Club News - 2006-2007

DECEMBER 2006

Vardar Represented in Super Group at Disney Showcase

Two Vardar players, John Rogers and Ruben Bega, and one coach, Jason Davis, will represent Vardar and Region 2 in the Super Group at the Disney Showcase this holiday season. 

The Disney Showcase, held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, is recognized as one of the top College Showcases in the country, with the Super Group being the highlight of the competition.   

John, Ruben, and Jason will compete with the Region 2 1990 Regional Team against Real Madrid, the US U17 National Team, Region 4 ODP, and Tigres (Mexico) during the four day event. 

Last year Vardar players Colin Givens, Casey Townsend, Spencer Thompson, Luke Norman, Jeremy Clark, and Matt Walker participated in the Super Group against the U17 National Teams from Spain, Japan, and France.

 
     

Vardar player Mary Parker honored

Mary Parker, a senior at the University of Detroit Mercy, has completed her college soccer career by earning a distinguished variety of awards that recognize her hard work both on the soccer field and in the classroom.

The Vardarstars Soccer Club take great pride in Mary’s accomplishments and urge all of our players to excel as Mary has, both in the classroom and on the soccer field.

Thank you Mary, for being a wonderful role model for all our club members- especially the young women that will follow in your footsteps.

 
     

Vardar Represented at Regional & National Levels

Several Vardar players were recently selected to participate with ODP Regional and National Teams at the Thanksgiving Interregional, Nike Friendlies, and Final Four Showcase.

Jason Davis – 90 Regional Team Head Coach

The players include:
 
  • Caleb Stanko – U14 National Team - U14 Vardar
  • Colin Givens – U18 National Team - U18 Vardar
  • Casey Townsend – U18 National Team - U18 Vardar
  • Kotaro Mitsuhashi – 93 Regional Team - U14 Vardar
  • Sean Cunningham – 93 Regional Team - U14 Vardar
  • Nicholas Prys – 92 Regional Team - U15 Vardar
  • Reid Losee – 92 Regional Team - U15 Vardar
  • Mike Cunningham – 91 Regional Team - U16 Vardar
  • John Rogers – 90 Regional Team - U17 Vardar
  • Ruben Bega – 90 Regional Team - U17 Vardar

In addition to playing, Sean Cunningham was also selected as captain for the 93 Regional Team and was named to the 1993 adidas All-Star team at the Interregional Event.

 

Brian Maisonneuve 1 on 1

Brian Maisonneuve a member of the U17 US National Team coaching staff speaks on his transition from player to coach on ussoccer.com.

Brian, a long time Vardar player and  a member of the Vardar Hall of Honor, has been working with the U17 National Team for two years after a distinguished career that included; Vardar, Indiana University, the Colombus Crew, and the US Men’s National Team. 

 
     

Norman and Omekanda selected for MLS Combine

Vardar players Nate Norman, University of Notre Dame, and Simon Omekanda, Penn State University, are among a select group of players that have been selected to the Major League Soccer Combine in Fort Lauderdale.

 
These two accomplished collegiate players have capped their college careers with this very distinguished honor, as they will compete with some of the finest players in the country.

The Vardarstars Soccer Club are very proud of the accomplishments of both these young men and wish them the best of luck at the combine and with their future careers.

 
 

NOVEMBER 2006

Vardar Elite  •   U13 Girls shine at Raleigh Shootout  •   U13G  •  Torre
The U13 girls traveled to Raleigh NC for the 06 Raleigh Shootout to compete in the Champions A flight amongst some of the top U13 teams in the country. The girls responded very well as they played some of their best soccer of the season and advanced to the championship game.

  In pool play Vardar opened the event by defeating the GSA Phoenix 1-0 in a very hard fought game. The girls then tied Team Boca in dramatic fashion as they scored 2 late goals to tie the game 2-2. In the third game they defeated regional rivals MTSC Blaze 1-0.

 
 

These results placed the girls in a deadlock with Team Boca which was resolved by penalty kicks which the Vardar girls won on the last kick.
The final saw the girls face a very talented and highly ranked Chantilly Burn. The score at the end of regulation was 1-1 and unfortunately the girls lost 3-1 in overtime.

Congratulations go out to the girls for a tremendous performance.

     

Vardarstars Earn High School Honors
Vardarstars players dominated state dream team selections and many of our talented players earned all-state honors.   For the eighth time in ten years a Vardarstars player has won Mr. Soccer. 

Casey Townsend was selected as Mr.Soccer and follows a long list of Vardarstars players to win this award. The Vardarstars Soccer Club congratulate Casey for his individual achievements and his winning the state championship with his Traverse City West teammates.

The Dream Team had seven of the eleven members from the Vardarstars Soccer club:

  • Casey Townsend
  • Spencer Thompson
  • Doug Ferner
  • Colin Givens
  • Luke Norman
  • Nosa Iyonha
  • Ali Philman

We congratulate these young men on their selections.

 
Record-Eagle file photo/ Tyler Sipe --  Traverse City West junior forward Casey Townsend (11) was named Mr. Soccer after helping lead the Titans to their first state soccer title.
Record-Eagle file photo/ Tyler Sipe
Traverse City West junior forward Casey Townsend (11) was named Mr. Soccer after helping lead the Titans to their first state soccer title.
 
Many Vardarstars players were recognized for their talents and hardwork throughout the high school season as they were honored with all-state selections.
     
OCTOBER 2006

Vardar Elite  •   2006 MSYSA State Cup Champions   •   U15G  •  Muftari

The Vardar U15 Girls Team won the MSYSA Snickers State Cup Championship with a 2-1 win over the Michigan Hawks on October 15, 2006 at Founders Park in Farmington.

The two teams have met in the State Cup Finals for the past four years with Vardar winning the first two, the Hawks last year and then Vardar reclaimed the title this year.  The Oct. 15 match was the first time in their State Cup meetings that the game ended in regulation time.

 
 

The Hawks scored first in the game and then Vardar tied it up with a chip over the goalie by Anna Zambricki. Kayla Mannino put Vardar on top with a goal in the second half.   Defender Angela Gerback was selected as Most Valuable Player and Anna Sieloff was named Most Valuable Goalkeeper.

 The 2007 Michigan State Cup Championship culminates a 6-0 tournament for the Vardar girls.   In preliminary State Cup matches the Vardar girls had not allowed any of their opponents to get a goal. They earned their spot in the championship game by besting CA United (9-0), Rochester Lightning (9-0), TNT Dynamite (8-0), Force Purple (3-0) and Gators Orange (3-0).

     
SEPTEMBER2006

2006 Vardar Nike Cup  •  Vardar advances 10 teams to finals

2006 Vardar Nike Cup Champions

  • U13  •  Boys  •  Pogue
  • U11  •  Girls   •  Perkins
  • U13  •  Girls   •  Torre
  • U15  •  Girls   •  Muftari
  • U16  •  Girls   •  Torre
 
     

2006 Vardar Nike Cup Finalist

  • U11  •  Boys  •  Pogue
  • U14  •  Boys  •  Seargent
  • U14  •  Girls   •  Heugh
  • U17  •  Girls   •  Seargent
  • U18  •  Girls   •  Huff
 
 
     
AUGUST 2006

Vardar Elite  •  2006 Arsenal Challenge Cup Champions  •   U13G  •  Torre

  The U13 Vardar girls went undefeated at the Arsenal Challenge Cup. 

In the group stage the girls defeated the Loveland Chargers 2-1,  CUSA 7-0, and Ohio Premier 2-0.

In the final match the girls defeated Concordia 4-2. Congratulations to the girls on a successful start to their new season.  

 
     

Vardar West  •  2006 N.W. Ohio Festival Champions  •   U14B  •  Mexicotte
     The Vardar West U-14 Boys were the Champions at the 2006 Northwest Ohio Festival Soccer Tournament this month.  They went undefeated in their bracket and beat Maumee Express 2-1 in the final!  They scored 22 goals as several players made the scoring column and only allowed 3 goals against over the weekend.

     It was a great effort from all the players as they prepare for another tough season in Michigan Premier Division One.

 
     
 

JUNE2006


Vardarstars  •  Manchester United Premier Cup  • U14G  •  Muftari

The Vardar ’92 U14 Girls team competed in the Manchester United Premier Cup over the Memorial Day weekend.  The tournament was only for U14 boys and girls and was held at Nike’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.  The tournament was by invitation only and consisted of the top 20 boys and girls teams from across the country.  The winners of the tournament earned all expenses paid trips to the Manchester United Premier Cup finals in Manchester England for the boys and to the world’s largest soccer tournament, the Gothia Cup, in Gothenbrug, Sweden for the girls.

     The Vardar girls performed exceptionally well placing 2nd in the tournament.  All teams had to play 7 games over the 5-day tournament.  In round robin play the girls went 2-1-1 and were able to take a second place finish in their bracket, which earned them a bid in the playoffs.  From there things began to roll.  The girls defeated the Chicago Eclipse in the quarterfinals when Anna Sieloff stopped an amazing 3 out of 6 Penalty kicks to break the 0-0 tie.  The semifinals brought to the field the Southern Cal Blues.  Again, Anna Sieloff stepped up her game, stopping 2 more PKs in the overtime shootout for the win and chance at the finals.

     The Manchester United Premier Cup Championship game saw two talented teams, our own Vardar Girls and the Southern Cal United girls.  Both teams were equally matched and ready to play.  Shortly into the first half a bobbled ball found its way into the net putting the Vardar girls down by one.  Frantic and intense play followed with Vardar dominating the majority of the game.  A breakaway goal by SoCal United sealed the deal late in the second half resulting in a 2-0 loss for our Vardar girls.

 

     

Vardarstars  • Manchester United Premier Cup  • U14-15B  •  Torre

 The U14/15 Vardar Boys enjoyed a very successful trip to Beaverton Oregon as they finished fifth in a field of twenty. Playing some of the finest clubs in the nation the boys displayed great commitment and energy compiling a 5-2 record while allowing only 2 goals against.

In the preliminary stages the Vardar boys won their group which consisted  of: Vardar, Scott Gallagher, Bethesda FC, Nomads FC, and the Irvine Strikers.

 In the quarter-final stage the boys lost a heartbreaker to the Arsenal in penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw. Showing great character Vardar came back to defeat So Cal United and the Surf to claim fifth overall.

 The Vardarstars organization is very proud the accomplishments of this group of young men who represented our club and state with great class and dignity.

 
     
 

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