES
Oct 14, 2017 - Week 5 Scores Bulletin
HURRICANES DEFEAT HIGHLIGHTERS, 8-1.
Oct 14, 2017 - COMMENT
⚽️posted Oct. 8, 2017 ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ Martella Asbey (parent): "The Hurricanes continue to improve each week. The synergy on this team is outstanding. Players with less experience are improving their skill sets by leaps and bounds. As long as the team plays together they will be hard to beat. Coach Miley's team/family approach is the key to this team's success." ⚽️
Oct 13, 2017 - Diamond Dynamics
"Our diamond defense has the league baffled," says Coach Miley. "The diamond formation carries a higher level set of dynamics and responsibilities than coaches generally use at the U14 level. I knew we had the right group to handle it. Because we play on a smaller than regulation size pitch, most of our league's matches are a scoring fest against each side's flat three defenders. That system can't lock anyone out. Our diamond is the answer."
The Canes started the season with that higher level diamond and never looked back. Understanding the diamond formation is easier than working it, but that's a start. At the top of the diamond, spearheading the resistance stands the stopper back. As the first central defender, that is your wild warrior bringing a savage disruption to the onset of any central attack. The stopper may also slide left or right to bring early pressure to a flank incursion. Kaleigh Beers (#8) fills this spot for the Hurricanes. You could call her the first cold hello from the Canes defense, or even a first heavy gale with warnings of more behind her. The left back generally handles an opponent's best right-footed right wing striker. That striker often is the fastest "skill player" with the hardest strikes, simply because more players are right-footed than left-footed, creating a bigger pool of candidates for coaches to survey for their "hammer". Two-footed players are rare at the U14 level. Players often need at least five seasons to become two-footed, and the Canes have only three players with that experience. Emma Wood fills this left back position. Her job is to own her touchline and stop or chase the opponent's strongest striker into her sweeper's ready trap. The right back shuts down the opponent's best lefty. Because there are fewer lefties to draw from, right back is a great position for a player learning the ropes. First year standout Quadarius Mitchell has won this spot with an inspiring learning curve and work ethic. The man called "Q" also already has four assists, serving notice that he has more than defense on his mind. The Canes diamond is anchored in the back by possibly the league's most stifling defender, Josh Sieradzky, helping Goalkeeper Aiden Chittum lead the league's toughest defense.
Coach Miley says, "Some players are known for composure, some for vision, some for ball control, some for timing, some for spatial awareness, and some for responsibility; Josh has it all. I knew he was my sweeper after the first practice." The sweeper does what the position says: he sweeps up whatever gets through, and therefore must possess good soccer knowledge and instincts in a complete package. "Josh fills a position that no other Big Sun U14 squad has. He is our sweeper. He turns our diamond into a meat grinder."
In their first year, you may see the Hurricanes trying a few different players in the diamond to pick up some experience. You'll see Ryan Dennis and Savannah Polk alternating in at stopper, striker Anthony Minami filling in at sweeper, striker Nate Ruiz stepping in at right back, and midfielder Caitlin Connolly taking an occasional assignment at left back. The dynamics of the center backs also can completely swap spots when the stopper is beaten and recycles behind the sweeper stepping up. One way or another, everyone has everyone's back in a well tested diamond. It's a team within a team, and these players get to know one another very fast. They form a bond of duty to keep intruders out, give their goalkeeper the easiest possible final stops, and rip the ball away for counter attacks. By wearing down opposing stars with tenacious, recycling defenders, the swirling Canes already are finding mystifying success with their "diamond dynamics".
Oct 9, 2017 - Video: Goal!
November 30th, 2017
On a rainy morning at the Big Sun Soccer Complex in Ocala, Florida,
Hurricanes Striker Anthony Minami (#10 ) scores one of his two goals
in the early minutes of a 7-2 win versus the Rip Tide in U14 League action.
The Hurricanes are 4-0 so far, leading the league and outscoring opponents,
19-6. Minami has 7 goals on the fall season campaign. He also plays for his
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