South County Youth Soccer

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Written by: Dave Lavallee
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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Seaside Classic Edition

July, 8 2009

Dave Lavallee



3,000 youth soccer players

to compete in Seaside Classic

Saturday nights Seaside Surf Party highlight of weekend


July newsletter also includes summaries of Souths great championship spring



More than 180 soccer teams from New York, New Jersey, Canada and New England will compete in the Seaside Classic Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12 at the University of Rhode Island.

This year organizers have added a new feature designed to bring participants together in an event with an Olympic flavor. Players, families, coaches, volunteers and guests are invited to 2009 Seaside Surf Party, an evening of live music, dancing, food, and surprises under the lights at the University of Rhode Island Soccer Complex, Saturday, July 11 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

 Given the current economy we want to offer families an evening of fun with a healthy variety of dining options and exciting entertainment that all will enjoy, said tourney Director Steve Washburn. We want everyone to build fond memories of our tournament, so in addition to the competition teams have come to expect, we have added some special surprises such as an Internet cafand WiFi at headquarters tent.

            The tournament, run by the South County Youth Soccer Club, will bring 3,000 players to the area for a weekend of soccer, and fun in the sun at local attractions and beaches. Including the players and their families, a total of 12,000 visitors will enjoy the local area during the weekend. Games will be played on 23 fields at URIs Kingston campus.

Making a special appearance at the Seaside Surf Party will be Darren Laver and Mark Tiernan, the United Kingdoms and Irelands No. 1 ranked professional street ballers respectively, from the hit Project Street Soccer Freestyle DVD and the International Street Soccer Associations Creative Skills Camps.  Laver and Tiernan will display their skills in a freestyle show, demonstrating their innovative creative ball handling techniques that are sweeping soccer circles in Europe and around the world. They will also as battle any willing challengers in a Panna Knockout.  Panna, or nutmeg, is to put the ball between a defenders legs. 

For a taste of what is to come please go to the below links for more info:


To See Darren go to:

To See Mark go to:

To See Project Street Soccer Skills DVD:       

The International Street Soccer Assn:           


            Other features of the Seaside Surf Party include a rock climbing wall, tethered hot air balloon rides and more. A wide range of foods will be available from our vendors.  Admission for the event is $4 per person, which covers access to the facility along with one slice of pizza upon admission. Children under the age of 5 are admitted for free.

            This event is going to be all about the color, the passion and the fun of soccer, and we hope that the participants and their families get a chance to meet one another, intermingle and even to express themselves in a different manner off the field of play, said Jay Primiano, tournament manager and professional training coordinator for the South County Youth Soccer Club. When 3,000 kids from New England, New Jersey, New York and Canada begin dancing to the sounds of our local surf band; it will be a carnival atmosphere.

            Once the athletes are assembled on the field and later in the program, there will be two major drawingsone for a treasure trove of soccer gear, balls, jerseys, Kick Medics, etc, and the other for a surfboard from Warm Winds Surf Shop.

            Throughout the evening, Lori Gibson, the regional soccer nutritional adviser for Herbalife, will give a series of 10 minute seminars for parents and players on hydration and nutrition and a wealth of information to keep kids healthy and hydrated for peak performance.  Don't miss this opportunity to hear talks about

*Game Day Tips

*Proper Hydration

*Hidden Sugar 

*Healthy Protein

and more......

 Those with questions or are other topics of interest may contact Lori directly at 401/789-7381 or

Lori is the Official Regional Soccer Nutritional Advisor for Herbalife.


Club carries momentum from R.I. Cup,

Fathers Day tourney titles into Seaside Class


The clubs boys teams entered in the Anchor Division swept the Rhode Island Cup Championships from U12 through U19.  The Anchor Division is the top Super Liga Division for the U12, U14, U16 and U19 age groups, and represents the top-level competition in the R.I. Super Liga.  Soccer Rhode Island runs the Rhode Island Cup Championships. Congratulations teams. Below are summaries from teams that have won big in recent weeks.


Sandawgs capture Super Liga, R.I. Cup titles


The South County Sandawgs Under 19 boys won the Rhode Island Super Liga championship over Middletown (1) 4-2 in overtime June 13.  The Sandawgs were led by a hat trick from Matt Floskis and a 30-yard unassisted blast to the upper 90 by Matt Racca.  Midfielder Tyler Hoxsie, forward Ricardo McLean and a long kick from goalie Dan Higgins provided the assists.  Andy Amador, Steve Siravo, Matt Tomlinson, and sweeper A.J. Albergaria anchored the defense while midfielders Mike Jacome, Shane McNamara, and Jeff Sabo distributed the ball to forwards Max Hall and Iain McCoy who kept the Middletown defense on their heels.


The Sandawgs advanced to the finals of the Rhode Island Cup with a 2-0 win over Middletown (2) June 25.  The goals were scored by stopper Steve Siravo and Dan Higgins with assists by Ricardo McLean and Matt Racca.  Andy Amador, Matt Tomlinson, sweeper AJ Albergaria anchored the defense while midfielders Taylor Readyhough, Shane McNamara, and Brendan Nolan controlled the midfield with passes to forwards Max Hall and Iain McCoy. Dan Higgins and Iain McCoy were solid in goal.

Playing with only 10 men in the final 42 minutes of the Rhode Island Cup title game, the Sandawgs captured the championship in a shootout over Middletown (1) June 26.  The game was tied after overtime 1-1, but the Sandawgs prevailed in the shootout 5-4 with AJ Albergaria scoring the clinching goal.  Matt Racca, Steve Siravo, Ricardo McLean, and Dan Higgins also converted their penalty kicks.  Dan Higgins, who was stellar in goal, made the sole save during the shootout.  During the game, the South County goal was scored on a header by stopper Steve Siravo with an assist from forward Ricardo McLean.   Matt Tomlinson, Taylor Readyhough, sweeper A.J. Albergaria anchored the defense while midfielders, Shane McNamara, Brendan Nolan, Matt Racca were spectacular playing a man down.  Forwards Max Hall and Matt Floskis, until he was injured, kept the pressure on the Middletown defense.



All South County final in U16 boys division at N.K. Fathers Day tourney

            No matter the outcome, the South County Youth Soccer Club was guaranteed a victory in the title game of the North Kingstown Fathers Day Tournament as two versions of the South County Clippers went at it for the championship. This has been a unique season for the Clippers, a squad of 36 players that trained together for the season and then split for the Super Liga, Rhode Island Cup and some tournaments. From this squad, players were selected to play in premier tournaments, including the Regional Cup, Presidents Cup, college showcase in Philadelphia and the Nike Premier Tournament on Cape Cod. Thanks to the efforts of coaches Bob Berard, Andy Curtis and Dave Lavallee, the maximum number of boys trained hard together and played great soccer. The efforts of the coaches meant that the boys played a total of 55 games. Coach Bob Gulla also assisted with great pre-season technical training and skills work during the season.

            Since the boys pushed each other hard during the season, there was no doubt that the title game in North Kingstown would be a battle. Andy Curtis and his speed demons, Zach Campo, Tom Weeden and Aaron Libman kept the heat on coaches Bob Berard and Dave Lavallees squad, which featured great midfield play by Dave Dinapoli, Ryan Sherman, Connor Hagerty, Ryan Cripps and Torin Fenton. The defense was anchored by Chris Berard, Rob Lavallee, J.P. Underhill, Dylan McCarty and Sam Escolas.

            In the end, Berards and Lavallee team prevailed 3-0 with Mike Congdon, Phil Tantimonico and Fenton scoring the goals. Keeper Joe Almeida recorded the clean sheet.


U14 Tornadoes have great run, win R.I. Cup

On June 13t, the South County Tornadoes U14 boys team competed in the Super Lliga Championship game.  After a successful 7-1 season in the Anchor Division, the Tornadoes won the title with a 1-0 win over Portsmouth in overtime. After a tough defensive battle, Jon Chiaradio scored the winning goal 2 minutes into the first overtime. The Tornadoes played great team defense and possessed the ball throughout the game; the boys were turned away many times before finally breaking through in overtime.  Sean Gorman played well in goal and recorded the shutout.

Fathers Day weekend was another success for the Tornadoes.  They ended the Portsmouth Tournament with a 3-0-1 record, as did the Portsmouth U-14 team.  Due to the tiebreaker, the Tornadoes took second place at the tournament, having allowed one goal in four games with Portsmouth allowing none.

Having won the Super Liga Championship, the Tornadoes were hoping for a repeat of their Under-12 season in which they were both Super Liga and Rhode Island Cup champs. In the cup semifinal June 27, the Tornadoes were able to avenge their only loss of the season with a decisive 4-0 win over Middletown. The boys controlled the possession throughout the game. Jon Chiaradio, Sheamus ORourke, Colin McCarty and Evan Byron scored goals for the winners. Another great defensive performance stymied Middletowns efforts.

In the championship game June 28, the Tornadoes again played Portsmouth. The game was a back and forth battle, neither team being able to break through the others defense. The game went through regulation and overtime without either team scoring. The game was decided by penalty kicks and won by the Tornadoes 3-2. Matt Murano, Sheamus ORourke and Tim Lee scored for the winners. Sean Gorman had another stellar game in goal and saved the last penalty kick to preserve the win.

 Submitted by Mary Ellen Murano

U14 girls Sparks win R.I Cup in Classic Blue Division


The South County Sparks completed an amazing run by beating Narragansett, 2-1, Sunday, June 26, to win the 2009 Soccer Rhode Island Cup in the U-14 girls Classic Blue Division.

After finishing seventh during the regular season, the Sparks beat the top three teams to capture the championship, knocking off North Smithfield, 3-0, Portsmouth, 2-0, and Narragansett.

Team members are: Samira Lazar, Patricia Gagnon, Mayli Keefe, Kelly Reiss, Shealyn McDonald, Shannon Cooledge, Danielle Millick, Lily McCaughey, Sara Stone, Ila West, Katherine Rishton, Courtney Corvese, Amy Bannon, Caroline Furcolo, Kate Gallogly, Mary Rosa and Taylor Murray. Coaches are Gavin Keefe, Liz Reiss and Najih Lazar.

Submitted by coach Gavin Keefe


Girls U12 Sparks Success Continues


After completing an undefeated Super Liga Season and winning the Super Liga Classic Gold Championship game in early June, the South County Sparks FC girls U12 team continued their winning ways in recent weeks.  First, the team won four straight games at the North Kingstown Fathers Day Tournament, outscoring their opponents 14-2 in tournament play, and posting three shutouts on its way to the tournament title.

The team followed up this effort by taking home the Soccer Rhode Island State Cup the following week.  After quarterfinal and semi-final wins over Pawtucket and Middletown, respectively, the Sparks faced a tough Bristol team in the finals.  After a scoreless first half, the team found itself down 1-0 in the second, when Lane West scored the game-tying goal with just a few minutes remaining in regulation, seemingly securing the tie to force overtime.  However, with momentum on their side, the team continued to apply pressure and Emma Garvey provided the game winner with just a little more than a minute remaining in the contest, securing the 2-1 win and the title for the Sparks!  This was an unbelievable finish with two goals in the final minutes and a great all around effort from the entire team. 

To finish up the season, the girls are looking forward to the Seaside Classic and the Goals 4 Rams six-on-six tournament!

Submitted by coaches Steve Russell & Ted Sorlien.


U16 Boys take R.I. Cup title


Thanks to the efforts of players and coaches John and Ben Algiere, Mike Nademlynsky and Tom Keating the U16 South Anchor Boys team has achieved the title of Soccer Rhode Islands State Cup Champion. And as fate would have it, South was able to avenge their only three losses during the 2009 Super Liga regular season.

The Quarter Final game was against the U16 South (2) team of Andy Curtis, with the game being decided within the last minute. The final score was 2 to 1.  This was a hard fought game with both teams playing exceptionally well. 

However, of greatest importance was that this game defined friendly competition.  Prior to the initiation of the game, both teams were joking with their friends from the opposing team.  This friendly banter continued throughout the game, and at the conclusion of the game both teams expressed true admiration, and respect for their opponents.

 Games like this are why I coach, and why most players do and should play, said Keating.

The semi-final game was against Central Falls. South had a squad of 13, but Central Falls only had 10 players.  The final score was 7-0.

The Final game was against Portsmouth.  This was an epic battle with a 0-0 tie going into the final 5 minutes.  Although the final score was 2-0 and South had far more scoring opportunities, Portsmouth played a great game.

 I want to commend the Portsmouth team, and their coach for their outstanding grace and sportsmanship throughout the game, Keating said.  I also would like to commend both teams for the genuine respect and admiration at the conclusion of the game.


Submitted by Coach Thomas Keating


U12 boys capture two big titles


It was a great spring season for Jim LaPointes U12 Boys. The team was also coached by Paul Lucier, Andrew Gagnon and Murray Gates. It won the title  

In  the 2009 North Kingstowns Fathers Day Tournament, U12 boys top division.

The boys also won the 2009 Rhode Island Cup in the U12 Boys Anchor Division.


Submitted by Andrew Gagnon














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