Two South Jersey USL Super-Y League teams qualify for national finals

U15 Boys and U15 Girls will compete in Tampa November 17-21

Ocean City Barons
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The South Jersey Barons Youth Academy’s U15 Boys Barons and U15 Girls Banshees have qualified for the Super-Y League (SYL) North American Finals to be held in Tampa, Florida from November 17-21 2006.  The tournament will draw the Super-Y League’s best boys and girls teams in five age groups (U13, U14, U15, U16, and U17).

The tournament will draw 140 teams from the pinnacle of elite youth soccer in North America, and feature the top boys and girls from every region in the United States and Canada. The event is sanctioned as a National Olympic Development Program (ODP) of the United States Soccer Federation for identifying players for U.S. National Teams.  Fox Sports World will provide television coverage of the event.

“For our club to have two representatives in the finals this year is fantastic. Both the boys and girls in this particular age group have some very exciting players who will have a bright future in their soccer career,” said Barons Technical Director and U15 Girls coach Scott Middlemass.  “For our club as a whole it is a great incentive for all our other young and upcoming players along with our older groups to strive for higher goals.”

The U15 Boys team started with the Barons at 11 years old. They are not strangers to the North American Finals.  The team competed as U13’s in the 2004 finals where they finished with 2-2 record.  They return in 2006 with a stronger team including eight ODP SYL/State players, two National ODP Players, and one player who is a member of the US MNT Residency Program at the IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida.  The team finished with a 10-5-0 record.  

“I’m very excited that we were able to qualify for the 2006 SYL finals. With ten wins in the deepest division of the SYL, the boys are deserving of this chance to compete against the top teams from the other division,” said Coach Byron Carmichael.  “We will have three big obstacles in the opening round of the tournament. The boys will have to play their best soccer against the defending National Champions De Anza SC, the 2004 National Champions Vancouver Whitecaps, and a very good Midwest team, Mequon United, just to survive the opening round. However, with the competition the boys faced in the Mid Atlantic division this year, they should be mentally and physically ready to take on the challenge that awaits them.”

The U15 Girls team has taken a different path to the National Finals than the boy’s team. The team formed in early 2005 with a group of 5 existing Banshee players who were playing up a year along with 13 very talented players from different areas within Southern New Jersey. This newly formed team was a US Club Soccer Region B finalist, undefeated in spring league play, semifinalist in New Jersey National State Cup, and finished the SYL Mid Atlantic division with a record of 7-3-1 with a stingy defense giving up only 9 goals while the offense scored 31 goals.  The team grew stronger as the season progressed evidenced by the tie with MatchFit Academy, who themselves were the 2005 SYL National Finals Champion.  The team has three SYL National pool players, three alternate National pool players and three NJYSA team pool players.

“I am very proud of what the girls have worked for and achieved in this their first year together as a SYL team,” added Middlemass.  “Going to Final’s in Tampa is a great way to end the soccer year for them and a fantastic reward for all their hard work.”

Both Teams are looking forward to very challenging SYL Finals and are proud to represent the South Jersey Barons at this event.

The Finals will be held as part of the 2006 United Soccer League (USL) Soccer Fest. The USL Soccer Fest is comprised of the USL Annual General Meeting in addition to the SYL North American Finals.
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U-15 Boys Barons  (Coach: Byron Carmichael)                          U-15 Girls Banshees (Coach: Scott Middlemass)
Kameron Teel            Glouster Catholic High School                  Ty Abilla                       Absegami High School
James Eubank           Haddon Twp. High School                         Devan Brewin            Absegami High School
Robert Nowlan           Hammonton High School                           Caitlin Fox                  Bishop Eustace Prep
Kevin Davis                 Highland High School                                 Sarah Doyle               Cherokee High School
Alex Weidman            Mainland High School                                 Jessica Faford           Cherry Hill East High
Max Mittelman            Mainland High School                                  Laura Sharp               Cherry Hill West High
Austin Johnson         Middle Twp. High School                             Lindsay Garbowski   Eastern High School
Caleb Garza               Ocean City High School                               Katelyn McFadden     Holy Spirit High School
Cory Hennessey       Ocean City High School                               Nicole Kuhar               Holy Spirit High School
Giancarlo Granese  Ocean City High School                                Rachel Carlson         Oakcrest High School
Kevin Curran             Ocean City High School                                Maria Grady                Our Lady of Mercy High
Andrew D’Ottavi        Ocean City High School                                Farrell Pomponio       Pinelands High School
Chris Broomhead    Palmyra High School                                    Jessica Talarico         Pinelands High School
Wesley Richards      Rancocas Valley High School                    Christine Brown          Rancocas Valley High  
Blake Fink                  Rancocas Valley High School                    Dayna Rowe                Schalik High School     
Ryan Finley                Rancocas Valley High School                    Katie Harris                 Seneca High School
Glenroy Chapman    St Augustine Prep                                         Alyssa Kelly                 Seneca High School
Jake McPaul              St Augustine Prep                                         Carla Massaro            Shawnee High School
Mathew Schoifet       Shawnee High School                                 
Michael Bryan           Shawnee High School                                 
Nicolas Tierno          Timber Creek High School
Kyle Shaw                  Washington Twp. High School
McKenzey Scott         Wildwood Catholic High School

South Jersey Barons U15 Boys

South Jersey Banshees U15 Girls