The Hornets Soccer Club varsity team has won the 2012 Michigan State Cup Homeschool Soccer Championship.
The tournament began with a cold, wet and windy match against Faith Falcons on Friday evening. The field conditions were pretty horrendous, with standing water on a portion of the field and raised sprinkler heads in the mid-field. At times it felt as if there were two opponents - the Falcons and the Field. The 11-0 win was a great way for us to start the tournament and the Faith team showed great sportsmanship and character with one of their players going on to win the Christian Character Award. Good job Falcons and way to go Hornets!
Game 2 for us was against our old foes, the L.A. Dragons, on the same field as the previous day's match. The field conditions had only worsened through the night and SCUBA gear may have been more appropriate than cleats on parts of the field. This made for an exhausting game for our players. The game was very physical, as we have come to expect, but a good matchup. The final score was a 2-1 victory for the Hornets, sending us on to the championship game against Summit who had upset Kalamazoo.
Fortunately, the championship game was played on much better turf at Great Lakes Christian College. Our players were fatigued and fighting numerous injuries and it showed in the first half as Summit dominated the field, scoring on us once and keeping our offense from making any goals. The Hornets were looking fairly discouraged, especially after a second goal was scored early in the second half, but, bolstered by a bench that played strong and enthusiastically, they turned it around. The real turning point was the first Hornets' goal which rallied both players and fans. This was followed quickly by another goal to tie it up 2-2 by the end of regulation play. No goals were scored in either overtime period leading us to a shootout. The Hornets' 5 successful PK's were answered by 3 from Summit ending in another State title for the Hornets!
Summit is a great competitor and if we were going to lose to a team in this tournament, they are the team I would choose. Great players and great sportsman – Thank you Summit. I hope we have another match like this with you at Nationals next weekend.
This was truly a whole team effort: the coaches and all of the players – Way to go guys!
Dan Gowdy (asst. coach), Josh Anderson, Will Wright, Phil Wasinkski, Joe Hall, Kenny Vernon, Conor Amick, Jon Bohlman, Riley Annis, Moses Bredeweg, Jeremy Bosch, Dean Amick (coach)
Andrew Morehouse, Jesse Hulse, Seth Lonsway, Kallyn Gowdy, Seth Anderson (manager), Kyle Pikaart, Cameron Dickinson, Caleb Hall, Andrew Molina, Zach Wassink
We are a competitive boys soccer club for home schooled boys from 6th grade through high school. We field 3 teams: Junior High, Junior Varsity, and Varsity.
Our goal is to train and equip our players, on and off the field, to become godly men of integrity and great character. While we strive to be successful and competitive opponents to all who meet us on the field, this goal is the overriding factor in all that we do.
Hornets Soccer Club