A week ago many of our Iowa Rush boys teams participated in the JUSC Fall Cup that took place at the Cownie Sports Complex in Des Moines. We had some great weather, and our teams were up for a great weekend of soccer. This was the first tournament of the fall 2015 season for many of our teams. Games started off early on Friday evening and continued throughout the weekend. After a weekend full of games, the U13 Boys Rush team was able to come away with an exciting championship performance which earned them a win in the championship Game. Many of our other teams missed qualifying for the championship based on tie breaker criteria, which unfortunately did not go in our favor.
The U11 Boys Rush team came out strong starting with a come from behind draw in their first game on Friday evening. After going down, this team showed no signs of breaking, and were able to come away with a goal in the final seconds of the match to tie it up for a great start to the weekend. They continued their success with a great win on Saturday morning in a very competitive match, in which they pulled away in the final minutes to secure a solid victory. In their third and final game of the tournament, they were up against the eventual tournament champions in this age bracket. The boys went down early, but once again did not break. They came from behind in the final minutes to earn the equalizer and tie up the game . The U11 Boys Rush ended the tournament with one win and two draw. Unfortunately, we missed out on going through to the finals.
The U12 Boys Nero team came out ready to battle to the final whistle of their first game, but suffered a 3-2 loss to start the tournament. This team was up for the challenge and continued to battle and work for the entirety of their remaining three games, which were all against some very tough competition. The boys worked to improve throughout out the event, as this was a their overall team goal of the weekend. "This team showed great character and commitment to one another. We knew the competition was going to be tough, but the boys continued to challenge themselves and worked hard throughout the entire event" mentioned head coach Brent Rauch. Good work to the boys and way to keep up the hard work!
The U12 Boys Rush team came out strong, but unfortunately were unable to advance based on the tournament's tie breaker rules. The boys started against a team who would eventually land themselves in the finals. " We let in a few softer goals early on that would be hard to get back as the game went on" stated Director of Coaching Greg Hennelly. "We continued to battle and played some good soccer in the second half, getting back a couple of the goals, however, going down early is always going to be tough bouncing back from". The remaining two games the U12 Boys Rush team performed very well; coming away with victories in both. However, their loss in the first game impacted their ability to advance out of the group stages.
The U13 Boys Rush team had an exciting event that will be remembered for a long time by players and fans! They started out the tournament very strong winning on Friday evening, and continuing their strong performance throughout the weekend. The boys were able to qualify for the championship game, and that's when it really got exciting! At the conclusion of regulation, both teams were tied at 2-2. This meant the game would be decided on penalties! Both teams looked strong with one or two players missing from each team. Moving into the fifth and final shooter, the Iowa Rush had to make a save - and we did! The penalties moved into sudden death victory, in which the Iowa Rush shot first and scored. The opposition stepped up, the whistle blew, and..... SAVE! The Iowa Rush U13 Boys were Tournament Champions! "The boys showed great composure throughout the weekend" stated head coach and Director of Select-Boys Nuno Ferreira. " There were times when the boys could have easily put their heads down but they came together and continued to work for their overall goal, and they got it!". Well done to the boys.
This high school teams were up against many of the teams in which they will see in the State Cup tournament this fall season. Director of Coaching Greg Hennelly mentioned, "This is a great event for our teams to try out new ideas and tactics, in which we plan to implement throughout the season. We have a great opportunity to get to know opponents we know we will run into at State Cup, which provides a great atmosphere and some very competitive games". The high school boys teams results are listed below.
High School Boys Teams Results - W-L-D
Iowa Rush U15 Boys Rush - 1-1-1
Iowa Rush U16 Boys Rush - 1-2-0
Iowa Rush U17 Boys Rush - 0-2-1
Iowa Rush U18 Boys Rush - 1-2-0
Overall it was a solid weekend for the Select Boys program at Cownie. We are looking forward to using the experiences we had over the weekend, and taking them into training, as we continue to improve in preparations for the remainder of the season.