Monday, April 20, 2015

Open Gym Thursday (4/23) before school

There will be an open gym on Thursday (4/23) before school in the high school gym.  Open gym will start at 6:40am.  Spread the word.

-Coach Grit

Monday, February 23, 2015

Summer and Class Schedule Update

Update I - Summer Camp:  As the summer is quickly approaching, I wanted to give you all an update on my thoughts for soccer this summer.  I've learned that the first three weeks of June are a very busy time for many student-athletes due to the involvement in other camps as well as summer classes.  Additionally, I want to maximize our off-season to best be prepared for the 2015 season.  Therefore, I am making changes to dates of my TC high school soccer camp.  Not everything is 100% finalized, however, due to busy summer schedules (of families and athletes), I wanted to get the communication out there for your planning purposes.  The following are my thoughts for camp this summer:
  • There will be one camp that your son will sign up for, but that camp will be split over two different time periods (essentially two mini-camps)
    • The first mini camp will take place June 29, 30 and July 1 (M-W)
    • The second mini camp will take place July 27-30 (M-Th)
I'm excited about having the opportunity to work with the guys in two distinct camp situations, with the second mini camp coming just before the "dead period"/no contact period.  The other benefit of having one camp split over two time periods is that it gives more flexibility if you cannot attend one of the days.  Rather than missing the camp in entirety, you have the opportunity to still (hopefully) come to one of the mini camps.

Update II - Class Scheduling:  Just in case you are not aware, strength training is offered as a class in which you can take during the day as one of your classes.  Therefore, rather than having to come in before school or stay after school, strength training can be a part of your everyday schedule.  This has many athletic and academic benefits and also allows your body to recover during the day.  You may have to sign up for this twice (once first semester and once second semester), but I am strongly encouraging all of my soccer players to sign up for strength training during the day.  If you have questions regarding this, feel free to contact me or Mr. Glover for more info.

I apologize for the length, but I hope you find this update beneficial!  -Coach Grit

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

First Open Gym this Saturday (2/21) @ Noon

This Saturday, (2/21), we will be having our first soccer open gym in the high school starting at noon.  With both girls and boys basketball going on, it has been extremely difficult to get gym time.  However, as basketball concludes we will begin having open gyms in the morning before school.  Let's have a good turnout for our first open gym and feel free to invite whoever (seniors, let's see if you guys can still play)!

See you there, Coach Grit

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A season to remember

-Link to The Daily Herald (TC vs Harvard)
-Link to Chicago Tribune (TC vs Harvard)
-Link to Northwest Herald (TC vs Harvard)
-Link to The Daily Herald (TC vs Columbia)
-Link to Chicago Tribune (TC vs Columbia)

The Trojans took a trip down to the state tournament for the first time since winning it back in 2009. Every soccer player will remember Halloween 2014 as TC beat Harvard, a solid team located near the Illinois/Wisconsin border, in a penalty kick shootout!  The score was tied 1-1 after 100 minutes of play, sending the game into a penalty kick shootout for the second game in a row.  With a trip to the state championship game on the line, 10 TC players stepped up and finished their penalty kick into the back of the net!  Harvard converted their first 9 penalty kicks, however, on their 10th attempt Jr. GK Ben Lodewyk fully extended to his right to make the game winning save to send the Trojans to the state championship game!

Sr. Tyler Vlasak scored the lone goal in regulation for the Trojans and the shooting order for PK’s was as follows:  1) Andrew Wieringa, 2) Tyler Vlasak, 3) Mitch Evenhouse, 4) Josh Anderson, 5) Ben Lodewyk, 6) Jimmy Allen, 7) Alex Markewycz, 8) Michael Martens, 9) Jon Barrera, 10) Jason Kwak

After winning back to back games in PK shootouts, the Trojans now faced the Columbia Eagles (20-3-2), a public high school near the Illinois/Missouri border for the state championship!  After the first half of play, the score was tied 0-0.  However, 51 minutes into the game Columbia took a 1-0 lead with a well-designed play on a corner kick.  TC fought back hard and continued to battle, but we couldn’t crack Columbia’s solid line of defense.  When the final horn sounded, the scoreboard read 2-0 Columbia over Timothy Christian. 

It’s not always what the players want to hear (especially after losing the state championship game), but I couldn’t be more proud of a group of young men.  Memories that will last a lifetime were made this year, all while growing in integrity and glorifying the Lord.  Columbia is a great team that only gave up 16 goals in 26 games and they are a deserving state champion.  Their coaching staff and players said we were the hardest team they faced all year and they complimented our character both on and off the field.  One thing is for sure, I will never forget the emotion and excitement that I was able to share with the players, fans, and TC community, which can be seen in the pictures below!

-On a side note, I am working on setting up a soccer banquet for sometime next week (week of Nov. 9-15).  I will let everyone know as soon as the date is set.  Too many thanks are in order and I will save most of them for the banquet.  For now, please know how thankful I am for all of your support and encouragement, it's been a great first year!

Celebrating winning PK save to send us to State!

Thanking our fans as we now head to State Championship!

Thanks for the family support!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TC is going to State!

Your Trojans are heading to state winning in a PK shootout against Latin on Tuesday night!  The score was tied 0-0 after 80 minutes of play and two 10 minute overtimes.  The game was very evenly matched throughout and Jr. GK Ben Lodewyk came up big with 5 crucial saves.

Once the game went to PK's, the order of the first five shooters for TC was as follows:
1. Andrew Wieringa
2. Tyler Vlasak
3. Mitch Evenhouse
4. Josh Anderson
5. Ben Lodewyk

The first four PK takers for TC confidently finished their penalty kicks into the back of the net.  Latin finished their first three PK's, but their fourth was shot wide and goalkeeper Ben Lodewyk had an awesome save on the fifth PK to seal the deal for the Trojans trip down state to the Corn Crib!

What an amazing game all the way around and what a moment for TC!  Thank you for all of your continued support and let's keep it going as we head to state!

Up next for TC:
-IHSA State Semi-final game Friday (10/31) at the Corn Crib in Normal, IL at 7:00pm vs. Harvard
--The state third place game is on Saturday (11/1) at 3:00pm.
--The state championship game is on Saturday (11/1) at 5:00pm

Solid group of Seniors!

Great win boys!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sectional Champions!

The Trojans are now Sectional Champions with a 5-0 win over Carver Military Academy!  TC started out strong, scoring in the first five minutes of play.  TC entered the half with a 3-0 lead.  We were able to build on that lead with two more goals coming in the second half.  Goals were scored by Sr. Tyler Vlasak, Jr. Ben Lodewyk, Soph. Josh Anderson, and Fresh. Jimmy Allen (2).  Assists were recorded by Sr. Tyler Vlasak (3), Jr. Mitch Evenhouse, and Jr. Jackson Frankfurt.  Jr. GK Ben Lodewyk was able to record four saves and a shutout in net as well as score a goal when subbed on the field!

It was another historic night for TC soccer as Fresh. Jimmy Allen is now second all time in individual goals scored in a season with 21 goals.  Allen sits only behind teammate Vlasak who also broke the individual season goal record previously this year as well.  Congratulations to Jimmy on this great accomplishment!

Overall, the Trojans were able to possess the ball very well and our defensive unit played a great, controlled game!  TC is now in the elite-eight Super-Sectional game on Tuesday (10/28) vs. Latin.  Thank you for all of your continued support!  Go Trojans!

Up next for TC:
-IHSA Super-Sectional game Tuesday (10/28) vs. Latin at Benedictine University at 7:00pm

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TC wins sectional semi-final game 5-2

The Trojans beat Chicago Christian 5-2 Tuesday night to advance to the sectional final game on Friday!  TC started out down 1-0 but were able to bounce back and regain the lead going into halftime.  The Trojans built on their 2-1 halftime lead and closed out the game with a 5-2 victory over the Knights.

Goals were scored by Sr. Tyler Vlasak, Sr. Christian Bravo, Fresh. Jimmy Allen (2), and Fresh. Michael Martens.  Assists were record by Sr. Tyler Vlasak, Sr. Caleb Hays, Sr. Andrew Wieringa, and Jr. Mitch Evenhouse.  Jr. GK Ben Lodewyk played a solid game in net to record another victory.

It was another nice win for the Trojans who were able to possess the ball fairly well on a beat up surface.  TC will now face Carver Military Academy on Friday for the Sectional Championship.  Thank you for all of your continued support and be sure to come out and support TC again on Friday!

Up next for TC:
-IHSA Sectional Championship game Friday (10/24) vs. Carver Military Academy at Chicago Christain at 7:00 pm

Saturday, October 18, 2014

TC Wins Regionals for third straight year!

The Trojans won Regionals for the third straight year Friday night with a 3-0 win over Phoenix Military Academy!  Friday's Regional game was the last game the seniors will play on their home field, and they were able to leave their home field with a victory!

Soph. Josh Anderson had two goals and one assist, while Sr. Tyler Vlasak had 1 goal and two assists.  Jr. GK Ben Lodewyk recorded another shutout victory and the defensive unit helped control the tempo of the game. TC will now play in the sectional semi-final game on Tuesday at 6:30pm at Chicago Christian.  Thank you for all of your continued support and be sure to come out and support TC again on Tuesday!

Up next for TC:
-IHSA Sectional semi-final game at and against Chicago Christian, Tuesday (10/21), at 6:30pm

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TC 8 - Ogden International 0

The Trojans started out the 2014 IHSA state tournament with an 8-0 win over Ogden International.  Four goals came in the first half followed by four more in a very rainy second half.  Goals were scored by:  Sr. Tyler Vlasak (3), Jr. Ben Lodewyk, Soph. Josh Anderson, Soph. Alex Markewycz, and Fresh. Jimmy Allen (2).  Assists were added by:  Sr. Tyler Vlasak (2), Jr. Mitch Evenhouse, and Soph. Alex Markewycz.

Jr. GK Ben Lodewyk had a shutout first half followed by Soph. GK Noah Marrera having a shutout in the second half, closing the game with a 0 on the scoreboard.  Great work goalkeepers and defensive unit!

It was a historic night for TC soccer as Sr. Tyler Vlasak broke the single season goal record, which was previously held by Corey Phillip (20 goals in 2009 and 2010).  Vlasak's hat-trick Tuesday night put him at 22 goals for the 2014 season.  Congratulations Tyler on this great accomplishment!

Thank you for all of your continued support and an especially big thank you to all the fans that stuck it out in a very wet and rainy Tuesday evening game!

Up next for TC:
-IHSA Regional Final game (hosted at TC) Friday 10/17, at 6:00pm

Saturday, October 11, 2014

TC 1 - St. Joseph's 6

TC lost to St. Joesph's on Saturday with a score of 1-6.  The Trojans took an early 1-0 lead but could not manage to hold on to it.  TC's lone goal was scored by Sr. Tyler Vlasak and assisted nicely by Soph. Josh Anderson.  Hopefully this game was a learning experience for all and that TC got their losses out of the way come playoffs on Tuesday.

Up next for TC:
-IHSA Regional semi-final game vs. Ogden International, Tuesday, 10/14 (hosted at Timothy Christian) at 4:30pm