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May. 12, 2018
On Saturday, May 12th, the Ocala Hurricanes handled the last of their contenders with a 2-1 victory, dusting off another undefeated championship season. The Hurricanes remain undefeated after 18 outings this school year; 10-0-0 in fall, 7-0-1 in spring. The fall squad outscored opponents, 50-10, and the spring squad outscored opponents, 22-2. Both runs were dominant, and executed by squads averaging two to three years younger than the age limit for their league division.
Facing the #2 Blue Lightning (4-0-3) for a rematch after locking up the title the week before, the 6-0-1 Hurricanes knew this "battle of the undefeateds" would be their signature match of the season -- just a final test of their character. Not a bad proposition for a squad that continuously demonstrated ready character all season. "All I expected of them was to show up one more time and just be who they are together," said Hurricanes Coach Fred Miley. "We know we are a hard working, passing team."
The two sides traded deep presses early, but just before halftime the Hurricanes scored first, set up by a left touchline attacking throw-in from "Q" for some planned chaos in front of the Blue net, yielding an unassisted goal by left striker Anthony Minami. Early in the second half, Anthony fed his team-leading sixth assist from the left flank to Caleb Lombardo, whose far post run on the right flank landed the insurance tally from close quarters, his team-leading sixth score of the season. The Minami-Lombardo connection proved to be the winner as the Blue Lightning scraped out a late answer with a scramble in front of the Hurricanes net following a free kick from their right flank. The Hurricanes held on with a dominant attack the last eight minutes, including a hard shot off the crossbar blasted from thirty yards by central defender Eric Osornio. With that final bang, the Hurricanes sealed another season as Ocala's undisputed, undefeated U15 champions.
"Our work was done in practice," said their coach. "When I asked them on Day 1 if they wanted to be champions, they all said yes. They are champions because they put the work in, and also because they always knew they needed each other. They can be proud of themselves and each other as a young squad with an extraordinary season. Going undefeated as a champion is always something extraordinary, and the work is what stages all those little successes for the end result. Champions happen by design and by the work. These kids bought into all the basics and did this together quite deliberately. Coach Liles and I are very proud to be associated with these special individuals and their families. We are grateful for this opportunity and proud of who they are together, what they did together, and what they'll always be -- undefeated champions together."
The Ocala Star Banner printed this report:
Here are the final scores, standings, and statistics for the Hurricanes and their U15 Division of six squads, at the end of the Spring 2018 season.
2018 Spring U15 Scores ~ Big Sun Youth Soccer League
⚽️ 9 : 3 0 ⚽️ 1 1 : 0 0 ⚽️ 1 1 : 0 0 ⚽️
FIELD 7 FIELD 7 FIELD 2
3-24 Blue 3 Burgundy 5 Canes 4
Red 1 Gray 2 Aqua 0
3-31 Blue 3 Red 2 Canes 5
Burgundy 2 Aqua 1 Gray 0
4-7 Red 2 Canes 2 Blue 5
Gray 2 Burgundy 0 Aqua 1
4-14 Aqua 5 Red 3 Canes 0
Gray 3 Burgundy 3 Blue 0
4-21 Burgundy 4 Canes 3 Blue 3
Aqua 2 Red 0 Gray 0
4-28 Canes 4 Red 3 Blue 2
Gray 1 Aqua 1 Burgundy 2
5-5 Blue 1 Canes 2 Red 6
Aqua 1 Burgundy 0 Gray 1
5-12 Burgundy 2 Canes 2 Aqua 2
Red 1 Blue 1 Gray 4
⚽️ 2018 SPRING ~ BSYSL FINAL STANDINGS ⚽️
U15 SQUADS POINTS W-L-T G/GA AVG. MARGIN SHUTOUTS
#1 Fred's Hurricanes* 22 7-0-1 22/2 2.8/0.2 +2.6 6
#2 Kevin's Blue 15 4-1-3 18/9 2.2/1.1 +1.1 2
#3 Darren's Burgundy 11 3-3-2 18/17 2.2/2.1 +0.1 0
#4 Cesar's Red 11 3-3-2 18/16 2.2/2.0 +0.2 0
#5 Michael's Aqua 4 1-6-1 13/26 1.6/3.2 -1.6 0
#6 Marrianne's Gray 4 1-6-1 13/32 1.6/4.0 -2.4 0
*Championship Clinched, Week 7
DEFENSE GA GA/Match Shutouts
Hurricanes 2 0.2 6
Blue 9 1.1 2
Red 16 2.0 0
Burgundy 17 2.1 0
Aqua 26 3.2 0
Gray 32 4.0 0
ATTACK G G/Match Avg. Margin
Hurricanes 22 2.8 +2.6
Blue 18 2.2 +1.1
Red 18 2.2 +0.2
Burgundy 18 2.2 +0.1
Aqua 13 1.6 -1.6
Gray 13 1.6 -2.4
⚽️ BSYSL U15 ~ Spring 2018 ⚽️
O C A L A H U R R I C A N E S (7-0-1)
Final Results of Saturday Matches
DATE TIME FIELD SCORE OPPONENT
3/24 11:00 2 W 4-0 vs Aqua
3/31 11:00 2 W 5-0 vs Gray
4/7 11:00 7 W 2-0 vs Burgundy
4/14 11:00 2 T 0-0 vs Blue
4/21 11:00 7 W 3-0 vs Red
4/28 9:30 7 W 4-1 vs Gray
5/5 11:00 7 W 2-0 vs Burgundy
5/12 11:00 7 W 2-1 vs Blue
MATCH: T 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Caleb 6/1 2/0 1/0 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 1/0 1/0
Justin 4/6 1/2 1/1 0/0 0/0 2/1 0/1 0/1 0/0
Anthony 3/6 1/1 0/1 0/1 0/0 1/1 0/0 0/1 1/1
Martella 3/2 0/0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0/0 2/0 1/0 0/0
Eric 3/0 0/0 2/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 0/0
Daniel 1/3 0/1 1/1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Laney 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 0/0
"Q" 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0
⚽️ T E A M A W A R D S ⚽️
JERSEY # PLAYER POSITION AWARD
2 Laney Liles ~ Midfielder/Striker ~ Mia Hamm Passion & Skill
3 Railey Liles ~ Defender ~ Emilia Plater Team Shield
4 Caleb Lombardo ~ Striker/Midfielder ~ Sir William Wallace Team Sabre
5 Angie Loforte ~ Midfielder/Striker ~ Colonel Ruby Bradley Team Spirit
6 Kennedy Engelhardt ~ Striker ~ Heather Penney First Strike
7 Josh Sieradzki ~ Defender ~ Colonel Nolde Last Man
8 Justin Arroyo ~ Midfielder ~ Pele Passion & Skill
9 Zach Kaiser ~ Defender ~ Da Vinci Most Improved Player
10 Anthony Minami ~ Striker/Midfielder ~ Joe Montana Crunch King
11 Eric Osornio ~ Defender ~ Aaron Judge Rookie of the Year
12 Shelby Davis ~ Midfielder ~ Michael Jordan Perseverence
13 Martella Asbey ~ Striker ~ Audi Murphy Overcomer
14 Aiden Chittum ~ Goalkeeper ~ George Washington Most Valuable Player
15 Daniel Minami ~ Midfielder/Defender ~ Simon Bolivar Focused Fighter
16 Nathan "Q" Quiroz ~ Midfielder ~ Don Shula Winning Edge
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Video of Hurricanes Traditional Gratitude Lap after final match: IMG_0276.3gp
With our final 2-1 win, after THANKING OUR OPPONENTS AND REFEREES, our 16 runners (missing Martella with sore knee) tapped under our hoisted flag, on our way to THANK OUR SUPPORTERS, running first to last: Josh leading as usual (no longer streaming our flag in front as before), Zach, Angie, Shelby, Railey, Laney, Kennedy, Q, Aiden (in red goalie shirt), Daniel, Anthony, Justin, Eric, Caleb (white undershirt), Coach Liles, and Coach Miley (last as usual, with flag now furled at the rear, to avoid further confusion about why we do this). Same team spirit with a twinkle in the eye instead of a flag overhead.
May 12, 2018 - Hurricanes Cruise Past #3 Red Squad in Scrimmage, 7-0
On Thursday the early champion Ocala Hurricanes finished their final week of practices seriously, with a 7-0 scrimmage win over Coach Cesar's #3 Red squad.
Hurricanes Coach Fred Miley got even more than he expected from his squad this time. "We wanted their crafty strikers to run at our diamond, and they did at first, but our midfield quickly took over, and we followed our signature of wearing down our opponent with our passing, holding the ball on their end in the second half. We just wanted a tuneup, to end the season with the same character our kids have shown all along. As it turned out, it was a blow-out, and our seven goals came from seven different players, so I might build a conspiracy theory... Anyway that was #3 Red, and next is #2 Blue."
The 6-0-1 Hurricanes round out the season with Game 8, "the battle of the undefeateds". They face a rematch with the hungry Blue Lightning (4-0-3) who tied the Hurricanes in Game 4, 0-0, despite being outshot, 7-1. "We were playing some reruns of missed chances in our minds after that one," said Miley. "We kept their strikers at bay last time. They won't be as easy to handle on the narrower pitch, but we have a few surprises for them this time."
On Thursday Miley's squad looked as confident as ever, just being who they are: a hard working, passing team that believes in each other. "The great thing about this team is they all know they need each other. They have the GANAS for that little something extra every time. We take a level field and before we know it we are running downhill in the second half. This is because of our passing, and our drills keep them moving for the league's best conditioning. I don't mind saying I see way too much standing around and not enough soccer decisions under pressure when I look at some other practices. I would like to see our league improve with that. We worked the hardest in our practices and now we are ready to close out the season well with our top contender."
Neither side has tasted defeat this season, but Miley has his kids thinking on some bigger things. "Our kids know they will be remembered for how they finish anything, including this season. They consider this important, so I believe we will see them at their best."
With the title in the bag, and no strangers to having a target on their back, the Hurricanes players know this match is all about character, "and there is no shortage of that," assured their coach. "I told them their brand of soccer is the class of the league, so they can just bring that. They have learned that they can go toe to toe with older players and keep winning. That means something to them. I believe this group will finish in their own fashion, and sign their names on this match as champions."
⚽️ GAME 7 REPORT
In U15 Big Sun Youth Soccer League action Saturday, May 5th, the 6-0-1 Ocala Hurricanes logged in another shutout, 2-0, over the Burgundy squad, to remain undefeated across two seasons and clinch another title a week early. The Spring squad recorded their sixth shutout in seven outings, and has outscored opponents, 20-1.
The Hurricanes lost the toss and faced the wind and the sun for a two-way battle that lasted most of the first half as each team pressed and yielded presses, but not many clean shots. The Canes took a 1-0 lead into halftime on the strength of a full field passing pattern with a key quick link from Team Captain Angie Loforte. Loforte laid out a two-touch give at the halfway line that staged Anthony Minami's fourth assist to Caleb Lombardo breezing down the right flank on an overlapping run from midfield. "Angie's composure and vision set up Anthony to set up Caleb," said Hurricanes Coach Fred Miley. "Burgundy wasn't sure what just happened after the speed of how our kids worked together. It was a fluid play, just a waterfall of good choices."
After the break, the Hurricanes wasted little time picking up their insurance goal from a perfect corner kick conversion delivered by central midfielder Justin Arroyo to striker Martella Asbey for the header. Lombardo's team-leading fifth goal was trailed by Arroyo's team-leading sixth assist to Asbey's third goal, capping the scoring, as the Hurricanes diamond pitched another shutout. "This was another team effort," said their coach. "We leaned heavily on Q's intelligence and competitive spirit as he shut down their go-to strikers on assignment, took our attacking throws, and ran far post plugs. We were missing Zach and Shelby on the right flank, so we shifted to a double diamond (4-4-2 formation), and Q was our pivot guy with the biggest workload at defensive center mid. He knew that going in, and he was everywhere. We jammed up and owned the middle so we could make it an easy day for Josh and Aiden, and overload their flanks. That wore them down. Kennedy and Martella ran well up front, while Anthony and Caleb ran overlaps on both sides from midfield. Justin was a perfect quarterback at the top of our midfield diamond. He would be our point guard if this were basketball. The plays generally start with Justin and he usually decides on our flank attacks based on what's available and who's putting in the work. That pushes everyone to work, because they all know Justin's eyes are up and he will hit them if they make a good angular run. And he'll shoot from distance, too. Our kids do a lot together, but the key is, they know they need each other."
With only two players in high school, and over half the squad twelve years old, Coach Fred Miley says, "If we're not the youngest team in U15 soccer, we've got to be at least one of the youngest. Our average age at the start of the U15 season was under 13. Go figure. We're proud of their teamwork. The work is done in practice for the advantages we need. What we don't have in age and experience, we make up for as a hard working, passing team. Our players have a good sense of working the diamond formation on defense after being hammered by rapid fire reps in practice. That's been a key. We also stick with a few drills to build our one-touch and two-touch passing, as well as our fundamental foot control for short passes. And we do plenty of competitive net work with our goalkeeper and his diamond handling the rest of the squad coming at them repeatedly. We hammer our defenders with overload drills. They know what they're doing better than a lot of high school players. We have some intelligent young players who, from Day 1, were willing to work together for a championship. They have a level of comfort with some tactics and concepts found in the better programs in American high schools and colleges, but I know little kids are getting this stuff in the best programs in Europe. Our kids can get it, too. The Dutch are probably the most systematic with their youngsters -- I've been using some of their models and drills. The time and space available in practice needs to be used well. Our American kids can learn with the best in the world if we just put them to work with the best plans. I want more of our kids competing on the world stage without feeling intimidated. They can bring the American grit with some knowledge, like Dempsey does. There shouldn't be much standing around in American soccer practices. We have too much territory to make up."
Next Saturday, the Hurricanes face the other undefeated team in the league, the 4-0-3 Blue Lightning, at 11:00 on Field 7. "The title is in the bag," Coach Miley reflected, "but no surprises -- our kids will finish with the same character they've shown all season."
Apr 29, 2018 - GAME 6 REPORT: Hurricanes Push Their Path
On Saturday, April 28th, the Ocala Hurricanes continued their unbeaten run in Big Sun's U15 Division, rising to sole possession of first place with a 4-1 win over the Gray squad, which showed up with only 9 players. The Huricanes offered to even the sides by offering players of their own, but the referee said no to that usual practice, and said it would be a forfeit unless both sides played with nine. The Hurricanes opted not to claim the forfeit and play 9 a side. The Hurricanes won the toss, took the sun at their back, and immediately started pounding the Gray net with 8 shots before giving up a fast break for Gray to strike first with their first shot. That was all the wake-up call these Canes needed, starting with left flank heroics from striker Caleb Lombardo, who juked three defenders and sent a perfect cross to fellow striker Martella Asbey, who, wearing the Captain's band, plugged a one-timer into the top right netting for the equalizer before halftime. Asbey made quick work of adding the winner unassisted, early in the second frame. The insurance tally soon came from central defender Eric Osornio, who bombed Gray with two goals in the first meeting, and was happy to remind them that he's still in the business of scoring from the back line, hopping on a perfect assist from central midfielder Justin Arroyo. The punctuation mark on the win came from a spectacular half volley executed by striker Laney Liles on an assist from right midfielder Nathan "Q" Quiroz. The Hurricanes out-shot Gray, 21-6, and searched in vain for more net with 14 corner kicks while allowing none.
"Most of the match was played in front of Gray's goalmouth," said Coach Miley. "They had a couple of good scrappers running fast breaks on their top line, but Aiden handled the scary stuff."
The Hurricanes lead the league in scoring (18) with eight players on the books for goals and assists. They also lead the league defensively with the least goals allowed (1). This was the only goal allowed all season, breaking a streak of five shutouts for the spring squad and six shutouts counting the 11-0 finale of the fall squad.
"I don't know too many goalkeepers at any level who can say they've recorded six consecutive shutouts," commented Coach Miley after the match. "Aiden (Chittum) can say that. This is even more remarkable when you consider that over half our lineup in a U15 bracket is age 12, and that all but two of our players are still in middle school. Aiden himself, is only 12, and Josh and Zach in our diamond defense are also only 12. This season we have absolutely hammered our diamond defense repeatedly in practice, with overload drills. They know their angles and timing to initiate and recycle support within the diamond system, like a higher level team. I've seen high school teams with less of a handle on this. These young players feel really good stepping up to older players with these results. We're all excited to see the level of teamwork they are achieving in such a short season. The work is paying off -- excellence is fun."
The BSYSL significantly shakes up each team before each season, and once again the Ocala Hurricanes ended up drawing a remarkably young side, and are still doing remarkably well. Last season, they tore up the league with their offense, and are returning only four players from that squad that left a perfect 10-0-0 season in the books. This season, they are silencing opponents with their defense.
The nature of celebration with the Hurricanes has drawn some attention as the team flag has been criticized as taunting and therefore cannot be unfurled as a banner for the post-game gratitude lap slapping hands with families and other supporters who show up in strong numbers. A few parents were even told in this last match that they cannot use noisemakers to celebrate their kids or their team. Coach Miley has responded firmly to the flag and noise criticisms by accommodating any confusion over his team's gratitude lap, simply by holding the team flag up for players to run through after they thank officials and opponents, and then jogging at the back of the gratitude lap with the flag furled over his left shoulder, while he follows his players with Coach Liles, slapping hands along the opposite touch line where supporters gather for the tradition. There is now talk of some of the team moms and grandmothers "trilling" as a replacement for banned noisemakers. The Huricanes families will find all acceptable ways to show their kids the enthusiastic support and celebration of their hard work and unity as a team. With their families fully behind them, the players know it's an open culture of family involvement that won't be silenced by any extra rules. They are just there to play ball.
"One thing that all league officials need to remember everywhere in our country," said Coach Miley, "is that soccer is a world sport. Ocala is just a little dot on that world map. We won't change the passion of families behind their kids, or the passion that goes with this world sport, when we add our extra little local rules about flags and noisemakers. People will be people, and soccer will be soccer. Kids are future adults and they are watching us. They know the difference between what's petty and what's real. Soccer, by definition, is competitive, and not just "recreational". Walking a dog is recreational. In soccer, two teams line up to defend and attack opposite goals -- that stage will always be competitive by nature. Our local philosophies and wording will never change soccer at its core. Not even our extra little rules can change it significantly, unless we put goals all around the whole pitch, take away the goalkeepers, and tell everyone to just kick anywhere. That would be recreational."
As for the rules?
"My team will respect all league rules, even the new ones that appear directed at us, simply because we are part of the body of this league. We will respect specific 'quieting rules' that seem to be directed at us, but we also will continue to find more creative ways to be who we are behind our kids. We realize this is meant to be a positive experience for all, and not just our side. Good, clean competition is always a positive experience in a competitive sport. That's our aim. And that will be a mess of noise and a mess of smiles, one way or another. As a team, we like that kind of mess. We hope the league does, too. Our voices will be the noisemakers, and our team flag will now be hoisted at all team meetings, pre-game, post-game, and even in practices. In fact, our flag will finish this season more visible than ever, but with such explicitly supportive team spirit that our flag's sole purpose will never again be in question, even among those who may want it to be. Who can confuse team spirit? May the confusion end. We know what we're about, even when a few others would rather guess than ask. So we'll just keep being who we are as a hard working passing team, and our families will have plenty of good soccer to enjoy."
Coach Miley explains the Hurricanes approach in practice. "Players this much younger than opponents, particularly in the preteen developing years, don't find this kind of success together against older players without a lot of all-inclusive reps on the right drills, and hard work in practice instead of drills that leave most of them standing around too much. We have deliberate meetings for our minds, usually at the beginning of practice and at water breaks, where they just sit and listen to priorities, strategies, assignments, options, and verbal reminders to build certain skills. They all want excellence, but they have about a five or ten minute attention span for those talks as a high energy group. They are very intelligent and are processing and applying college level drills and tactics. They are clear about their identity as a hard working passing team. We have a few go-to drills and a few supportive drills for our priorities every week. They know these drills well. Everyone is working with many soccer decisions alongside and against each other as we sharpen each other for each new match. My main attitude is that I never underestimate the intelligence and desire of my players. They will rise into more than many of us imagine WITH their families clearly and strongly behind them, and the right instruction/encouragement to build their teamwork. We have Corey Liles bringing strong soccer knowledge into the instruction this spring, and a great sense of fun along with his courageous girls. He is an army guy who brings a "press on and overcome" mentality to everything he models and says, which is making a huge difference with our kids. The work is done in practice."
On May 5th, the Hurricanes face Burgundy, and on May 12th the Hurricanes wrap up the season against Blue; both are 11:00 matches on Field 7. Those two squads tied each other, 2-2, Saturday, leaving the Hurricanes alone at the top of the U15 Division. Come support YOUR Ocala Hurricanes as they face their top two contenders, rounding out another amazing run for another very young squad. And make all the noise you want with your voices and hands!
Apr 22, 2018 - Team Photos Released
Apr 22, 2018 - A Look at Game 6
On Saturday, April 28th, the Ocala Hurricanes will face the Gray squad, whom they blasted, 5-0, in Game 2, on Field 2.
"That match played into our hands on the bigger field because we played to our wings and wore them out with better passing to spread the field," said Coach Miley. "We really stormed them in the second half after we wore them down. This rematch will be on a smaller field, Field 7, and earlier in the morning without the heat to help our plan to wear down opponents with our passing. We will need to do the same sort of stuff, but even more. Fortunately for us, we are getting better at what we do best, and our defense has been just shutting out some very good athletes. The Gray squad has some strong and big athletes, but we isolated their best strikers last time and we plan to do that again."
In that first match against Gray, Eric Osornio slammed in two late goals on surprise attacks coming from the top of the diamond, and later asked Coach Miley, "Tell me what I can do better."
"This is the kind of team we have," said Miley. "They are hungry to do better every time. I push them, but they push themselves harder. We have a good set of dynamics staged by our hardest workers, and everybody rises to the latest leader's example as some kind of personal challenge. That is the kind of group this is. They have what champion teacher Jaime Escalante emphasized as "GANAS". Nobody can teach that, but anyone can awaken that. We are at a place of awakening the GANAS in one another as we find out who we can be as a squad in this short season. Eric captures this "DESIRE" with that Escalante-style passion. It is a good place to be when we take up his spark. Our younger kids now know they belong at the top because of their teamwork. They are not about to give that up. I have no doubt we will be ready for this Gray squad."
Apr 22, 2018 - GAME 5 REPORT: Canes Stay Undefeated, Unscored Upon
On a breezy Saturday in Florida's horse country, the Ocala Hurricanes silenced a fifth straight opponent, 3-0, continuing their perfect string of shutouts as the youngest squad in their U14 league.
"It's amazing to me how we could start this U15 season with 9 kids not even in their teens yet, and then simply silence all of our opponents with five shutouts in our first five outings. I've never heard of anything like it in youth soccer," said their coach, Fred Miley. "These defenders can be very proud of each other and how they have gelled. They have learned through many reps in practice how to operate a high level diamond formation under a variety of overloads. And now this league of older players is at a loss trying to crack their code. They are a team within a team that refuses to crack. In fifteen seasons as a player and sixteen seasons as a coach, I have never seen five consecutive shutouts for a squad. The only strikers who seem to be able to occasionally beat this diamond are on our team, and that happens only in practice with severe overloads. We run all ten of our other players at our diamond over and over in practice, and only the best plays will occasionally find the net. We call them "Aiden's Wall", and Aiden shows up for business as the last man. It is amazing to watch five players hold off ten players as well as they do. What they do in practice is way more amazing than what they do in matches."
With their coach raving and their families buzzing, Ocala's top U15 squad faced their practice field neighbor, the red squad under Peruvian Coach Cesar Tambini, who tended goal at a national level for Peru. "We were very excited to take on Coach Cesar's team," said Miley, "because we always see each other's hard workouts and keep wondering who is better. He has a very big heart for all of our league's kids, and donated some of his time to help our goalkeeper Aiden earlier in the season, when I asked for him to share his goalkeeping expertise. He did so not only willingly, but with enthusiasm. I respect how Cesar coaches, and their squad actually has a lot in common with our work ethic and passing priority, but I think our diamond made the difference again for us today."
The Canes picked up an early goal from Justin Arroyo to take a slight edge into halftime, and proceeded to lock down the match against a stiffening breeze with a goal from seventh grader Anthony Minami from distance, and an inswinger off a late corner kick from Arroyo. The Hurricanes out-shot the red squad, 18-7, and tallied 12 corner kicks while allowing none. "We still need to capitalize better on our opportunities," Coach Miley acknowledged, "but we did a lot of things we wanted to do today, especially holding it in their back third of the pitch. Our strikers and midfielders worked hard to continue the chaos on their end, and our defenders just said no again." Coach Cesar's strikers did make a couple of threatening deep runs late in the match, but Aiden was equal to the task with solid saves.
The Hurricanes are at the top of the league with 14 goals in five outings, but the five straight shutouts is becoming a phenomenon that the kids in the diamond want to extend. "Railey completely rocked a winger who was trying to get by her, when she took him with a fierce and legal tackle in the first half, and the rest of the diamond stepped up with play after play, coming off Railey's fearlessness, to keep that hard hustling team down to just a few real chances. Our defense is creating a name for themselves back there. They don't make many mistakes, and that is why they are back there. That is the only shutout Coach Cesar's squad has suffered. Our diamond has very quietly silenced all five of our opponents. Nobody has found our net. Aiden's Wall is real."
The 4-0-1 Hurricanes take their league leading momentum into next Saturday's rematch versus the Gray squad, in the 9:30 early slot on Field 7 again. "This is our only early match," said Coach Miley. "We want our players to bed early the night before and ready with an early breakfast."
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Apr 18, 2018 - Canes Age Profile: A Very Young Squad
Here is your Ocala Hurricanes age profile:
Emphasis: WAY Under 15!
Age 15: 1 defender, 1 midfielder
Age 14: 1 midfielder
Age 13: 1 defender, 2 strikers, 1 midfielder
Age 12: 1 goalkeeper, 2 defenders, 3 midfielders, 2 strikers
All but two are in middle school, and over half our squad
is not yet in their teens. We can't have a team without passing,
and we can't have passing without communication and hard work.
That is why we are a hard working, passing team with an emphasis
on communication and connection. Without age or experience,
our connectedness with each other as a team with our families
behind us is the ONLY way we can compete. Thank you all for
staying at practices and for supporting our young squad so strongly
at matches. Our kids can feel you all behind them, and this is the
most important element of their soccer experience. Our families are
truly behind us and bringing the example of connectedness forward
in our team culture. This is exactly what we need. Thank you,
parents, for your clear leadership with this. It means everything.
Apr 16, 2018 - A Look At Game 5
At 11:00 on Field 7, Saturday, April 21st, the #1 Ocala Hurricanes will face their practice field neighbors, Coach Cesar's #3 red squad, in third place.
"Coach Cesar keeps his kids moving," said Coach Miley. "He has a big heart for all the kids and shares his understanding of the game with good instructional ability. He doesn't just love soccer, he knows soccer, and he knows soccer helps kids with life. There's not a lot of standing around in lines for drills, so they are kind of like us that way. He emphasizes a passing priority like we do. When I found out he played goalkeeper at the national level for Peru, I asked if he would be willing to give some tips to our goalkeeper Aiden, which he gladly did as he worked with him. I appreciated not only his willingness, but also enthusiasm to meet this special request, as I know Aiden and his parents did also. He is here for all of these kids and their families. Like our squad, he drew a hard working young group, and he has them working together, which is the kind of opponent we need to face to make us better. We've had a few excellent talks after practice, and I respect what I see him doing. I'm glad he's our practice neighbor, and we are looking forward to facing his team."
At the midseason mark, Coach Cesar's red squad sits in third place at 1-1-2, while the 3-0-1 Hurricanes maintain first place narrowly over the blue squad by merit of stronger goal differential on the season, after a 0-0 draw with them in Game 4.
"We expect the best from both of these squads. Both sides know how to reach down for their best."
Players should arrive at Field 7, geared up and ready for a stiff contest. Families, bring your friends and noisemakers to support your Ocala Hurricanes!
Apr 16, 2018 - Game 4 Report
On Saturday, April 14th, both of Ocala's undefeated U15 soccer squads matched up at the midseason point to find they would both remain undefeated, as they remained scoreless for a 0-0 draw. The Ocala Hurricanes held a steady edge over Coach Kevin Gorman's blue squad throughout the match with about 75% possession time, holding the ball deep for plenty of chaotic scrambles as the blue squad bunkered back and made a variety of heroic dives and slides to keep the ball out of their net. The Hurricanes kept storming their gates, out-shooting the blue squad 7-1, out-chancing them 15-3, and doubling up the corner kicks, 4-2, but none of those numbers mattered on the scoresheet, as the blue squad's fans celebrated and the Hurricanes settled for the hard fought draw.
"I didn't have to do much" Hurricanes goalkeeper Aiden Chittum said afterward. "Our defense made it really easy for me." Indeed, Chittum had to work a lot harder to preserve a 2-0 win over the Burgundy squad the Saturday before, with 7 saves required instead of only one.
"Four consecutive shutouts is not bad for any squad," said Coach Miley of "Aiden's Wall".
"Any coach knows you build a soccer squad from the back forward," Miley noted. "Our back defenders are minimizing mistakes, but we were applying immediate defensive pressure all over the pitch pretty much anytime they touched it. We have the only solid wall in the league. Nobody has touched our net halfway through this season. That's something we can take forward from this match."
Both sides were resilient and fought very hard. The Hurricanes obviously had the younger side, with only one player who is fifteen, and everybody else in middle school. Nevertheless, their edge was in their passing.
"You don't need age or size for good passing," said Miley. "You just need good communication with a work ethic, and we have that. Our kids worked as hard as they do in practice to control this match with passing. Usually that results in a win, but there are never any guarantees in soccer. Each match has a storyline, no matter the score. We were stringing together seven and eight consecutive passes five or more times in each half, and I never saw more than three consecutive passes for our opponent. That's why most of the match was on their end, and that is something else to take forward. It's always easier to possess than chase, and we had them gassed."
Indeed, both sides left everything on the field as morning breezes gave way to the high noon heat hitting the 80s in Florida's horse country.
"Our kids were wanting more time for this match to tumble our way," said Miley, "and I know they are mentally replaying some of the missed chances. They'll be looking forward to seeing this blue squad again for the final match."
Bobby Herndon, the league director, stepped in for Coach Gorman's absence, and did an excellent job marshalling his strongest players back to hang onto the 0-0 draw. Chittum needed only one save for an actual shot on frame, and came out a couple of times to disrupt a couple of other chances. Coach Bobby leaned on a few fast breaks to shake things up, but they were usually stopped before they could get close. "Aiden isn't kidding about the easy day," said Coach Miley. "Our diamond defense did another sound job sending the battles elsewhere."
The Hurricanes finished the match with a few more deep rushes into the blue squad's penalty area, but squandered their shots wide or over the bar from within spitting distance of open net. "We ran strong till the end," said Miley, "but just didn't finish. I told our kids there's a story to every match. This match was ours to take, but we didn't take it. We did a lot of things we are looking for, but missed the finishing touches. It's a useful experience to build on, because it will make us work harder to properly finish our opportunities -- one of life's lessons."
Apr 13, 2018 - A Look At Game 4
This Saturday the Ocala Hurricanes take on Kevin Gorman's royal blue squad, to be coached in his absence by league director Bobby Herndon, staging a matchup of the last two undefeated sides in Big Sun's U15 Division. Both sides have piled up 11 goals in the first three matches, but unlike the blue squad which has allowed four tallies, the Hurricanes defense stands alone as the only solid wall in the league, with all three of the league's shutouts notched on their goalposts.
"Three no-nos to start a season is a first for me," said Coach Miley in his 17th season coaching high school and youth levels. "For this level, we are doing more fine tuning on defense than the average bears. We have hammered our diamond defense repeatedly in practices. They know how to work together and take a lot of pride in holding down our back third of the pitch. They're also good at sending the battles elsewhere for our midfielders and strikers to take the day."
A tough obstacle for the Hurricanes to overcome this match will be the absence of three key players due to family events elsewhere. "We will be missing the Minami brothers and Q (Nathan Quiroz)," Miley notes. "Anthony and Daniel have been a big reason our left side has been too explosive for any squad to handle, and Q has been marking out and shutting down the top strikers we've faced. Even without those three boys, we still have a persistent passing team with a solid work ethic. With only one sub, we will need everything from everybody. Not the best time to be missing three key players as we face our top rival, but that converts to a perfect opportunity to reach down for who we are together. We will see this squad again for our final match, hopefully with all of our players, but this is an early invitation for us to stand up for our identity together."
The Hurricanes look forward to some rowdy support as they kickoff at BSYSL Field 2 in Ocala, on Saturday the 14th, at 11:00. Bring cowbells and noisemakers! Players should report to the team bench, geared up and ready to go at 10:15.
Apr 8, 2018 - Ocala Hurricanes Extend Streak: Game Reports 1-3
⚽️ GAME 3 REPORT
In Big Sun Youth Soccer U15 action Saturday, the 2018 Ocala Hurricanes continued their spring opening streak from last fall's perfect 10-0-0 run, with a 2-0 win over the Burgundy squad for a third consecutive shutout. The new Hurricanes return four players from the perfect fall team, as every squad is significantly "jumbled" each season. The four returning players are: Aiden Chittum (#14) still tending goal, Josh Sieradzky (#7) still anchoring the diamond defense, and Martella Asbey (#13) and Anthony Minami (#10) on the striking line.
The new additions are helping the squad start very strong, outscoring opponents, 11-0, in their first three outings. Anthony's older brother Daniel Minami (#15) has blown up the left side of the midfield with intense hard work, a lot of steals, and many crafty counterattacks. The Liles sisters, Railey (#3) at left defender, and Laney (#2) at striker and midfield, have added tremendous positive energy and smart choices with the ball. Eric Osornio (#11) has stormed into the stopper position and Zach Kaiser (#9) locks down the right side of "Aiden's Wall", taking the Canes diamond defense to a new level of awesome. Nathan "Q" Quiroz (#16) has stepped up ferociously as a defensive midfielder on strict marking assignments, while Caleb Lombardo (#4) has exploded on the scene with three goals at the point of the spear, redefining the center striker position with a creativity/energy combination that only Caleb can bring. Angie Loforte (#5) and Kennedy Engelhardt (#6) bring quickness and endurance with solid teamwork to the striking and midfield lines, while Shelby Davis (#12) is the squad's fastest striker generating new chances on net. Finally, the new leading playmaker and "quarterback" of the squad at central midfield, is Justin Arroyo (#8) who brings awareness and skill together at the hub of counterattacks and passing setups for a Hurricanes strike. The new Hurricanes enjoy a unifying push catalyzed by a contingency of friends and teammates from Ocala's Trinity Prep, with a champion soccer squad of their own (Aiden, Anthony, Caleb, and Justin).
"For this level particularly, and remarkably so early in the season, the passing is coming together beautifully," said Coach Miley. "The families are turning out in great supporting force, the players are working hard in practice to build our identity as a team, and the fun is absolutely electric. We have some real personalities stepping up together, and we're having a good time!"
The Hurricanes won their first match over Aqua, 4-0, their second match over Gray, 5-0, and their most recent match over Burgundy (see action photos) yesterday, 2-0. "That diamond defense has a way without words," said Miley. "We're calling it Aiden's Wall. They have shushed up everybody so far."
⚽️ GAME 2 REPORT: Huricanes 5 Gray 0
Ocala's confident young Huricanes took the big field (#2) on this breezy Saturday morning, ready for the next contender to challenge last season's title. With nine 12-year-olds and only four returning players on their roster of 15, after the seasonal shakeup in Big Sun's U15 division, these Hurricanes still exuded confidence in their pregame warm-ups and drills.
Coach Marrianne's Gray squad won the toss and elected to defend the north goal. The Huricanes went right to work. Center striker Caleb Lombardo put his team on top to stay, with his third tally in the first two matches. Center Midfielder Justin Arroyo nailed the next one, his second on the season, just before halftime break. Attacking the south goal, left midfielder Daniel Minami rolled out a run that landed #3. Stopper back Eric Osornio took two midfield skirmishes to the front and blasted in #4 and #5 for emphasis.
The Hurricanes have issued an early gale force warning to their league, out-scoring opponents, 9-0, in their first two matches. "Our kids want the title. They don't care how young they are," said Hurricanes Coach Fred Miley. "They will stand up to any squad in this league. And I believe they will put the work in to ignore the target on their back and keep playing with confidence. They know that's how winners stay in front. These kids have what it takes to bring their best everytime, and I believe that will be enough for another title. They know we believe in them, and their teamwork already is showing they believe in each other. Soccer is a community sport. We stand together with our families. Our kids are hearing all the families cheering for them, not just their own parents. That's the difference."
⚽️ GAME 1 REPORT
On a bright and cool Saturday morning, the Ocala Hurricanes continued their perfect run from last season with a perfect 4-0 shutout over Coach Michael Peterson's Aqua squad.
The box scores for all matches are also posted on this site. In the scoring summary for the spring opener, newcomer from Blessed Trinity's championship squad, Justin Arroyo, leading from central midfield, opened the Hurricanes' scoring with a firm strike that sparked his schoolmate and returning Canes left winger Anthony Minami to the second tally before the half was whistled. Newcomer Caleb Lombardo, also from Blessed Trinity, finished the scoring from the central striker position, with two more quick punctuation marks from close range, to seal the solid 4-0 shutout over Coach Peterson's Aqua squad on the regulation pitch.
"We knew we were opening on the big pitch, and our players were ready to run," said Hurricanes Coach Fred Miley. "But, really, our plan under the high sun with more space to really play, was to wear out the Aqua side with our passing. And that we did. Justin and Caleb earned their starting positions today at the center of our attack. Their intelligence, positive energy, and familiarity together will be important for all of us this season. Aiden and the Minami brothers are also in that good mix from Trinity Prep, and this closeknit group has taken a wide open positive approach to all their teammates. There are no cliques in our philosophy. The Liles sisters are very tough and smart additions, and not afraid of anyone who happens to be bigger. They both bring courage and hustle from last fall's Gray squad. We are still experimenting with our diamond defense, and who will be where. We like Aiden and Josh in the back, and we like Railey on the left and Eric up at the stopper slot. The right side is up for grabs. Most of our players will be rotating through the midfield and striking lines. The solidity of our diamond is the beginning of how we build, from the back. The kids in the back need to know each other and have each other's backs instinctively through a lot of overload scenarios. That is why we hammer them as a diamond in practice. They can't make mistakes that aren't covered. Defending a goalmouth is like defending a house or a fort or a country. Any lapse could compromises the side you are on. If our defenders are solid, the rest of us will rally from that. We have a very young team with a fun and fresh culture. They are hard working, but they keep it fun. We are our own team, and we will be strong together."
"Hey, coach," said goalkeeper Aiden Chittum. "We started and finished last season with shutouts. Think we'll do that again?"
"Let's see how many more of those shutouts we can get this season, Aiden," he volleyed. "I got a feeling it won't be just two."
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