FC Stars Announces 1st Annual FC Stars Soccer-Thon
Benefiting AccesSport America and F.C. Stars, Inc. Financial Aid Program
October 23-October 24, 2015
Parents or players that wish to participate in the Socccer-Thin should sign up by following the link beow to register.
Players wishing to download a pledge sheet should click on the link below.
Pledge Sheet Here
We would also be very grateful for parental volunteers to help organize and make sure the event runs smoothly. I f you are willing to help out please let us know by clicking the link below.
AccesSport America is a non-profit organization that inspires higher function and fitness for children and adults of all disabilities through high-challenge sports and training. Sports are adapted and programs are designed to promote each person’s highest physical and athletic potential while cultivating social, cognitive and emotional well-being.
F.C. Stars has had a long relationship with AccesSport America. Our coaches started the soccer program there. This has now grown into a nationally recognized adaptive program. Many of our coaches have worked and volunteered at AccesSport America as have many of our players and player alumni.
AccesSport America athletes will participate in the soccer-thon and play alongside club players/coaches in adaptive games!
Kickoff will be at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2015 and continue through 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the F.C. Stars Soccer Complex powered by Emerson Hospital at 1430 Lunenburg Road in Lancaster, MA.
Soccer will be played at the fields with different age groups playing at assigned times against each other until games have been played for 24 hours straight!
Each player will ask for contributions from family, friends, neighbors, etc. based on the club as a whole (not an individual or an individual team) playing 24 consecutive hours of soccer.
Volunteers will be needed at all times throughout the event so please contact Sarah Dewhurst at email@example.com if you want to help out. Also, there will be games in the late hours for parents to participate in. Haven’t you wanted to go on the fields and play under the lights?
We are excited to start this annual tradition with you and your families!
FC Stars Well Represented at US Club Soccer id2 Camp in New Jersey
FC Stars was well represented at the recent US Club Soccer id2 Camp in New Jersey. Payton Linnehan, Michaela Agresti and Samantha Agresti of the U15G ECNL team were joined by Lily Lagrassa of the U14G ECNL team at the camp, part of the coaching staff at the camp was FC Stars Director of Coaching, Jason Dewhurst. The players performed in front of the US U15 Girls National Team Head Coach Mark Carr, who was at the camp for the full 3 days watching and evaluating the players. The ID2 Camp consisted of 58 players from different clubs around the nation who were either 2001 or 2002 birth year. This was a fantastic opportunity for our players and a great achievement for the club to have as many as four players selected to participate.
Kayla Duran Selected to U17 Womens National Training Camp in Carson, California
FC Stars player Kayla Duran became the fifth member of the rising U16G ECNL team to have been selected for National Team Camps when she attended the recent U17 Womens National Team training camp at the US Soccer National Team Training Center in Carson, California from August 9-16. Head Coach B.J. Snow called up 24 players in total with 16 of those born in 1999, the cut-off year for the 2016 U17 Womens World Cup with the remaining eight players borrn in 2000.
FC Stars Achieve Highest Ever Placing at #6 in the ECNL Overall Club Championship
At the conclusion of the recent ECNL National Championships in Virginia the Michigan Hawks club was crowned the overall ECNLNational Club champion for 2015 and FC Stars achieved its highest ever ranking at #6, a phenomenal achievement for a Northeast club with the challenges that our weather presents compared to many other warmer regions of the country. The overall club championship is determined via points earned in Conference play, National Playoffs and National Championships. FC Stars won the conference at all ages for U14 to U18 was one of only 6 clubs in the country to send all teams from U14-U18 to the top Champions League flights of the National Playoffs in Seattle and the U16G ECNL team went all the way to the National Championship game where the lost narrowly to West Coast FC.
Director of Coaching, Jason Dewhurst was dellighted with the club's performance and remarked "As a club, FC Stars sets out each year to be one of the most competitive clubs. Once again we have done that in the most competitive girls league in the country. To finish 6th as a club in a league as tough as the ECNL is a fantastic achievement. Day in and day out, our teams have to show up and perform to have success in this league. A huge thank you to all of the parents, coaches, and especially to our players at FC Stars for making this possible.
Maddie Vergura selected to U16 US Girls National Team Camp in San Diego
Rising U16G ECNL player Maddie vergura has been selected as one of the 24 players to attend the US U-16 Girls’ National Team training camp from Aug. 1-9 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. This will be the third camp of the year for the U-16 GNT, which features 21 players born in 2000 and three born in 2001. The U-16 camp will be run by Women’s Development Coach Tricia Taliaferro, who is U.S. Soccer’s main scout for the ’00 birth year. All of the players in this camp are age-eligible for the next FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016, but the main birth year for that tournament is 1999.This age group is in a two-year cycle that will graduate the players to the U-18 and then the U-20 WNT with the goal of playing in the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
Five FC Stars Players Selected to Roster for the 2015 Nike National Training Camp Powered by ECNL/id2. Brummett selected to top 11.
FC Stars Players, Kayla Duran, Maddie Murphy Alexadra Keohan, Shelby Hogan and Gabi Brummett were selected to attend the 2015 National Training Camp powered by ECNL/id2 at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton Oregon from July 28- August 1. For the list of attendees for the camp, click here. For a tentative schedule of the camp, click here. In addition, Maddie Murphy and Alexandra Keohan were selected to a team of the top 16 players born in 2000 from the id2Training Camps held in the past 12 months to participate in the camp and play 2 friendly represeantative games. Kudos to rising U17 ECNL striker Gabi Brummett for being selected as one of the top 11 players at the entire camp by camp and US Soccer staff.
Highlights included a visit and motivational speech to the players by NBA legend Kobe Bryant and another by Portland Thorns players Tobin Heath and Allie Long and a visit to the Portland Thorns stadium for a game.
The camp included approximately 80 of the top female youth soccer players born in 1997, 1998, and 1999 from across the United States. Players have been selected based on their performances at ECNL competitions, ECNL/id2 PDP events and other events throughout the year.
Participants will have the opportunity to play with and against the best athletes in the country, and be coached by an elite staff of youth coaches from across the country. U.S. Soccer National Team Scouts will also be in attendance to observe and evaluate players for inclusion in Youth National Team programming. Beyond the trainings, competitions, and presentations scheduled for the camp, players will also attend a Portland Thorns NWSL match to watch the highest level of women’s professional soccer in the world in person.
The 2015 Nike National Training Camp Powered by ECNL/id2 is a joint effort between the ECNL, U.S. Club Soccer’s id2 National Player Identification and Development Program, and Nike. The camp is open to all players regardless of U.S. Soccer affiliation, or lack thereof, and is sanctioned as an Olympic Development Program by US Soccer and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
“The Nike National Training Camp powered by ECNL and id2 is one of the most elite training environments in the country, and is an opportunity for some of the country’s best young players to train and compete at the highest level, at a world-class facility” said ECNL Commissioner, Sarah Kate Noftsinger. “The collaboration between ECNL, US Club Soccer, and Nike is an example of how great organizations can come together to create more opportunities and programs that can help raise the level of play in this country.”
There is no cost to players aside from travel to and from the camp. Lodging, meals and training gear are provided by the ECNL, US Club Soccer and Nike.
Keohan and Murphy Represent id2 National Selection Team at the 2015 Nike National Training Camp powered by ECNL and id2
FC Stars rising U16G ECNL team players Alexandra Keohan and Maddie Murphy were included in the sixteen elite girls players born in 2000 to represent the id2 National Selection team at the 2015 Nike National Training Camp powered by ECNL and id2, July 28-Aug. 1.
This is the third year of the National Selection programming element for the girls id² Program, as the event returns to the prestigious Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. The id2 National Selection team will play a pair of games against older teams made of players selected from NorCal and Washington Player Development Program (PDP) events held in the region over previous months:
FC Stars BU16 NPL Team: US Club Soccer National Cup XIV Finals - Champions!
The FC Stars BU16 NPL team, coached by Tony Marino, qualified for the US Club Soccer National Cup XIV Finals held in Westfield, Indiana July 17th-20th by winning the New England Regional event in June. The boys returned home National Cup Super Group Champions ! Results and details below:
The FC Stars boys topped the group with 6 points after wins against Stronghold SC Falcons and Roadrunners SC Select. The weather affected game vs West Florida Flames 98 Elite was eventually lost 1-2 after T-Storms wiped out Friday’s games.
- FC Stars BU16 NPL 4 - 1 Stronghold SC Falcons
- FC Stars BU16 NPL 1 - 2 West Florida Flames 98 Elite
- FC Stars BU16 NPL 2 - 1 Roadrunners SC Select
The FC Stars boys reached the final after a solid 3-1 win in the semi-final vs PSAFC 98 with goals from Nahuel Aligbay (2) and Michael Ward. Nick Resca in goal also saved a PK. The final was a tight game vs LDC United Italia 98-99, with FC Stars going into HT 1-0 up after a goal from Nahuel Aligbay. LDC United equalized after HT, the winner for FC Stars was scored late on by Liam Donelan to take the National title.
- Semi-Final: FC Stars BU16 NPL 3 - 1 PSAFC 98
- Final: FC Stars BU16 NPL 2 - 1 LDC United Italia 98-99
Click on the link below for the full schedule and results:
Congratulations to the BU16 NPL team and coach Tony Marino on this great success !
U16G ECNL go all the way to ECNL National Championship Final!
The U16G ECNL team completed an incredible season last weekend by going all the way to the final of the ECNL National Championships in Richmond, VA. Attaining the dizzy heights of an ECNL National Championship is one of the hardest things to acieve in youth soccer. Initially you have to finish in the top two of the Northeast Conference at the end of the regular season and then the top 32 teams from ECNL conferences across the nation proceeded to the ECNL National Chanpions League Playoffs in Seattle, WA. The 32 teams are seeded and are drawn into 8 groups of 4 teams with only the group winner qualifying for the ECNL National Championships.
After a shaky start the U16G ECNL team roared through the final stages of the regular season to take top spot in the North section of the Northeast Conference of the ECNL with a record of 11-3-2.
At the National Playoffs in Seattle over June 27-30, the U16G ECNL team opened up with a tough 1-2 loss in a very tightly contested game against Colorado Storm. However, they bounced back well in the second game the following day with a tremendous 3-1 win over Eclipse SC. At the conclusion of the day's play their destint was not in their own hands as even with a win over Indian Fire Juniors in the last game it would be Colorado Storm that would progress with a win over Eclipse SC in a game that was being played at exactly the same time at the same complex. The Stars 16s took care of ther side of things by opening up a good lead on Indiana Fire Juniors, putting pressure on Colorado storm as their game remained scoreless. With coaches and Stars players running back and forward between games things got really exciting as the Eclipse keeper saved a PK ! Stars ran out 3-0 winners but had to wait for a good few minutes until the text came through that the other game had ended scoreless and the Stars girls had qualified for
At the National Championships in Richmond VA the girls attended the live draw on the evening before the start of games where they learned they had been drwn in the same group as So Cal Blues (CA), Orlando City (FL) and Matchfit Academy (NJ). The team started group play with a great 2-1 win against So Cal Blues who were one of the overall favorites to win the ECNL National Championship. In the second game the team played Orlando City who tied Matchfit in the first game again the team came through with another hard fought 2-1 win. This win, combined with So Cal Blues win over MatchFit meant that the girls were already guaranteed to win the group and contest the ECNL National Championship Final. A meaningles 1-2 loss in the final group game against Matchfit Academy was of no consequence and other results determined that the opponent in the National Championship game would be West Coast (CA).
The National Championship Final was a was a very tight game in the early stages with chances for both sides, but West Coast made the most of a free kick opportuniy to blast home a shot to take the lead just before half time. However, Stars came flying out of the blocks at the start of the second half and equalized almost immediately and carried the game for some time. Aftre both teams had passed up excellent scoring opportunities West Coast got their noses back in front after a goalmouth scramble and seemed to put the game to bed with a PK conversion to go 3-1 up. But Stars sgowed great heart to come back once more bit despite late pressure the team came up just on the short side of a 2-3 loss to Champions, West Coast.
However to finish as National Championship Finalists in the ECNL is an unbelievable achievement for the team, especially so since Coach Tom Phillips was unable to attend the Seattle and Virginia events due to the imminent birth of his baby daughter to cap off a fantastic year for all concerned!
Stars ECNL Teams Sweep First Place at Every Age Group in Northeast Conference Play
FC Stars ECL teams swept the board with first place finishes at every age group fro U14-U18 at the end of regular Northeast Conference play.
The U14G ECNL team, coached by Jason Dewhurst, had a fantastic unbeaten season, going 18-0-4 and qualified for the ECNL National Playoffs in Seattle where they finished with a record of 2-1 and came second in their bracket.
The U15G ECNL team, also coached by DOC Jason Dewhurst, went 13-1-2 to win their conference bracket in a canter. At the National Playoffs in Seattle the U15G ECNL team won their forst two game sand went into a third bracket game knwoing theat only a win would do but despite takinga 1-0 lead the 15s were left devasted by a late equalizer that allowed the Real Colorado U15G team to progress to the National Championships on goal differential.
Tom Phillips' U16G ECNL team had a Cinderella season, recovering from some shaky Fall results to win the Conference with an 11-3-2 record and then go on to win their brackets at the ECNL National Playoffs in Seatlle and National Championships in Richmond to reach the Championship Final where they lost 2-3 to West Coast in the Final. A truly wonderful achievement!
Jason Dewhurst's U17G ECNL team also ran the table in Northeast Conference play with a strong 11-3-2 record to finish well ahead of their nearest rivals. However their season ended in disappointing fashion at the National Playoffs in Seatlle as they failed to progress from their group.
The graduating U18G ECNL team overcame injuries and a short roster to achieve a superb 12-2-2 record under the circumstances and progress to Seattle where they had a credible 1-1-1 record in their bracket that included a superb Dallas Sting side.
Four FC Stars Teams Represent the Club at the US Club Soccer NPL National Championships
FC Stars was represented by four teams at the US Club Soccer NPL National Championships in Indiana in July. All four ghad triumphed in their respective Final Four series in June for the Northeast Girls NPL (girls) and the New England NPL (boys). The girls were represented by the U14G NPL, U15G NPL and U16G NPL teams while the boys were represented by the U13B NPL side.
The U15G NPL team was making its second trip to Nationals after repeating as Northeast NPL Champions. On day 1 they thoroughly dominated FC Alliance (TN), but after hitting the crossbar 5 times, they found themselves in a 1-1 game with only seconds remaining. That's when Rebecca D'Anna collected a throw in at the top of the penalty area, spun around her defender, and rifled a game winning shot into the far side netting. There was no such drama on day 2, as the 15's took a quick 2-0 lead over FC Copa (NJ) in the first half and never looked back. In the 2nd half, Shannon Nagle scored what appeared to be a 3rd goal on a beautiful overhead flick, but the referee insisted the ball never crossed the line. No matter, as the 2-0 score line was enough to secure the shutout victory. Heading into game 3, the team needed only a draw to move into Saturday's semifinal. After controlling the first half of the game, that result didn't seem to be in much doubt, but in a 0-0 contest, the pressure was still on. With just 12 minutes to go, Scottsdale FC scored on a corner kick and the outlook was bleak. It was then that the team showed it's true mettle. With 10 minutes remaining, Kelsey Tinker blasted a volley into the roof of the net to equalize 1-1, and just 3 minutes later, Tinker added a 2nd by heading in a beautiful corner kick from Skyler Barry. With 2 minutes to go, Nagle added an insurance goal and the job was done. In their 2nd straight trip to the national semifinal, the 15's took on a very tough FC Virginia ECNL team. FC Virginia controlled most of the first half and took a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute. In the 2nd half, Stars came storming back and began to dominate the possession and the scoring chances. With 20 minutes to go, Maggie Foot's header was saved off the goal line and the ensuing scramble was fruitless as well. Stars continued to press forward for the equalizer, but FC Virginia broke quickly with 10 minutes to go and finished the game off with one final tally. The 2-0 loss was disappointing, but the team played extremely well and showed once again that they are a tough out for anyone.
After a fantastic regular season and a great run through the Northeast playoffs, the U16G NPL team arrived in Indiana with high hopes. However, with only 13 players to begin the tournament, and 11 players to finish it, the team simply ran out of gas at the end of a long season. Nevertheless, the girls performed admirably under difficult conditions, and fought hard through all 80 minutes of each game. After falling behind 2-0 in their first game against eventual National Finalist, FC Copa, the team clawed back to tie the game at 2-2 on goals from Jianna Baroni. With just 15 minutes left, FC Copa found the back of the net once more to secure a 3-2 win. On day 2, the team started well against Placer United, but 2 small mistakes led to another 2-0 deficit. Stars created a number of chances, but could not capitalize and eventually fell behind 4-0. The final score of 4-1 certainly flattered the opposition, but in the end, the performance was not good enough to get the win. Playing with only 11 players in 90 degree heat on day 3 was difficult, but as expected, the players gave maximum effort and were unlucky to draw 0-0 with TUSC (OK). All in all, it was an excellent season, and the team is looking forward to a return trip to Nationals in 2016.
FC Stars Boys Make their Mark in Post-Season Play
The 2015 Spring season was arguably the most successful to date for the FC Stars Boys Central and NPL Region.[+]
U14, U15 and U16G Stars NPL teams triumph at Northeast Girls NPL Play-offs
FC Stars U14G, U15G and U16G teams were crowned Northeast Girls NPL Champions last weekend in Orangeburg, NY and will head to the NPL National Championships in Indiana in July.[+]
Bumper Crop of FC Stars 2015's sign National Letters of Intent for College Soccer
FC Stars class of 2015 signed their National Letters of Intent to play soccer in college as Freshmen this Fall. The class of 2015 was an excellent group for FC Stars with more than 45 players from our ECNL, NPL and United teams committed to play college soccer later this year. Click here to view a slideshow of our happy players on signing day. We are very proud of all the 2015s listed below and congratulate them all on achieving their goals of playing in colege. A full list of our current college commitments can be viewed here.