Celebrating Thirty Years of Excellence!
What it is all about
In a society where there is a heck of a lot of bad publicity in youth sports, I wanted to share two pictures highlighting everything that is good about youth sports.
Sunday, our Pacesetter U10 Girls Black and Pacesetter U10 Girls White teams played in the final of the Novi Jags tournament. After double overtime the game was tied 1-1 with the black team going on to win on PKs. However, the real winner on the day was the game itself.
The parents were absolutely brilliant on the sidelines. The coaches and players played the game with the highest levels of sportsmanship and integrity. A very good afternoon of soccer and one very proud Director of Coaching!
Senior Class has record breaking number of College Commitments
On Tuesday evening at the Pacesetter Key Bank Field house, BCSN Sports Channel and ABC 13 News were in attendance to report on the Pacesetter seniors committing to college for 2014. There were nineteen players in attendance. A number of players who have offers pending but have not officially committed were unable to attend.
"This year has been a record breaking year with over 30 seniors going on to play in College at one level or another." Jimmy Walker, Executive Director at Pacesetter said, "We are very proud of all our players that have decided to play in college. Our first year at the club we had ten players go on to the next level and each year the number has gone up." This year is our biggest class ever and we don't expect to ever beat this number as it is truly amazing. The most rewarding part of our job is to see our seniors go on to play in college and we are very excited to see how they perform at the next level".
On the girls' side, all eleven starters from last years U17 team have committed to go on to play in College! Danny Fisher, Director of Coaching for Girls said, "It has been great to see these girls develop over the last few years. They were all young players when we first arrived at the club and it feels great to have helped them progress and develop them for college. Only a few years ago, some of the girls were not sure about playing at all and to see them go on to the next level is fantastic. The Girls' side of the Club was Club of the year for Ohio North last year and these girls have been a huge part of this success. I had the opportunity to coach these young ladies for two years and it is a great group of girls!"
On the Boys' side, nineteen players out of the twenty man U18 Roster have offers and will be going on to play in College at one level or another. Greg McElroy Director of Coaching for Boys said, "It is truly outstanding that so many of our U18 group have committed to play at the next level. Our mission statement at the club talks about developing players that can one day go on to play in College and we have certainly stood by that this year. I had the opportunity to coach these young men last year at Regionals and we are very proud of all these players".
The last twelve months have been great for the Pacesetter Soccer Club with both the boys and girls programs earning Club of the Year honors from Ohio North. With the success of the College commitments and the announcement of the first ever Partnership with Aston Villa Football Club from the English Premier League, the future is looking very bright for Pacesetter.
Below is the list of players, and where they are going:
PSC Partners with Aston Villa
Club announces official partnership with EPL mainstay
Pacesetter Soccer Club is excited to announce an official partnership with Aston Villa Football Club of the English Premier League. It is the first agreement of its kind for Pacesetter and Aston Villa, with the goal in mind of developing top level soccer players in North America.
"The partnership is an exciting opportunity for both Pacesetter Soccer Club and Aston Villa" said Jimmy Walker, Executive Director of Coaching at Pacesetter Soccer Club. "Aston Villa Football Club is one of the oldest and most successful football clubs in England and was a founder member of the English Football League, established in 1874. They have had a massive history, including; winning the European Cup, the English League Championship along with multiple FA and League Cups. Aston Villa is one of the top five teams in the history of the English Premier League and it is a fantastic opportunity for the Midwest and for American soccer that this link has been formed."
The Partnership will involve the Academy staff at Aston Villa working alongside Pacesetter Soccer Club Coaches. The goal is to share coaching education techniques and ideas to help develop top players in North America. The agreement will also serve as a potential scouting network between top American players and Aston Villa, with the hopes of one day seeing a local player in the English Premier League. This opportunity will also serve as an avenue to promote the Aston Villa brand in America and grow its fan base throughout the USA.
"We're very happy to support Pacesetter Soccer Club and we wish the partnership every success" Aston Villa Chief Executive Paul Faulkner said. "James Walker and his family have had a long association with Aston Villa and this new venture is really exciting. The club already has strong links with the U.S., with Brad Guzan our current No. 1 goalkeeper and Brad Friedel, amongst others, also having played an important role for us in recent times, and we hope that an association such as this could pave the way for other American players to join Villa in the future."
Pacesetter Soccer Club is ranked the No. 1 club in Ohio North featuring boys and girls teams from the ages of 8-20. Since 1980 the Pacesetter Soccer Club has fielded teams that have competed at state, regional and national levels. The club has provided soccer expertise and helped to develop soccer players during the past 30 plus years. Many Pacesetter alumni have gone on to play in college, professionally, and at the national team level.
In 2013 Pacesetter Soccer Club and Aston Villa put together a USL Super 20 Team that advanced all the way to the National Championship in Florida. After unprecedented success in their inaugural season, both parties agreed to move forward with the club partnership which kicks off in January 2014.
For all the latest news and information on Aston Villa visit www.avfc.co.uk. You can also follow Villa on Facebook www.facebook.com/avfcofficial and Twitter @AVFCOfficial. Official Aston Villa merchandise is also available for purchase immediately for all soccer enthusiasts and supporters in the U.S.A. For all purchasing information visit http://www.avfc.co.uk/page/Shopping.
U17 Boys Compete in Disney College Showcase
The U 17 Red boys team competed in the prestigious Disney College Showcase over Christmas Break in Orlando, FL. The Showcase, held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, is considered to be one of the best events for recruiting purposes in the world.
The first team in club history to be accepted into the event, the U 17s finished 0-1-2, battling some of the strongest teams in the country in that age group.
In game one, the team kicked off against Andromeda FC out of Texas. After a rocky start, the team settled in and played a very back and forth game. Both teams created several chances in the first half but could not capitalize. At half the score was 0-0.
The second half began much like first. About midway through the half Andromeda struck first on a 25 yd bullet into the top corner that GK Kyle Rowan got a hand on but was unable to keep out.
Five minutes later PSC scored an excellent goal to tie the game. Center Forward Hector Aguirre collected the ball wide, beat two defenders, and then slotted a perfect pass to fellow forward Cam Miller who one-timed the ball into the back of the net.Ê Despite pressing the game and creating several more chances, PSC was unable to find a second goal.Ê The game ended 1-1.
Day Two's match was against Massachusetts power FC Blazers. The game ended in a 3-2 loss. The team fell behind 2-0, conceding both goals on set pieces, before making it 2-1 off a goal from Aguirre. Defender Matt Bules played a ball into the box that Aguirre timed perfectly to slip past the goalkeeper.
PSC's second goal came off a long throw. Aguirre threw the ball at the nearpost. Midfielder Nick Yeager made a play and touched the ball into the net. Unfortunately, the team conceded a penalty kick and lost 3-2.
The final day saw the team with a chance to advance with a win. The squad faced off against the Delaware state champs, Deleware Saengerbund KSC Academy. Despite serious rain and at times tough conditions the team played a strong match.
Even though they carried the play and created several first half chances the team fell behind 1-0 late in the match. However, they battled back and notched an equalizer with eight minutes left.
Midfielder Camden Buescher received a ball wide, crossed a perfect pass to fellow midfielder N.Yeager, who headed the ball down in front of goal. A scrum occurred before Aguirre got a touch on it and scored.
Several late chances were created but the team was unable to find a second goal. With the tie, the team finished third in their group.
Head Coach Chip Smith saw a lot of ups and downs as the weekend progressed. "Overall, what a great experience for the boys to come down and showcase themselves in front of so many college coaches. At one point we were warming up and there stood the Ohio State assistant coach 30 yds away watching. Disney and ESPN put on a world class showcase. It's easy to see why it's considered the best in the world."
"We held our own in every match and definitely proved we can play with some solid teams. There were moments of some real quality and good effort, possession, creativity and good defensive play...and there moments that needed to be better like defending set pieces, pressuring the ball, playing to feet and being simple."
"But honestly I think if the boys keep this experience in the back of their minds it will serve them well moving forward. I tell them all the time that every game is a lesson...and the lessons we learned down here were how to come out focused against these types of teams, how to stay switched on and not dig yourself a hole, and what we need to do to be able to dig out of that hole and find that second goal."
"Overall, I was pleased with moments this weekend but the boys know they have work to do."
The club's philosophy regarding showcases is to give equal time to all players in order for the boys to perform in front of college coaches. "This was a great chance for that," Smith remarked. "There were colleges at every game. We definitely had people watching."
Buescher Gets Look from Toffees
Pacesetter Soccer Club U17 player Camden Buescher will be spending ten days over Thanksgiving break training with the English Premier League (EPL) giants Everton Football Club. Buescher played for the Pacesetter Villa Super 20 Team and also attended the Pacesetter English Premier League soccer camp last summer. During the Pacesetter Camp, Buescher was spotted by Everton scout and former Aston Villa Assistant Coach Jim Barron. He was extremely impressed with the talent level of Buescher. Jim Barron, along with a number of other celebrity coaches, come over every year to work the Pacesetter EPL Summer Camps.
During his time at Everton, Camden will be training with the Academy team and will also get to attend the Everton - Liverpool Derby. Everton has strong ties with America USA World Cup Stars Tim Howard and Landon Donovan who are both representing Everton in the English Premier League.
"I am very excited about the trip and am looking forward to the opportunity", said Buescher. "I watch the Premier League each weekend and to get the opportunity to have a try-out with a famous club like Everton is a huge honor".
Pacesetter Executive Director Jimmy Walker said, "Camden is a fantastic young man and a very talented player. It's a great chance for him. He is as good as any U17 player I have seen in the last few years. The opportunity our local EPL Camp presents to players in Northwest Ohio is fantastic. Without this, Camden would not be going to Everton in a few weeks."