Boys U-13 Milton Magic 2017

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Shayne Griffin won’t let prosperity give way to complacency.

To that end, you won’t hear him making much of the national ranking his Under-13 Magic boys currently enjoy — at least not in their company.

“We don’t want it getting in their heads and them resting on their laurels,” said Griffin, whose team sits second in GotSoccer.com’s Canadian pecking order. “There’s still more work to do.”

Semi-finalists at a pair of high-end U.S. tournaments earlier this year, the U-13 Magic continued to make the soccer community sit up and take notice with this past weekend’s golden performance at the prestigious Robbie International Tournament in Toronto.

Nikolas Drjie’s rock-solid netminding and some clutch scoring highlighted an undefeated campaign for the local pre-teens, who capped their title run with back-to-back 2-0 victories over Mississauga’s Sigma FC and CAF United in the semis and finals respectively.

But the tournament’s high point, as far as drama was concerned, came in the quarterfinals.

Down 2-0 at half-time — a rare multi-goal deficit this season — the Magic battled back to tie the Kitchener Spirit before prevailing 5-3 on penalty kicks.

Usuika Chiezugo delivered the equalizer with eight minutes remaining, after Jordon McNally cut the lead in half on a free kick.

Drjie would make a huge save in the shootout, while his teammates all made good on their penalty kicks.

“It was definitely a character win for us,” said Griffin, who took over the Martindale Dental-sponsored team this season and — as of last night — sat 3-0 in Golden Horseshoe league play.

MYSC welcomed Joseph Alejandria from complete concussion management in April to address MYSC coaches at our Spring coach’s clinic. Information included details surrounding new concussion research, recognition and management strategies. MYSC is committed to ensuring our coaches have access to all the latest information in this field Said Director of Coaching, Justin Vassallo. Our staff’s ability to confidently handle situations that may occur involving our player’s health and safety are paramount.

MYSC Hosts a number of coaching education initiatives throughout the year including in house programs as well as exposing staff to external conferences and licensing. All of which comprise our coach development strategy ensuring our coaches are highly qualified youth soccer educators.

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During the first weekend of April MYSC U13 and U14 girl’s teams ventured to West Virginia as a part of their high-performance stream spring protocols. This annual U13/14 trip signals the start of their 2017 Spring/summer campaign.

Players spent 3 days in the mountains of West Virginia lodged in 20 person sleeper cabins on the Olgebay resort. Their weekend was jam packed with team building activities, tactical soccer sessions, sessions run by college coaches, games against local high level teams and more.

The annual trip has become an anticipated part of the summer calendar not only for MYSC players and staff but for local college coaches who take the opportunity to participate in the spring camp and identify players for future squads says Director of Coaching and female program coordinator, Justin Vassallo. The trip is also an opportunity for players to get a taste of life at the next level after MYSC graduation.

This region of the country is home to over 70 NCAA post-secondary institutions within a 100 mile radius, It is a hot bed for female soccer, generally represented by a large number of team USA players. The area also has a long history for providing top flight female Canadian players the likes of Keisha Buchanan and Ashley Morrison the opportunity to play the sport they love at the collegiate level.

All parties involved are already anxiously awaiting next year's camp.

Stay tuned for more information as MYSC players travel to The University of West Virginia for their NCAA summer 4day camp in July.

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The Girls U21 Team is looking for a goalie and additional players.

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