Tennessee SC 19 Boys Elite Treasurer
The Tennessee SC 2019 Elite Boys are the 2014-15 Tennessee State Soccer Division 2 Finalists for the second year in a row.
In June 2014 the 2019 Elite Boys made it to the Division 2 Championship but lost to a strong FC Dallas TRI team. Coach Wade Wonderlin did an amazing job with that group of boys.
Thanks in part to its very strong play last Spring, nearly half of the previous 2019 Elite team was promoted to other club Division 1 teams. Coach Gift Ndam took over with the 2019 Elite team and drew other talented boys from other TSC D2 & D3 teams.
2019 Elite successfully qualified for the State Cup via Division 2 State League despite significant injuries including a State League match without the team's keeper. The 2019 Elite Boys were the third seed in the Division 2 West Bracket after State Qualifying against solid teams from Clarksville SC and CSA Lobos Elite.
The 2019 Elite Boys started their Division State Cup match against local rival Eagle Express. The teams competed hard on the field and then traded handshakes after the game as friends from opposite teams congratulated each other. The 2019 Elite Boys took the match 4-1 via a brace from Mitchell Bruce, a goal from Hunter Hollis and an own goal by Eagle Express.
In the second match, 2019 Elite faced a rematch with Clarksville SC. The Clarksville SC team has improved tremendously over the last several years thanks to great coaching. Clarksville SC defeated the 2019 Elite Boys 5-0 in State League play on the boys' home field at Brentwood Academy. Thanks to a goal differential advantage, the 2019 Elite Boys needed just a tie to advance. Hunter Hollis scored an early goal to give 2019 Elite the 1-0 advantage. Coach Gift then led the boys to a hard fought victory as a quality Clarksville SC team continued to apply pressure. The defensive backline played tremendously and keeper Ryan Roland was up to the task with all shots, posting his first clean sheet of the D2 State competition. Tennessee SC 2019 Elite held on to a 1-0 advantage and took all 6 points in the flight to earn another trip back to the Division 2 State Final.
On Sunday November 9th the 2019 Elite Boys faced off against a quality Murfreesboro Strikers Premier team. MSC's top team won the Division 2 State Title in 2012-13 and swept their State League qualifiers & early State Cup games by an aggregate of 37-0. 2019 Elite would have a real challenge on their hands playing against MSC's top team.
2019 Elite fought hard but the effects of 3 games in just under 24 hours also began to show through. 2019 Elite conceded two goals in the first half and looked to just be surviving. The 2019 Elite Boys showed real heart in the beginning of the second half and pressed forward, with several good opportunities to be the first team to score against MSC Premier - but nothing materialized. In the end MSC added another goal via a penalty kick and the final score was 3-0 Murfreesboro.
Regardless, the 2019 Elite Boys are a testimony to the value of a deep academy system in a large club, as the team was able to pull several boys from lower teams into the Division 2 ranks and again make the Division 2 Final. Congrats to Coach Gift and all of his boys for their hard work and great results to show for it. The 2019 Elite Boys will continue to train together this Fall, Winter and Spring with an emphasis on team work, player development and FUN.
The Tennessee SC 2019 Elite Boys qualified for the TN Soccer Division 2 State Cup tournament the weekend of November 7-9, 2014.
The 2019 Elite Boys were D2 Finalists in June, 2014. They now look to improve that result for their U14 season. They'll kick off the D2 tournament on Saturday, November 8 versus Eagle Express before a match against Clarksville SC.
Good luck to the 2019 Elite Boys & all other TSC teams playing in the State Cup this coming weekend!