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Ocala Hurricanes Extend Streak: Game Reports 1-3
Apr. 8, 2018
⚽️ 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."
INTRODUCING THE OCALA HURRICANES 2018 SPRING SQUAD...
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