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Canes Barrel By Aqua, 5-0
Nov. 10, 2018
⚽️ CANES 5 AQUA 0
November 10th, 2018
"Overcome" is the rally word for North Central Florida's best U15 soccer squad. And that's what the Ocala Hurricanes did this Saturday, rebounding with a flurry of five unassisted goals from five players, following their only loss in squad history last week, a tight contest with the second place squad that they defeated in the opener. The Canes claimed their third consecutive title two weeks ago in Week 7 of the 10-game season, but that only puts a target on their back the rest of the way.
"This is the earliest title the Hurricanes have claimed," Coach Fred Miley said, "and there we were reaching down for more of ourselves, with three games left. It has always been more about ourselves than our opponents."
The Canes returned only four players from last spring's undefeated squad, and only central defender Josh Sieradzki comes all the way through all three seasons since the perfect 10-0-0 squad last fall. Last week the Canes snapped their perfect 7-win start this fall and their 25-game undefeated streak as a club, but Miley took it as an opportunity to return to the team rally word, "Overcome", for this week. "This is a mentality match for y'all," he told them.
Hurricanes speaking captain Ryan Gorman won the toss, and elected to defend the north goal with the wind at his back. The Canes grabbed the early edge with possession time and never let it go. Their first quarter efforts yielded three shots, two corner kicks, and eventually, an early unassisted goal by Captain Ryan, who promptly celebrated his ninth goal with a Karate Kid "final kick" routine with his twin brother Jack. Apparently the skit was too funny to be called unsportsmanlike. The second quarter leveled out to a more even fight, as the Hurricanes picked up the only corner kick and only shot, settling for the tenuous 1-0 edge going into halftime.
The Canes roared out of halftime at a Cat 5 level, recording 8 of their 17 shots and 3 of their 7 corner kicks before the second water break. "The third quarter is when we grabbed this match," said Miley. "We were flexing our confidence as champions, and back to ourselves hammering the other net. We could have gone all day like that. " Tre Ward nailed his team-leading twelfth tally with a low drive from distance. That laser beam was followed by a steal with a runaway surge on net by central defender Jack Gorman, who finished with a point blank strike leaving no doubt that another Karate Kid skit was teed up, only this time with Jack kicking and Ryan taking the fall. Taking their 3-0 lead into the final quarter, the Hurricanes kept their foot on the pedal. Tre's sister Tessa knocked in her ninth goal, putting the Canes up, 4-0. That's when Coach Miley moved sweeper Josh Sieradzki up from the back to give him a run up top. He answered that opportunity with his second goal, to round out the 5-0 win with five players all scoring unassisted goals for the Canes. "You could say we all were hungry today," said their coach. "And Josh Gangelhoff needed only two saves to pick up his second shutout behind our lights out diamond defense."
The way the rec teams are jumbled each season, the first task of each coach is always to quickly and clearly establish a team identity that the players can claim for themselves. "We are a hard working passing team," said Miley. "That's all we claim about ourselves. Nothing fancy." And from there the chips have fallen, with the Canes at the top of the stack. "They were not joking around on Day 1, and they've been serious ever since. These kids have a certain sort of fun that they have chiseled out with hard work, because they are very deliberately the best," said their coach.
Miley sings his players' praises because of their buy-in on the basics and good old-fashioned work. "Our players expect the best of themselves and each other. They understand and care about excellence. They know life is often competitive and they are putting in the work to be the best. That's what they decided to do on Day 1, and that's what they are doing from start to finish. They were drafted for their character. Some of our kids happen to have some experience and skills, too, but character is why they are selected as Hurricanes. No shortcuts. No tricks. Just steady work on the fundamentals, with regular drills maximizing decisions under pressure. Every player makes a lot of pressure decisions each practice. They learn to get their eyes up, talk, and connect. The drills drive them to rub shoulders and bump heads in different combinations. They finish with wind sprints. They know they worked for their edge. They know and respect each other. All our players get how much they need each other. Most importantly, they know how all this translates from soccer to life."
"We're proud of them, but this is never about what we adults expect of them. This is about what these future adults expect of themselves. They are more than kids just having fun. They are tomorrow's leaders, and they know excellence is the best fun. This is their title, because they took it with their hearts joined together. Once a Hurricane, always a Hurricane."
To conclude the 10-game season, the 8-1 early champion Ocala Hurricanes next face Coach Peterson's Reds on Field 3 at 9:30 on Saturday morning, November 17th. Punch your ticket, Canes fans! Join our team families that afternoon at 2:30, for team awards and Ocala's best New York Pizza, pasta, and Italian ice at La Famiglia Pizzeria. "Steve Escandon is the owner and our awards banquet sponsor," said Coach Miley. "Let's thank him with our continued business, and please also remember Luis Quiroz with El Toreo for sponsoring our Oxford Blue uniforms. These generous restaurant owners have backed our champion kids as champions in our community, and will always be on their side."
⚽️ BSYSL U15 BOX SCORE, 11/10/2018
WEEK 9 1ST HALF 2ND HALF FINAL
CANES 1 4 5
AQUA 0 0 0
⚽️ TEAM STATS, MATCH #9
FOULS CK SAVES SOG GOALS
CANES 5 7 2 17 5
AQUA 2 1 11 2 0
⚽️ SCORES/ASSISTS SEQUENCE
1st half: Ryan Gorman (unassisted)
~ 1st water break (1-0) ~
Halftime: Canes 1 Aqua 0
Tre Ward (unassisted)
Jack Gorman (unassisted)
~ 2nd water break (3-0) ~
Tessa Ward (unassisted)
Josh Sieradzky (unassisted)
FINAL: CANES 5 AQUA 0
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