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September 14, 2016 | By E.J. Smith, STAFF WRITER
Sean Donnelly netted two goals Monday in Lenape's 5-2 win against visiting Cherry Hill East in Olympic Conference soccer. Billy Bruno, Tyler Huynh and Andrew Lipski chipped in with one goal each for the winners. In other Olympic Conference action, Bobby Fitzgerald and Tim Long scored to give Paul VI a 2-1 home win over Timber Creek. Tri-County Conference. Tim Reiners' two-goal performance carried Gloucester Catholic to a 2-1 road win against Clayton. Matt Smith had two assists.
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September 11, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, STAFF WRITER
The jerseys have been printed and the players have dusted off their cleats. It's play time. More than 800 amateur soccer players will compete in the city's first International Unity Cup this fall, starting Friday. Thirty-two teams have signed up, composed of immigrants or descendants of each team's country. The idea for the tournament came from Mayor Kenney, who wanted to imitate the World Cup as a way to bring people of all backgrounds and races together in Philadelphia. "This tournament is just one way we are working to make sure newcomers feel that they are a part of the social, cultural, and civic fabric of our city," Kenney said at Friday's kickoff announcement.
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September 10, 2016 | By Kate Harman, STAFF WRITER
Maddie Elwell had her knees up, her feet perched on the passenger seat of her mother's silver Ford Fusion. Her ear buds were in so she didn't have to listen to what her mom, Denise, had on the radio - something "classical or Michael Bublé," Elwell joked. Snow covered the ground of the parking lot in Yardley, where the car idled. It was there that Elwell sat, refusing to get out for her first practice with the Yardley Makefield Soccer club in the winter of 2014. While it may not have been an auspicious beginning for the Wissahickon senior, that parking lot was the start of Elwell's becoming the player her Trojans coach, Shannon Creamer-Franke, always knew she could be. In fact, the coach - "Frankie" as the team affectionately calls her - was the reason Elwell ended up in the snowy lot in the first place.
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September 10, 2016 | Kate Harman, Staff Writer
Last year's record in parentheses. 1. Pennsbury (18-3): Now two years removed from a District 1 Class 3A title, the Falcons were ousted in the quarters last year, an untimely exit the squad no doubt will use as motivation. 2. Pennridge (12-5-2): The Rams underperformed last season but have enough talent in the returning nucleus to make some noise this postseason. 3. Downingtown West (14-5): Seven starters return for the Whippets, a team that finished as the runners up in District 1 Class 3A. 4. Council Rock North (16-6-3)
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September 9, 2016 | By Chris Melchiorre, STAFF WRITER
The difference between high school soccer and club soccer, according to a man with a lifetime of experience in both, is toughness. "In high school," Delran boys' coach Mike Otto said, "you can have all the skill in the world. But if you don't have that toughness, you just won't last very long. " The physicality of the high school game can be a lot for a freshman to handle. And a starting spot in Otto's program - a program with eight state titles to its record - is generally hard-earned.
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September 9, 2016 | By Kate Harman, STAFF WRITER
When Ryan Haney was in seventh grade, he would grab his cleats and two soccer balls and walk from his house to the Archbishop Ryan soccer field. It took roughly 10 minutes for him to get from Knights Road and Chalfont Drive to his destination, a meticulously manicured patch of grass situated behind the school at the top of a hill. Back then, there was no fence surrounding the lines, and the lights hadn't been put up. It wasn't yet named after legendary coach George Todt. Those things would all come later.
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September 9, 2016 | By Chris Melchiorre, STAFF WRITER
When the U.S. national soccer program asks you to join them for a workout, there often isn't much time to think. Not that there's much to think about. It's an invitation most soccer players dream of and one they wouldn't dream of passing up. "It still feels a little bit surreal," said Amirah Ali, standing on the balcony of her dorm room and peering out on the mountain peaks that surround the U.S. Olympic Training Center in San Diego. "It came out of nowhere. I didn't expect to be here at all. " Last Thursday, it was announced that Ali, the superstar forward of the Eastern girls' soccer team, was one of just 26 girls from around the country called up to the U.S. under-18 women's national team for a one-week training camp this week at the scenic, sprawling Olympic Training Center.
NEWS
August 10, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
As the "Sauken by the Sea" reunion gets rolling, I ask Brian Barg to define Pennsauken. "We're the 'Rocky' of South Jersey," the veteran Pennsauken High School math teacher declares. "We're the underdog," says PHS head soccer coach Billy Snyder, who along with buddy Dave MacDonald helped organize the annual all-alumni reunion a decade ago. "We don't always win," Snyder adds. "But there's a lot of pride in Pennsauken. " That distinctive, blue-collar Camden County township of about 35,000 was eclipsed by trendier suburbs long ago. But on Saturday, Pennsauken pride ruled the Flip Flopz Beach Bar & Grill in North Wildwood as more than 100 PHS alumni - most from the '70s, '80s and '90s - gathered to reminisce, raise a glass, and raise money.
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August 1, 2016 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, STAFF WRITER
After scoring the gold-medal-winning goals at each of the last two Summer Olympics, what will Carli Lloyd do for an encore in Rio de Janeiro? "I guess I've got to score three or four," she joked in an exclusive interview with the Inquirer. Except she has already done that, too - in last summer's World Cup final. The truth is that Lloyd doesn't care what her impact is on the field as long as she's able to help the U.S. women's soccer team win another title. "I want to come away with a gold medal and am really just going to be going out there every game and working hard, doing everything possible to help my teammates," Lloyd said.
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