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Vélez Delco Runner-ups for 2004

Posted by Miguel Nuila at Dec 2, 2004 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
The game was a barn burner. Vélez had more shots but they did not go in. Both teams played great. Congratulations to YMS. We hope to see them at Cups.
Enjoy the day off!
. Vélez in Group of Death with Bethesda Roadrunners (who we've not played since we beat them at the Virginian at U10), Seacoast (who beat us at PDA down starters), and Beadling (Western PA).

. Game 1 - June 30, 2004 - Vélez 1 - Beadling 0

Hack, hack, hack, and more hack. Lost two players to late tackles. We were very flat (on our backs sides most of the time) but we prevailed 1-0.

. Game 2 - July 1, 2004 - Vélez 4 - Seacoast 0

We came with a game plan of short passes with rapid circulation. This team had beaten a shorter Vélez roster at PDA by denying our dribble and long ball. We were ready this time.

. Game 3 - July 2, 2004 - Vélez 2 - Bethesda 1

This was the game we had been waiting two years for. Luck had it that we would not see each other for two years. The game was a treat to watch. Full of emotion. An awesome experience to be part of. We won it because we wanted it a little more, but they are clearly a great team.

. Game 4 - July 3, 2004 - Vélez 1 - NASA 2

Our reward for winning the group was to play a really talented and well rested NASA team (they didn't start many regulars in their third bracket game as their competition was relatively weak). The combination of their speed, tactics, and the non-stop singing from the sidelines caught us off guard for the first 15 minutes. They scored a header goal off a corner.

15 minutes and several substitutions later, the team settled down and we began to take control. Second half was dominated mostly by our scoring chances and NASA fatigued as we got stronger. But we had been tight the whole day and missed some really easy scoring chances (one empty netter). This kept NASA in the game. With two minutes remaining, a weak foul gets whistled at the edge of the box and the next thing we know, the referee is pointing to the spot. What a travesty. We kept our composure and our decency but the referees were still carted away immediately following the game. :)

We are all very proud of the team's accomplishments this year. Luck was not on our side as clearly a referee's decision determined our fate. The kids gave it their all on the field. We regroup and begin planning for next year.

Congratulations to all Velezians.
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Vélez Wins FC Delco Player's Cup

Posted by Miguel Nuila at May 30, 2004 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
The Vélez boys continued their inspired spring run by winning the FC Delco Player's Cup by outscoring opponents 13-0. The finals saw Vélez defeat an impressive MSC United 3-0 (undefeated with 12-2 goal differential going into the finals). Congrats to the boys!
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Vélez - 2004 EPYSA State Champs

Posted by Miguel Nuila at May 21, 2004 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
The Vélez boys played inspired soccer defeating a mighty foe in YMS 2-1. Kudos to the boys for their brilliant play and kudos to Tony, Jamie and Miguel for the magic that was Vélez in 2004. A special thanks to the parents for making this happen. We're off to Regionals!
April 17-May 22, 2004