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ISN Stars of Coaching Presented by Korrio – October 2012

Chase Neidig is a Renaissance man in American soccer, having served in every single capacity in the beautiful game. He has spent time at the high school level, the pros, in grassroots movements, internationally, and now in the collegiate game. He has even served on the media and front office side of the sport. Simply put, Neidig has done it all.

One thing is always constant: Neidig’s love for soccer and his drive to make it work in America. An eternal optimist, the Grace College graduate is always looking for ways to positively impact the game. When he finds an opportunity, he follows through with tenacity and spirit. Whether it is leading charitable efforts to get soccer equipment to African youth players or seeking out local media to cover his teams, Neidig gets the job done. Why has he devoted his life to the sport? Because he cares deeply about the game and more importantly, the people in it.

Neidig, the current head coach of women’s soccer at Bluefield College in Virginia, started his coaching career at the high school level in Ohio and Indiana. During those coaching stints, he doubled their total number of wins in his first season.

“I believe there will always be a high school soccer system,” Neidig commented. “While it may continue to decrease in both the quality and the quantity of players, I do believe it still has its place in the social and physical development of high school student-athletes.”

While he was coaching at the high school level, his full-time position was with two professional soccer organizations, first the Cleveland City Stars and then the Dayton Dutch Lions. He was the very first employee at DDL and was responsible for developing all aspects of the club from its youth academy, professional team, Super 20′s, and W-League squads.

“We are at a critical stage in the overall development of the game in our country,” said Neidig. “We have an opportunity to become a ‘world leader’ in the world’s sport, but only if we critically and strategically develop our youth in a manner that is willing to take ownership at being the best.”

Neidig’s time coaching at the NAIA level has been incredible for all involved.

“Schools who participate within the NAIA can provide players with a chance to get an education and play college ball,” Neidig concluded. “As a result, you see a lot of raw, individually-skilled players with one or two dynamic players but not an entire program.”

Bluefield has experienced record-breaking success on both the men’s and women’s sides thanks to Neidig’s commitment as a coach on both staffs. This season he led the Lady Rams to their highest win totals in program history, not a small task to say the least, coming off a 2-16-1 record in 2011. Last season included zero wins in conference play.

All of this success had to start somewhere for a sport that would dominate his adult life. Many years ago, Neidig spent several years in the Gambia, where his love for the beautiful game was strengthened.

“I was in club youth soccer growing up, but I believe my experience as a child in a third-world country – always being around the game of soccer – is why I will always be in the game somehow,” Neidig commented.

His worldwide journey didn’t stop in Africa as Neidig would continue to play after college in the Czech Republic. He would spend time with Pisek FC, a third-division side just outside Prague before ending his short professional career due to injury.

Neidig’s experience in the media is also a great asset in promoting the sport on a national level. He has served as a broadcast commentator and analyst for SportsTime Ohio (STO), spent time in public/media relations, and most importantly founded the Tourbeau Sports Group (TSG).

TSG has brought attention to players, universities, and leagues around the country. Whether it is streaming games or finding the “diamond in the rough” at player combines, Neidig and his company have made a difference.

These “rough” players sometimes become world-class as was the case of Clint Dempsey. I can’t imagine a story that could be more inspirational to any American player as noted by Neidig:

“The face of America. Small town kid, from Texas. Traveled hours upon hours to travel to a big city to have the opportunity to play for a bigger club for more exposure as a youth player. His family spent more money than they had and invested in him and his development because they ‘saw something special in him’.

Went on to play at a small, Division I program, Furman University. A relatively unknown soccer program at the time, but he helped put them on the map, using the college game to draw more attention by being a very successful player, with a slight chip on his shoulder. Teams took a chance on him and he didn’t let them down. Still with something to prove, he went on to become MLS Rookie of the Year and has now made the switched to arguably the greatest professional soccer league in the world, the English Premier League.”

Players like Dempsey are great, but coaches like Chase Neidig will have an even greater impact on the beautiful game here in the States.

Korrio understands it is your passion for coaching kids that drives you. We also know that the less time you spend dealing with administrative, communication and automation hassles, and the more time you spend on the field, the happier you’ll be. And because you play a crucial role in our children’s lives, we want you spending as much time as possible coaching our kids. Korrio offers a modern approach to coaching by allowing new ways to communicate and develop a community on and off the field. Congratulations to the ISN Star of Coaching this month!

2012 ISN Cup: A Success Story and History in the Making

The 2012 ISN Cup was a resounding success, promoting the game of soccer in the Midwest at no cost to parents, teams, or players.  The free elite soccer showcase, the only of its kind, featured youth soccer matches between teams from across Ohio and Pennsylvania and a WPSL exhibition game.

Keystone Soccer Academy of Hopewell, Pennsylvania won the 2012 ISN Cup thanks to a 2-1-0 record and a +7 goal differential.  The team was led by Salem’s own Julia Dundon, who scored a brace against United HS in their final game.

Challenger Crew Juniors, the Columbus Crew’s Northern Ohio affiliate, finished with a 1-0-2 record and a +1 goal differential.  Challenger was led by goalkeeper Caitlin Jakubek, who finished with team highs in saves and minutes played.  Jakubek is an incoming freshman at the University of Akron and is expected to challenge for the starting goalkeeper position vacated by the graduated Jeny Wolbert.

United HS and Minerva HS both finished with a 0-1-2 record.  Minerva HS keeper Raychel Blocher earned the 2012 ISN Cup MVP award after a solid weekend performance.

The highlight of the weekend was a 8-0 win for the Ohio Galaxies WPSL squad over an All-Star team of NE Ohio college and high school players.  A crowd of over 100 saw Stark County’s first women’s professional match and the first WPSL match ever played in NE Ohio. Several Stark County players, including former GlenOak striker McKensey Cross and Perry defender Adriana Cosentino, played in the game.

It was the final match of the 2012 WPSL season for the Galaxies, who finished with a 3-0-2 record. The Galaxies were the highest scoring team in the Midwest Conference, possessing a potent attack and a strong defensive backline.

Sponsors for the event included Mercy Medical Center Sports Medicine, AFC Rushden and Diamonds, Pelé Sports, Subside Sports, Old Carolina Barbeque, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Canton Stark County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, Chick-fil-A at Westfield Belden Village Mall, Kishman’s IGA and Korrio.

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Mount Union Announces 2012 Women’s Soccer Schedule

The Mount Union women’s soccer team will play nine home matches to highlight its schedule for the upcoming 2012 season.

The Purple Raiders begin with four games on the road, including back-to-back games on the opening weekend of the season. They play at Denison on Saturday, September 1 at 1 p.m. before traveling to Kenyon for a 1 p.m. match on Sunday, September 2 as part of the Denison/Kenyon Classic.

The following weekend, the Raiders will travel to Hiram on Friday, September 7 and Oberlin on Saturday, September 8.

Mount Union Stadium will be the site of seven of the next eight matches, including four in a row to conclude their non-conference schedule.

The Raiders host Penn State-Behrend in their home opener on Wednesday, September 12 at 6 p.m. as they look to redeem a 2-0 loss to the Lions a year ago at the Clarion Classic in Fredonia, N.Y. Matches against three teams from Pennsylvania—Grove City, Waynesburg, and Geneva—round out the non-conference slate. The Raiders played Grove City to a 1-1 tie and earned a 3-0 victory over Waynesburg last season.

Ohio Athletic Conference action begins with a road date at defending regular season champion Ohio Northern on Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m. The Purple Raiders will then play three conference matches at home against Marietta (October 3 – 7 p.m.), Wilmington (October 6 – 1 p.m.), and John Carroll (October 9 – 7 p.m.).

Head coach Kelley Clark will look for the same type of progress that she saw from her team during her first season a year ago. Clark led the Raiders to an 8-9-2 record in 2011, which was the most wins since 2003 and doubled their win total from the previous season. Eight starters return, headlined by All-OAC honorable mention selection Kylee Kolesar (Mentor/Mentor).

Date Opponent Location Time/Status
Sat 1 at Denison Granville, Ohio 1:00 PM
Sun 2 at Kenyon Granville, Ohio 1:00 PM
Fri 7 at Hiram Hiram, Ohio 4:00 PM
Sat 8 at Oberlin Oberlin, Ohio 7:00 PM
Wed 12 PENN ST.-BEHREND Mount Union Stadium 6:00 PM
Mon 17 GROVE CITY (P.) Mount Union Stadium 7:00 PM
Wed 19 WAYNESBURG (PA.) Mount Union Stadium 5:00 PM
Sat 22 GENEVA (PA.) Mount Union Stadium 2:00 PM
Sat 29 at Ohio Northern * Ada, Ohio 1:00 PM
Wed 3 MARIETTA * Mount Union Stadium 7:00 PM
Sat 6 WILMINGTON * Mount Union Stadium 1:00 PM
Tue 9 JOHN CARROLL * Mount Union Stadium 7:00 PM
Sat 13 at Capital * Bexley, Ohio 4:00 PM
Wed 17 at Muskingum * New Concord, Ohio 7:00 PM
Sat 20 OTTERBEIN * Mount Union Stadium 1:00 PM
Tue 23 BALDWIN-WALLACE * Mount Union Stadium 7:00 PM
Sat 27 at Heidelberg * Tiffin, Ohio 1:00 PM
Mon 29 OAC Tournament TBA — at Higher Seed TBA
Home games in bold* OAC Conference Game

Pfau Leaves Akron for Houston

University of Akron women’s soccer coach Chris Pfau has taken the head coaching position at the University of Houston, UH Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades announced Friday.

“I want to thank (Director of Athletics) Tom Wistrcill and (Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator) Mary Lu Gribschaw for their support during my time at The University of Akron,” Pfau said. “I have had an incredible experience on and off the field. I am sad to leave but I know in my heart I am leaving this program in a great place. I want to thank everyone that I have worked with and that has helped me build a great program here.”

Pfau was set to enter his fifth season at the helm of the Akron women’s soccer program, which had improved greatly under his watch. The Zips were 16-13-4 in Mid-American Conference play in the last three seasons after recording just 15 conference wins in the seven years prior to Pfau’s arrival. Pfau’s teams also advanced to the MAC tournament in each of the last three years. The program had failed to qualify for the post season in the first eight seasons of its existence. The Zips won the MAC East title in 2009.

A national search for the third coach in program history will begin immediately.

ASA Chesapeake Charge Re-Sign Six to WPSL Elite League Roster

The ASA Chesapeake Charge have announced the signing of six players for the 2012 Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Elite League season. Returning from last year’s WPSL East Region Finalist team are Jessica Hnatiuk, Erica Suter, Amanda Lebo, Heather Cooke, Brittany Hadaway and Lyndse Hokanson. The six look forward to helping lead the team against new competition.

The WPSL Elite League includes three teams with WPS experience: Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars (who also played in the WPSL in 2011 and finished second in the league) and 2011 WPS Champion Western New York Flash. The league also features WPSL teams ASA Chesapeake Charge, FC Indiana, New England Mutiny and New York Fury. Independent Philadelphia Fever fills out the eight-team league.

“We are very excited to have a majority of the core back from last year’s team,” said Charge GM Patrick Crawford. “We feel like we have built a great core these last two seasons, and having familiar faces who know the system will benefit us this season. With the addition of a few key talents we are excited to see how we will match up against the tougher talent of WPSL Elite League.”

Hnatiuk, a defender who was selected to the WPSL All-2nd team in 2011, will continue where she left off last season as the anchor in the back line. Her field vision and leadership on the field will be key for some of Charge’s younger players.  In her three years at Johns Hopkins University she started all 68 games played, finishing with nine goals and seven assists. Hnatiuk’s efforts have earned her Centennial Conference Player of the Year, All-Centennial Conference, and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Teamhonors.

Suter and Hnatiuk are no strangers, as the two played together at Johns Hopkins as well as on Charge. The sturdy midfielder’s speed and nose for the goal will create many problems for opposing defences. Suter led her Johns Hopkins soccer team with 19 goals and 15 assist in 2011, amassing totals of 55 goals and 31 assists for her college career. She was an All-American in 2011 and represented her team in Brazil with other elite players.

Lebo is a defender who was a key in the back in 2011. The four-year letter winner for Wake Forest University and 2009-2010 starter for the Charge will bring her leadership and confidence to the 2012 squad. In her four years with the Demon Decons, Lebo started 54 of her 76 games, notching seven goals and ten assists. In 2009 she was named as an assistant coach with Washington College.

Cooke, who was a defender on the 2009-2010 teams, is also a member of the Phillipine Women’s National Team. The Loyola University standout is a prior All-MAAC First Team and NSCAA/adidas All-Norhteast Region honoree who will lead by example. Her determination and leadership on the field will be counted on this season.

Hadaway, a four-year starter at Towson University, is a midfielder/forward who participated on the 2009-2010 team. With 74 starts in 75 career games at Towson, Hadaway was a mainstay for the Tigers. She is  a prior All-Colonial Athletic Association selection and will be a crucial part in many different roles for Charge in 2012.

Hokanson, a sophomore goalkeeper at George Mason University who is mature beyond her years, was instrumental in the Charge’s 2010 success. Hokanson may be the most crucial part of the team’s 2012 season. “I believe she can single handedly take a game over,” said Crawford. “We are looking for her to step in right away and lead our team from the back.”