The Waza East Girls 06 Royal team with coach Matt Orsargos won the Bowling Green Soccer Challenge U9 Orange division championship. Thanks also for the help from our guest players and families. They went 4-0 and had great passing and teamwork. Every girl scored at least one goal. Fun weekend for all.
The East 04 Black girls team had another successful tournament this past weekend winning the U11 Girls Silver Division championship. The girls played great team soccer outscoring their opponents 15-1 over the course of four games. They ended up playing the PSG Gators Genesee 04 Orange team in the championship and earned a hard fought 2-0 win.
Thanks to the guest players from other Waza teams for their help in the wins. Thanks to coach Zane for his guidance and wisdom. Also, thanks to the girl's families for their support and encouragement. Another fun and exciting tournament weekend. Go Waza!
Waza F.C. is proud to announce that we have teamed up with Under Armour Inc. for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 youth soccer seasons. With their headquarters in Baltimore, MD, Under Armour is an internationally recognized market leader of sports performance products. They strive for excellence in everything they do. And, their commitment that ‘everything here is built to make you better’ aligns with our commitment to optimal player and team development.
Our new customized Under Armour uniform items will be displayed at the June 13 & 14 Waza F.C. try-outs at each location. Some notable points:
There will be a field player kit and a goalkeeper kit.
The field player “home” jersey will be black and the “away” jersey will be yellow. The game shorts will be black. All items include green accents.
The goalkeeper jerseys will be long-sleeve. The “home” jersey will be neon green and the “away” jersey will be silver grey. The game shorts will be black. All items include royal blue accents.
Ladies style items will be available in adult sizes.
There will be a long-sleeve white jersey with green accents available for teams playing in the Directors Academy, Midwest Regional League, and National Premier League.
The warm-up jackets will be black with graphite and the warm-up pants will be black.
New Waza F.C. spirit wear items will also be available in the Under Armour brand. Those details will be shared once finalized.
We are excited about this new opportunity for our players, families and coaching staff to proudly wear our new Waza F.C. apparel by Under Armour.
WAZA FC East made the Super Y League Finals with a 7-0-1 record during league play this summer, competing in the U-12 age group. WAZA posted 6 shutouts and conceded only 3 goals while scoring 21 goals. Hard work and dedication from the girls and Coach Ludwig paid off as they entered the Finals held at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
WAZA drew their first match against Atlanta Fire United, the only other undefeated team. WAZA’s strong defense was able to keep Atlanta at bay with the midfielders help, who were quick to the ball. This allowed WAZA’s offense to take advantage by getting a strong shot off and the lone goal in the game, resulting in the 1-0 win.
Next up, the Long Island Rough Riders proved to be a solid defensive team, keeping WAZA off the scoreboard. However, WAZA demonstrated they were just as tough, posting a clean sheet for the 2nd game in a row, resulting in a 0-0 tie.
VA Alliance was next, and they were unable to control WAZA’s dominating pressure conceding 5 goals in the first half. VA Alliance came back strong in the 2nd half, but WAZA’s tenacious play was too much, leading to a 5-0 victory.
Orlando City SC was the next exceptional competitor, and although WAZA’s offense put pressure on Orlando, some amazing saves by their keeper kept Orlando on WAZA’s heels. A well placed corner kick and beautiful finish put WAZA on the board. With Orlando pushing forward, WAZA’s defense worked hard to get the ball to the midfield who took advantage of the opportunity and gave WAZA a 2nd goal. The game ended with a 2-0 victory.
Speaking volumes about Michigan’s youth travel soccer, the Championship game came against Michigan’s Grand Rapid’s Crew. WAZA got on the board only three minutes into the game with another phenomenal corner kick that resulted in a well-placed header. Less than 10 minutes later WAZA’s midfield capitalized on yet another scoring opportunity. Grand Rapids came out determined in the 2nd half and were able to keep WAZA from a clean sheet for the tournament, scoring in the final minute of play. The game ended with a 2-1 victory. WAZA FC East became the first WAZA girls team to win a Super Y League National Championship! Thank you to Coach Ludwig and Congratulations on a great team effort.
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.”
Sadly, the Waza family has lost a dear friend and coach, Seamus Rustin. Seamus passed away on Monday, March 3rd, of a heart attack at the age of 38 just after he finished coaching the game he loved. He is survived by his loving family – his wife Regilene and their three children Silas, Mila, and Lucian.
The Seamus Rustin Family Memorial Fund has been established to show our love and support for Seamus and his family in their time of need. To donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/nn3f4o.
We ask that our Waza family keep Seamus’ family in your thoughts and prayers.