News and Announcements
Hope you all made it home safe and sound after an honorable and impressive showing at the Regional’s in NH. I don’t think words could describe the respect and admiration I have for you girls. I am truly blessed and honored to be your coach! I am pretty sure your parents feel the same way about you and they are very proud of you.
There are a few times in one’s life where you feel that you have seen greatness. And I truly believe I have seen greatness from you girls this weekend regardless of the outcome of the games.
You played on Saturday in 90 degree heat with 1 field player sub and I GK sub. You were exhausted, but you played with heart and determination and were able to give great showing against two very skilled teams with 6-7 subs per team. But that did not stop you from giving it all. And then due to the physicality of these games some of you sustained injuries and still pushed to get out on the field. In the middle of the night help arrived in the name of Kate and Marcy Vannoy- again an amazing thing. Kate lifted us and provided us with needed help to score a big win on Sunday morning and play our best soccer all weekend in the Semi finals. The only word that I keep saying is this is an AMAZING group of young ladies and AMAZING soccer players that play with heart more than anyone else. Thank you for an AMAZING weekend and for great memories. I will remember this weekend for the rest of my life.
For the second year in a row the Thunder Magic girls are on their way to play in the Regional President’s Cup Competition to represent the state of Maryland. This year’s event will be held in Manchester, NH. The Magic girls will play teams from PA, MA, and NH in the first round of the competition.
Before we get on the road I have a few things I would like to say to my players:
I would like to remind you all that when we have the ball, YOU get to decide what happens. If YOU work 110% for each other you can beat anybody. In my opinion, the key to enjoying a sport is being able to enjoy competition, that has to come from within YOU, not imposed on you by a parent, a friend, or a coach. My job as your coach IS to believe in you and have confidence in you. And I 100% believe and have complete confidence in you. As you have done in the past couple of years, continue to have faith and trust in our system of play. Continue to believe in your abilities and what we do as a team and as individual players. I have witnessed firsthand where this team has been and where we are now. I have seen you girls play with, compete against, and beat more skilled teams and players. I know that the will of this team and the heart of the players on this team are second to none. I Know for a fact that no opponent will be able to out-hustle us no matter what happens.
Some people/coaches may say to their teams “try to go and have fun”. I think that alone without giving you something real to work towards, is a poor target in my view. You don’t need to TRY to have fun and enjoy yourself, YOU are and will have fun and enjoy soccer by playing well and feeling confident and talented, you will do this against strong teams by believing you have a way into the match. Winning is a bonus and as you’ve gotten older, it is a very big one. You will play well and determine the outcome of the match. You earned the RIGHT to be here. You are the champions from Maryland. Let’s go to NH and show what the girls from Maryland are all about.
Let’s go Magic!!
Thunder Magic has been accepted to play in the JAGS Showcase in Princeton, NJ on June 16-17. More information to follow soon.
Thunder Magic wins their second Maryland State President’s Cup Championship by defeating the SAC Wolves team 2-1 on April 28. Magic girls will represent the state at the Regional Championship in NH on Memeorial Day Weekend. Congratulations to the 2011 and 2012 Maryland State President’s Cup Champions. Great job Ladies!