TX Rush players were selected from the Rush ID Camps which were held in Arizona on November 8-10.
The selected squads will play in tournaments around the USA and in Europe in the coming months.
Please click on the links below for a full report.
The U18 USSDA Boys continued their rich vein of form by beating Dallas Texans by 6-1 at Bear Branch soccer complex on Sunday, November 23. The team currently sits third in the U17/U18 Central Conference – Frontier Division
Scorers: Angel Lopez 2, Jeremy Colvin 1, Moises Madrid 1, King Ogbodo 1, Alberto Carmona 1
“The boys are playing very well right now and putting their chances away in front of goal with confidence. We had five different players on Sunday score goals so that’s always a positive for the team.” Alex Cardenas, Head Coach, U18 USSDA Boys.
The boys will now play in the USSDA Winter Showcase at Sarasota, Florida from November 29th – December 2nd.
U18 Texas Rush vs. Shattuck-Saint Mary’s
U18 Texas Rush vs. FC Wisconsin Nationals
U18 Texas Rush vs. PA Classics
The club is very excited to announce that the club tripled the amount of money raised from last year’s efforts for Breast Cancer Awareness.
The club will be providing a check to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in the amount of $6,162.50. Pink shirts were sold within the club for the month of October for both players, parents and supporters.
The club would like to thank everybody who supported the Rush For The Cure Program.
Sara Giannotti, ’03 Girls Nero Blue (9 goals)
03 Girls Nero Blue 12 vs. Challenge South 0 (win)
Sara Giannotti set a club record last weekend by scoring nine (9) goals in a convincing win vs. Challenge South beating them 12-0. This fantastic result enabled the U12 Girls Nero Blue in the last game of the season to gain promotion to the ‘A’ Bracket.
“It was an outstanding individual performance that helped the team greatly to gain promotion. To score nine (9) goals in the one game was a remarkable achievement and something we may never see again within the club. Congratulations go to the team for their promotion and for Sara scoring nine goals.” Mike ‘Crouchy’ Openshaw, Head Coach U12 Girls Nero Blue
Where: Woodforest Golf Club
When: Thursday, April 16, 2015
The U14 ECNL Girls made very exciting progress at the ECNL Showcase coming away with a 3-0 weekend against the following opponents. The games were played at Reach 11 Sports Complex, Phoenix, AZ. Over 200 colleges / universities were present throughout the three days of competition.
vs. Colorado Storm (won 1-0) Scorers: Hermosa
vs. Sereno SC (won 2-0) Scorers: Boutte, Feagins
vs. De Anza Force (won 4-3) Scorers: Martinez (2), Darby, Morris
U14 ECNL Team: Morris, Toma, Aldis, Darling, Davison, Hermosa, Rodriguez, Martinez, Young, Darby, Boutte, Faria, Creden, Feagins, Vailliancourt, Johns, Mueck.
“The girls had a fantastic weekend playing against very good competition. Taking these ladies to this level of an event and coming away with three positive results was tremendous. The girls responded very well and stepped up representing the club in a very professional manner. It was a very fun weekend for all concerned within this age group.” Darron Rush, Head Coach, U14 ECNL.
Congratulations to the following teams competing in EDDOA:
U12 Girls Azul: H Bracket – Champions
Coach: Marshall Fazekas
Record: W4- T1- L1
U12 Girls Nero Black: E Bracket – Champions
Coach: Chris Kuciemba
Record: W4- T1-L0
U12 Girls Nero Blue: B Bracket – Champions
Coach: Mike Openshaw
“It’s great to see the above teams having success on the field and gaining promotion for all their hard work throughout the Fall season.” Benn Fernie, Director of Coaching – Youth Girls (U11-U13)
U18 Texas Rush 4 vs. U18 Houston Dynamo 0 (Scorers – Brandon Guhl 3, Emmanuel “Manny” Alvizo 1)
U16 Texas Rush 1 vs. U16 Houston Dynamo 1 (Scorer – Payton Miller 1)
U14 Texas Rush 2 vs. U14 Houston Dynamo 0 (Scorers – David Carlson 1, Cameron Phillips 1)
U15 Texas Rush 1 vs. U15 Houston Dynamo 4 (Scorer – Inaki Gonzalez)
U13 Texas Rush 3 vs. Houston Dynamo 0 (Scorers – Kike Ortiz 1, Tony Bazan 1, Jose Enrique Garcia 1)
Overall Record: 3-1-1
Note: Brandan Guhl scores 2nd hat-trick of the season in successive games.
The club had chance to catch up and ask a few questions with former USSDA player Tony Black who is currently attending the United States Military Academy @ West Point.
Q. What’s the hardest thing being a Div. I student-athlete?
A. The hardest thing about being a Div. I student-athlete is definitely time management. When I’m not at practice or traveling/preparing for games, I just want to take some time and relax (nap, watch a movie, etc.) but can’t because I know that I’ve always got work that needs to get done for classes.
Q. How is college soccer different than club soccer?
A. Speed of play. The ball moves a lot faster than club soccer. Guys are a lot stronger and faster in all areas of the field, so you have to already have an idea of what you’re going to do on the ball next before it gets to you. Otherwise, it’ll get stolen from you quickly.
Q. If you could do something over in your preparation in your senior year to make more of any impact in your first season in collegiate soccer, what would it be?
A. Coming into my first season, I was already fit and athletic. I would’ve spent more time focusing on the technical side of my game (touches and passes). Like I said before, a big difference between club and college soccer is the speed of play. Once I was able to have cleaner touches on the ball and make firm passes, that’s when I felt like I was truly able to make an impact as a defender on the team.
Q. What advice would you give to an incoming freshman for collegiate athletics?
A. Never stop working. The college soccer season has a lot of games played in a short period of time. It’s a constant grind. You have to be ready to work hard every training session and game. A lot of guys get complacent with where they are, but there’s always somebody out there who’s trying to out work you so they could make an impact for their team too.
Q. Describe your day as a student-athlete?
A. The typical day at West Point is pretty long compared to most student-athletes. We start out by having breakfast at 6:30 am. The entire Corps of Cadets (4,500 students) usually eats together. From there, I have classes that begin at 7:30am and go all the way until noon where I have lunch. I have an hour scheduled out of each day called Commandant’s or Dean’s Hour which allows me to either get tutoring from instructors, get homework done, or take a short nap until classes start back up at 1:55 pm. I have one class in the afternoon, then I head over to practice usually around 3:30pm. We typically do a film session as a team that lasts anywhere between 30-45 min. After that, I then head up to train for about 1 hr and 30 min to 2 hrs. We’re usually done at 6:15-6:30 pm and have dinner. From there I go back to my room to start homework around 7pm up until 11:30 pm. I try to get to bed before midnight and then I wake up to do it all over again the next day.
Q. What was the #1 thing that took you by surprise coming into the program?
A. The #1 thing that took me by surprise coming into the program was the emphasis on a brotherhood. I knew I would connect with certain guys from my official visit, but the fact that I’m with my teammates throughout all hours of the day whether it be class, eating meals, or even staying in the same barracks, this has allowed us to develop a relationship where we can call each other brothers.
Q. What’s different at West Point vs. other schools?
A. The values and tradition. I made the decision to come to West Point not only because of Head Coach Russel Payne, but also because West Point has been known to produce some of the greatest leaders our country has to offer. Being here definitely challenges me to be at my best everyday, no matter what I’m doing. Other schools might have great academic programs too, but West Point trains it’s students to become quality leaders of character who will serve as Officers in the United States Army.
Hector Sandoval (Texas Rush Boys U15 TEPAL) scored a very important hat-trick (three individual goals scored) to beat the U15 Houston Dynamo on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Bear Branch soccer complex. The final score was Texas Rush 6 vs. Houston Dynamo 4.
Read more about the Texas Pre-Academy League: http://www.nationalpremierleagues.com/TEXPAL/index_E.html