Team Back Row: Sean Connolly, Brady Schultz, Liam Nelson, Coach Billy McNicol, Colter Goss, Conner Heil and Coach Mike Stebbins
Front Row: Tyler Kluesner, Rohit Tappeta, Micah Reason, and Kiegan Snider
A team of eight players from the valley were selected at Flathead Soccer Camp this past summer. These players demonstrated a high level of competitive soccer. With the goal of developing their soccer skills the boys were invited to fly to California in December to play friendly matches against teams from the Mission Viejo and Newport Mesa Soccer Clubs. Director of coaching for Mission Viejo and Flathead Soccer Camp is Billy McNicol. The director of coaching for Newport Mesa is Tamiko Davila who has coached at Flathead Soccer Camp in the past.
The boys played four matches with 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Playing of grass for the first time since October can always be a challenge for the lads. They lost the first match 3-1 with the single goal scored by Rohit Tappeta. In the second match they won by a score of 6-4. Micah Reason scored two goals, Conner Heil,Tappeta, Tyler Klusener each scored a goal. The goal of the weekend was scored on a header by Colter Goss off an excellent cross by Brady Schultz.
It was a much tougher third match but the boys came out on top 2-1 with Tappeta scoring both goals. The final match, played on Sunday morning, saw the boys drawing 1-1 with the Newport Mesa club. The single goal was scored by Heil. Defensively Kiegan Snider and Kluesner had outstanding matches while on the wing Liam Nelson played well. The first three matches were played in the 6v6 format with the final match 11v11. The boys combined with the Mission Viejo players for this game which allowed them to work with new players as well as the full sided game.
Flathead Soccer Club president, Sean Connolly as well as other parents, accompanied the team to California.
In addition to the games the boys had two training sessions. The first was with former Women’s National team and Galaxy coach Billy McNicol. The second was with former professional player and Saddleback College coach B. J. McNicol.
This was the first year that a post-camp program was done and I feel it was very successful. A great opportunity for the young players to learn, improve their skills and enjoy the game. We look forward to seeing them develop their skills at next summer’s camp the last two weeks of July.
For information on next summers camp go to www.flatheadsoccer.com. Awesome job, boys!