Player Spotlight: Eli Betz

This week we are featuring Eli Betz. Eli started playing soccer when he was super young and continues to improve every year! 

  1. Why do you play? 

 I play soccer because I enjoy playing and learning the game with my friends.

     2. What does soccer mean to you?

  Soccer to me is a game that I love to play and always have fun with especially my friends.

3. What age were you when you started to play?

  I started playing in my backyard when I was really little around age 2 and then started playing micros at age 4 and have played ever since!

4. How do your teammates make practice more fun?

  My teammates make practice more fun because they have become my friends over the years and we enjoy kicking the ball around and even being silly sometimes. The time to just scrimmage each other at the beginning of practice is my favorite.

Who do you love to see watching you from the sidelines? 

I love to see my family watching me from the sidelines. ALL OF THEM!

Player Spotlight: Lana Flammang

Get to know Lana! She is a fourth grader on our 12U Thunder. 

1. Why do you play? 

  Because it is fun, great exercise and I like to be part of a team.  
 
2. What does soccer mean to you? 
I am fairly new to soccer and have a lot to learn.  I am looking forward to the challenge and gaining new knowledge and skills.
 

3. What was your ultimate achievement in soccer? 

Kicking with my left foot is improving.
 

4.  Who has inspired you during your soccer career? 

  My dad.  He started playing soccer in high school and continued in college.  He has provided great tips for playing the game.

5. What do you do after a win? 

  I like to cheer and am very happy.  Normally I like to give my teammates high fives and maybe a quick hug… unfortunately, not so much this year.  
 

6. What age were you when you started to play? 

Age 6 –  I took a soccer class through Sussex Parks & Rec. Then I took some time off to try other activities.  Last year, I tried Upward soccer and wanted to continue with the sport.  This is my 1st year with PSU.
 

7. How do your teammates make practice more fun? 

  I am one of the younger players on the team.  My older teammates are wonderful!  They are nice and work with me.  I really appreciate it when they provide direction and coaching on the field.  I have learned so much from them as well as my coaches.
 
7. Who do you love to see watching you play from the stands? 
My mom and dad.

Coach Spotlight: Matt Sheeley

Get to know 13U girls red team coach,  Matt Sheeley.

1) Why do you coach soccer?

      I coach soccer, first of all, because I love the game. I love watching, playing and coaching because the game itself can teach us a lot about life. I also enjoy coaching in general. Coaching people can be so rewarding in any environment. When someone you are coaching grasps a concept and betters themselves because of that, it is awesome to see. 

 

2) Tell us about your soccer career/journey.

      I didn’t start playing soccer until a later age. I started playing with my middle school team in the 5th grade. I never had the privilege to play with a club growing up so coaching this year is my first experience inside a soccer club. I played during high school and then in college for a small DIII school called Maranatha Baptist University. I started coaching my my senior year as an assistant coach of a high school team, and then as the head coach of MBU’s women’s team the year after. 

 

3) What is one goal you have for PSU players?

     To grow as individuals as much as they do as athletes. Soccer has a lot to teach outside of how to kick a ball into a net. 

 

4) What is something soccer has taught you?

      Patience and perseverance. 

 

5) What is your favorite soccer team?

      Sporting Kansas City

 

6) How has soccer positively affected your life?

      Soccer is the sport that I have met some of my closest friends in. My past college coach drastically changed the way I viewed the world as a whole even outside of soccer. I can honestly say if I hadn’t played college soccer, I would be a different person. 

 

19U Girls Update

Our 19U girls started off strong. After playing an amazing first half the team gave up too many goals and lost 5-3 to Waunakee. Grace H scored twice and Ella R scored once! 

Get to Know Player Ian McLean

Get to Know Player Ian McLean

Why do you play? I enjoy soccer a lot and being part of a team. 

What does soccer mean to you? Since we must communicate with each other it helps me to be more outgoing. It helps me with teamwork skills. 

Who has inspired you during your soccer career? Coach Ulm and teammates.

Who do you love to have watching you from the stands? I love it when my whole family is there to watch me.

19U Girls Team Update (9/22)

 

U19 girls lost 4-1 to Lakeshore. They were a good team that possesses the ball well. We played pretty good and created chances, just had one bad spell where we gave up 3 goals! We will be back  and better this week!

Kaelyn was amazing in goal again this week with some great saves.

The team now has 2 wins and 2 losses for the year. 

Check out the video above to learn more about Ally Davis and her time playing for PSU. 

19U Girls Team Update (9/13)

The start of our 19U girls Team season got delayed due to bad weather on game day this past weekend! We are hoping for a better turnout this week!

But in good news, we interviewed outside D, Lauren Schaefer! Get to know more about her experience with PSU and what motivates her most!

Get to Know Coach Andrew Finley

Andrew Finley.

Throughout this season we will be showcasing our amazing coaches. This week we are showcasing Mark  Wilson, assistant director of coaching. Click the button below to learn more about his incredible journey with soccer!

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19U Girls Team Update

Our 19U girls season kicks off this Saturday! We are excited to watch them compete. Over the last few weeks the team has had a few friendly games. In the second friendly, the team traveled to Hartford. We won 4 – 0! Goals were scored by Elyse V, Ella R, Morgan R, and Ally D. We scored in the first 4 minutes of each half which put a lot of pressure on Hartford. The passing was really good between our players. We had Miranda R, Lauren K, and Julia B play with us from the 17U team, and it was great to have them join us.

Don’t forget to check back each week for updates on this amazing team!

Showcasing Our Outstanding Players

A message from Joe Ulm…

In the six years I’ve been involved with our Club, I’ve had the opportunity to coach, watch, and learn from many of our players.  It’s been a wonderful, and often humbling, experience.  However, as fortunate as I’ve been to be around all these players, I know there are still many more players I haven’t gotten to know.  From my discussions with many of you, it seems this is a common scenario.  So this fall, we’re going to change things by bringing our players, and their stories, to you. We will be covering our 19U girls’ as they go through the season, including doing interviews with the players, and covering their games. We will be doing player spotlights, posting a picture of the week, and lots more – all of it showcasing our truly amazing players.  If you’d like more information on the player spotlight, or any of the player showcase activities this fall, please e-mail our social media manager, Macy at: msaucke@pewaukeesussexunited.co