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Sep, 2021

Fall Season Highlights

Portland Travel Soccer Weekend Action 10/2 - 10/3

The Portland Earthquake U9 soccer team ended their weekend games split. Friday night they lost a close battle to Rocky Hill under the lights. Their offense was intense with 1st half goals by Andrew Quesnel, Christian Quesnel and Benjamin Martinez on an assist from Logan DuBerry.  Benjamin Martinez’ second goal came early in the scecond-half to round out the team's scoring.  The Portland defense held strong, but Rocky Hill was able to get one more goal and Portland fell 5-4.  Sunday’s game against East Hampton was the game of the weekend (forget the Sunday night Pats v Bucs game). Benjamin Martinez squeaked in Portland’s lone goal in the first half.   The second half was dominated by the outstanding defense of Danny Grosso, Nate Tine, Sean Fitzgibbons and Cooper Quinn, who combined to keep the opponent's offense from breaking through.  Goalie Zack Anderson recorded his first shutout of the year, as Portland won 1-0. 

The U10 Boys Thunder Force took on three opponents this weekend. The first match against Cromwell resulted in a victory for Portland 4-0. The first goal from Austin Liseo was after a pass from teammate Rocco Glick-Grappo across the center. The second goal was another result of teamwork when Sammy Wilson passed it forward on the attack to teammate Zackary Robare who found Zach Barr in the box to make it 2-0. Leo Dean added a second-half goal that slipped through the goalie's fingers. Landon Richey was right there in case he needed to help it across the line. Easton Yardis put the seal on the victory with a fourth goal. Center forwards Zack Robare and Rocco Glick-Grappo earned the team's Heart and Hustle awards. Goal keepers Easton Yardis and Austin Liseo contributed to the team's first clean sheet of the season.  The Thunder Force's second Saturday match against West Hartford's division A team ended with a different result. Thunder Force fell short 8-1, but there were several noteworthy highlights. The lone goal from Sammy Wilson was a ricochet from outside the penalty box that sailed high past the goalie's reach into the back of the net. West Hartford connected several passes and held possession most of the match. There were some exciting defensive heroics from Portland's back line, especially when fullback Landon Richey made a thrilling save with his leg after the goalkeeper had fallen down on the play. When asked about the support the team showed to its goalies Rocco Glick-Grappo and Timmy Bolstridge,  Jonah King's mom Danielle King said "It was "amazing team action". "That's what a team does" added Easton Yardis's mom Marie Yardis. The game's Heart and Hustle Award winners were Austin Liseo and Easton Yardis.  The Thunder Force took on its league opponent, Canton, on Sunday. Leo Dean scored two goals. The first one was a left-footed goal and the second one was a spectacular volley in the air from a beautiful centering pass from Austin Liseo. Sammy Wilson added another goal and Rocco Glick-Grappo scored his first goal of the season in the team's 4-1 league victory. Rocco is now the eleventh player on the team to have scored a goal this season, which the coaches attribute to the players' hard work, selfless play, balance and teamwork. Timmy Bolstridge suffered a blow to the leg, but got back up, and nearly scored on a penalty kick earning him a Heart and Hustle Award. Leo Dean was the other Heart and Hustle Award winner, and the coaches noted the excellent job by goalies Sammy Wilson and Zach Barr in building the team's attack from the back.


On Saturday in East Hampton the Boys U11 Red Crush defeated East Hampton #2 7-1 behind a four-goal output by Tyler Fournier, whose clever foot skills created several open looks on net early in the game.   Cooper Vardon, who had a strong first-half in net, added a well-placed finish of a perfect Fourier cross from the right wing in the second-half.  The Red Crush received much needed contributions from U11 players Aeryn Hall (who also scored a goal) and Laila Dietrichsen, with Hall making several dangerous runs down the left sideline and Dietrichsen anchoring the defense at the center-back position to single-handedly stop multiple East Hampton attacks.  Luke Lawrence's versatility and vision shined, particularly in the first half when the club played with only eight players due to an injury.  Lawrence's quick thinking in net derailed multiple breakaways to keep East Hampton from capitalizing on their man advantage, and in the 2nd half he had several steals from the midfield position that he turned into scoring opportunities for his teammates with accurate passing.   Mason Richey's speed at the forward position paired very well with Raul Corenjo Jr.'s ability to win several 50/50 balls to pressure East Hampton's defense all game, while Ryan Mendes showed outstanding timing and field-awareness at the midfield position.  Liam Russell repeatedly challenged East Hampton's forwards to stall their attacks, and Nathan Clark entered the game late despite an injury to provide the tiring visitors with a much-needed boost in the second half.  On Sunday, a blended Red Crush team lost a tough home game 7-2 versus East Hampton #1 in a highly-contested game that was closer than the score indicated.   The visitors were a more organized and cohesive squad for most of the match, and with the Red Crush missing several key players, they found themselves in a early 2-0 hole.   However, thanks to an opportunistic Nathan Clark, who scored his first goal of the season from right in front of the net and the hard-working Tyler Fournier, who fired a blast from a challenging angle 18 yards out - the home team clawed back to tie the score midway through the first half.  However, East Hampton's use of the whole field proved to be too much, as they made use of the full field to wear the home team down.   Laila Dietrichsen, Aeryn Hall, and Grace Sardinskas, all on loan from the girls U11 team to bolster the Red Crush's depleted roster, contributed strong defense and ball movement in the defensive and midfield positions.  The versatility of Luke Lawrence, who showed himself as a valuable two-way player in the forward, mid-field, and center-back positions and Cooper Vardon, who moved from goal-keeper to forward where he repeatedly pressured the right side of the opponent's defense were game highlights.     

The 6th grade Portland Panthers team lost to Glastonbury on Saturday 4-2.  Blake Harlow scored both goals for the Panthers with accurate shooting.  Jason Revicki and Karly Cruz each played one half in net and kept the game close with several exciting saves.  Todd Aresco and Tommy Gaetani helped build the team's attack from the back with some great defensive stops.  The coaches noted Eli Eckert's hustle and tenacity, as he was a valuable contributor on the offensive and defensive ends of the field.  On Sunday the Panthers fell to league opponent Wethersfield 6-0.  Colin Martin stopped Wethersfield from scoring in the first half on a fantastic play when his header knocked a dangerous ball out of the box on a Wethersfield corner kick.  In the second half, Jaxon Figueroa had an exciting breakaway shot on goal.  Lucas Bolstridge, Miles Matterfis and Drew Kuskey helped stop Wethersfield’s momentum thanks to several key defensive plays.  Shane Guilmette and Andrew Fischer made many great saves in net.

PSC Travel Soccer Weekend Action - 9/25 and 9/26
The Portland Earthquake U9 soccer team earned a hard-fought tie with league opponent Enfield this weekend.   After falling behind, Benjamin Martinez's solo goal in the first half tied the score for the Earthquakes.   An impressive penalty-kick save by Zach Anderson late in the second half preserved the tie.  The Earthquake's coach praised the whole team for their effort and energy versus a tough opponent, saying it was "a solid game by all!"

The Portland Cobras U9/U10 girls soccer team continued to work hard as a team this weekend despite losing both games. On Saturday, the Cobras faced a very strong Cromwell team. Arora Larkin made many strong saves in the net. Whitney Gatto played an impressive center back position and earned the Heart and Hustle Award based on her effort and intensity. On Sunday, the team faced East Windsor. Avery Catrone did a great job playing the ball out of trouble from the back line.  Lauren DeMerchant didn't stop hustling all game, no matter what position she played.   And Sofia Trojanowski earned the Heart and Hustle Award in Sunday's match for doing a great job staying in her position through the game. 

Portland's U10 Boys Thunder Force notched two close wins this weekend with true team effort and goals from six different players: Austin Liseo, Bentley DeDominicis, Griffin Poach, Leo Dean, Samuel Wilson and Theo Arnold.  Coaches described Leo Dean's powerful, 20-yard blast as a goal-scoring highlight for the weekend.   The Saturday friendly against Rocky Hill ended in a thrilling 5-4 win, where goalie Rocco Glick-Grappo dynamically built his team’s attack with speed and confidence,  and Timmy Bolstridge had 2 epic basket-catch saves.  The Sunday match against Cromwell was a closely contested 4-2 battle that provided plenty of excitement for the players and fans.  The team relied on goalies Easton Yardis and Zach Barr to backstop the win, while Landon Richey was noted by the coaches for his heart and hustle while properly defending and laying off some great passes to teammates. Here's a fun video of the game winner at Rocky Hill in super slow-mo!

The Red Crush, Boys U11 squad battled Rocky Hill in a highly contested friendly match on Saturday at the PRC, earning a 5-4 victory that could have gone either way.  Several goals throughout an exciting first half had both sides' spectators out of their seats often.   The defenses buckled down in the second half and limited both offenses' scoring opportunities.   Coaches on both sides commended the hustle and teamwork of all the players, as well as several individual efforts.  For the Red Crush, Tyler Fournier's hat-trick was the result of many creative runs and accurate shooting.  Luke Lawrence added the team's two other goals on hard-struck shots and performed well on defense and in net.   Cooper Vardon's strong defense and goaltending were difference makers in a tense second half.  Finally, strong ball-possession and timely defensive stands by several Red Crush players also earned praise, including Jackson Vodola, Ryan Quinn, Leo Dean, Liam Russell, Raul Cornejo Jr., Nathan Clark, Ryan Mendes, and Mason Richie.  On Sunday, the Red Crush evened their season match-up versus Glastonbury White with a 6-2 victory in front of a packed crowd at the PRC thanks to a strong start with heavy offensive pressure by Tyler Fournier, Luke Lawrence, and Jackson Vodola.   Tyler Fournier (who had a hat-trick on the day) worked himself free to notch two early goals to give the Red Crush early momentum.  Jackson Vodola's two-goal game and Luke Lawrence's powerful corner kick that found its way into the net after an initial save rounded out the scoring.   Cooper Vardon once again played fantastic in net, making many key stops including a stretched-out, one-handed save on a hard Glastonbury shot in the first half that coaches described as "save of the year material".    Ryan Quinn's speed and quick thinking consistently disrupted Glastonbury's forwards from the center-back and mid-field positions.   Many Red Crush players contributed quality defensive containment as well as ball-control in the mid-field to support the win.  Coaches praised Liam Witschy, Liam Russell, Ryan Mendes, Mason Richey, Raul Cornejo Jr. and Nathan Clark (who also played strong in net) for their hard work and hustle. 

The Portland Panthers U12/U13 team had a fun weekend of soccer, highlighted by what coaches described as "impressive effort from multiple players".  Cam Szymaszek scored for the Panthers while Levi Srb led the team from the midfield.  Joe LeCara and Colin Fitzgibbons showed hustle and skill as defenders, and Karly Cruz did an outstanding job at the sweeper position.  Giancarlo Mendez showed impressive versatility, playing almost every position on the field.  The team's goal-keepers, Jason Revicki, Andrew Fischer, and Miles Matterfis, earned praise for playing well under pressure versus quality U13 opponents.   

Weekend Sep 18-19:

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Weekend of Sep 11-12:
The Portland U10 boys Thunder Force won two Travel Soccer matches over the weekend. Saturday, in a friendly against Coginchaug, the team rallied after an epic save in the first half from Rocco and pushed forward with goals from four different players to win 8-1, helped by solid goalie play from Easton in the second half, a hat trick from Sammy, 2 goals by Austin and Theo each, and another goal from Bentley. Sunday Portland continued their momentum in their first league match against Wethersfield with a score of 5-1. The team relied on solid goalie play from Timmy and Zach, and helped feed the ball to goal scorers Zack (2), Theo (1), Leo (1), and Bentley (1). The coaches are most proud of players trying their best, and respecting their teammates, coaches, and referees. Great job!

Sat, Sep 4:
Portland U10 Boys Thunder Force played a strong game but came up short against a quality opponent from Haddam-Killingworth. Jonah put the Portland team on the scoreboard early in the second half with Leo making the assist. Portland's goalkeepers Sammy and Timmy made a lot of fantastic saves and the team did a great job learning to play in a new formation. The team worked all week on Building their Attack from the Back, and got to put the learnings into action in a real game environment. The players remained positive, gave maximum effort, and respect their teammates, coaches, and referees!

Friday, Sep 3 Night Game: The U13 Panthers took on East Haddam in our first club game last Friday Night. Thanks to all our club members who came out to support the team. It was great seeing all the fans on the sideline in an electric soccer environment! (Thank Ben for helping us figure out how to turn on the lights, too!)  


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