As Phoenix ’99 begin pre-season, we want to thank our friends and their families, along with Vienna Youth Soccer, for their warm and generous support this Summer. It was quite an adventure following the road less travelled representing Virginia and Vienna Youth Soccer.
The support we received at our car wash, cake sale, Chipotle night and the Go Fund Me, made things a whole lot easier to deal with financially and we were proud to represent the community as well as the club and the state. The results earned this time through are a driving force for us to do it all again – and do it better!!!
At the Region 1 Championships, in Barboursville, WV, we went undefeated and finished second in our group with five points – one win, two ties. The team that finished first was the reigning Region 1 Champion and ranked #2 in the country, at the time. They finished with six points – two wins and one loss. And, that loss was to us. A week after that adventure, we went to the National Premier League (NPL) Finals in Aurora, CO – representing Virginia as the U16 Virginia Premier League Champion.
Things started off well as we beat the Washington State Champion from Seattle. However, we would drop the next two games against the New Jersey Champion and the New Mexico Champion, respectively. The games were tightly contested and we learned a lot about ourselves. Having gained all that experience, we know what to look forward to this coming soccer year. And, we know it will be even more challenging as no one will take us lightly. We won’t surprise anyone. Being top dog makes you the hunted – not the hunter. But we’ll be ready!
Virginia Premier League play begins in two weeks – the 27 th and 28 th . Our first tournament is Labor Day weekend – a week later. And, state cup begins two weeks after that. So, the next four weeks are already scheduled and it seems like only yesterday, the players were starting Summer vacation. Before we begin the climb again, we just wanted to say thank you for your investment of time, energy and money in support of our efforts!!!
It was and is much appreciated!