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Delco soccer has postponed the playoffs until at least January of 2003. Vélez ended the regular season with a 12-0 record with 60 goals for and 4 against. We will be spending our time preparing for Indoor Cups which are scheduled for January 11, 2003. We will be posting the best video highlights of the fall season very soon.
On a wet and slick field, the Vélez boys worked their team magic moving the ball early and creating many scoring opportunities. Unfortunately, not enough of the early chances went in and Nova hung around at 1-0. Adjustments to their defense and a more direct style of play led to less opportunities for us and a lot more pressure on our flat four, which I am proud to say, never got caught flat or out of position. Nova tied off of a corner kick that dropped in the zone on a goal that my kids swear was never in the goal. Regardless, with a 1-1 tie and lots of direct play pressure, it became nerve wrecking. Nova had a chance to take the lead but the shot was just high hitting the post and bouncing over the crossbar. Boys settled down and began moving the ball again and the pressure was enough to score a second on a beautiful individual move by John M. 2-1 final, today it was better to be lucky rather than good. :)
1. Thanks to Jim Powers and all of the staff at the YMS Columbus Day tourney for running one of the most fun tournaments any of my teams have attended. 2. MSC United and Vélez spent an evening of pizza and spitballs on Saturday as a show of friendship between soccer foes. Thanks to the MSC parents and the Vélez parents for creating such a positive environment between our rivaling clubs. Julio, it's fun playing against your team and knowing all of you socially. 3. We were bumped out of the tournament by MSC on 2 PK's that led to a tie score of 2-2. We lost out on bonus points and were not able to get to the finals. 4. Last but not least, I'm EXTREMELY proud of the Vélez boys who played so well this weekend. When you consider that the boys played games 11-13 of the year, and you compare it to the number of games our peers have played, it's awe inspiring to know that our team has yet to peak. I'm the luckiest coach in PA to have such loving and yet talented boys. Go Vélez.
I'd like to sincerely apologize to the Spirit club for any misunderstanding between our teams. Our little "magicians" have been getting hacked for some time as most teams have resorted to bumping us off the ball. Hence the comments to not let them push us around. I'm sorry if this bothered any of your parents. We value your team tremendously and have been anxious about our encounter for some time as the talk is that you guys are physical, talented, and can score in bunches.
While most teams we faced had already been practicing for the month of August and played other tournaments, Vélez was on its opening campaign of the season. Fitness and continued improvement of our defense are definitely the two primary issues to address in the near future. Vélez finished second in the "group of death" going 3-1 posting wins against Bethesda Inter (MD), TRYSA (NJ), and YMCA Mutiny (DE) while losing a heartbreaker to a much fitter MSC United (MD) 4-2. The game was 2-2 with 15 minutes remaining and us controlling much of the possession and dangerous attacks. MSC switched to a more direct long ball approach that caused much running and found us getting disconnected between the lines. Result, fatigue did us in as MSC put us away in the final fifteen minutes. Regardless, the play was awesome to watch and we are sure to be ready for them the next time we face them at the YMS Columbus Day tourney. We knew coming in that we might not be ready to take on the very heavy weights of the region, but it was more important to not burn out so early as we had done last year and so the summer break was prolonged. Thank you to all parents and families for enduring this long and hard weekend that saw much rain on day two.