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The SaberCats soccer team traveled to Ft. Smith Arkansas on March 1, 2018 to take on some of Arkansas’ best high school teams in an early season tournament to prepare for the season ahead. The team left out on Thursday and ran through a short training session that evening at Southside High School. Friday evening the SaberCats faced off against a talented Fayetteville High School team in a difficult end-to-end affair that remained scoreless most of the game. Both teams created a few half chances, but neither could break down the back line and find enough space to be seriously dangerous. The starting back line for Southmoore was made up of Mason Howell (left back), Coby Howe (center back), Ryan Huerta (center back), and Jordan Morrison (right back). The four young men did well to shut down a typically dangerous front line from Fayetteville. Holding midfielder, Coleman Little, had an exceptional game protecting the back line and controlling the midfield. Southmoore started the match with two freshmen, Cameron Little and Caiden Zehr, and two sophomores, Kevin Avalos and Jordan Morrison, and all four played like they were experienced veterans. One freshmen, Caiden Zehr, stood out in the match as he scored his first varsity goal and the game winner to put Southmoore through to the semi-finals. Zehr found the ball just outside the final third and played a beautiful penetrating pass into senior Kevin Ramirez on the right wing. Ramirez beat two Fayetteville defenders on the dribble before sliding the ball back across the 18 to Zehr who hit it first time into the left upper 90 with very little time left on the clock. As Fayetteville chased the game and sent waves of attack back at Southmoore, the back line and midfield again stood tall and turned away each effort in composed fashion. Junior goalkeeper, Moises Soto, made an incredible save late to preserve the lead.
In Southmoore’s second match, they were paired with a Northside High School team that is a perennial powerhouse in Arkansas and have been the team to knock the SaberCats out of the semi-finals for each of the last two years in this competition. Not this year. Early on, Northside controlled possession but could not create any clear chances. The back line again remained composed and kept Northside away from their goal apart from one or two half chances which Soto saved easily. In the second half, Soto came to the rescue on two occasions making some impressive saves as the game changed from a midfield-dominated first half to an end-to-end flourish of attacks in the second. Still scoreless, Southmoore front line, Kevin Avalos, Kevin Ramirez, and Caiden Zehr, unlocked the Nothside back four several times, hitting the post once. After coming close, Northside were then forced to clear the ball off the line on three occasions, two of which were mere inches from being goals. Tensions rose as regulation came to a close and the SaberCats took Northside into a penalty shootout. Goalkeeper, Moises Soto, could not be held quiet in the shootout as he saved two Northside penalties and came close on another. The Little brothers and Morrison all scored their respective penalty shots and the game was won when senior midfielder, Matt Outon, slotted away the winning PK and sent Southmoore into the final for the first time in Ft. Smith.
A few hours later, the SaberCats took on Springdale High School in the final. Springdale is an impressive club this year with high expectations for 2018. The favorites for a conference championship and run at the state title were a little too much for SaberCats in the final’s opening minutes as their star forward and Div. I signee scored a hat trick of goals inside the first 12 minutes. Down 3-nil, the SaberCats fought back and closed Springdale’s star man off for the remainder of the game, keeping him quiet thereafter, but the damage was done. Southmoore came close to goal several times and could have gotten back into the game on a few occasions, but were a little unlucky and could not find the back of the net to start a comeback.
Overall, a very successful weekend in Arkansas for the SaberCats as they reached the final for the first time against some very stiff competition and performed well throughout, minus the 12 minutes at the beginning of the game in the final. Head Coach, Kit Stephenson, said of the tournament, “It was an important weekend for the team. We come here to win, obviously, but the point of the trip is to work out the kinks away from Oklahoma and get the new guys important minutes ahead of a long season. We have a very difficult conference and a maybe the deepest district in the state so these tough games against talented teams are important to prepare for that. Plus, we learned a lot about some players this weekend which is a big deal after graduating so many talented players last year. Caiden Zehr is just a freshman and played great – scored a game winner. The coaching staff is proud of the boys tonight.”
Southmoore will face Norman on 3/6, followed by Deer Creek, Westmoore, and Edmond Santa Fe over the next two weeks.
Dust off your boots and find some shorts that go with your alma mater’s colors because on March 7, 2018, the legends of Moore, Westmoore and Southmoore will return to the pitch! Southmoore will host the first annual MPS Soccer Alumni City Championship this spring and the proceeds generated at the event will go towards your former team’s fundraising efforts. There have some incredible matches played between these three teams in the past and it is time to relive the glory days. Each alumni team will play the other two alumni teams that evening and the City Championship trophy will rest in the trophy cabinet of the winning school for one year. Participants will get jerseys and food and get to play in two matches. I’m sure several of you are wondering (maybe hoping) about the availability of medical attention in the event that we are not in quite the same shape we once were. Yes, we will have licensed athletic training staff on site. So get registered and come show us what you’ve got! Maybe even prove to your wife that all of those stories about the legend are true!
Here is some important information regarding the event:
- Date: March 7, 2018
- Time: 6:00PM to 9:00PM
- 2 games per Alumni Team
- 30 minute halves
- 3 licensed match officials will be supplied by high school officials’ coordinator
- Each boys program will have their teams there to help with the event and support their team
- Match ending in a draw results in a penalty shootout
- Should match results end in a 3-way tie, City Champion will be determined by:
Upon payment receipt, you will be eligible for the level of participation for which you paid as well as a match jersey sporting your school’s logo and your number of choice.
Alumni teams are self-coached and each player should respect the playing time wishes of their teammates so that substitutions are not an issue.
A red card in this event will result in a player no longer being eligible for future events, i.e. banned for life from this event.
All proceeds will go towards fundraising efforts of the schools for which you register.
There will be an Alumni City Championship trophy presented to the City Championship winning team that will stay in the trophy case at your former school.
Please stay for all three matches and for the trophy presentation and pictures at the end.
We’d appreciate pictures of the champions as well as all three alumni teams together at the end.
DON’T WANT TO PLAY, BUT STILL WANT TO BE A PART OF THE FUN?
No problem at all! Simply register and select the Non-Player/Sideline Pass. You will still receive a jersey and will be eligible to be on the sideline with your team.
Registration opens on 1/3 and closes at midnight on 2/28.
Go to sportshousedevelopment.com > Competition > MPS Alumni Match > Registration is down the page
$30 = ELIGIBLE TO PLAY IN THE MATCHES ::: $20 = NON-PLAYER/SIDELINE PASS
On Wednesday, 12 members of the Southmoore Men’s Soccer program got up early and joined up with their teammates from the SuperCats squad to travel to Owasso, Oklahoma to compete in the Special Olympics Unified State Soccer Tournament. The athletes have been training and preparing relentlessly for the competition, even bringing in the pros from Energy FC to run a training session.
Upon arrival in Owasso, the athletes were eager to get going and they were afforded that opportunity almost immediately after the first game was earlier than expected. The kids jumped off the bus and onto the field, but the quick start did little to deter the attacking prowess of the SuperCats. At the final whistle of the quarter-final, the SuperCats were on top by a score of 4-2 over Catoosa. The semi-final match brought on Mustang High School. Again, the SuperCats came out on top by a score of 3-1. Statistically, the team was performing well. Tatum and Dakota had a combined 17 saves in the two matches, splitting time in goal both matches. Will was a midfield maestro, racking up assists and dominating the middle of the park with a relentless defensive work rate. “Will has become known as ‘The New Kante’ and our goalkeeping duo of Tatum and Dakota reminded us of the Energy FC keeper tandem of Laurendi and CJ Cochran,” said a pleased SuperCats head coach, Cindy Sandoval, “And Shelden was absolutely incredible in the back. It was easy to see that she has been learning from her mentor and good friend, Richard Dixon, from OKC Energy.” Isaac “Ibra” Myers was in absolute stellar form on the day, racking up a total of 7 goals in 3 games, etching his name forever into the record books as top scorer in SuperCats Soccer history. When asked about his achievement, Isaac said, “It’s the most goals ever! I scored 7 goals today!”
For their last match of the day, the SuperCats found themselves in the state final of the Unified Games. Down by a goal late in the game, the SuperCats piled on the pressure. Shelden “Dixon” Smith began attacking up the wings out of the back and linking up well with Christopher “Mkhi” Scipione. With the support of Caleb “Messi” Wells, the team was all the opposition could handle. Isaac “Ibra” Myers and Will “Kante” Scott went close several times with thumping efforts from long range, but luck wouldn’t fall their way. Despite a valiant effort, the post saved the other team on two occasions and the SuperCats fell in the final by a score of 3-2.
At the end of the day, the SuperCats had nothing to hang their heads about and they didn’t. The celebrations at the trophy presentation were some for the ages, a group karaoke of “Let It Go” from the Frozen soundtrack being the cherry on top of a very successful day. Caleb “Messi” Wells was named MVP of the competition for the SuperCats and the squad was happy to add another piece of hardware to the trophy cabinet at Southmoore High School.
Dakota “De Gea” Johnson (Goalkeeper)
Isaac “Ibrahimovic” Myers (Striker)
Tatum “Neuer” Parks (Goalkeeper)
Christopher “Mkhitaryan” Scipione (Central Midfield/Winger)
Will “Kante” Scott (Central Midfield)
Shelden “Dixon” Smith (Center Back)
Caleb “Messi” Wells (Striker/Winger)
Southmoore Men’s Soccer has had the honor and opportunity to work with Southmoore’s incredibly talented Special Education program to train and play in the Special Olympics soccer tournament in Owasso on October 11. Six of the boys have had an absolute blast working with the SuperCats to prepare for the big event and will travel with the team on Wednesday to the competition. Jordan Morrison, Ethan Hibbs, Mason Howell, Coleman Little, Cooper Duncan, and Ryan Huerta have all been working with the kids on a weekly basis to sharpen their skills and, more importantly, create friendships that will last a lifetime. Both teams have had a lot of fun and the coaching staffs have been very pleased with how the event is coming together. Coach Tam, Southmoore men’s varsity assistant, said, “I think it’s a great opportunity for our players and the SuperCats to work together. It is clearly beneficial for the development and personal growth of both groups of players.”
The fun doesn’t stop there for Southmoore’s SuperCats and SaberCats though. Last week, Energy FC star, Richard Dixon, came out to training to help with the session. Dixon was joined by a familiar face at Energy FC, Jason Hawkins, and Energy FC personality Darren Ransley. All three jumped into training alongside the soccer boys and SuperCats and put in some work on the futsal court. Energy FC TV’s main man, Brent Sharky, was at Southmoore reporting on the session and his segment was aired during halftime of Sunday’s match vs LA Galaxy II, which Energy FC won 3 – nil in a dominating performance.
Like Energy FC on their playoff push, the SuperCats are really starting to come together on the pitch. Everyone in Owasso better lock their doors because the Southmoore SuperCats have an arsenal of attacking options in the team. Isaac “Zlatan” Meyers has been averaging 7.5 goals per session and Sheldon “Pogba” Smith has been absolutely menacing in her defensive work-rate in the middle of the park. All of the SuperCats have been putting in a shift during every session and have been stringing together some impressive displays.
The tournament will take place in Owasso, OK on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Stay tuned for updates after the competition!
See the Energy FC TV segment here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbW30GZCllQ&feature=youtu.be
OSSAA announced Wednesday the new soccer districts for 2018 and 2019. There are some changes, notably Norman High and Edmond Santa Fe going to the east side for the normal rotation of west teams. Leaving 6A District 2 with Edmond Santa Fe is US Grant, both highly competitive programs. District 2 did not add any scrubs in their place though. In fact, the district shake-up reunited the heated rivalry of Southmoore vs Moore into District 2 and moved a talented Edmond Memorial team into the fold. What has quickly become a battle at the top of District 2, the Southmoore vs Mustang match, is still set to be a district match as well. Norman North and Putnam City Original remain and Lawton High and Midwest City round off this abundantly talented district.
The districts for 2018-2019 6A Soccer are as follows:
District 1: Choctaw, Deer Creek, Edmond North, Putnam North, Putnam West, U.S. Grant, Westmoore, Yukon.
District 2: Edmond Memorial, Lawton, Midwest City, Moore, Mustang, Norman North, Putnam City, Southmoore
District 3: Bartlesville, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Enid, Jenks, Muskogee, Ponca City, Stillwater.
District 4: Capitol Hill, Edmond Santa Fe, Norman, Owasso, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Shawnee, Tulsa Union
OSSAA also plans to add a “dead period” in early July to give players and coaches and mandatory break over the summer. More on this story and the new districts can be found here from NewsOK: http://newsok.com/ossaa-plans-to-present-summer-dead-period-at-area-meetings/article/5566768