Coach Tom has been a volunteer for 4 years with NWSL side Sky Blue FC, who play out of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. He currently runs all game-day parking for the club, and invites any of our players who may be interested to come out. Benefits include a shirt, free field-side admission to the matches, and the opportunity to meet players and other celebrities.
4/24/2016 Tom with the creative talent behind the YouTube powerhouse Soccer Girl Problems
Home Schedule (Yurcak Field - Rutgers U New Brunswick)
|Sunday|| April 24||6:00pm||Washington Spirit|| Crystal Dunn*, Ali Krieger*|
|Saturday|| May 7||7:00pm||Western NY Flash||LadyAndrade, Sam Mewis*|
|Friday|| May 13||7:00pm||Boston Breakers||Whitney Engen*|
|Saturday|| June 11||7:00pm||FC Kansas City||Yael Averbuch, Nicole Barnhart, Heather O'Reilly*, Becky Sauerbrunn*|
|Sunday|| June 19||6:00pm||Seattle Reign FC||Jess Fishlock, Kim Little, Megan Rapinoe*, Hope Solo*|
|Saturday|| July 9||7:00pm||Houston Dash|| Brian Morgan*, Carli Lloyd*|
|Saturday|| July 23||7:00pm||Washington Spirit||Crystal Dunn*, Ali Krieger*|
|Saturday|| Aug 27||7:00pm||Chicago Red Stars|| Julie Johnston*, Alyssa Naeher*, Kristen Press*|
|Wednesday|| Sept 7||7:00pm||Orlando Pride||Ashlyn Harris*, Alex Morgan*, Lianne Sanderson|
|Sunday|| Sept 25||7:00pm||Portland Thorns FC||Tobin Heath*, Meghan Klingenberg, Nadia Nadim, Christine Sinclair, Emily Sonnett*|
Sky Blue FC features Maya Hayes, Tasha Kai, Kelley O'Hara*, Christie Rampone*, Raquel Rodriguez
YSC Sports, Wayne PA - Winter 2 session 2015 - Womens B Division
Regular Season Record: 7 - 1
- Fly Falcons Fly W 3 - 1*
- The Purple Team W 2 - 1*
- Frankfords W 3 - 1*
*Spotted the opponent a 1-0 lead before racing back for the win! And did it with no subs!
In Attendance at Tournament: Cat Hill (gk), Darcy Lockman, Dana Gentile, Meg O'Donnell, Val Bedrock, Liz Spiker, Jessie Furia
The Rest of the Team: Debbie Larsen, Lauren Merk, Lisa Pan, Liz Parrish
Focus. It’s what we do in sports. Focus on the ball. Focus on the opposition. Focus on the calls. Focus on your breathing. Focus on… the mirror? On the contrary. That’s one place we shouldn’t be focusing.
Even though athletes are called out as tough, resilient individuals that doesn’t mean we’re immune to cultural pressures to be beautiful and “skinny”. Those pressures push especially hard on women who train hard in their sport and, through that training, build muscles in places society tells us women shouldn’t have muscles.
It’s a sharp point hitting a tender spot on athletic women’s hearts, and the damage to self-esteem can be atrocious.
…from feature to function.
As all athletes well know, sometimes a slight alteration in where we’re focusing is all we need to improve our game. Maybe you were thinking it was your aim doing you wrong when it was really your stance. Maybe it wasn’t your speed down the track but your start at the gun that needed work. Maybe it wasn’t the power behind the throw but the spin of the ball that called for fine tuning.
Maybe it isn’t the feature of your body you should be focusing on, but, rather, its function.
Read more about how changing your focus can raise your self-esteem and lead you to loving yourself beautiful, every day, every practice, every game.
Tom was a volunteer as the 2015 CONCACAF Womens Championship was played at PPL Park in Chester. Teams were USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Trinidad & Tobago. Semi-finals were Friday, October 24, with the Final & 3rd Place matches on Sunday, October 26.
USA Captain Christie Captain America Rampone is recognized for receiving her 300th Cap for the US Womens National Team.
USA took 1st with wins over Costa Rica and Mexico.
Tom attended the National Soccer Coaches Assn of America (NSCAA) convention at the Philadelphia convention center Jan 15-17. He attended numerous classes and seminars and earned two coaching certifications. The convention also allowed for numerous networking opportunities, and the chance to browse exhibits from hundreds of vendors. The NSCAA is the largest single sport coaching association in the world, and the convention brings together coaches and soccer people from all over the world. This year's convention highlight attendees were Pele and Sir Alex Ferguson.
On exhibit was the Womens World Cup trophy that will be contested in Canada in 2015.
Debbie Larsen, one of our goalkeepers this past year, is a music teacher in Philadelphia. This Summer she is taking a trip to Tanzania to teach clarinet as part of Clarinets for Conservation. We wish her all the best in her adventure, and here is her report from Africa.
Report from Tanzania
This is turning out to be an amazing summer in Tanzania. The culture and way of life is so different from the US--little things like unpaved roads full of rocks and ruts, the people who sit by the road and sell fruit for a living, or seeing the cement homes with cloth for doors and windows that many people live in. We are renting a very nice house close to Moshi-town and it's about a 30 minute walk to the school we teach at. This year we have 26 students at Korongoni Secondary who study clarinet for 2 hours each day. They are so eager to learn, arriving early and staying late to keep playing. They also teach me Swahili and think it's hilarious when they have to sound out each word at snail-pace! The first picture is our full group class.
Canada will host the Womens World Cup in the Summer of 2015. Qualifying action is currently underway to determine which nations will be represented. Canada qualifies automatically as host. Below are links to the Confederation qualifying tournament sites so you can follow your favorite teams as they compete for a spot. USA and Mexico are in CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football).
- CONCACAF (North & Central America)
- UEFA (Europe)
- AFC (Asia)
- CAF (Africa)
- CSF (South America)
- OCF (Australia & Pacific)
Sunday, July 1, 2012 6pm vs US Parma Azzurri.
Final score 3 - 2
- 40:00 Sophie Eiger A-Lauren Dube
- 43:00 Kate Stackhouse unassisted
- 72:00 Sophie Eiger A-Katie VanAken
- Mariah Baker
- Katie Bigay
- Breanna Brown
- Leah Carney
- Lauren Dube
- Alison Martinez-Davis
- Kelsey Mignona
- Sophie Eiger
- Sarah Nickle
- Juliana Rojas
- Kate Stackhouse
- Sara Storer
- Katie Van Aken
- Tammie Vicente
Trophies and Awards
The Equalizer - Womens Soccer News
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