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September 17, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
After opening up a two- goal lead with 15 minutes left, the Sterling boys' soccer team was well on its way to staying unbeaten with its sixth straight win on Monday. Haddon Heights, however, had other plans. The host Garnets scored three unanswered goals in the final 13 minutes and took down the Silver Knights, 3-2, in a nonleague game. The comeback gave Haddon Heights (1-1) its first win of the season and Sterling (5-1) its first loss. Jesse Weick began the rally with a direct kick from 20 yards out with 13 minutes, 9 seconds remaining.
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September 4, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
When Michaela Finneyfrock was younger, she looked a lot like her mother, Diane. As she got older and her hair changed to a sandier blond, however, the midfielder for the Council Rock North girls' soccer team started to resemble her father, Rich. There's more to that resemblance than hair color and a sarcastic sense of humor, however. All it takes is to watch the Indians senior with the ball at her feet. Those technical skills and control also come from her father, a former professional and amateur player who has been head coach at Villa Joseph Marie since 2004.
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September 3, 2014
ISSUE | SPORTS INJURIES Coach attentive On behalf of six other student athletes, our experience in playing for Craig Reed's under-17 soccer club team in Chester County does not in any way match the player-trauma allegations in a recent lawsuit ("In Chesco, a soccer lawsuit," Aug. 25). Reed is a great coach who cares about our welfare. He is always positive. Collectively, we have played for the coach anywhere from four to seven years, and we were on the team with the player who sued.
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August 26, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
During a preseason soccer scrimmage at Downingtown High School East, an incoming freshman going for a header collided with another player and fell to the ground in tears. After that, her coach did something that used to be routine, but has increasingly come under scrutiny: He put her back in the game, according to a lawsuit filed by her family last week in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia against the district, the coach, and others. The suit says the girl, now 16 and identified as M.U., suffered a traumatic brain injury that made her miss most of freshman year and that continues to cause headaches, fatigue, anxiety, and other symptoms two years after the collision on Aug. 20, 2012.
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August 15, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Reaching into his athletic bag, Scott Thompson grabbed a well-worn soccer shoe. "I guess it's time for a new pair," the 56-year-old said, estimating that the shoes are 10 or 12 years old. "I didn't think I'd play this long. " Thompson already had taken a wrap out of the bag, offering it to 58-year-old Jerry Osborne to support his recovering hamstring. "Look at that bag - there's not an injury that couldn't be taken care of," Osborne said. Is he a doctor? No, Thompson said, he's in software.
NEWS
August 13, 2014 | By Casey Fabris, Inquirer Staff Writer
Instead of wasting their summers, say, playing video games, 11 area teens spent it learning how to make video games. The games were entirely original. One was even unique to Philadelphia. Running For Office stars Mayor Nutter, in a business suit, running through the city's streets jumping over attacking black cats while trying to avoid a green dinosaur right on his heels. The game was one of two created with the help of PHL Collective, a local independent game company, in an unusual summer partnership.
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July 26, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
The text message to Gerald van Wilgen, the president of the Camden Youth Soccer Club, was purposely vague. The sender, a coach with the club, hinted at news and asked van Wilgen to give him a call. Van Wilgen did so and could hardly believe what he heard: Liverpool FC, one of the world's most famous teams, wanted to come to Camden. And not just come, but put on a soccer clinic. "We just have to deliver the kids," van Wilgen said this month. And van Wilgen has plenty of those.
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July 16, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
MY SONS left a major league baseball game early Sunday to watch a soccer match. Granted, it was a World Cup final soccer match and the major league baseball game was a Phillies game, but, hey, it still counts for something, no? They are 23 and 21 years of age and they were riveted to this World Cup, from opening match until Sunday's thriller, maintaining their interest even after the United States team was knocked out. They talked strengths and weaknesses, criticized officials, coaches and strategies, predicted outcomes, and, yeah, drank some beer.
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July 15, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THEY CAME FROM far away, in South Jersey, both wearing red Phillies shirts amid the sea of multicolored soccer jerseys that had flooded South Street. They heard the strange sounds of European techno, saw men wearing knitted scarves on a sweltering Sunday - and it wasn't so bad, they said, because the men playing soccer on the 20-foot screen in the center of South Street were "really hot. " "We came for the beer," said Ashley Cleave, 24. "We came for the Phillies [on the bar's TV]
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July 14, 2014 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
THERE IS no question that soccer (futbol) fever has swept America in the last month. We all saw thousands of people gathered at outdoor venues to watch the gallant effort of the U.S. men's national team in the World Cup. The outpouring of public enthusiasm was contagious and drew in people who had no concept of the difference between a midfielder and a striker. This incredible enthusiasm was also reflected in TV ratings. Twenty-four million people watched the U.S. team's thrilling match against Portugal, which ended in an agonizing tie, and 24.5 million watched the U.S. team get eliminated by Belgium in the Round of 16. These rating surpassed the average for the 2013 World Series telecast (14.9 million average viewers)
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