Saturday, August 30, 2014

TC takes home the Cup at Peoria Christian Tournament

The championship cup is returning back to Timothy Christian after a great weekend of soccer.  After a 40 minute lightning delay on Friday the Trojans took care of business against St. Thomas More winning their opening game of the tournament in shutout fashion with a score of 6-0. Just as another storm hit, the Trojans hopped on the bus to attend a pasta dinner that included all four teams of the tournament (Peoria Christian, St. Thomas More, Chicago Christian and TC).

Team breakfast and a devotion from the captains set the tone for the two morning games on Saturday.  Kicking off at nine o'clock, the Trojans faced Chicago Christian in game two. GK Michael Bieterman recorded another shutout as TC took care of business with a score of 7-0.

After a short break, the championship game was under way at 11:30am against Peoria Christian.  Timothy once again took advantage of an early lead and finished the game, and tournament, in shutout fashion winning with a score of 3-0.  I mentioned taking advantage of an early lead because in each of the three games Timothy scored in the opening 2 minutes.

Senior Andrew Wieringa scored in the opening two minutes against both St. Thomas More and Chicago Christian, while sr. Tyler Vlasak scored in the first 20 seconds of the championship game against Peoria.  TC ended the tournament with a goal differential of 16-0.  Individual goals and assists from the entire tournament can be seen below:

-Sr. Tyler Vlasak: 4 goals
-Sr. Andrew Wieringa: 2 goals, 1 assist
-Sr. Lucas Schmitt: 2 goals
-Sr. Daniel Renn: 1 goal
-Jr. Mitch Evenhouse: 1 assist
-Jr. Ben Lodewyk: 1 goal
-Soph. Josh Anderson: 2 goals, 2 assists
-Soph. Alex Markewycz: 1 assist
-Fresh. Michael Martens: 2 goals, 1 assist
-Fresh. Jimmy Allen: 2 goals

Four members of Timothy Christian were selected to the all tournament team. Those members were Tyler Vlasak, Andrew Wieringa, Greg Biesboer and Josh Anderson.  It would be a shame if I didn't give a shoutout to our defensive back four and goalkeeper who went the entire tournament (and season) without letting up a goal, incredible work!  Your hard work, communication and determination does not go unnoticed!

Big thank you also goes out to all of the parents and families that came out and showed support, we couldn't do it without you!  Overall, this was another step in the right direction for Timothy soccer and it was a great team effort!

Up next for the Trojans:
-Wednesday, Sept. 3 home opener vs. Francis Parker
-Friday, Sept. 5 first Friday Night Lights game vs. Montini

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Game 1: TC 4 - Lisle 0

The weather held long enough for the Trojans of Timothy to beat Lisle with a score of 4-0 in their season opener.  The first half was a bit shaky but freshman Jimmy Allen finished a smooth, composed goal to highlight the end of the first half.  The Trojans adjusted nicely at halftime and scored two quick second half goals.  The first was scored by senior Tyler Vlasak followed by a great shot by senior Jon Barrera.  A much better second half was capped off with another late goal by Vlasak.  Vlasak finished the game with two goals and two assists while sophomore Josh Anderson also finished the game with two nice assists.  Junior goalkeeper Ben Lodewyk also set the tone by starting the year off with a clean sheet.

The game was  an all around great team effort and the Trojans now have one game under their belt to build off of.  I'm excited for the season ahead!

Up Next For the TC:
Peoria Tournament (Friday August, 29 and Saturday August, 30)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Game one is finally here!...with heat and humidity

The day is finally here, the first game of the 2014 soccer season!  It is going to be extremely hot/humid and I'm working on getting a built in water break for both teams midway thru the first half (similar to what they used in the World Cup over the summer).  Just a reminder that we will have a short walk-thru after school today from about 3:20-3:55.  This will leave time for your son to change and have a snack before we leave for tonight's game.

Also, I ask that you please respect our coaching staffs 24 hour rule which simply states that coaches will not discuss a game or situation until at least 24 hours after the fact.  Lastly, please continue to stress the importance of hydration BEFORE the day of the game.  Lots of water is a must in the days leading up to the game (not just the day of).

Thank you for your continued commitment to TC soccer and I'll see you all tonight!

-Coach Grit

Monday, August 4, 2014

Reminder of "No Contact Period"

As a reminder to players and parents, we are currently in the mist of a "no contact period" and/or "dead period" for IHSA player/coach interaction.  I'm not allowed to organize any practices/work-outs/scrimmages/get-togethers, etc.
The No Contact Period is also a great time to focus on getting everything together before the start of tryouts:
  • Get all athletic forms, physicals, etc. into the HS office and be registered online under Athletics 2000.  You are not allowed to tryout until you have been given the "all clear" from the office.  
  • Finish your One Sheet/summer workouts strong!  Remember, you'll be turning a summary into me when you come to tryouts.  Don't just make things up, have integrity and bring what you have been doing. Please continue to get as much training in before tryouts, you'll thank yourself later!
  • Continue getting pumped for the upcoming season!
Don't forget to take some time to yourself and continue praying into the upcoming season and to thank God for all your blessings!  I'll see you all for day 1 of tryouts the morning of August 13.
-Coach Grit

Monday, July 28, 2014

Last open field of the summer tomorrow (7/29) @ 7:00pm

Tomorrow (7/29) will be our last open field of the summer.  We'll start at 7:00pm.  What we end up doing will depend on numbers, but come ready to play some soccer!

Also, TC parents/players, make sure to read over the preseason logistics info that was send out so you're all set to go for tryouts!

See you there, Coach Grit

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Game Update for Tues (7/22) @ Lisle

TC will be playing two games this week, both against Lisle.  Please view the times/locations below carefully:

*Tuesday (7/22) at Lisle, kick-off time 4:00pm
   -Note: game will be played at Wilde Field, which is located at Lisle Junior High School
   -Here is the address:  5211 Center Ave.  Lisle, IL  60532

*Thursday (7/24) at TC (home game), kick-off time 4:00pm

We will be taking a mini bus to Lisle and it will be leaving TC on Tuesday at 2:50pm.  If you arrive at 2:51pm we will leave without you, time management is important and thus you must arrive on time.  If you are not taking the mini bus, you must communicate this with me in advance.  Reminder, these games are intended for incoming juniors and seniors as well as others that have been asked.  If you are younger and have not been asked to play in these games keep working hard, your time will come!!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

-Coach Grit

Monday, July 14, 2014

Open Field Tomorrow (7/15) at 7:00pm

Due to our summer game against Ridgewood being canceled, we instead will be having open field tomorrow (Tuesday, 7/15) starting at 7:00pm.  Arrive early to get a proper warm-up in and be sure to bring your shin-guards.  Feel free to bring/invite friends or alumni to play as well.

-Coach Grit

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Game Canceled Tues. (7/15) vs. Ridgewood -- Open Field Tues. Instead

TC Players and Parents, our summer game Tuesday (7/15) has been canceled against Ridgewood.  I received an email from Ridgewood's coach that said they are currently in a summer league in which they made the playoffs (their coach originally didn't think they would).  Thus, their playoff games fall next week Tuesday and Thursday.  We cannot find another date that works, so the game will not be rescheduled.

Therefore, we instead will be having open field on Tuesday beginning at 7:00pm.  Lets make this a competitive open field, so players feel free to invite some friends and alumni.

Lastly, don't forget we have two more games scheduled this summer:
 -Tuesday July 22 @ Lisle --> 4:00 pm
 -Thursday July 24 @ TC (home game) vs. Lisle --> 4:00pm

-Coach Grit

Monday, July 7, 2014

TC High School vs. TC Alumni Game tomorrow (6/8) @ 8:30pm

We'll be having open field/scrimmage tomorrow under the lights with a start time of 8:30pm.  Current TC players come out and show the TC alumni what you've got.  TC Alum will be wearing black while current players will wear red.

Feel free to come a bit early to get a good warm-up in and catch up with some players.  Hopefully we'll have enough to go 11v11. See you there!

-Coach Grit

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

No open field tomorrow (6/2) but Alumni open field/scrimmage next Tues. (6/8) @ 8:30pm

Unfortunately, there will be no open field tomorrow (6/2).  I have a doctors apt. in Michigan, Coach JT has work and Coach DK has family commitments.

However, there will be an alumni open field/scrimmage next Tuesday, 6/8.  This will also be a great time for our alumni to say a final farewell to Coach Gesch.  This open field will be held under the lights and will begin at 8:30pm.  Be sure to arrive a little early to get a good warm-up in.  I'm excited to see how our current high school players fare against the TC alumni!

On a side note, now is a good time to be doing one of the two footwork videos I posted.  Keep working hard and putting that effort in, it will all pay off!

-Coach Grit