TSF Academy State Cup Roundup
May, 12th 2017
He didn’t have long to dwell on the result however, as he headed over to see his 05 girls become the first girls team crowned as State Cup Champions. The girls squared off against PDA after advancing through the semifinal with a 3-2 victory over NJ Elite.
Coach James and Coach Pat with the victorious 2005 Girls
A cool finish following an expertly delivered free kick saw TSF take a well-deserved lead, before doubling their advantage with a penalty kick in the second half. A late goal for PDA proved nothing more than a consolation as TSF held on for victory.
TSF Academy 2005 Girls - New Jersey Cup Champions 2017
Following the girls’ games, Coach Luis and his 2003 boys took to the field to face Mercer FC. The 03 boys came from behind on Saturday to defeat a tough FC Copa team 3-2, finishing with ten men.
“The team showed great composure despite going a goal down. They played with a level of maturity and belief that will see them go far.”
The final proved to be equally challenging, however it was that belief that saw the boys through as 1-0 victors.
TSF Academy 2003 Boys Blue - New Jersey Cup Champions 2017
“The way the boys have responded to everything this year has been fantastic, and this is a great reward for the work that they’ve put in. It’s a great moment as a coach to win these championships, however I would have been proud of this group of players regardless. Their effort and desire is faultless.”
Finally, Coach Derek ‘proved’ the value of experience as his 2000 boys took down the number one team in the state to earn their place in the final. “They were a very fast, aggressive, direct team, and liked to hit the forwards early. We had to deal with long ball and once we settled down and tried to play we caused a lot of problems on the counter attack.”
TSF Academy 2000 Boys celebrate a goal in State Cup action
A goal just before halftime saw TSF take the lead, and after a dogged second half performance, hold out to advance to the final. Sunday saw the boys face local rivals, STA, and run out 3-2 winners.
“We went a goal behind in the second half but responded very well and got in front. It was a frantic last fifteen minutes, but the boys showed a great attitude to control the game.”
TSF Academy 2000 Boys - New Jersey Cup Champions 2017
“There were some great performances this weekend and I am tremendously proud of this team.”
Coach Luis concluded, “This success is a testament to the efforts of the players, parents and staff at this club. We will continue to strive to offer those that wear the patch, the best possible environment to learn and succeed.”