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Girls SYL '92 & '93/'94 Select Teams
Interview with Quickstrike FC's Jesse Kolmel

Wednesday, February 6

COCOA, FL – United Soccer Leagues third Super Y-League ODP National Camp of the 2008 season wrapped up today at the Cocoa Expo Center in Cocoa, Florida with the identification of the’92 and ‘93/’94 SYL Select Teams. While numerous regions across the U.S. and Canada awoke to harsh and wintry conditions, the Space Coast of eastern Florida held onto the mid 70-degree weather the players and coaches enjoyed throughout the past four days.

Determined by the array of performances in Tuesday night’s Select Team matches, the squads competing in today’s games battled for the right to be recognized as the best the Super Y-League has seen in this past season.

Jesse Kolmel of Quickstrike FC served as head coach of the ‘93/’94 White squad during Tuesday’s Select Team Matches.

“The speed of play in our match yesterday was tremendous,” said Kolmel. “The girls had a sense of urgency and flair on, and off the ball. They also displayed the ability to create great combination play through the middle of the field and in high-pressure situations. The top 18 to 20 players in this camp can compete with any team in the nation including the girls at the U.S. National Team level.”

Kolmel, currently the Director of Coaching at Quickstrike in Newburgh, New York, had plenty to be happy about in his club’s inaugural SYL season.

“Amanda DaCosta made it to the NCAA finals with Florida State University and was named NCAA Freshman of the Year,” said Kolmel. “Also a phenomenal athlete, Brittany Taylor was named Big East Defender of the Year for her play with the University of Connecticut.”

Both DaCosta and Taylor were members of Quickstrike’s USL Super-20 Women’s side who fought their way into the second annual, Super-20 League Final before dropping a 1-0 decision to Parsippany SC.

“I thought playing in the Super-20 League was a major factor to Amanda and Brittany’s success during their first season of college soccer,” said Kolmel. “Being able to play and train in a highly-competitive summer league gave them a real edge heading into preseason.”

Taylor and DaCosta’s success in the summer and fall has continued into these winter months.

“Brittany was just called into camp with the full U.S. Women’s National Team at the Home Depot Center,” said Kolmel. “It was her first time with the full national team and from what I heard she has performed very well.”

“Amanda was just called into camp with the U.S. Under-20 National Team,” added Kolmel. “They are heading to Chile in preparation for the Under-20 World Cup. We are very proud of both their efforts in representing Quickstrike FC and United Soccer Leagues.”

Along with his players, Kolmel is merging his efforts on the club level with the directives of the U.S. National Team Staff.

During his time in Cocoa this week, U.S. National Team Staff Coach Mike Dickey met with several of the Super Y-League ODP coaches, including Kolmel, to discuss the U.S. Under-17 National Team’s recent trip to the Future Stars Tournament in Auckland, New Zealand. SYL coaches took the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the scouting scheme of the U.S. Women’s National Teams.

“It was great to see the objectives of the U.S. National Team,” said Kolmel. “It helps to know the mind-frame they are looking for so we can tailor our curriculum on the club level to match. The end result should better prepare players to compete at the highest possible level.”

’93/’94 SYL Select Team
Jessica Figueroa
GK
South Jersey Barons
Tatiana Saunders
GK

New York Magic

Cari Roccaro
D
LI Rough Riders 
Taylor Russell
D
Atlanta Silverbacks Jrs.
Danielle Vidal
D
Weston SC 
Malaya Cabrera
D
Santa Clarita United 
Ellie Von Storch
D
Richmond Strikers
Gabrielle Santorio
D
Quickstrike FC
Mackenzie Hunt
D
MPS Boston
Amanda Jones
M
NJ Jersey Stallions
Jessica Lee
M
Parsippany SC
Joy Grove
M
Richmond Kickers
Paulina Speckmaier
M
Weston SC 
Courtney Procter 
M
Santa Clarita United
Briana Washington
F
Atlanta Silverbacks Jrs. 
Jasmine Paterson
F
Kendall SC 
Kate Gancedo
F
 Santa Clarita United
Stephine Santos 
F
Quickstrike FC

‘92 SYL Select Team
 Kacey Held
F
Cal Odysey
Wendy Travis
M
 CASL Elite
 Jennifer Ericson
D
 Capital Athletic Soccer Academy
Claudel Pilon
D
CASL Elite
Lauren Gagnon
M
West Michigan Fire Jrs.
Olivia Mackey
D
D.C. United
Alexandra Dezenzo
D
NJ Stallions
Samantha Wiebzbicki
D
City Islanders Academy
 Lauren Wilson
F
FC Delco 
Anna Stinson 
F
West Michigan Fire Jrs. 
Emily Kruger
GK
 USA 17 Academy
Claire Romaine 
D
CASL Elite
Shea Levi
F
South Jersey Barons
Brittany Albrecht
M
Match Fit Academy 
Cynthia Garcia
D
De Anza Force 
Paige Wester
F
Kalamazoo Kingdom 
Nicole Berner
GK 
Parsippany SC 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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