With only being together for just a mere few weeks, the WAZA North 07 Boys Black, led by coach, Justin Ocwieja, brought home their first championship this past weekend at the Powerade Invitational in Livingston County, Michigan. The boys demonstrated great skill - both on and off the ball all weekend long. After coasting through the preliminary games on Saturday and Sunday, they faced Michigan Rush 07 Nero in the finals. After going down 0-2 early in the first half, they came back to tie it up 3-3 at half. The boys turned it up in the second half to lead an onslaught of shots to take home a 7-4 victory and the championship! Great job boys!
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (August 24, 2014) – For the second time in as many tries, Coach Phil and his U9 Juniors won a tournament championship by going undefeated in the Grand Rapids Crew Cup this past weekend. With victories over the Grand Rapids Crew and two Kalamazoo Kingdom teams, the Juniors scored a total of twenty-four goals and only allowed three to notch a perfect record of 4-0 in tournament play.
Waza clearly distinguished themselves from the competition with their ball movement and spacing. More importantly, they continued to play together as a cohesive group – an intangible that makes a good team great. It was nice watching the U9 Juniors rise to the challenge on the playing field, but perhaps more enjoyable seeing Coach Phil accept the team’s nomination for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge off the field.
WAZA Tri-Cities 05 Royal Champs at Midland Fusion Invitational!
Midland, MI (Aug 24, 2014) Coach Tony Duncan and the WAZA Tri-Cities 05 Royal U10 team won their first tournament going undefeated. Started the weekend with a quality 5-1 victory over Lansing Chill 05 Blue and continued their superior play with 5-1 and 3-1 wins in their next two. This set up a finals game vs Midland 05 Green. After going down 0-1 the girls stepped up to the challenge and earned 3 straight goals including a rocket free kick outside the box. The girls held off a flurry and won the game 3-2 for a first division championship. The girls only gave up 4 goals all weekend while demonstrating great skill and possession soccer. Awesome start the season and look forward to the Force FC Invitational.
West Boys 07 Juniors Take 2nd at Powerade Invitational
The first year team, WAZA west 07 Black U8 Boys, led by coach, Seamus Rustin, played their first games together as a team at the Powerade Invitational in Livingston County, Michigan. They moved the ball around extremely well setting up numerous scoring opportunities while demonstrating advanced skill that was noted by their opponents. They started the tournament Friday, with 9-4 victory versus the Michigan Alliance. On Saturday they defeated the Dearborn Drive, 6-3 and VARDAR U8, 6-4. On Sunday they faced the Michigan Wolves, coming up just short with a 6-5 defeat that could have easily went either way. The boys finished second in the U8 Gold Division scoring a total of 27 goals and allowing 17. GREAT JOB BOYS!!!
The WAZA East 05 Black U10 girls, playing with a new coach, Tim Barry, and several new players, exhibited a balanced scoring attack and stingy defense to advance to the finals in the Genessee Cup Silver division finals! The girls tied their first game vs Tecumseh 3-3 in a back and forth battle right to the end. The second game against the Michigan Jaguars had the WAZA girls scoring 8 goals while giving up none. To follow that up on Sunday, they beat the Gators North team 10-0 to advance to the finals with another balanced scoring attack and shut-down defense. The final vs GallaDevs United was a hard fought battle with the WAZA girls giving it their all but coming up just short! Overall, a great start to their season combining great team effort, pressure and possession soccer, and good team chemistry for our U10 Girls!
Waza FC East U8 Girls Juniors won their first tournament going undefeated. The girls showed two-way dominance all weekend only allowing 7 goals vs 39 total scored over the entire tournament. Sunday's final vs PSG MI Gators 08 Orange proved a physical battle with our girls on top 7-2. After final, highlights included trophy/medal ceremony and a water dousing for Coach Mirco! Congratulations girls and great start to the season!!!
GRAND BLANC, MI (AUGUST 17, 2014) – Coach Phil Moore and the U9 Juniors kicked off their season the right way by winning the U9 Gold division of the Genesee Cup this past weekend.
With ties against the MI Burn, PSG Gators, and a victory over the Michigan Jaguars, the Juniors earned their way to the finals where they would again face the MI Burn – a well coached team that battled hard through the final whistle. The Burn notched the first goal of the game; however, Waza responded with four unanswered goals that eventually propelled them to 4-2 victory, and ultimately, the tournament championship.
The U9 Juniors were bolstered this past off-season with addition of three quality players, who proved to complement the returning cast of players well. With the Genesee Cup Championship underneath their belts, they now turn their attention to the Grand Rapids Crew Cup with some positive momentum behind them.
WAZA FC East 01 Juniors (MI) wins the Under-13 Boys National Championship
WAZA FC East 01 Juniors (MI) came into this final having not lost a game all the way back through US Youth Soccer Region II Championships and that momentum carried them through to Under-13 Boys National Championship match against FC Golden State PDA 01 (CA-S).
WAZA had been perfect in group stage scoring three goals and allowing none, setting up a chance to finish at the National Championships without a blemish on its record. Having already beat FC Golden State in group play 2-0, WAZA seemed confident from the get-go controlling possession and playing at a higher tempo than its opposition.
In just the 17th minute of play, Issa Rayyan broke through the Golden State defense and flicked a ball past an onrushing keeper to give WAZA a 1-0 advantage. WAZA continued knocking on the door hitting the post twice and missing a variety of other chances that could have increased its lead.
Late in the first half WAZA had another chance as Gianni Ferri stripped the ball away from a defender and got in on goal. Ferri’s chance was wasted as his shot hit the outside of the post and harmlessly bounced away.
Despite the pressure, Golden State withstood the WAZA onslaught for the rest of the second half and entered half trailing only by one goal.
Ferri added an insurance goal just six minutes into the second half as he received a through ball in 1v1 vs the Golden State keeper Alfredo Tejeda. Tejeda made a huge save but the ball bounce back to Ferri and he calmly put the ball into the back of the net to make the score 2-0.
Golden State tried to push for a goal but the WAZA defense was relentless at getting to every loose ball first as their offensive teammates controlled possession. WAZA would hold on and claim the Under-13 Boys National Championship with a 2-0 win.
“We have worked so hard all year,” said WAZA head coach Gronthik Chatterjee. “They are a very talented group of boys but it comes down to their hard work. They put in so many hours and they have great intelligence that was displayed on the field tonight.”
“The hard work we put in, all the hours away from the game type situations where no one sees you in the gym, the extra practices and the effort put in by the parents to get them there has been great. To have this pay off with a National Championship, I couldn’t be happier for my boys.”