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New Era in Girls Youth Soccer at West Florida Flames

New Era in Girls Youth Soccer at West Florida Flames

WFF Announces Development Academy Player Signings
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 marked a new chapter for our West Florida Flames players as they signed commitment letters to participate within the Development Academy Program. We are pleased that our players choose to focus on proper player development as they continue to enhance personal growth and maximize their potential to best prepare to move onto the next level.
The initial set of signings is led by a strong group of players that most have recently committed to DI college soccer programs.
Mara Rodriguez, West Virginia University, 2018 commit and Salvadorian YNT Team player. “I chose to play in the Developmental Academy because I want to be in the best environment surrounded by the best players and coaches. The DA is the best way for me to prepare myself to play Division 1 soccer at West Virginia University. The DA provides the quality and quantity of training sessions along with the highly-experienced coaches pushing me beyond my limits each day.”
Caroline Delisle, University of Central Florida, 2018 commit. “I chose to play Development Academy because I want to play in the best environment possible to make me a better player and have fun playing at the highest level.”
Jenna Oldham, Boston University, 2018 commit. “I am looking forward to being a part of the Development Academy program at WFF next season. I believe playing DA will be the best environment for me to continue to improve my technical and tactical skills that I will need to play Division 1 soccer at Boston University. DA will also provide me the opportunity to work with quality coaches and play with some of the best soccer players in the country.”
Camryn Lizardi, University of South Florida, 2018 commit. “I chose to play in theDevelopment Academy because I want to play at the highest level. I know that playing against the best competition will prepare me to play at the University of South Florida next year. I look forward to this great opportunity as I end my youth career in a program I started with since u14.”
Bree Doeble, University of Tulsa, 2018 commit.
Nicole Cook, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2018 commit. “I have decided to move back to Florida to better my soccer career by playing DA. I want to train and play at the highest level. I can’t wait to see what the DA has in store for me. I hope it gets me ready to play D1 soccer at FGCU.”
Shannon Greenwood, Western Carolina University, 2018 commit. “I chose to play in the Development Academy because I want to play at the highest level possible before I go off to play D1 Soccer at Western Carolina University, I want to surround myself with the best players and best coaches possible so I can be in a competitive environment and achieve my highest potential. The DA program has the exact training specifications to help me reach the next level.
Jordan Stack, University of Arkansas, 2019 commit. “I chose to play in the Development Academy because I want to train and play at the highest level. The coaches will push me and prepare me to play Division 1 soccer at Arkansas. I will be surrounded by players and coaches at the highest level. The DA is going to give me the challenge that I need to advance in my development.”
Brianna Sikes, The Citadel, 2019 commit. “I chose DA because it is putting me in the environment that will allow me to grow both as a player and an individual while playing at the next highest level. The WFF coaches will also help to continue to push me to be able to reach my full potential prior to playing D1 at The Citadel.”
Mary Raymond, 2019 graduate. “I chose to participate in the DA because I want to continue to challenge myself in the most competitive environment in preparation for collegiate play.”
Congrats to the U13 East Girls Premier

Congrats to the U13 East Girls Premier

Congratulations to the West Florida Flames U13 East Girls 01/02 Premier team for reaching the finals in the 2015 Champions cup and winning the 2015 Adidas Cup Championship. The girls reached the 2015 Champions cup finals by beating the then 9th ranked U13 Florida Rush team 1-0, winning against Florida Krush 1-0 and beating Ocala Stampede 1-0. Congratulations on finishing the season moving up to the 18th rank in the state. Congratulations team:  from right to left bottom row- ( Jacqueline, Fran, Avery, Brooke, Ava, Brianna, Nathalie ), top row, ( Abigail, Alyssa, Maddie, Maddie K, Mackenzie, Nicole, Emma, Bailey, Katie, Alison and Coach Dale.

State Cup Champions:  U15 East Boys and Coach Garcia

State Cup Champions: U15 East Boys and Coach Garcia

 

Fifty one teams played in 94 games spread out across the state over 7 weekends and 2 plus months of play to get to ONE State Cup Champion.  This year, the U15 Boys State Cup Title comes home to the West Florida Flames.  In their first rematch since last year’s State Cup quarterfinals game that the Coral Gables Toros won 1-0, the WFF 99 Elite beat the two time defending State Cup Champions for this age group by a score of 3-1.
The first half saw pretty even play, though the Flames narrowly missed a tap-in goal that would have broken the deadlock.  At half time, the score remained 0-0.
Not for long, though, as Cody Murphy came in as forward to start the second half and received the ball from Jeffrey Hydes near the Toro’s box, dribbled around a couple Toros defenders as he crossed the field and scored at the 44 minute mark.  The elation was short lived, however, as WFF defender Jackson Trudel, who received a yellow card in the first half, picked up a strategic second caution and Red Card in the Flames defending third just one minute later.
The Flames didn’t play defensively, though.  On an assist from Jeffery Hydes, Nathan To buried a short handed goal to give the Flames a 2-0 lead at 55 minutes.  The frustration showed on the Toros team as one of their mid-fielders kicked the ball down the field in frustration after being called for a foul, receiving his second caution and a Red Card to even the playing field in the 57th minute.
The Toros closed the gap, scoring a goal off a corner kick at the 61st minute, setting up a tense finish to regulation.  In the 5th minute of stoppage time a Toros defender picked up a Red Card for tripping Luis Quinntero as he drove toward the goal, and on the resulting PK Bryan Gilbert delivered the knock out blow as the Flames took a 3-1 lead to the final whistle two minutes later.
In their journey to the State Cup Title, the WFF received a bye in Round 1 play.  They won their group in Round 2 with wins over Ormond Beach (5-2), Coral Estates (2-1) and Team Boca (4-2).  They met up with Brevard Soccer Alliance in the Round of 16, winning 3-0 and defeating Ives Estate/ESC Strikers 3-0in the quarterfinals to advance to the State Cup Semifinals in Auburndale.  They defeated OCYS 2-1 yesterday to get to today’s finals.  Collectively, they scored 22 goals and gave up only 7 goals in 7 games.
Under Coach Juan Garcia, the WFF 99 Elite prepared for their State Cup run by playing in the Premiere League East (PLE) and NPL/FPL Leagues.  In addition to winning State Cup and representing Florida at USYS Regionals in Little Rock AR in June, the WFF 99 Elite won NPL/FPL and advance to the NPL Cup Tournament in Westfield, IN in July.
Florida State Cup Finalist:  Congrats to the U15 East Boys & Coach Garcia

Florida State Cup Finalist: Congrats to the U15 East Boys & Coach Garcia

On March 14th, fifty one U15 Boys soccer teams began their quest for the ultimate title-State Cup Champions, tomorrow it ends.  In the semifinal round, the WFF 99 Elite team beat OCYS 99/00 Purple in the 6th round of PKs after coming to a draw 1-1 after overtime.

Both teams played a spirited first half but the score remained tied at 0-0.  OCYS drew first blood, breaking the tie on a PK resulting from a handling foul in the box by the Flames in the 68th minute.  Facing a 12 minute deadline to the end of their season, the Flames went to work with a spirited assault on the OCYS goal.  Eight minutes later on a clearing pass out of the box by the Flames’ Noah Abrams, Noah Kurtz advanced the ball with a header to Forward Jacob Reams, who gained a step on two defenders and deftly dodged the OCYS goalie to punch in the tying goal.  The remainder of of regulation expired, and after two 15-minute overtimes the score remained 1-1.

The outcome of the match went to PKs, where OCYS gained the upper hand early with a nice block by the OCYS goalie on the Flames 2nd PK. Flames goalie Will Steck almost answered, partially blocking OCYS’ 2nd kick but the ball dribbled over the line before he could stop it.  The fifth OCYS kick was a different story, as Will Steck deflected a rocket shot over the bar, resulting in a 4-4 tie after the initial round of PKs.  In sudden death, Cody Murphy buried his PK to keep the pressure on OCYS.  On the sixth shot for OCYS, Will Steck stuffed the shot for the win and was promptly buried under a dog pile of his ecstatic team mates.  The WFF 99 Elite face the Coral Gables Toros 99/00 for the State Cup Title Sunday, May 17th at 10:30 am.

FSPL & FLORIDA CUP CHAMPS!!!  U16 East Boys

FSPL & FLORIDA CUP CHAMPS!!! U16 East Boys

Congratulations to the U16 Boys led by Coach KC!!!!

The Boys won the prestigious Florida State Premier League (FSPL) and continued on to victory this weekend.  They faced a tough opponent, U16 GOSA Boca Juniors, in the Florida Cup Finals  last weekend and the match was forced into overtime.  The boys fought hard and won with 2 to 0 result in overtime!

We are extremely proud of the boys as they will be representing Florida at the Nationals in Westfield, Indiana.

Well done boys and Good Luck at the Nationals in July.

GO FLAMES!!!

 

 

Adidas Cup Champs:  U9 East Girls Gold

Adidas Cup Champs: U9 East Girls Gold

2015 Adidas Cup U9 Girls Champions
The West Florida Flames U9 girls team coached by Fran Hernandez went 4-0 in the finals against the Clearwater Chargers to become the 2015 Adidas Cup champions. In tournament play the team was victorious against great opponents: Clearwater Chargers (3-2) Northport SC (3-1) and WFF West (4-2). Congratulations to the girls and Coach Fran.

Adidas Cup Champs: U9 EAST Boys Gold

Adidas Cup Champs: U9 EAST Boys Gold

The U9 East Boys Gold team became the champions of the Adidas Cup Club Challenge – U9 Boys Gold Group.  Only allowing 2 goals in the group stage, they went on to the finals against Temple Terrace Spirit. After a hard fought game, the final score was 6-3.  Good Luck to team as the head to the 2015 Champions Cup in two weeks.

 

GO Flames !!

Adidas Cup Champs:  U11 East Select Boys

Adidas Cup Champs: U11 East Select Boys

The U11 East Select Boys coached by Kyle Simms became champions of U11 Blue group. Coming out of the group stage 3-0 and only conceding one goal. They were going into the final to face Greater Tampa Bay U11 Gold. The final was an intense and closely hard fought game. Our goalie, Adrian, came up big with a penalty save in the first half to keep the game 0-0. Dorian scored the only goal of the game, midway in the second half. This is an excellent cap off to a great season for the team. They were unranked going into this season. They are currently Florida Ranked 49 by GotSoccer. Within the last 15 games the team holds a record: 12-2-1 with 44 Goals For and  8 Goals Against 8 and 9 clean sheets.  GO FLAMES!!

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