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⚽️ 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 6:00, but will move to 5:45 as we lose light in October⚽️ 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 ⚽️

Sep 17, 2018 - Hurricanes Hang Onto Tough Opener

CANES 3 BLUE 2

On a sweltering, humid mid-September Saturday, the Ocala Hurricanes kicked off their fall season versus Coach Moreno's Royal Blue squad with a completely new look, leaning on three of four returnees and eleven newcomers to bring the new chemistry for a third consecutive championship run. The temperature was over 90 degrees by the second half, and the humidity pushed the heat index up around 100. The Hurricanes, with sweeper Josh Sieradzki captaining the defense in front of goalkeeper Josh Gangelhoff, withstood about fifteen minutes of an early rush from Moreno's Blue Crew. "Our diamond defense worked well to stave off their early surge," said Hurricanes head coach Fred Miley.

Catalyzed by some aggressive play from Jack and Ryan Gorman and Tessa Ward, the Hurricanes  wrestled  to turn the tide, as those three initiated attacking triangles with Tre Ward, Mia Liebegott, Laney Liles, and Angie Loforte. By the 18th minute, Tre found enough daylight just outside the box for a hard shot rattling the crossbar, announcing the Hurricanes were there for a fight. "Tre's first shot was like a warning shot that got us all feeling we were in fact in this thing toe to toe," said Miley. "We were up against some older players, and were without our only 15-year-old, and Tre stepped up as a clear leader. This was just a matter of believing in ourselves and each other, and the choices to fight started to spread for us." 

Shortly after that bit of drama, 12-year-old Logan Richie raced off the bench to make a difference among the mostly taller players. Logan wasted no time scooping up a loose ball and laying out a perfect assist to Mia running full stride for a casual strike into the net. "Just like our hot box drill," Coach Miley remarked. "They worked together like it was nothing. Logan's initiative made that happen, and Mia kept a cool head as usual for the finish. A very businesslike first goal for us."

On the ensuing kickoff, Tre showed up as a thief, ripping the ball for himself, beating two defenders, and plugging another one into the net. "Bang Bang. Like John Wayne just showed up," said Miley. "Until those two shots by Mia and Tre, they were outshooting us."

The Hurricanes were not only missing Nate "Q" Quiroz, their oldest and strongest returning player, and a field leader, but also Assistant Coach Corey Liles. Aaron Sieradzki stepped in for Coach Corey. "Coach Corey is always a huge difference maker for us, so we missed both him and Q today in a big way, but our kids didn't let that distract them. They believe in each other and we believe in them as a team. They just had to find out what that feels like and looks like under fire."

The Hurricanes took their 2-0 lead into their halftime talk. By then, the heat was making its mark on all of the kids on both sides, and substitutions were necessary at all the right times and positions. "The strength and confidence of our team was clear at halftime," said Miley.

"Our team has six girls, the most of any team in the league, and I'm proud of that. Right around 13, 14, or 15 is when boys usually catch up to or pass the girls with their size. That's our U15 level, and we have mostly younger girls. Still, all six of our girls took on some of their bigger boys straight on, just like they do in practice. Our girls hold their own with no fear. GiGi Leon went up against boys almost twice her size and made them pay for underestimating her quickness and smarts around the ball. Our pressure drills had our kids ready not only for contact, but for the endurance they would need to hang onto the second half. Boy or girl, our team was best conditioned for that heat, and mentally ready for battle."

Moreno's Crew was obviously tweaked and prodded during their halftime talk, because they came out banging away again, using their athleticism and early energy well to win some balls and orchestrate attacks. Their first two attacks of the new half were turned away by Sieradzki and company, as the Hurricanes made some counter-attacks down the touch line. At the 51st minute, Moreno's strikers set up a crossing run with a misdirection shot to finally punch through the Hurricanes diamond. Gangelhoff never had a chance, the shot was so well placed. Much as Tre had done in the first half, the Blue squad siezed the Canes kickoff and flipped the script with a fast second goal of their own. Coach Miley soothed his fighters with the reminder: "Hey, it's zero-zero again. You know what to do. Fight!"

And that is what the Hurricanes did. Loose balls suddenly seemed to have a Hurricanes signature on them through the final fifteen minutes of the match, as the best conditioned team took control. "We were able to settle the contest into better possession time for us, which eventually tipped the match toward our opportunities. We expected our conditioning and our passing would prevail. Our kids knew they had worked for that late edge and they took it," said Miley. 

The Hurricanes generated three late surges on the Blue net as they grabbed control of the match. Emily Metzler held out several tries on her right defensive side, and a couple of times sent the ball up to Jackson Walker, rotating in for Loforte who had battled the heat and opponent most of the match at right midfield. Jackson's fresh legs shook up the match like lightning and put the Blue squad back on its heels. The first response to the tie score was a beautiful shot by midfielder Ryan Gorman from a shallow angle over twenty yards out, finding the back of the net like a heat-seeking missile. The shot was called back because of a late offsides call. "That was more potential adversity for our mindset, because none of us could see how Ryan was offside. I had to ask for a clarification of the call, to pinpoint a player for that call. The head ref was clearly just backing the linesman, because he was not in position like the coaches and linesman on the opposite side were. I believe in only making an inquiry, not an argument, but I can tell you our kids had a real mental challenge with that call, and they overcame it together with more attacks on net."

The Hurricanes scrapped for a loose ball on their left flank, with Chase Richie coming out on the winning end, and laying the ball ahead to Laney Liles, who tapped it across to Tre Ward running an interior gap, which he exploited past two defenders to knock home the winner, his second tally of the day. The hurricanes held onto their winning margin the final ten minutes with superior possession time and continuing pressure on the Blue goal. "We really took the match into our own hands down the stretch," said "We had better defensive support systems in place, and were more level headed and confident with our hard won opportunities," summarized their coach. "That was a strong opponent. They tested us well. Sieradzki and Gangelhoff held down the fort against a tough and persisting attack from some good experienced players, and did not get rattled or hang their heads when many other defenders and goalkeepers at this level might have. They held true to what we believe about ourselves and each other. They held together our team as the backbone of it. We needed teamwork and endurance to overcome several adversities beyond the heat."

Miley is convinced the pre-season training was the real difference-maker. "Three out of our six training sessions these last three weeks had to be made up on different days due to lightning and heavy rain cancellations. I don't think the other teams were doing that. We arrived for opening day with all six sessions underpinning our teamwork. In training, our passing and formations under pressure were the emphasis. Our kids worked hard. They were ready to win an endurance test with older and bigger kids, and that's exactly what they did." 

The Hurricanes, since their arrival last fall in Ocala's Big Sun Youth Soccer League, remain undefeated after all 20 matches so far. "Team-building requires buy-in from team members," Coach Miley explained. "Each new season, our six U15 teams are jumbled, with maybe three or four players returning to each squad. So far, everyone keeps buying into our quest for excellence and our identity as a hard working passing team. We buy in on Day 1, and then go to work to be the best we can be. That is the simple focus we need to overcome whatever we face. A steady mentality is very important for young athletes. That is always a mark of our Ocala Hurricanes by late season, but I was very glad to see this sort of shared composure in our opener, even without two of our leaders."

Sep 5, 2018 - Canes Schedule

⚽️ BIG SUN YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE ⚽️  

⚽️ O C A L A   H U R R I C A N E S ⚽️

COACHES: FRED MILEY & COREY LILES  

BSYSL U15 SCHEDULE ~ FALL 2018

DATE TIME FIELD ⚽️ OPPONENT

9/15    11:00    3     Blue/Moreno

9/22    11:00    4     Gray/Demeola

9/29    11:00    4     Burgundy/Watson

10/6    11:00    3     Aqua/Hart

10/13  11:00    4      Red/Peterson

10/20    9:30    3      Gray/Demeola 

10/27  11:00    4      Burgundy/Watson

11/3      9:30    3      Blue/Moreno

11/10   11:00   3      Aqua/Hart

11/17    9:30    3      Red/Peterson

 

Aug 31, 2018 - Welcome to the New Canes

   

The undefeated Ocala Hurricanes (17-0-1 across their first two seasons) enter a third BSYSL U15 season this fall with four returning players: sweeper Josh Sieradzki, midfielder/goalkeeper Nate "Q" Quiroz, midfielder Angie LoForte, and striker Laney Liles. The league switched to a draft format for team selections, which typically jumbled teams almost unrecognizably, season to season. "This season, coaches could at least hang onto a few familiar players if they weren't snatched too soon by other coaches," said Canes head coach Fred Miley. "We lost a lot of key players from last season as they focused on Blessed Trinity's defending parochial champion squad this fall. During tryouts Coach Corey Liles and I scanned for good team attitudes and coachability as we rebuilt through the draft. I believe what Don Shula said years ago about his perfect '72 team: 'You win with good people.' We selected players with families who are well known to be positive and supportive role models (two former coaches) with other kids, not just their own. Our family philosophy and approach is central to all we do, so we rebuilt our fall squad with this priority first. We deliberately selected three sets of siblings to support our family unity."

New players are: Jack and Ryan Gorman, Chase and Logan Richie, Tre and Tessa Ward,  Josh Gangelhoff, GiGi Leon, Mia Liebegott, and Emily Metzler. "Both newcomers to the sport of soccer, Emily and Chase, are intelligent and athletic, showing a quick learning curve with the more experienced players swirling around them," said Miley. "We should be ok. Especially with this collective work ethic. More than ok."

The New Canes will retain their dark blue and white uniforms, now generously sponsored by El Toreo Mexican Restaurant, owned by Luis Quiroz. Along with other squads, the Canes were rained out of both scheduled practices this week, but made up what they missed with training sessions on Friday and Saturday. "Every preseason training session is important, as all coaches know," said Miley. "We were coming together with our first two sessions, and the kids were just waiting for enough sunshine to get back at it. I think we are the only squad that made up what we missed this week. Coach Corey and I like our group. They are putting in the work." 

First match, due to weather, is now moved forward to September 15th.

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Upcoming GamesGray
Saturday, Sep 22nd
11:00 AM
Field 4 -- Big Sun Soccer Complex
Burgundy
Saturday, Sep 29th
11:00 AM
Field 4 -- Big Sun Soccer Complex
Aqua
Saturday, Oct 6th
11:00 AM
Field 3 -- Big Sun Soccer Complex
Red
Saturday, Oct 13th
11:00 AM
Field 4 -- Big Sun Soccer Complex
Upcoming Events
Practice
Tuesday, Sep 18
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Practice
Thursday, Sep 20
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Rollins Road Trip
Saturday, Sep 22
6:00pm - 8:00pm
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