The Boys 1995/96 Select PDP Squads just returned from their North Carolina Tour/ Score at The Shore College Showcase.
The boys toured Guilford College, Catawba College, Greensboro College, Wake Forest University, High Point University, University North Carolina Greensboro, Duke University, and University North Carolina Chapel Hill, and had the opportunity to play with some of the players at those schools as well. The boys also played friendly’s against teams from the Greensboro United Soccer Association and had the opportunity to attend the USL Semi Final match between Carolina Dynamo and Orlando City.
The LIJSL PDP 95 BU17/18 team won the White Bracket of the Score at the Shore Tournament, defeating a very strong DFW Tejanos Boys Premier team from Texas in the finals. Matt Norcini, Jack Gillan, and Dom Guidice all scored in the final. Liam Rorhecker turned in some terrific goaltending, and defensive play by John Miritello and Julian Pardo, as well as midfield play by Hunter Frey secured the victory. John Flores-Mckenna, Denesh Kandiah, Richard Rodriguez, Logan Smith, Dominick Ricotta, Dylan Christie, John Schebece, and Antonio Fleming also played very well throughout the entire tournament.
The LIJSL PDP BU16 White Team was victorious in their first playoff game, defeating MSF Liberty Boys, 1-0, behind a late second half goal by Daniel Sloan. Nicholas Pleines scored off an exciting diving header goal in bracket play, and defensive play by Timothy Dvorak and TJ DePasquale throughout the tournament was stellar. Terrific tournament play was turned in by Justin Nho, Kieran Harrigan, Nicholas Deluca, Andrew Kiley, Eric Ramos, Joseph Staplekamp, Daniel Yacar, Woodie Cheu, Daniel Lange, and Ryan Zarou. The team also couldn’t have competed as well as they did without the solid play of goalkeepers Vincenzo Formato and Robert Rathkamp.
The LIJSL PDP BU16 Red team lost in the finals of their bracket on penalty kicks to finish in second place. The squad played six games in three days. The leading goal scorers were Zachary Zeises, Patrick Quigley, and Neil Feminella. The nicest (and BIGGEST) goal of the tournament was a game winner with three minutes left in regulation of the first playoff game, scored by Robert Grogan on a perfectly timed bicycle kick against Blackwatch Keelley. Clutch goaltending was turned in by Mathew Houlihan. James Harris, Chris McMullen Chris Shephard, Stephen Cain, and Donald Pius anchored the defense, while Riley Cassidy, Jeremy Gelb, and Alex Routledge turned in fantastic midfield play. Jack Costanzo, Vito Coppola, and Samuel Dudley also played very well throughout. Kevin Santo was also with the team, but was unable to participate in tournament play due to an ankle injury suffered in training during the College Tour.
Congrats to all on representing the LIJSL so well.