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Fred Miley

Head Coach

⚽️ H O M E ⚽️ O F ⚽️ T H E ⚽️ #1 H U R R I C A N E S : ⚽️ YOUR SOCCER HQ ⚽️ Arrive for warm-ups 45 minutes before match kickoffs⚽️ Practices are now at 5:45⚽️ Begin hydrating the day before each match⚽️ You're a champion, so eat a champion's breakfast, and a good packed lunch beats a school lunch⚽️ Start everything smart; finish everything strong⚽️ Give a good ball, defend savagely, talk about everything⚽️ Work supporting angles on attack and defense⚽️ Fall down? Get up fast. Really hurt? Help is on the way⚽️ Know your teammates. Connect. Never strand a friend⚽️ Practice how you play in uniform. Do the uniform proud⚽️ Prepare for excellence in every way, on and off the field⚽️ Thank your supporters and go for the top⚽️ Thank your competition. They sharpen you⚽️ Build your teammates at every chance. They build you⚽️ Watch higher level performances. They inspire you ⚽️ Take what you learn here into your family and school. Win ⚽️

May 12, 2018 - Ocala Hurricanes Dust Off Another Undefeated Championship Season

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."

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  

 

           CANES SCORING/ASSISTS

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

 

    

 

 

May 11, 2018 - Hurricanes Cruise Past #3 Red Squad in Scrimmage, 7-0

The Ocala Hurricanes challenged their practice field neighbor, Coach Cesar's #3 Red squad, to a scrimmage Thursday evening, for a tune-up before the final match. As usual, the Hurricanes started with an even set of presses both ways, but wore down their opponent with better passing for the win. 

"Red came at us hard in the beginning," said Coach Miley. "They had something to prove."

The Hurricanes, however, with the late arrival of central midfielder Justin Arroyo, catalyzed their reply with better communication and movement to take the contest convincingly, 7-0. Arroyo set up left winger Anthony Minami for the first score, and Arroyo then nailed the second tally in short order. Anthony's older brother Daniel Minami then knocked one in from left midfield. All three of the first goals were generated from the left side, so right midfielder Caleb Lombardo added to the assault by taking an Arroyo feed and following his own rebound off the goalkeeper for #4 just before halftime. The second half followed the pattern of a Hurricanes signature, as possession time firmly belonged to the early champions, and the ball was regularly getting knocked around the Red defenders until the seams were ripped open again. The last three goals were landed by right winger Martella Asbey, midfielder Nathan "Q" Quiroz, and defender Eric Osornio.

"Seven of our kids found the net tonight with a 7-0 shutout over one of the top teams in our league," Coach Miley said afterward. "We wanted their crafty strikers to run at our diamond defense. At first, they did, but then our midfield took over. That was Red. We are ready for Blue."

May 5, 2018 - ⚽️ GAME 7 REPORT: Ocala Hurricanes Clinch Title With Another Shutout

⚽️ GAME 7 REPORT

Today the Ocala Hurricanes clinched Big Sun Youth Soccer's U15 title a week early, as they continued undefeated with another shutout. Goalkeeper Aiden Chittum and his diamond defense walled off the tough Burgundy squad, 2-0, once again. Just before halftime, Caleb Lombardo picked up what proved to be the winning strike, his team-leading fifth tally, off midfielder Anthony Minami's fifth assist. Central midfielder Justin Arroyo added his team-leading sixth assist when he sent a perfect corner kick from the left side to Martella Asbey, who headed in the insurance goal, his third on the season. The Hurricanes recorded their sixth shutout in seven outings, and have outscored their opponents, 20-1, with possibly the youngest squad in the league. "I wouldn't doubt if we are the youngest. We started the season with our average age under 13 in a U15 Division," said Coach Miley.

 Lombardo, Caleb  Minami, Anthony   Asbey, Martella   Arroyo, Justin 

"We are a complete team this spring," Miley noted. "Two players from our right flank were missing today -- Zach and Shelby.  That strained my brain for a series of adjustments. In fact, we made a shift in our entire formation to adjust. We went from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2, with just two strikers on the narrow pitch. We brought Q back as a defensive center mid, and he shut down their center strikers on assignment. We brought Daniel back as our left back and shifted Railey over to right back. Both of our wingbacks held the touch lines well. We all know the diamond system, but we also had a diamond in the midfield today -- a 'double diamond'. That helped us jam up and own the middle of the pitch for our transitions, and give Josh and Aiden an easy day. Eric did well staying home as our stopper with just a few surprise attacks from back there to keep them off balance. We leaned heavily on Q's intelligence and hard work to outsmart and outwork their go-to strikers, take attacking throws, and run far post plugs on attacks. He was everywhere when we needed him. Angie set up our winning goal for Caleb, by smoothly moving a pass through a triangular attack. Kennedy and Martella ran well up top. We wore them down with our passing, and transferred the battles to their end in the second half. That's been our pattern all season. I was very pleased with how our practices paid off today. Our work rate was superior for the win."

Minami, Daniel  Liles, Railey  Osornio, Eric  

Loforte, Angie  Quiroz, Nathan  Chittum, Aiden 

Goalkeeper Aiden Chittum now has six shutouts in seven appearances this season, and at twelve-years old, he has established a name for himself around the league already. "Aiden might be breaking some Ocala records somewhere," said his coach. "I've never heard of a goalkeeper with six shutouts in seven matches. Also, I wouldn't be surprised if we're the only squad with as many as eight players on the books for goals and assists. Last year we funneled most of our scoring through the tandem of Martella and Anthony for a perfect 10-0-0 finish. This season our defense is an absolute machine, and we have scattered our scoring from many angles and sources, more so as it has turned out than as a specific strategy. Any of our kids can score because they all practice against the best defense in the league. Our defense forces the rest of our kids to work for what they get through lots of rapid fire reps on net. And that's how they work in a match, except by then it's personal, because they don't think any actual intruders should actually have a soccer ball. Any guests on our end have to check the soccer ball at our gates for confiscation. We are polite to guests, but as for intruders, they soon learn that Aiden has a few house rules, especially about shooters anywhere near his house. His personal guards are just as serious as he is about this. Some of our opponents may try to run a few daring missions, but they are generally intercepted on the outer perimeters. This is a very defensive-minded team, mainly because we don't think anyone else should have the soccer ball. We think it's our toy, not theirs. Opponents rarely pass the ball more than three times before we take our toy back. Anyone can watch a Hurricanes match and count the touches to understand the story."

Last fall, the Hurricanes scored 50 goals in ten matches. Their attack was heavy like a jackhammer, with a dominant defense. Now their defense is doing the hammering, and their attacks are patient for opportunities. There are reasons, Miley says. "We have done different things this season with our different talent as these kids grow and develop. Continuity in the diamond defense is crucial. That's why you don't see me subbing much in the back line. They have to be extremely well connected with their system. Any changes there are generally to start a match as an adjustment for someone missing. Our leadership has shifted to to the back, and we lean on Caleb and Justin and Q and Eric to outsmart and outwork whatever we find in the middle. These four boys are very intelligent hard workers with quick ideas on the fly. They like to win, and they like to work for what they get. Martella leads the top right, but others are getting some time there, too. Our left flank is blown up by the Minami Brothers with Railey feeding them good clearances, and the rest of our team is rotating across the top line and the right flank to shake up the combinations. The outside midfielders run the most and need the most rotation. Railey's dad, our assistant coach Corey, was Army, and as one of our older players she has taken leadership at the left back position and plays like she could be future Army. She gets targeted by some boys for being a girl, but she generally lets them know who's boss. She has absolutely rocked a few right wingers in our league, and now they don't test her like that in the rematches. We may be one of the youngest squads with over half of our players at age 12 and only two players in high school (Railey and Daniel), but we are a confident group. Our families are very proud of this group and we want them to know it. There's a lot of character here."

In the early match, League Director Bobby Herndon filled in for Aqua Coach Michael Peterson and led Aqua to a 1-1 draw with the 2nd place Blue Lightning, jeopardizing their championship bid to overtake the Hurricanes, who then responded with their shutout over Burgundy to settle the matter of the title early.

With one match left in the Spring 2018 season, here are the standings and stats:

  

   ⚽️   BSYSL U15 ~ Spring 2018  ⚽️

O C A L A   H U R R I C A N E S (6-0-1)        

       Schedule 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                vs Blue

 

2018 Big Sun Youth Soccer League ~ U15

  ⚽️    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       Canes           Aqua          

           Red               Blue              Gray             

  

⚽️   2018 SPRING BSYSL STANDINGS  ~ WEEK 7  ⚽️

U15 SQUADS            POINTS  W-L-T  G/GA  AVG.  MARGIN  SHUTOUTS

#1 Fred's Hurricanes*       19  6-0-1  20/1    2.9/0.2  +2.7   6

#2 Kevin's Blue Lightning  15  4-0-3  17/7    2.4/1.0  +1.4   2

#3 Cesar's Red                 11  3-2-2  17/14  2.4/2.0  +0.4   0

#4 Darren's Burgundy        8   2-3-2  16/16  2.3/2.3    0.0   0

#5 Michael's Aqua              4   1-5-1  11/22  1.6/3.1   -1.5   0

#6 Marrianne's Gray           1   0-6-1   9/30   1.2/4.3   -3.1   0

*Championship Clinched by Hurricanes in Week 7      

 

DEFENSE    GA  GA/Match  Shutouts

Hurricanes     1         0.2          6

Royal Blue     7         1.0          2

Red              14        2.0          0

Burgundy      16        2.3          0

Aqua             22        3.1          0

Gray             30        4.3          0

 

ATTACK         G    G/Match  Avg. Margin

Hurricanes     20        2.9       +2.7

Royal Blue     17        2.4       +1.4

Red               17        2.4       +0.4

Burgundy       16        2.3        0.0

Aqua              11        1.6       -1.5

Gray                9        1.2       -3.1      

 

           CANES SCORING/ASSISTS

MATCH: T    1    2    3    4     5     6     7     8   

Caleb    5/1 2/0 1/0 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 1/0

Justin    4/6 1/2 1/1 0/0 0/0 2/1 0/1 0/1                 

Martella 3/2 0/0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0/0 2/0 1/0

Eric        3/0 0/0 2/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0

Anthony 2/5 1/1 0/1 0/1 0/0 1/1 0/0 0/1

Daniel    1/3  0/1 1/1 0/1 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

"Q"         0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0

 

The #1 Hurricanes (6-0-1) will face the #2 Blue Lightning (4-0-3) next Saturday at 11:00 on Field 7, to round out the season. They will scrimmage Coach Cesar's #3 Red squad on Thursday to prepare for Coach Gorman's #2 blue squad, a serious ending to a serious season. 

"The title is in the bag," Miley reflected, and added with a smile, "but no surprises -- our kids will finish with the character they've shown all season."

SQUADS............Points.....W-L-T......G.....GA.....Avg.......Shutouts

#1 Hurricanes........19.......6-0-1......20.... 1......2.9/0.2......6

#2 Blue Lightning...15.......4-0-3......17.... 7......2.4/1.0......2

 

May 5, 2018 - A Look at Game 7

On Saturday, May 5th, at the Big Sun Soccer Complex in Ocala, Florida, the U15 Division heats up a tight finish for the spring season. Two undefeated teams are bearing down on each other with one more match standing in front of their showdown the following Saturday. Their challenge? To not look past this Saturday first. 

The 5-0-1 Ocala Hurricanes tout the toughest defense, allowing only one goal in six outings. They also lead the league with 3.0 goals/game on attack, with a total of 18 tallies. Eight players are on the books for goals and assists. "Any of our players can score," Coach Miley said. "They practice every day against the league's best defense."

The Canes face the 2-2-2 Burgundy squad, which just tied the other undefeated squad, Blue, 2-2, last Saturday. "Burgundy did us a favor with that tie, but now they want to measure themselves against us also," said Miley. "They took more shots than any of our opponents back in Game 3, with 7, but we hung onto that tough one, 2-0. A rematch against a tough opponent is always harder on the first winner. The first winner needs to keep the best hunger. We don't expect an easy path."

The 4-0-2 Blue squad will face the 1-5-0 Aqua squad. "Aqua is better than their record," said Miley. "Those two squads practice together on Field 7. They know each other. Blue defeated Aqua, 5-1, at a late match on the big field back on April 7th. This will be an early match on a narrower field. Things won't be the same. League Director Bobby Hernfon will be filling in for Voach Michael Peterson to lead Aqua. Coach Bobby is a defensive minded coach, and he helps coach both Aqua and Blue with their practices. Aqua could step up against Blue after the familiarity factor helps Coach Bobby adjust his Aqua side to Coach Gorman's older strikers on the Blue side. Coach Peterson has helped to coach Blue when Coach Gorman was out. He knows his opponent like he knows his own team. Aqua could make that one a low scoring battle."

There are several possible scenarios as the season winds down, but Miley says the key is to focus on one match at a time, and to build his team's identity as "a hard working, passing team."

"We know we have a target on our back just like last season. That's what happens to marathon runners who pull ahead. We just pulled ahead and we have a race to finish. Coach Darren (Johnson) knows soccer and he has some strong and athletic players on Burgundy, two from our squad last fall.  Those two will give him any information he needs about my strategies and formations. My former assistant coach from last fall is also working with him, and he knows plenty. So there won't be many secrets. They aim to finish strong. It will be a tough contest."

The Hurricanes will be down two players: Zach Kaiser, normally at right back, and Shelby Davis, normally at right midfield. "There's a family wedding and a family illness causing two of our players to miss this match," Coach Miley said. "Our prayers are with their families for these important times. Parents will notice our adjustments in the lineup pretty quickly. Anyone can play anywhere. Anyone can run a whole match. Anyone can score. They all are fit. And our defense is always ready. We know who we are and I have a few ideas to keep Burgundy off balance. We will just line up and play ball."

The Hurricanes take on Burgundy at 11:00 on Field 7. Bring your families, friends, cheers, and songs for YOUR Ocala Hurricanes! 

 

Apr 29, 2018 - ⚽️ GAME 6 REPORT: Hurricanes Roll, 4-1, Over Gray

On Saturday, April 28th, the Ocala Hurricanes extended their unbeaten path in the spring season to 5-0-1, for sole possession of first place in the U15 Division of the Big Sun Youth Soccer League. They blasted by the Gray squad, 4-1, in a rematch from the 5-0 Game 2 victory over Gray. "This was a lopsided load of pressure again," said Hurricanes Coach Fred Miley. "We're keeping the ball on our attacking third of the pitch better and better."

After declining to claim a forfeit from Gray which had only 9 players showing up, the Hurricanes agreed to play 9 V 9. Captains for the day were Martella, Zach, and Kennedy, and the Canes won the toss, electing to defend the east goal with the early match sun at their back. The Canes dominated early, pounding away at the Gray net with 8 shots, only to be answered by a breakaway that landed a Gray goal on their very first shot. That goal ended a five-game streak of shutouts tacked onto the 11-0 finale from last fall. "This was the first goal allowed by our goalkeeper (Aiden Chittum) and sweeper (Josh Sieradzky) in seven matches," Coach Miley noted.  "Longest run of shutouts I've ever seen at any level."

The Hurricanes evened the match before halftime with some left flank heroics from Caleb Lombardo, who beat three defenders before launching a perfect cross to fellow striker Martella Asbey, who plugged it into the top right netting. Asbey added the unassisted winner early in the second frame. The Canes picked up another quick insurance goal from central defender Eric Osornio off an assist from central midfielder Justin Arroyo. The punctuation mark on the win was a spectacular half volley from Laney Liles off an assist from Nathan "Q" Quiroz. The Canes outshot Gray, 21-6, and searched in vain for the net with 14 corner kicks while allowing none. "Their strikers were aggressive and created a few quality chances, but Aiden was ready with some wonderful saves to keep us on top," said Miley. "We know that no matter how hard we are working, other squads are working, too. We knew the Gray squad would come to play, but our kids kept their composure after allowing the first goal, and stayed with their identity as a hard working passing team for another strong showing."

The Hurricanes face their two top contenders to end the spring season.

With two matches left, here are the standings:

SQUADS.....W-L-T.....G.....GA

Canes.........5-0-1......18.... 1

Blue............4-0-2......16.... 6

Burgundy.....2-2-2......16....14

Red.............2-2-2......11.....13

Aqua............1-5-0.....10.....21

Gray.............0-5-1..... 8.....24

On May 5th, the Hurricanes face Burgundy, and on May 12th, wrap up the season against Blue. Those two squads tied each other, 2-2, Saturday, leaving the Hurricanes alone at the top. Come out and make some noise for your Hurricanes as they finish with both 11:00 matches on Field 7. You just can't use noisemakers anymore! Perhaps the great team spirit of the Hurricanes families has caused new league rules to surface this season banning the running of a team flag with a post-game gratitude lap, and also banning the use of noisemakers among families and friends supporting a particular side.

RULE CHANGES:

"We are hearing some new rules coming our way this season," said Miley, who decided to handle this news with a thorough statement.

"As a coach, I'm a leader, not just an instructor. My intent and direction need to be clear. When my intent or direction is called into question, I like to review my own inventory and continue to work for clarity as a leader, so here are my thoughts on the matters of noisemakers and our flag."

"Our team has an international flavor, with a deeper than usual connection with soccer as a world sport. We have kids wearing international jerseys to practice, they have favorite players in other countries, and they watch broadcasts of higher level international matches. As a team we know the world stage for soccer is loaded with flags and banners and crazier noisemakers than Ocala has ever known. So we accept Ocala's 'quieting rules' with full awareness that the world has many flags and noises for soccer teams. Here is the most tactful statement I know how to make for all sides:"

"We realize that the league is trying to keep order. We  support that. We also know we have not been disorderly. We realize that administering an entire league's collections of comments and concerns and complaints can't be easy. In fact, it is very hard work for our volunteer leaders. They try to hear things from all sides, set their own views aside, and accommodate as much of it as they can, knowing they can't please everyone. The leaders ideally don't want anyone to be offended by anything, but that may be impossible at times. As a team, we cannot apologize for simple team spirit as the world of soccer would call it. However, we realize that some in our town will have their own ideas about what might be offensive when it comes to flags and noises, even though soccer around the world provides our team many models for expressions of support that look and sound a lot like ours. We realize how "perception is reality" for many of us until our perceptions may change. So, as a team, we know we may be perceived in certain ways just because we happen to be undefeated. That's ok. And that's why we adjust."

"Accepting differences is part of soccer. There are differences in opinions on the banning of noisemakers and the running of a team flag after a match. Many of our families with an international awareness of soccer can't help but notice that we have hit our town's limit for open support of our team. In a way, that's a fun discovery. We know the kids like the noise -- it makes them feel as important as they are to their supporters. We certainly don't mind at all when supporters of our opponents make a lot of noise. We want their kids to feel as supported as ours do. We can see how even our own country's high schools, colleges, and the MLS have had tons of noisemakers and the running and waving of team flags all over the place. Although the discussions and team policies in the MLS have fluctuated over "distracting" noisemakers, flags, and banners, as the changing leadership in each city decides how much expression of support will be allowed, we can see the international stage remains relatively wide open for many expressions of support that do not interfere with the referee's whistle. The Orlando City Lions allowed drums their first few seasons, and now they don't. The "distracting" levels of noise from air horns and vuvuzelas are banned in most stadiums in many countries now, but their mere existence points to the levels of support that many wish they could bring to their young players of this amazing sport. The Seattle Sounders, which acquired American star midfielder Clint Dempsey from Tottenham, is known for the constant cheering on one end of the stadium and the constant singing on the other end. Especially in the cities banning flags and banners from stadiums, we find even more flags and banners with armies of fans marching to matches from tailgating parties. That just shows what happens with people who are scolded or silenced from open support of a team in such a passionately loved world sport -- they generally find another way or another place to express themselves. Leadership in each city and town has to figure out how much they can take. But one thing is certain by now -- soccer is a sport of passion for reasons all its own."

"Yes, world soccer has arrived in our country. Pele was the first ambassador for high passion and skill that we needed from the world. Jan Fedorcak, who played on the Czech International squad, was our first highly qualified international ambassador of the sport in Ocala. He brought and allowed all kinds of excitement to matches as a coach and as a referee from the '70s into the new millennium. We plainly see how these 'quieting rules' are merely extra league rules here in Ocala that do not change soccer as a world sport, while we are merely an expressive, internationally aware team within this league. There may come a day when Ocala quits trying to change world soccer, and that will likely be the golden window when soccer changes Ocala. We know that all over the world people will be people and soccer will be soccer."

"Soccer by nature is competitive. Two teams defend and attack opposite goals. That is by definition, competitive. You can't take the soccer out of soccer, and a rose by any other name is still a rose. There is no such thing as recreational soccer that isn't competitive. Walking a dog may be recreational, while defending and attacking opposite goals is inherently competitive. Where there is competition, there will be noise and flags and medals and trophies. If we place goals around the entire pitch, remove the goalies, and tell everyone to kick anywhere, that would be recreational, and everyone could get a participation ribbon. But real soccer has a scoreboard, and no team wants to score for the other team. The league still keeps and records scores, and still awards first place medals in 'recreational' competion, but oddly enough, the word 'competitive' is used to distinguish travel ball from non-travel ball. Personally, I don't think soccer loses its competitive components just because teams are not traveling to other towns for their matches. Not every family has the time and money to travel to other towns, but they all sign up for real soccer."

"We know that Ocala is only a small dot on this world soccer map. Our kids and their families are happy to know that our enthusiasm is noticed, and also happy to accommodate any confusion over our gratitude lap with our flag for such supportive families and friends coming out in such strong numbers. Our flag is for our players and their families. It is only a team spirit symbol, and never meant as an offense to other players or their families. We can't apologize for any actual taunting with our flag, because nothing of that sort ever actually happened, but we can erase the confusion of those offended, by furling our flag in the back of our gratitude lap on the coach's left shoulder. The flag still makes the round, but it is not streaming in what could be construed as too much glory for what keeps turning out to be victories. As we know on the team, we will run our gratitude lap every time, no matter the score, but it just happens that we remain undefeated. I think a few people may have guessed our gratitude lap could be some kind of victory lap simply because we have never lost, but if anyone would have asked, they would have known that our gratitude lap will always happen because we are always grateful for our support. This is our answer to those who forgot to ask before complaining or issuing a decree. We all know we are noisy in friendly, supportive ways, and we all know what our flag represents. Actually, a lot of us wish other teams had flags and big, noisy turnouts, too. Some of them have big, noisy turnouts, but I think we are the only team with a flag and a website. You could say we have taken our support to groundbreaking extremes for our town. Breaking ground is not always easy."

"Making a lot of noise with a team flag and maybe even some banners is what things start to look like when you mix family and passion and soccer together. Shall we add some banners? With only eight matches in our spring season, we probably don't have time for all that. We were just doing what the world naturally does when their kids play beautifully as a team. We were celebrating our kids any way we could."

"Soccer has a lot to show kids about life. What do we want to teach our kids about how to handle a scoresheet in life? There are score sheets in business like there are score sheets in soccer. Schools still give grades. Bosses still select winners for promotions. We still try to elect our best leaders. Businesses succeed and fold. A loss is never a failure if we see it squarely and learn from it. Mistakes are not an education until they are no longer repeated. Do we compete to learn and grow with honesty, or do we overlook the harder lessons in order to feel better? Players learn to get up when they fall down and show up for a new try after a defeat. They learn to come under the authority of coaches and referees, who are given the opportunity to lead well, as the children soak in those examples for better or worse. The result of a soccer game does not always say which team played best, but it often does. There are things to improve even after victories, with people of all backgrounds mixing it up over a bouncing ball. The best teamwork usually sounds liveliest with the best communication and looks liveliest with the most creative work. Soccer becomes beautiful art and a lot of fun to play, when there is a lot of work behind the play. We usually keep score in our drills and scrimmages for the reason of feedback. The scoresheet provides feedback about goals achieved and incursions allowed."

"Ocala may not change soccer, but soccer may yet change Ocala. For a long time, our country has been trying to catch up with world soccer. Our team does not mind carefully handling these discussions arising from our noisemakers and team flag, but mostly, we know the importance of families as we celebrate our kids with passion. All over the world, older generations passionately celebrate the younger generations who play soccer. We want to pass on things about life that we know are found in soccer. The passion of families might get noisy in this world of real soccer, and the flags for this will always be running around our minds even if we can't have the BSYSL fields yet. We would love to see other teams with flags and banners and gratitude laps, because we know they have passion for their kids, too. Let our expressions go down in the archives as the first effort with a streaming flag. Ocala will continue to learn from soccer more than soccer will learn from Ocala. Soccer is established worldwide, and Ocala is trying to climb on board one leg at a time. Team flags are only symbols. Noise behind our kids just tells them we love them. The work of the team is what makes us who we are."

"We are excited about our young squad's teamwork toward success, and glad to accommodate the league's 'quieting rules' with alternative ways to express our support. Some of the moms and grandmothers are talking about replacing the noisemakers with "trilling". Personally, I think that's a fun and harmless celebration until and unless we are notified otherwise. Or, we could blow bubbles when we score. That would be very quiet and kind of trippy. This group will find some fun with this little challenge. Somehow, 9 twelve-year-olds, three 13-year-olds, and one 14-year-old entered U15 competition with only two players in high school, and found their way to the top of the stack. We have done this with families behind our kids. We enjoy making no secret of this. We enjoy watching the team spirit we see with other teams. We've heard other players asking their coaches to follow our gratitude lap example. Now we just hang our team flag from our bench canopy, hold it high at our team meetings, and hang it for our practices. We didn't used to hold our flag high at team meetings or hang it at practices, but now we do. It's always interesting to see what an institution will allow from human beings as they challenge the defining qualities of it. Who can confuse team spirit for something less?"

"We define ourselves as a team while the league defines its own vision to give everyone a positive experience. Any league finds its footing with comments and complaints just as a team does. Not everyone will be happy about every decision from league leaders, just as coaches can't make everyone happy all the time, either. Because we are a team within this league, we will accommodate any confusion about our noisy support or gratitude lap by following the new rules, no matter what we may hear next. In the meantime, we know that soccer is always a world sport no matter what Ocala wants it to be, and we will continue celebrating our kids, as creatively as the world may hear next."

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."

Bring your family and friends to cheer on YOUR Ocala Hurricanes.

  

  

Apr 18, 2018 - Canes Age Profile: A Very Young Squad

Parents:

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. At the start of the season, nine of our

fifteen players were twelve years old and "playing up". One

recently turned 13. We can't have a competitive team this young

without a mastery of the fundamentals of 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.

 

The encouragement you provide is the most crucial of the

necessary constants. Thank you all for staying at practices and for

supporting our young squad so strongly at matches. Our kids can

hear your voices and feel your hearts behind them. I can tell you

they are working harder than ever now at this point in the season,

and your involvement is the most important element of their

soccer experience. I'll never forget what my Rollins College coach,

Gordie Howell, did when my father came to his first match to see

me play about a third of the way through my freshman year. As

soon as Coach Howell's post-game talk with us was done, he

marched straight over to my dad, and in his own unique Green

Beret manner of authority, he positioned himself in front of my dad,

a former Navy doctor, and I could just hear him firmly say,

"Dr. Miley, you need to come to more of these matches, because

your son just played out of his skull with you here in the stands."

 

Parents, with our families truly behind us and bringing the example

of connectedness and support forward in our team culture, we will

have more than our strong finish. We will have strong memories

and serve the highest purpose of this sport: togetherness. You are

doing exactly what we need, so please keep it up to the max!

Thank you, parents, for your clear leadership with this set of hearts

behind our kids. It means everything.

 

-Coach Miley

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 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 14, 2018 - BSYSL Results: Week 4

   

   

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 - ⚽️ GAME 1-3 REPORTS: Ocala Hurricanes Extend Streak

⚽️ GAME 3 REPORT

4/7

 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

3/31

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

 

⚽️ GAME 1 REPORT

3/24

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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