The 2016 Women's College Soccer season has come to an end with University of Southern California claiming their second even national title in Women's Soccer. During the Women's College Cup, Texas Rush Alum and University of West Virginia Junior Michaela Abam propelled the Mountaineers to the Championship game with a great, late game winner as WVU beat 21 time NCAA Women's Soccer Champion North Carolina 1-0. Abam found herself on the end of a rebound on the right side of the box, with a defender running out to close her down, she chopped the ball behind her and sent a rocket to the near post beating the goalkeeper to the top corner and sending WVU to their first ever Championship game. (See the goal and highlights here.)
In the final, USC took a first half lead only for WVU to fight back and even the game at 1-1 before USC scored two goals in the final 15 minutes. Abam had 3 shots in the final but could not find the back of the net. She finished as the leading scorer for WVU with 12 goals, 9 assists and 33 points as WVU won a school record 23 games and was ranked as the No. 1 team in the country for the first time. Congratulations on a great season Michaela!
Rhode Island Rush is still very much in their infancy as a Rush club. But they are working hard to bring the Rush Way to the North East including taking on some of the National Rush programs including the Player Loan Program. Their first foray into the PLP was a resounding success!
Recently, Julia Palin, a 16 year old midfielder from Norton, MA had the opportunity to participate in RI Rush’s Player Loan program by guest playing for PA Rush in the Bethesda Premier Cup in Bethesda, MD.
The Player Loan Program enables players to take advantage of playing opportunities with teams in other regions of the country. Players can play in events that their team may not be able to participate in, play at higher levels of competition, be exposed to regional or national staff, travel regionally, nationally or internationally as well as experience different playing styles, coaching, cultures and traditions.
One of the unique things about this experience was that Julia guest played for another Rush team before she ever set foot on the field with her RI Rush team. When contemplating whether to stay with her previous club team or accept a position with RI Rush, Julia was told that Rush sets themselves apart from other clubs, not only with their superior coaching, core values, and mission, but also by the opportunities Rush itself offers.
What opportunities are they talking about? Would it really be different?
Indeed it is! Julia and her mother were taken back by the quality of competition and the amount of college coaches that actually “showed up” at her first tournament. She was also impressed with how involved Rush coaches are with helping their players with the college recruiting process. “I learned so much over the weekend. Many things I didn’t even know about!” says Julia. “I was also wondering how I would be accepted as a guest player and how I would fit in with a team that has been playing together for awhile. Rush is truly a family and made me feel welcome, like a regular member of the team. It was a great opportunity to play in another part of the country, make new friends, and network with other parents and players. I also think it’s good to play on other teams and adapt to their style of coaching and tactics. There is always so much to learn, and Rush gives me that opportunity! I truly believe it makes me a better player and more marketable.”
“I also had the opportunity to attend a free Player and Parent College Recruiting Seminar, where 5 coaches (Div I, II, III) shared recruiting tips from their perspectives. It was so helpful to hear what they like and what they don’t like when they are considering a player. The information I gained in that seminar was priceless.”
“Another perk of the Player Loan program is that I also got to travel to Washington, DC with my mom after the tournament. Being able to play in other parts of the country where I may want to attend college is fantastic, but I also love the sightseeing opportunities I get to share with my family.”
"RI Rush is a perfect fit for me and it really does provide opportunities that I would not have had the chance to be involved in otherwise, such as the College Advisory Program, Rush Select, National and International Programs, I Juggle, the REACH program and more."
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has named their Youth All-American teams for the 2016 year. Three Rush players have been named to the teams! Griffin Dorsey (CO Rush) was named to the Boys NSCAA All-American team. Dorsey, who plays for the U18 Colorado Rush DA, has had several stints with the U18 Men's Youth National Team program over the past year in addition to his club duties. He was also named the Central Conference Player of the Year for the U15/16 Development Academy age group last season.
Sean Bushey, Griff's DA Coach said, "Griff is such a pleasure to coach and to watch. He embraces training like few others, and though he has garnered great recognition and honors (captaining our national team!), his desire has not ebbed to become the best he can be. Griff is an impressive young man and his growth, patience and drive within our Development Academy has simply been exemplary."
Way to go Griff!
On the girl's side, Civana Kuhlmann (CO Rush) and Bri Martinez (NM Rush) were named to the Girls NSCAA All American team, both earning the honor for a second straight year. Kuhlmann had one of the more impressive years of any player in the USWNT Youth program being a mainstay with the U17 program playing in the CONCACAF Qualifying and U17 Women's World Cup. At the World Cup Kuhlmann scored a hat trick in the opening round win over Paraguay and added an assist on the lone goal against Ghana. C also scored the CONCACAF Tournament game winning goal in a 2-1 win over Mexico to ensure the US would advance to the World Cup.
Bri spent time with both the U16 and U17 Women's National Teams over the past year including a trip to Italy with the U16's in April. She also was part of the Rush Select team that recently traveled to Sweden to play against some of the top youth clubs in Europe.
These players, along with their families and coaches, will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments at the NSCAA All-America Luncheon on January 14, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in conjunction with the 2017 NSCAA Convention.
On a day we give thanks, the REACH Program wants to thank you for your contributions this year. Together we are making a difference! Thank you New Jersey Rush Soccer Club, Maryland Rush Soccer, Maryland Rush Montgomery Soccer Club, Virginia Rush Soccer Club, Pennsylvania Rush Soccer, Mississippi Rush Soccer Club, Georgia Rush Soccer Club, Alabama Rush, Missouri Rush Soccer Club, Chicago Rush, Iowa Rush Soccer Club, Colorado Rush, Rush Pikes Peak Soccer Club, Idaho Rush Soccer Club, Montana Rush Soccer, Washington Rush Soccer Club, Alaska Rush Soccer Club, Cascade Rush, Futbol Niyakko Rush Soccer Club, 1k Cleats 4 kids, Chefs4Kids, Echo Global Logistics! Learn more about REACH.
Emily Alvarado (Texas Rush) and the U20 Mexico Women's National Team have advanced to the knockout rounds at the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup currently taking place in Papau New Guinea.
Alvadado was in goal for Mexico's 2-0 win over Korea Republic and the 3-2 win over Venezuela that put them into the knockout rounds. Mexico will take on the USA on Friday November 25th in the quarterfinals.
Great work Emily and good luck in the rest of the tournament!
The Rush Select Program holds its final identification camp November 19 - 21 at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Arizona.
The camp will give coaches and evaluative staff from around Rush Soccer the chance to work with and identify players who will take part in domestic tournaments and international trips in the first half of 2017 in the 2002 age group.
“This is the first time we have done camps for three different age groups,” said Director of Rush Select Brian Lux. “Expanding our capacity to evaluate and identify the breadth of talent across Rush Soccer is critical as the Rush Select Program continues to grow.”
The camp consists of training, matches, and time for 1-on-1 evaluation between player and staff.
“The 2003/2004 camps last week were the best yet and I am looking forward to the 2002s. I want to thank Gatorade for its role in fueling our athletes at Rush Select camp, giving players the best chance to perform at their highest levels,” Lux continued.
The camp rosters are:
Head Coach Andy Machin (WA), Assistant Coach Erick Garcia (FL)
Aiden Albers (KS-Wichita), Will Baker (CT), Johannes Berghahn (WI), Ron Berlin (MD), Wesley Bond (VA), Robert Damron (MI), Matthew De Souza (T & T), Adam Dyer (KS-Wichita), Griffin Ford (MD), Justin Fujimori (CA), Bryan Gallardo (CA), Hayden Galloway (AK), Vincente Garcia (TN), Gavin Gaudin (MS), Jordan Groshek (WI-West), Taylor Gruber (TN), Billy Guevara (MS), Jaheim Hall (CAN), Jerick Ilano (WA), Nathan Jimenez (CA), Ezra Joseph (WI), Owen Kempton (CT), Evan Kleiser (TN), Austin Lamb (MS), Willis Liang (WA), Jonathan Lopez (WA), Cayden Mantello (CAN), Boomer McGuire (TN), Ethan Moore (KS), Austin Peretz (CA), Michael Poitry (IA), Chris Porte (CT), Santiago Ramirez (MEX), Jared Rhone (CA), Branden Rogers (TN), Sean Ruhly (WI), Anthony Ruiz (CA), Peter Silvester (CT), Vaughn Simpson (AK), Holden Smith (CAN), Sage Smotherman (KS), Charlie Soukup (WA), Dylan Stevens (GA), Jonathan Stockwell (IA), Max Stultz (WA), Harrison Sturm (AK), Scott Testori (CT), Denis Vezina (CA), John Villano (PA), Jason Wallack (CT), Parker Walpole (CA), John Wilke (WI), Logan Woodside (KS)
Head Coach Juan Castellanos (GA), Assistant Coach Lindsay Smith (MT)
Zoebeth Andrews (HI), Jordan Bartlow (WA), Mackenzie Boyle (MO), Sequoia Cruz (WI), Skylee De La Durantaye (KS), Olivia Deslatte (MS), Kylie Dulaney (AR), Maya Edwards (AK), Lauren Edwards (MO), Jessica Emmert (CAN), Madeline Eskin (TN), Nicole Estrada (NM), Lindsey Fennewald (MO), Anniston Flake (AR/VA), Gabriela Franco (WA), Mackenzie Frederick (AR), Skylar Garner (TN), Victoria Gille (VA), Jessica Gomez (MD), Kate Goza (KS), Jaelyn Hanson (MS), Ashley Harrington (IA), Morgan Hart (NJ), Heather Haskins (TN), Abby Heiderscheit (WI-West), Megan Hines (CA), Jenny Hiraki (KS), Justine Humphry (ID), Nikki Johan-Wisnierski (NJ), Meredith King (VA), McKenzie Kluksdal (ID), Melody Landphear (SoCal), Faith Lee (HI), Holly Makar (AK), Lily Malace (OR), Jade Maldonado (ID), Gracyn Martin (KS), Alexandra Miller (Southwest), Tatum Miller (CO-PP), Ravyn Mummey (WA), Grace O’Keefe (KS), Gabriella Rizzo (CA), Katie Rowland (TN), Abigail Rushwin (TN), Paige Saltz (WI), Sydney Slusarski (MI), Tori Spurgeon (KS), Kailey Stevens (SoCal), Summer Stewart (CA), Sierra Tompkins (VA), Sidney Truman (IA), Savannah Turner (MS), Kate Vigil (CA), Lindsey Vitha (KS), Alyssa Ward (KS), Tyler Wilson (WI) Evaluators on staff are Ramo Badohoun (SoCal), Kristian Bates (PA), Matt Cox (MS), Greg Cumpstone (CT), Mustafa Dandane (PA), Greg Hennelly (IA), Nicole Lukic (WI-West), and Laila Modi (Phoenix) and the Camp Director is Lauren Meehan (SPI).