Celebrating with our Class of 2017 and their families as they sign their NLI’s. Missed those that couldn’t attend due to High School games and other commitments. This was a special day for our staff as they join our seniors in one of their special moments of their life.
WEST FLORIDA FLAMES CLASS OF 2017
Mikala Rhody – Vanderbilt University
Robyn Larson – Northwestern State
Sarah Mattson – Gardner Webb
Cheyenne Andrews – University of West Florida
Alexis Weaver – Northwestern State
Drew Knotts – Georgia Southern University
Kaitlyn Jones – Webber International University
Kelsey Kitchen – Youngstown State
Kayla Tillman – Alabama State University
Asela Madsen – Southeastern University
Bailey Hern – St. Leo University
Alexis Gates – Southeastern University
Angelina Troche – St. Leo University
Erika Peitersen – University of Tampa
Katie Peterson – Dayton State College
Haley Eckel – Florida Southern University
Callista Grabel – Roanoke College
Erin Brenner – Huntingdon College
Devyn Cabral – Erskine College
Dalton Gammon – King University
Mark Domis – Florida College
Julio Valdivia – Southeastern University
Daniel Guerro – Florida College
Christopher Pope – Centre College
Nicholas Diaz – Warner University
Trent Innocenti – Richmond Academy (Leeds, England)
After dropping the first game in the tournament 2-0 against Lakeland, the Flames went on the play great soccer and won their final two games in the group advancing to the semifinals vs Hawks FC. In the semi-final the Flames again continued their good run of form beating Fishhawk 3-0 setting up the stage vs Chargers in the Finals. In the finals, the Flames grabbed an early lead before giving up a goal just before halftime. The game finished 1-1 and headed into Penalty Kicks where the Flames won 11-10 on the last set of kicks.
Congratulations to the boys of West Florida Flames 04 Select Pinellas U11 for being finalists in the 2016 Disney Memorial Day Shootout!!
The WFF 05 Girls team coached by Fran Hernandez are the 2016 Champions Cup champions in their division. In the first game against FL Rush Nero they won 3-0. They then had a small setback when they were defeated 3-2 against FL Elite. In the next game they defeated the favored FC Weston premier girls to advance to the finals. In the finals they rematched the Weston team in a hard fought battle and came out out victorious winning 1-0. Congratulations to the team!!
When the U11 girls of the West Florida Flames began their journey this season, they did so with an idea of what it would take to be a championship caliber team. What remained to be seen, however, was whether or not they could take the idea of being a champion, and transform that idea into a reality. As the regular season came to close, and the team advanced through the knock out rounds of the Region C tournament, the players began to exhibit many of the qualities that are associated with teams that have found success and with their coach’s confidence in them whispering in their ears to “never go down”. The girls were confident, determined, trusted each other, and their coach implicitly, and having earned the right to be called champions of Region C, were eager to face their next opponent in arguably the biggest event of the season, Presidents Cup. Their matches against Florida Elite Soccer Academy, and Coral Estates Soccer Academy, started out in nearly the same fashion. The Flames would surrender a goal early in each match, only to then battle back and score the equalizer minutes before half time. Within moments after the start of the second half, the Flames would take control of each match, denying their opponents the ability to mount a comeback of their own.
For months the girls had been told about the idea of being champions, and what they would have to do as a team to get there. With the raising of the Presidents Cup trophy, the members of the U11 West Florida Flames could now enjoy the reality of being champions.
“Keep Battling”… Words that the girls of Coach Remo’s U11 Premier team were all too familiar with. It was these words that the team rallied around over the course of the 2016 Region C Cup. Having advanced through the preliminary round of Region C competition featuring teams from TBU South, WFF Pinellas, and neighborhood rival Fishhawk FC. The girls would face their first significant challenge in the quarterfinal round, there they ran into a battle with Remo’s younger team U11 04Club, that was more than capable, and willing, of providing them with their first real challenge.
However, it would be in the semifinal match against the FC Tampa Lady Rangers, and ultimately in the finals against TBU North, that the girls would have to put their coaches words to the test. Each match was decided in the late stages of the second half by a single goal. With both individual and team efforts the WFF U11 Premier Team claims the title of Region C Champions.
Our Next stop is President Cup, April 30th and the girl will…”Keep Battling”
West Florida Flames U10 Boys gold team coached by Christopher Ruiz, participated in the 2016 Adidas Spring Classic tournament and the team had an amazing performance throughout the competition. Coach Ruiz’s team took the win against West Florida Flames Brandon and FC Lutz Rangers. They tied Tampa Dynamo the first time around, still leaving both teams undefeated, lead them to an epic final battle for the championship. Both teams went head on creating great chances until the last minute but the match ended in a tie 1-1 which lead to a breath taking penalty shootout.
The West Florida Flames U-10 Gold team came on top with a 2-1 in penalties after the last shot from Tampa Dynamo was denied by the post. The boys dominated each game with great team work, hard work, belief in themselves and Coach Ruiz’s system of play. Since the beginning of the year till now the boys have shown great progress and development technically and most important the understanding of the game through simple thought process on how to play the game in its simplest form.
Coach Ruiz is extremely happy to have worked with a group full of great students of the game that came in the season with different ways of thinking about the game but finished it with the mindset set of players that have fun, never give up, and work hard to achieve their goals as a team.
Coach Jose Holguin’s West Florida Flames U11B Select won the Lakeland FC Junior Invitational after a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Lakeland FC White on Sunday, March 6th at Lake Parker Park. A hard fought, physically played game was tied at three by Lakeland late in regulation and, after Lakeland quickly took the lead in the first overtime period, the Flames were down to one last corner kick. A well placed ball by Braxton Maenza was beautifully struck into the back of the net by Tristan Mitchum forcing the game to PK’s. Lakeland took an early lead from the spot but missed two of their last three as goalkeeper Jonah Stough provided a huge presence in the net. Midfielder Josh Smith calmly stepped up and placed the 5th PK into the back of the net, securing victory for his team. Earlier in the tournament, the Flames rolled through group play, defeating Winter Haven YSA, Lakeland FC Black, and Auburndale SC by a combined 15-5.
Congratulations to the U12 Boys East Campus led by Coach Kyle. After posting clean sheets in their first two games, they met the there toughest opponent from Satellite Beach. After losing their first match of the tournament against Satellite Beach they learned they would face them in the finals. On a hot afternoon, the boys fought hard and came out victoriously.