| July 2006 |
Camp of Excellence and World Cup Kick off at WSA Fields
Monday, July 24th, marks the opening night of one of the most popular soccer camps in the area, the 12th annual WSA Camp of Excellence. The camp not only brings together a premium camp staff of coaches, former pro and college players, and counselors, it also of course marks the beginning of the battle for the COE World Cup trophy -- possibly the only cup more coveted than the State Cup in youth soccer in Oklahoma.
If you are interested in enrolling for the camp you can visit the camp section of the WSA website atwww.wsasoccer.org
and go to "Camp of Excellence" where there is a downloadable form. Simply bring the completed form and your entry check to the first night of camp on Monday, sometime between 5:15 and 6:00 p.m. The first week of camp targets ages 8-12, while the second week targets ages 10-15. The camp runs Monday thru Thursday, 6:00 -- 9:00 p.m. each night.
Campers will receive a camp tshirt, and possibly a world cup team tshirt, excellent instruction, and a World Cup experience with an "international" flavor.
Check back on the WSA website camp section throughout the week for updates on the World Cup standings and news.
93 Girls 6 v 6 National Qualifiers!
This is no joke, although it is "Monkey Business", the WSA 93 girls group got together to participate in the Quickfoot 6 v 6 tournament earlier this summer, and having to play "up" a division in the 92 age group the squad reached the finals before narrowly losing in the championship game. Playing under the team name, Monkey Business (appropriate enough for those who know the 93 girls), the team proved it could hang with the older competition.
The team comprised of WSA 93 players Jordan Fields, Temple Zenoni, Stephanie Pearson, Allie Taylor, Ashley Hampton, and Jackie Banther, and SFC player Ashley Gordon played with only one sub and survived the first round undefeated on three draws. The team drew with Thunder 92 Brazil 2-2, Extreme 92 0-0, and Chimichangas 1-1.
The championship match was a hard battle with Extreme 92 and while the game was scoreless for almost the entirety Extreme squeaked a goal just before time to claim the championship. The excellent result for the 93 girls, otherwise know as "Monkey Business", qualified the team for the National Quickfoot 6 v 6 tournament later in the summer. The team will be unable to attend that event, but is still proud of their trophy earned this year.
The WSA 93 girls chose a "banana" as their team mascot last summer at team camp -- you can see the girls below sporting their proud "Monkey Business" uniforms, with of course the infamous "banana". Congratulations ladies on an excellent showing and thanks to Ashley Gordon from Sapulpa Football Club for guest playing with the girls.
WSA 92 Boys To Play in USA Cup;
Take on World Continuing Tradition of WSA Club
The WSA 92 boys are traveling today (Monday, July 17th, 2006) to a destination many young soccer players might refer to as their "soccer dreamland". The team has trained all summer in preparation for the world's largest youth sporting event, the USA Cup, hosted at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota. The tournament features teams from North and South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. From all corners of the globe "footballers" arrive at this one hallowed ground for a week to enjoy and compete in the "world's beautiful game". With over 900 teams, international referees, premiere facilities, and a true purpose of goodwill and sportsmanship, there may not be a better soccer "experience" for a youth player in the world.
The team will arrive in Minnesota Monday night and throughout the day on Tuesday, and then will participate in the famous USA Cup opening ceremonies on Wednesday and open match play that day as well. First round competition will continue through Friday when elimination or play-off round play begins.
The WSA 92 boys are following in a long standing tradition of excellence among the WSA boys program. Included in that have been several memorable moments by previous teams at the USA Cup. In 1997 the WSA 80 boys were the first team from West Side Alliance S.C. to make the journey north, and the club finished 12th out of a 78 team field, advancing to the round of 16 before being ousted on penalty kicks. WSA 92 boys coach, Ryan Bush, was a member of that team and is excited to see his boys get the same opportunity he had as a player. The next year Coach Bush returned with the WSA 80 boys whobettered their performance by advancing to the semifinals of the highest level of competition defeating Mexico, England, and Canada en route to the semis.
The 92 boys will be riding some momentum headed into the tournament having recently finished as GCSA League Champions in the "A" division and qualifying for the Statewide Premier League. You can check here throughout the week as we update the team's progress throughout the event.
Past WSA USA Cup Finishes
1997 -- WSA 80 boys Rd of 16 in the Cup Flight -- finished 12th out of 78 teams
1998 -- WSA 80 boys SEMIFINALIST Cup Flight -- finished 4th out of 34 teams
2001 -- WSA 85 boys SEMIFINALIST Trophy Flight -- did not place in top flight
2001 -- WSA 87 girls eliminated 1st rd in Trophy Flight -- did not place in top flight
2003 -- WSA 86 boys SEMIFINALIST Trophy Flight -- did not place in top flight
*** Cup Flight -- highest level of tournament, equivalent to premiere
*** Trophy Flight -- middle division
*** Medal Flight -- lowest division
WSA Tryouts Huge Success; Welcome Over 80 New Players! 25 Teams Flying Under the WSA Banner!
The WSA Soccer club celebrates it's 15th year this season, and in so doing the club welcomed it's largest tryout turn-out in club history, as over 80 new players signed with the club at tryouts held this past week, and earlier in the summer during June.
The WSA board has acknowledged that the club's enrollment has steadily increased every year since 1995, but never before has there been such a jump. While the 88 boys and 88 girls teams graduated, WSA added four new u11 teams, a new 95 boys team, and technically a new "89" boys team -- which is practically last year's WSA 88 boys, most of which have not yet graduated. In addition to those teams there is still a possibility that another u15 team may form. Consider that the academy program will add 8 other teams that will fly under the WSA banner this year and when it's all said and done there may be as many as 26 teams competing this year under the WSA banner!
WSA Director of Coaching, Roger Bush, acknowledges that not only are more players participating in the WSA program, but that the talent pool has actually been further concentrated. "The turn-out at tryouts this year was not only impressive in terms of numbers, but also in terms of quality. As always we will hold our players and coaches to the highest standards of work ethic, attitude, and achievement." Coach Bush also is quick to point out the Lil Alliance Academy programs contributions to the club's expansion, "Joey Kennington's work with our academy program, administratively and technically, is an obvious reason for our club's tryout success." A tireless working WSA board, many generous volunteers, and a caring and hard working coaching staff, second to none, are all contributors to the growth, recognition, and advancement of the soccer program at WSA.
The WSA soccer family would like to thank all players and families for their interest in our program and extend a warm welcome to all new players and families.
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