Friday, September 16, 2005
Greater Boston Bolts bring home soccer gold
Four Carlisle, Concord and Acton players brought home the gold as the FC Greater Boston Bolts won the Under 15 Boys US Youth Soccer national championship in Orlando, Florida on July 31. Michael Burke of Carlisle, Theo Terris and Ryan Miller of Concord, and Jay Hayward of Acton are members of the team. Burke, Miller and Terris played their formative soccer in the Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer program before going on to the club world.
The Bolts, coached by Francis Okaroh (who formerly played for the Revolution and helped the Chicago Fire to its MLS Cup championship), qualified for the "final four" after winning the Massachusetts State Cup championship and then the Region I (Maine through Virginia) championship earlier in July. They then traveled to Orlando the last week in July to face the champions from the other three US Youth Soccer Regions. In the round robin phase, they faced top teams from California, North Carolina and Illinois, winning of two of three to qualify for the title match. The Bolts defeated CASL Elite of North Carolina in double overtime, 5-4, to win the championship.
Michael Burke at sweeper and Jay Hayward and Ryan Miller at left and right backs were the stalwarts of a stingy Bolts defense that had become known throughout the youth soccer world for giving up very few goals. The defense was sorely tested by the offensive firepower of the top teams at Nationals but made many a save to preserve the victory. Theo Terris anchored the team from the center midfield spot, scoring three goals in the tournament, including the last-minute goal in overtime that clinched the title.
The 2005 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, which capped a year-long series of competitions starting with more than 129,000 players on over 7,200 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations, is the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. It provides youth soccer players the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play.
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