Soccer 2015

Thanks to additional support from parents Eileen Faber and John Fry, we were able to put on a larger program than last year, supporting 18 athletes in 3 ability groups. New coaches also helped, and as usual our thanks to all the coaches, our wonderful student partners, and the parents and guardians for getting the athletes to the events. This year for perhaps the first time no event was rained off! So we enjoyed a full 7 week program of activities, ending up in a nice celebration for everyone.

Soccer 2014

We ran a scaled down set of local events this year, with no attendance at the State Games, due to a lack of organizers and coaches. This was a much simpler event to organize, and the kids that we were able to accommodate had a great time at our usual venue, Jack Walsh fields in Westford. Some new coaches and partners attended for the first time and I would like to thank them for supporting the event.

Mike Cooper

Soccer Fall 2013 State Games report

Here’s how the teams did at the State Games:

NVSO CYCLONES

The NVSO Cyclones had 3 thrilling games at the State Tournament on Nov 3.  First up was the NSBB Grizzlies on a damp cold morning.  The game had many ebbs and flows with the Cyclones ultimately winning 5:4 in a thriller.  Connor Cline andJohnny Hat Trick Fry converted on great passes fromKelly Faber, Brenna Siegfriedt, Chris, and the 2 partners Conor Hanly and Kara Aiken.  Top Soccer Magic was the next opponent.  The Cyclones were down 2:1 when Chris Dunn launched a rocket from well outside the penalty area to level the scores and lead the team to a 3:2 victory.  Kelly put in a powerful effort for every 50/50 ball and Connor Cline scored some key goals.  The last game was against the Westboro Wallabies.  The Cyclones got in a hole early down 3:1.  Goals by Connor Cline and Johnny Fry got us back on track and able to finish 3:3.  Brenna put immense pressure on their forwards and Johnny had a superb stint in goals. Chris Dunn was also very strong in goals coming off the line to block several shots.  Tremendous work by the athletes as well as the partners enabled the Cyclones to win their bracket and collect their gold medal.  Coaches Farhad and Ken would like to thank all for a great season.  Thanks also to Austin Greenleigh who helped us prepare for the Tournament with his enthusiasm at the practices.

NVSO TYPHOONS

What an exciting day for the NVSO Typhoons at this year’s State Games.  Despite the cold and damp weather, the team was HOT.  We opened with a hard fought victory over a pesky team from Newburyport.  The 6-4 win was highlighted by some ESPN highlight saves by Typhoons goalkeeper,Casie Gump.  Our second game was against an undermanned and injured Milford Hawks team.  I think every Typhoon athlete scored in the 12-1 victory.  Our final game was another closely contested match that was decided by a winning goal in the final moments by Belmont.  Kasie was back in goal again, taking time off in the second game to show her scoring prowess, and did her best to keep the game close.  Our 4-3 loss led to a 3-way tie for first place.  The tie-breaker in this case was goal differential and, despite a 14-4 win by Belmont, NVSO’s Typhoons, in only their second season in the senior division, prevailed to take home the gold.

All three matches were highlighted by great passing and playmaking along with precise shooting.  I was most proud of the level of sportsmanship shown by all our athletes and partners.  This was a very satisfying season and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.  I hope all of you had fun and are anxious for next season.

I would also like to extend a special thank you to Coach Jayne, who did a great job as assistant coach this year.  Jayne has been an integral part of the Typhoons over the last few years as a partner and a coach and has always represented us well.  As Jayne is a senior, this was her last season.  You will be missed, Jayne, but we will always remember your smile and enthusiasm. (Although, I think Kyle will not miss getting beat by you in relay races at practice.)   Best of luck to you in your future endeavors.

Jayne is not the only senior that will be moving on from our team.  Andy, Bryce, and Steven also played their last game as Typhoons.  Thanks guys, you did yourselves , your team, your families, and community proud.  I am sure you all have great success ahead of you.  All of our seniors will be missed and hard to replace.

Players, let’s not forget to thank the parents, family, and friends who were always there to cheer us on.  We could not have been as  successful without their support.

Thanks for another wonderful season, everybody.  All the best,

Coach Clarke

NVSO HURRICANES

Great state games this past Sunday. Hurricanes went undefeated 2-0-1 and came away with a hard earned medal.

Soccer Fall 2013 end of season update

Hi partners / athletes parents/guardians, coaches,

We hope that you enjoyed the Fall soccer events as much as we enjoyed putting them on. The weather contributed nicely, with no cancellations, and I saw lots of smiles each week. There were a few new athletes this season and it looked like they settled in well. Photos are on our website at www.nvso.org - if you took any that you want added just send them to me.
Our thanks go to:
  • the student partners, who as usual did a fantastic job working with the athletes – coaching, supporting, encouraging, and keeping them safe
  • the coaches – for organizing their teams
  • the supporting organizers – for the necessary backroom work, both at the events and before / after them
  • the parents and guardians – for getting your athletes prepared and to the event, which we know can often be a challenge in itself
  • Westford Youth Soccer – for free use of the fields
  • Donelan’s of Littleton – for donating the donuts
We have three teams participating in the Massachusetts Special Olympics State Games this Sunday, November 3rd, Cyclones, Hurricanes, and Typhoons. Good luck to you all!
Special note to the student partners:
  1. Those of you attending the State Games will receive your additional community service hours form shortly after the event, we will email it to you.
  2. Those of you who were not able to attend the final event and did not collect your community service form and your medal, there are the following options for getting them:
    1. If you go to a school in Westford, let me know you name and school, and we will arrange for it to be sent to your school
    2. We can email the form to you if that is all you want – let me know
    3. If you want the medal and do not attend a Westford school then please send me your name and a mailing address and I will get it mailed to you.
Hoping everyone has an enjoyable winter – we expect our next events to be as usual basketball and swimming in the winter / spring. Check our website for details later.
Bye for now,
Mike Cooper, NVSO Fall 2013 Soccer Organizer

Soccer Fall 2013 Assessment Events

Our teams at the State Assessment event in Pingree did really well in spite of the rain. Here are some match reports:

“The Typhoons played their hearts out today, despite the rain.  They tied in their first game, 4-4, and won their second, 8-2. The athletes, parents, partners and Coach Jane were all real troopers.  Here’s hoping the weather’s a bit better for the State Tournament!”

“The Cyclones had strong performances from all athletes and partners in the pouring rain.  Johnny Fry scored a hat trick in one game, Brenna Siegfriedt had an outstanding shift in goal, Chris Dunn was strong in defense and scored some key goals, while Connor Cline was his usual goal-scoring self.  Partners Kara Aiken and Conor Hanly contributed with good support play.  Kelly Faber was unavailable.  The Cyclones look forward to seeing everyone again so we can continue the momentum for the State Tournament.”

Soccer Fall 2012

A great season! For the first time, we had no weather cancellations and were able to run every local event. There were some close calls with the rain coming down right after we finished a couple of them, and the State Assessment event was wet – but our athletes were up to the challenge and carried on through, with our three teams going on to the State tournament for a beautiful New England fall day of soccer. We had the largest number of athletes for several years, but with the addition of two new coaches (Dana and Ken) we were able to accommodate everyone. We finally took some video of everyone doing the hokey pokey at the end of the cool down – in addition to the athletes, many of the partners also love doing this! You can see it here:

Soccer Fall 2011

Another great soccer season, with perhaps our most unusual awards ceremony in the rain at the Jack Walsh shed – many athletes and partners came even in the bad weather. We again fielded three teams at the State Games, and all three won gold medals!

In the summer some of our athletes were trained by coaches of the English Premier League winning soccer team Manchester United, and lead out the team onto Gillette Stadium with the Man Utd captain holding the Premier League trophy – a great honor and a wonderful end to the season.

Soccer – Fall 2010

Jack Walsh field in Westford was packed with players, volunteers and parents for 7 Saturdays. It is inspiring to see the progress of the players and teams over the years.

For the 2nd time our NVSO soccer program sent three teams of athletes to the SOMA fall tournaments which were held in Byfield and Hamilton MA

Soccer – the early years

Soccer sessions were held in the Fall of 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.