Friday, December 15, 2000
Under-11 Boys Soccer Team Ranked Sixteenth Nationally
The Boys U-11 Inter Soccer Club team finished its fall season with an outstanding record - undefeated and ranked first in Massachusetts, third in the Eastern Region and 16th nationally. The Inter Soccer Club, formerly known as the Spirit, is a Concord-based club playing in the Massachusetts Premier League (MAPLE). The club fields teams in all age levels from U-11 up. The Inter team draws players from all over the area, but 5 of the 16 U-11 boys are from Concord and Carlisle, and learned their skills in the Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer Club program before being selected for the MAPLE team.
Taylor Brophy and Michael Burke of Carlisle, and Theo Terris, Adam Reeve and Max Stein-Golenbock of Concord have played major roles in the team's success. Taylor Brophy and Theo Terris have done double-duty as mid-fielders and forwards. In addition, Taylor has been the team's penalty kicker and Theo has been a solid corner-kicker. Max Stein-Golenbock has been amazing at mid-field and Adam Reeve has provided solid backup as a mid-fielder. Michael Burke has been a key defender and has been the free kick and corner-kick specialist. He has left a number of keepers slack-jawed with surprise by booting mid-field free kicks straight into the goal.
In their first experience playing together, before the regular season got under way in Massachusetts, the team traveled to Farmington, CT, for an Eastern Region tournament against teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. In the final the Inter boys faced Connecticut's best U-11 Premier team, the host team Farmington. Both teams had few opportunities to score during this very fast-paced and well-defended game. Theo Terris made a game-saving play by appearing out of nowhere to save a Farmington kick right at the goal line. At the end of double overtime the score was still tied 0-0 and went to penalty kicks to decide the championship. Taylor Brophy stepped up to the ball first for Inter and booted it right past the keeper. Michael Burke was up next. His ball looked so much as though it was going wide that the Farmington keeper did not even move. Much to the keeper's chagrin, the curve he had put on it just caught the left post and bounced it into the net. Great work by Inter goalkeeper Kyle Rossi of Bedford stopped the Farmington team and when the penalty kicks were done, Inter had won the championship.
Back at home, with practices in Concord twice a week, the boys very quickly got to know each others' abilities and clearly showed their dominance on the field each Sunday. Home games were played at Spalding Field in Carlisle. The team also traveled to games as far away as Cape Cod and Springfield. Their record for the regular season games was 8-0, during which they allowed very few goals to be scored against them. In addition, they won the Columbus Day Nashua World Cup tournament against teams from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
A Thanksgiving indoor tournament concluded this season's play. In the finals the Inter team faced the Juventus team from Worcester which had been the most successful team in the state up until this season. Juventus put the Inter boys into a position unfamiliar to them - having to come from behind. Taylor, Michael, Theo and Max scored all of the Inter goals in that game to lead the team to a 5-5 tie at the end of regulation play. Again PKs and great work by the Inter goalkeeper decided the championship for the Inter boys.
Twenty-two games played against premier competition, and 22 wins. The U-11 boys have enjoyed their remarkable fall season and, more importantly, have shown great improvement both individually and as a team. The team, along with the seven older-age-group Inter SC teams will start its indoor practices next month at Middlesex School in anticipation of winter tournaments and a challenging spring season.
Michael Brophy of Carlisle is one of the two coaches for the Inter U-11 team. Michael also coaches for the Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer Club. His experience and enthusiasm, along with that of the many other dedicated and talented coaches in both the CCYSC and MAPLE programs, have brought the Concord-Carlisle soccer programs recognition as soccer "powerhouses" and have provided hours of fun and success for Concord and Carlisle players of all ages.
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