Attack 10 Dortmund are Showdown Semi-Finalists!

ALABAMA SOCCER SHOWDOWN

The Attack 10 Dortmund went 1-1-1 over the weekend making it to the Alabama Soccer Showdown Semi-Finals!

The weekend started with a great battle against a hard-nosed Madison team.  The team battled through a high-press team to go up 2-1 on a great display of individual skills.  The Madison team scored late to equalise resulting in a draw in the opening match.

In the 2nd match on Saturday, the girls played some of the best soccer of their season.  Building from the back, switching the point of attack, and some great combination play, the girls played awesome!  The Attack scored 1 unanswered goal to win this match in style!  Hard work, great focus, and great soccer put the girls in the lead this night, placing them into the Semi-Finals on Sunday!

Moving into Sunday, the girls were in a tie for 1st in their bracket.  A winner for their side of division had to be determined by a PK shootout before the Semi-Final matches could be played.  If they won, they would play the 2nd place team in the other side of the division, if they lost, they would have to play the #1 seed.

After a good night's sleep, the girls came ready and focused for the Shootout, determined to perform.

THE SHOOTOUT

The Shootout began with Madison, Saturday's rival, shooting 1st.  SHOT WIDE BY MADISON! Next up was the Attack who stepped up to the ball convincingly but put a little to much under the ball sending it over the goal!

The 2nd Madison stepped up...  whistle blows... SHOT - SAVED by the Attack GK!  Next up was the Attack's 2nd shooter.  SHOT - SAVE by the Madison GK!

The 3rd Madison shooter stepped up to take their 3rd penalty with the pressure on... If she missed or the GK saved it, the Attack could seal off the victory with a goal!...

After the 1st miss by Madison and the 2nd shot saved by the Attack GK, the Attack GK had gained focus and confidence, knowing she could do this...

Madison SHOT... Attack GK DIVING SAVE!  2 saves for the Iron Clad GK!

The Attack's 3rd shooter stepped up knowing her side of the goal and what she wanted to do... the side she had practiced shooting time and time again... the goal she had visualised in her head over and over.

Referee WHISTLE... Attack SHOT... GOAL GOAL GOAL!  Low and into the corner... a convincing shot with accuracy and power... Attack scored!  The Attack team and fans erupted, cheering with elation as victors of the Shootout!  2 saves and and excellent final penalty put the Attack as the #1 seed out of their side of the division.

THE SEMI-FINAL

Could the Attack turn their focus from the Shootout to the semi-final match?  It was cross-town rival Trussville for the 2nd time in 2 weeks... They meet again in the Semi-Final at the Showdown.  2 weeks prior the Attack had defeated the Blaze 2-1 in a great match at Liberty Park.  The rematch was to played on the turf, a faster and harder surface.

In an overcast morning with slight drizzle, the field was even faster than normal.  The Blaze came out tough and strong, playing very direct with a barrage of long balls putting the Attack under immense pressure.  The slick surface played to Trussville's advantage.  A more direct and physical side, Trussville put the pressure on.

Unable to find a groove, the Attack struggled early on building from the back resulting in a late 1st half goal putting the Blaze up 1-0 at half time.

The Attack stunned by the late goal in the 1st half, started the 2nd half giving up a goal in the 1st 30 seconds putting the Trussville 10 Blaze Red up in a difficult situation for the Attack.  Trussville had a 2-0 lead.

The Attack fought hard to the end but were unable to find the groove of Saturday and of 2 weeks ago.  The physical side of Trussville prevailed on this day with a 2-0 victory.

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to the Attack for a great season and for making the Semi-Finals this past weekend! We are proud of all their accomplishments and development this season.    Thank you to all the players for their hard work and determination and commitment to their team and game.  A special thanks to all the parents for their great support of their children and the program.

As the weekend did not end up with the result the team wanted, the team learned a lot from the weekend and had a wonderful season overall.  We are looking forward to seeing these future-stars over the Winter and into the Spring!  The sky is the limit!  Keep up the awesome work!

EXCELLENT JOB GIRLS!

January Futsal Programs Announced!

Futsal Court Image

JANUARY FUTSAL PROGRAM

Players will have a chance this January to improve their technical ability in a positive, exciting, and challenging environment with Futsal!

Futsal will keep the players going refining that skill work and having fun on the court! Focuses include individual technique and ball skills, small-sided match-play, great conditioning and more!

Please see website for all dates and times!

www.futsalAL.com

Where:  Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex Futsal Courts
Ages:  U8 - U19
Who:  Boys & Girls - Open to Players from ANY CLUB
Dates:  January Dates: January 4 - 17

All players must abide by COVID-19 Protocols

Questions?  Please contact Luke Whittle at luke@vestaviasoccer.com

Steamers 11 Crystal Palace are Alabama Soccer Showdown Champions!

The Steamers 11 Crystal Palace Boys team coached by Coach Andy Yactayo went undefeated at the Alabama Soccer Showdown this weekend only conceding one goal in all the matchups!  This team's impressive display is mainly due to each player’s mentality and cohesiveness to play as a team and always push towards goal!

This team is one to watch on the future with more development yet to come.

Well done boys!

Winter Soccer Training this December & January!

Announcing winter training this December and January! Training will consist of 8 sessions in December and 6 sessions in January! We are excited to keep the ball rolling with players this Winter.

Sessions will focus on technical development and small-sided matches… Technical development, ball skills, conditioning, agility, coordination, and much more!

Check out all the information below!


December

Where:  Central Field and Liberty Park Fields
Ages: Boys & Girls U9-U12
Who:  Players from ANY CLUB
Head Trainer: Jason Woodall

Registration Link: CLICK HERE!

Dates:  December 2020

  • Nov 30, Dec 2, 5
  • December 7, 9, 12, 14, 16

Cost:  $150 (8 Sessions)

Times

  • Mondays @ Central 6-7:30 PM
  • Wednesdays @ LP 6-7:30 PM
  • Saturdays @ Central 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Players attend any and all sessions

January

Where:  Central Field and Liberty Park Fields
Ages:  Boys & Girls U9-U12
Who:  Players from ANY CLUB
Head Trainer: Jason Woodall

Registration Link: CLICK HERE!

Dates:  January 2021

  • January 4, 6, 9
  • January 11, 13, 16

Cost:  $100 (6 Sessions)

Times

  • Mondays @ Central 6-7:30 PM
  • Wednesdays @ LP 6-7:30 PM
  • Saturdays @ Central 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Players attend any and all sessions

Contact

Questions?  Please contact Jason Woodall at jason@vestaviasoccer.com 

Fall 2020 Kindergarten Reading Buddies

Our Kindergarten Reading Buddies Program, where staff coaches attend classes and read to the students, kicked off year number NINE this week at Liberty Park Elementary. Pictured above is Coach Rocky and Ms. Rarey’s class.

Thanks to all the coaches who have donated their time for this great community service, and a big thanks to all the teachers for allowing us this access.

F20 Recreational Soccer Updates!

Thank you for visiting our post for Fall 2020 Recreational Soccer Updates!

Fall 2020 Recreational Registration is now closed… However, we do have some availability in certain ages. Please contact the following staff members with any inquiries about joining our awesome Recreational program:

Central Soccer (All Ages) – contact Ryan Ferris

Liberty Park (All Ages) – contact Jennifer Weaver

Mini Kickers – contact Amy Disko

New Referee Courses this August! Become a USSF Referee!

Become a Certified U.S. Soccer Federation Referee

As soccer continues to grow in Alabama and across the state, more referees are needed to support the growth.

Alabama already has a shortage of soccer referees and referees are vital to the success and growth of our sport; a game cannot be played without referees.

VHSC is excited to promote the New Soccer Referee Program for the 2020-2021 season to bring youth players into refereeing and help address the shortage.

Next Steps

This year’s First-time Grassroots Referee Certification Clinics will be held virtually via Zoom.

Create a profile and register at the U.S. Soccer Referee Learning Center (each referee will need to register with their own email address.

If your player does not have their own personal email address, please create one before registering)

  • Select one of the online/virtual training courses being held in August by clicking one of the Virtual Referee Course links below and paying the registration fee.
  • Note – Each session is limited to 20 participants and registration closes the Wednesday before the session start date.
  • Complete the online coursework and be certified as a referee.

Alabama Virtual Referee Course Links

Note – If your player is under 18, a parent should assist with the registration steps and online payment.

Learn more about becoming a Soccer Referee on the Alabama Soccer Referee website at Becoming a Soccer Referee

Questions? Please contact John Clemmons at john.clemons@earthlink.net

Tony Shaw named to the United Soccer Coaches High School Scholar All-America Team!

Vestavia Hills 2020 Senior and former Steamer Tony Shaw was not only named Alabama Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year in 2020, but has now been selected to the prestigious United Soccer Coaches High School Scholar All-America Team!

This award is presented annually to both male and female players that are high school seniors. To become a Scholar All-America at the interscholastic level, a player must first be nominated by his or her head coach. The coach must be a United Soccer Coaches member at the high school level. To be nominated, players must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or better (on a 4.0 scale) through the first semester of their senior year, must have demonstrated recognised excellence in high school soccer and must have performed community service at the local, regional, or national level.  Shaw has maintained a 3.96 GPA in the classroom.

Later this fall Tony will receive and invitation and details about attending the annual United Soccer Coaches All-America Ceremony on Saturday, January 9, 2021, honouring all of the All-Americans and Scholar All-Americans for youth, high school and college soccer in 2020.  The event will take place in conjunction with the annual United Soccer Coaches Convention in Anaheim, California.

Shaw has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at Syracuse University.

Congratulations to Tony Shaw on being named one of the nation’s best on the field and in the classroom for the 2019-20 academic year.  Your future is bright and we are so excited for you!


Tony Shaw – Gatorade Player of the Year

Shaw, a Syracuse signee, is the fourth player from Vestavia Hills High School to win the honour of Gatorade Player of the Year!  Shaw joins recent Gatorade Alabama Boys Soccer Players of the Year Logan Frost (2018-19, Briarwood Christian School), Brooks Rice (2017-18, Spain Park High School), and past VHSC soccer players Kennedy Davis (2016-17, Oak Mountain High School), JJ Williams (2015-16, Alabama Christian Academy), Eduvie Ikoba (2014-15, Bob Jones High School), and Jake Rufe (2013-14, Grissom High School) among the state’s list of former Gatorade Player of the year award winners.

The award recognises not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.  Shaw is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced later this month.

  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Club Name: Vestavia Hills SC
  • Jersey Number: 10
  • High School: Vestavia Hills
  • Region: South
  • City: Vestavia Hills
  • State: Alabama

A two-time first team All-State selection, Shaw concluded his prep career with 13 goals and a school-record 28 assists. He is a member of the Region 3 Olympic Development Program and helped the Gwinnett Soccer Academy to the Elite National Premier League 17U national final. Shaw is ranked as the South’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2020 by TopDrawerSoccer.com.

Shaw has volunteered locally feeding the homeless and coaching youth soccer players, and he has raised money to benefit pediatric cancer research.

“If I’m buying stock in a student-athlete, it would be in Tony Shaw… He’s big, strong, fast, a leader and a student of the game. Syracuse is getting a great player with lots of upside.”

Vestavia Hills Coach Leo Harlan

 

Two Former Steamers Make Pro Debut this week!

Congratulations to Jaden Servania and Jake Rufe, two former Steamers who both got starts for the Birmingham Legion this past week, as the USL returned to play. Both were instrumental in the Legion getting off to a 2-0 start for the season.

Jaden played for Coach Luke and Steamers 01’s before moving to the FC Dallas Academy. He is on an Academy contract with the Legion, which leaves him eligible to play collegiately for Wake Forrest. He started at forward in the Legion’s home win over Memphis, and came on in their second win in South Carolina.

Rufe, a Huntsville native, played his last two years of youth soccer for Coach Pat Flinn and Steamers 96 Black. He was named Gatorade Player of the Year for Alabama his senior year. He played at Western Michigan, after one year at Indiana. He started at right back in Sunday’s win at Charleston, and came on in the first game as well.

The Legion is back in action this Saturday night at home vs the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Congratulations to them both, as well as Steamers 98 alumni JJ Williams, for getting some minutes for Atlanta United in the MLS Is Back Tournament in Orlando.