Season Review - Fall 2013Oct 12, 2013
SA United Developmental Program Review
Rising Stars (U4-U7 players)
Fall 2013 saw the inaugural season of the SA United Rising Stars league for our U4-U7 players. Almost 50 players participated in the league with 4 x U3/U4 teams and 6 x U6/U7 teams competing in their respective brackets. We finished the season with a mini tournament and fun festival where a great time was had by players and coaches alike! With games now taking place on Saturday mornings at GVTC, many parents loved the new format and we are looking forward to the program growing in the spring season! If you have a U4-U7 player and are interested in joining our Rising Stars program, sign up online when registration opens December 2nd, or contact Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the SAU U6/U7 Galaxy (White) and Impact (Navy Blue) face off at GVTC Communications Sportsplex in the first season of our intra-club
Rising Stars League.
Academy Program (U8-U10 Players)
The SA United Academy program continues to go from strength to strength. This past fall season, we fielded 13 teams from U8-U10 all competing in their SA United colors. The focus of the SA United Academy program is developing the individual player and instilling in them a love of the game. This season saw excellent soccer at all ages with many of our teams demonstrating exciting, attacking soccer. The development of our teams was highlighted at the local ACYSO tournament where 5 of our teams who entered finished in first or second place in their brackets. Special mention must go to our U8 boys Jags (Coach Steve) and U8 boys Imps (Coach Devon) who both performed especially well playing up in U9 brackets, finishing in 1st place and 2nd place respectively. In addition to this our U9 boys Owls (Coach Noel) took first place, our U10 boys Eagles (Coach Mark) took second place, and our U10 girls Rovers (Coach Emily) finished second in their respective brackets.
Registration for the spring season opens online December 2nd! We are looking forward to watching our U8-U10 players continue their soccer development with us as they fine-tune their technical skills and understanding of the game. If you have a U8-U10 player and are interested in joining our Academy program, sign up online, or contact Sally at email@example.com.
SAU 03 Boys Gold at GVTC Communications Sportsplex
We experienced a lot of success in the junior program with some outstanding performances from our junior teams and players. Most notably, our 01 Boys and 00 Boys Black finished 2nd place in Division One, with the 00 Boys Black automatically qualifying for the SCL playoffs in mid-December. Three of our junior teams finished in the top 3 spots at the Super II level. Regardless of the level of play, all of the junior teams competed very well throughout the season and experienced tournament success at the end of season ACYSO event.
The fall season was an exciting one for women’s soccer, not just the club but for San Antonio in general. On the field, we have started to see the implementation of our new club staples which has resulted in some fantastic displays throughout our club. All of our teams are now seeing the value of playing the ‘right way’ as we aim to prepare our players for the next level of competition. The next two weekends (Nov 29th – Dec 1st and Dec 6th-8th) will see several of our senior women’s team travel to Dallas for showcase tournaments to put what they have learnt to the test.
On November 23rd and 24th, several of our women’s team had success in the ACYSO Pre Thanksgiving Tournament. Despite the terrible weather, the U10 Girls Rovers and the 03 Girls Silver managed to finish in 2nd place, while the 02 Girls Black and 00 Girls Black finished off the season as tournament champions.
Many of our female players attended the first USWNT game at the Alamo Dome as the US beat the Australian Matilda’s in front of a 19,000 strong crowd. We also saw SAU Alumni players come back to town with their college teams and take away good results, one of the highlights being two SAU 95 Girls advancing to the SAC Conference Tournament with Texas Lutheran University. Our girls coaches also had success in the collegiate arena with SAU Girls Technical Director Mark Catterall helping his St Edwards Women’s team to a conference title and a spot in the NCAA DII Elite Eight. SAU Coach Owen Collie is still in the hunt for a national title as his Trinity Tigers compete this weekend in the NCAA DIII Final Four (GO TIGERS!).
SAU 98 Girls Gold during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October
This has been another successful season within the senior program and we have seen strong performances across the board. We would like to recognize a few teams who managed to consistently perform well all season:
- 99 Boys IASA – 2nd in D1 and will now play off for the second year in a row to move up to SCL next fall.
- 98 Boys IASA – 3rd in D1
- 98 Boys Gold – 4th in D1
- 97 Boys IASA – 2nd in D1 and will now play off for the second year in a row to move up to SCL next fall.
- 96 Boys IASA – SCL Champions
- 99 Girls Black – 3rd in S2
- 97 Girls Gold – 3rd in S2
- 98 Girls Silver – 3rd in D2
Senior Director, Nathan Mathers, was very happy with the fall season “we are delighted that a good number of our teams have put together a strong season and seen great results and performances on the field. However, I have been most impressed with the style of play we have been achieving across the board. No matter the result, our teams have all been trying to play a good brand of soccer that will allow them to develop well as individuals and as teams. All the hard work and dedication from this fall season will have prepared our senior program players well for their high school seasons and a return to SA United soccer in the spring. I’ve seen a lot that I am very happy with on the fields this season, and I can’t wait to see more in the spring”.
SAU 96 Boys RIASA after winning the State Classic League Championship
Director of Coaching, Martin Smith, had this to say about the fall season: “It’s been a great fall season and I immensely proud of our players and coaching staff for the hard work and dedication they have put in on the fields. With the fall being my first season back with the club, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know everyone and see our teams in action. We wanted our teams to play a certain style this season, to create an identity, to help teach players the right things and help make them comfortable on the ball. It was very encouraging to see our players attempt to keep the ball on the floor and make good decisions. Our defenders have been encouraged to play from the back and to keep possession and I have witnessed very little long ball from our players this season. Sometimes we have made mistakes and didn’t get the results our performances deserved, however, we saw all of our teams improve from the first day of the season to the last. Most importantly, we had a lot of fun playing this season!
We also supported breast cancer awareness month in October and I want to thank everyone who took part. Many of our players sported pink socks in training and games and it was great to see the players and club supporting such a noble and worthwhile cause.
Although the season has now come to a close, we do still have a few teams either attending Showcase Events or preparing for the SCL playoffs. I wish all the players and coaching staff good luck in the remaining games and I am already excited for the spring season! I wish everyone at SA United Soccer Club a great holiday season and a happy new year!”