Friday, May 22, 2015

Sign up for summer soccer camp

As the summer approaches, there is a lot to think about.  Parents, ask your son to share with you the materials they gathered at the soccer meeting, and in the near future you will also be receiving an email with all of the information as well.  Also, just a reminder, I got the list today for players attending summer camp and many of you are not signed up.  Please sign up as soon as possible so we can begin working towards excellence for the upcoming season!  To sign up, contact Laura Moreno in the grade school office.

-Coach Grit

Thursday, May 21, 2015

No open gym tomorrow (5/21)

There will be no open gym this week.  Also, many of you came to the soccer meeting today but not everyone.  If you did not make today's meeting, be sure to connect with me soon so I can give you all of the summer information.  Lets end the year strong and study up for finals.

-Coach Grit

Monday, May 18, 2015

Informative soccer meeting this Thursday (5/20) during lunch

On Thursday (5/20), there will be an informative meeting with Coach Grit for any boys interested in playing high school soccer next year.  The meeting will take place in Ms. Schuurman’s room (previously the learning lab) during your lunch period.  Once again, boys soccer meeting during your lunch period in Ms. Schuurman’s room on Thursday.

-Coach Grit

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

No open gym this week - soccer meeting next week

No open gym this week. We will be having our May Meeting for soccer sometime next week during your lunch period. More details to come soon.


-Coach Grit

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Open gym on Friday (5/8) before school

There will be an open gym on Friday (5/8) before school in the high school gym.  Open gym will start at 6:40am.  Spread the word.

-Coach Grit

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Open Gym Friday (5/1) before school

There will be an open gym on Friday (5/1) 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!