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HSC Receives Public Charity Status
Cole Iverson - HSC '93 Striker earns top HONORS!
We have two major announcements for our '93 Striker - Cole, coached by Henry Mpagi. Cole has been named to the U15 Men's US National Team for the upcoming trip to Spain. Cole will be playing in Spain with the National Team from 5/9 - 5/19. This is an outstanding achievement and a honor for Huntsville Soccer Club to send its second player to the National Team. HSC continues to gain recognition for placing players at the elite levels.
As well - Cole has been invited to the Adidas ESP camp. The ESP camp is reserved for the absolute top players in the United States. It has been host to players such as Josmer Altidore, Jonathon Spector, and many other top professional and collegiate soccer players. This invitation only camp is recognized as the top developmental camp in the country. You can find more information at Adidas ESP.
Cole Iverson - '93 Striker
HSC Player receives Soccer Scholarship in Tran South Conference
Van has been a part of HSC throughout his important development years participating in multiple State Championships while being coached by Marty Clark. Later in his career, Van joined HSC at the U18 level to be coached by John Tesema and ultimately being recruited to the Eagles. Lambuth is a NAIA school located in Jackson, TN. The Eagles are coached by Paul Conway. Van will pursue a degree in EMI (Entertainment Music Industry) while at Lambuth. Congratulations to Van and his proud parents - Leigh and Gia Santos.
96 HSC Samba Yellow secure TWO Championships
Congratulations to our HSC U12 Girls for securing the Championship title in the recent Vulcan Cup and Bob Jones Great Patriot Shootout. This talented young team is coached by Norbert Webley and will be soon representing the HSC in the upcoming State Championship series.
Samba 96 Yellow secured a championship title in the Vulcan Cup. This Platinum rated tournament is played in Birmingham, Alabama. The '96 girls had an excellent showing. Samba was in control of the games playing against teams from GA, TN,and LA . Samba went head to head against Hendersonville Fusion, TN in the finals. The team had a three shut outs and won their last game 2-1.
The U12 girls also secured the Championship title at the Bob Jones Indoor tournament by beating the Kicks in a tight final, resulting in penalties from the mark. The HSC team scored 8 goals and gave up only 1 on their path to the Championship title.
Success at the Southest Challenge 2008
HSC teams come up big at the best soccer facility in the Southeast. The recent Southeast Challenge, hosted by the Jack Allen Soccer Complex in Decatur - AL, was a hot spot for HSC success. Several teams performed well in their brackets and secured spots in the championships. Congratulations to the HSC teams! Championship groups are:
Huntsville Soccer Club #1 in Division I Boys and 2nd overall in TOP ALABAMA PROGRAMS
HSC recently secured the U14, U15, and U16 boys State Championships for Division I in Alabama. With 3 Division I boys titles - that makes HSC NUMBER ONE in the boys division I programs for most championships during 2007! Overall, by securing 3 championship titles, HSC is the 2nd highest club in State Championships for both boys and girls programs combined. All 3 Striker teams will represent Alabama in the upcoming Southeast Regional Championships in Raleigh, NC.
The development program is one of the best around for the Huntsville Soccer Club. We have secured top spots in the Regional Leagues as well as State by adhering to a strict recipe of discipline, organization, and creative play for our young players. HSC is a fraction of the size of competing clubs but maintains an elite position by continuing to staff our teams with the absolute best coaches available and develop players in the HSC system for many years prior to achieving such an elite level of success.
HSC also captured a Finalist position with the U16 HSC Samba girls and
Semi-Finalists spots with the U17 HSC Samba girls and the U14 HSC Samba
'93 Blue Strikers, coached by Henry Mpagi
'94 Blue Strikers, coached by Eusebio Samuel
Samba Girls Championship at Bob Jones
'92 Blue Strikers, coached
'92 Yellow Samba, coached by Marty Clark
'94 Yellow Samba, coached by James Ssemambo
(not pictured) '91 Yellow Samba, coached by Eusebio Samuel
Governor's Cup Champion - U9 Yellow Samba Girls
Christy Copeland's '99 Yellow Samba girls capture the Championship at the Division III Governor's Cup in Decatur, Al. This young group of girls had an outstanding tournament while on their road to victory.
Congratulations girls and good luck for many years to come!
1st Annual HSC Community "Kick-Back" Charity Drive
The Huntsville Soccer Club hosted a charity collection event at Pete's Soccer Shop on Whitesburg Drive on December 15th, 2007. A representative from the Harris Home for Children was present to receive the donations for the "Home Team", while collections for the "Away Team", the international Ambassadors in Sports Charity based out of South Africa, will be mailed to them at the beginning of the new year. Numerous families and members of the Board of Directors were present to provide donations for this 1st Annual "Kick Back" event, but Pete's Soccer Shop owner, Pete Needham, went beyond the call of duty and provided the majority of the donations himself. Thanks to all who came out to help during this holiday season!
Pictured above: Pete Needham of Pete's Soccer Shop,
Rachel Morris and Bob Copeland of HSC
Cole Iverson selected for U15 US National team event at Disney
'93 HSC Blue Striker, Cole Iverson, was recently selected to participate with the US National Team representing the United States in international competition at the 2007 Nike Friendlies event in Orlando, Fl. Cole is coached by Henry Mpagi on his championship team at HSC. This is the second calling for Cole to the US National Team. Cole will also be joining our Heroes Spring College Team for additional exposure throughout early 2008. Visit HERE for photos of the Nike event.
Huntsville Soccer Club dominates Region III Premier League
The '93 Blue Strikers, coached by Henry Mpagi, take the CHAMPIONSHIP in the recent conclusion of the U15 boys R3PL. As well, the '92 Blue Strikers, coached by Marty Clark, take the FINALIST position in the U16 boys division. Both teams represented Alabama well by capturing these elite honors in the central division of Region III. Both teams will be representing Alabama in the upcoming Regional Championships as they both secured their respective State Championships. Both teams are ranked in the top 25 Nationally for goals allowed: '93 Boys (11th with 7 shut-outs and 3 goals allowed) and '92 Boys (24th with 6 shut-outs and 4 goals allowed).
The elite Region III Premier League, comprised of state champions and finalists, is the toughest league available for our state teams.
'92 Blue Strikers - Finalist
The HSC 93 Blue Strikers - FINALISTS in the 2007 Germantown College Showcase PLATINUM Division.
The HSC 93 Strikers won their very competitive bracket by beating 2 State Champions and a Regional Finalist, in the highest division in the tournament. Region II Ohio State Champions, COSA Express, and Reg II Kansas State Champions, KCFC Alliance Ranger, fell 1-0 and 3-0, consecutively, in their games that were clearly dominated by the Strikers. The 3rd game paired the Strikers with the Region II Finalist, Chicago Fire Juniors Premier Red, but they, too, could not push their way through the strong defense of the Strikers, who won 2-0. The Strikers met their match in the Championship game with the very tough Region II team, St Louise Scott Gallagher 1, ranked 15th in the nation, and fell 0-3 in the finals. In spite of that loss, it was a huge success for the HSC 93 Blue Strikers to have walked away Finalist in the highest division in one of the nations most competitive tournaments! Congratulations HSC 93 Blue Strikers!
College Spring Team offered in 2008
In an effort to help players realize their dreams of playing higher level soccer, HSC is working with the Heroes organization to provide high school aged players the opportunity to receive outstanding spring training and a compliment of games with select Colleges and Universities in the Southeast. The Heroes organization has a US Club soccer affiliation and is directed by Desmond Armstrong, former US National Team player. We have also merged players from Birmingham and North Alabama for this team which is coached by John Tesema, Director of Coaching for HSC.
Players will be exposed to college soccer and have an opportunity to play with Division I, II, III and NAIA programs. With each college game, the College coaches offer campus tours and an interview with the players so that players can get answers to their academic and sport related concerns.
92 Samba Yellow gets another Championship win at the SoccerElite Fall Championships in Memphis
The 92 Yellow Samba, Coached by Marty Clark, take another Fall Championship. They destroyed competition scoring 15 goals and allowing 2 on their way to the final victory. The finals were a 2-1 match with a strong Mississippi United Fire team in the U16 girls Gold Bracket.
96 Strikers Blue won the Superclubs tournament in
The 96 Strikers Blue, Coached by Fernando Pingatore, are the Fall 2007 Superclub U-12 Champs. They scored 15 goals and only gave up 1 one goal all weekend.
HSC Teams DOMINATE the HSC Summer Classic Tournament
It was a wonderful weekend of great weather and outstanding soccer as the HSC teams march to finals in 11 of 18 opportunities. With 6 Championship teams and 5 Finalists, HSC was the CLUB of the weekend!
96 Samba Yellow coached by Norbert Webley
92 Samba Yellow coached by Marty Clark
99 Strikers Blue coached by Sean Cooper
96 Strikers Blue coached by Eusebio Samuel
95 Strikers Blue coached by Norbert Webley
92 Strikers Blue coached by Marty Clark
95 Samba Yellow coached by James Ssemambo
99 Samba Yellow coached by Christy Copeland
94 Strikers Blue coached by Eusebio Samuel
93 Strikers Blue coached Henry Mpagi
90 Strikers Blue coached by John Tesema
96 Samba Yellow 92 Samba Yellow
96 Strikers Blue 95 Strikers Blue
92 Strikers Blue
'92 Striker captures Region Player status
Zach Clark was the only player from a North Alabama Club to be named to the Southeast Regional Pool at the July Region III ODP camp at the University of Mississippi. The 1992 Alabama ODP team had a record 6 players engage in the pool this summer. This identification process is an honor and reserved for the top players in the southeast. Next on the calendar will be the potential for international competition with the Region III ODP team. The '92 Region team is coached by Trevor Adair from Clemson and Peter Fuller from the University of Mobile. This achievement comes on the backside of Zach forfeiting his high school playing opportunities while playing for the Heroes FC spring team which spent the recent spring season competing with various southeast Universities. The HSC has placed more players at the Regional and National levels than any other club in North Alabama. Great job!
Zach Clark (pictured in white jersey)
'93 Striker called to U.S. National Team Camp
Cole Iverson was recently scouted into the U15 Boys National Team camp in Carson, California. One of the U17 National team coaches was able to observe Cole during the Southern Regional Championships and immediately made arrangements for Cole to join the elite group of players in California. This special opportunity places Cole in an elite category of players now eligible to represent the United States in International competition. While at camp, he will be playing against the absolute best players in the nation and complimented with top professional coaches currently working with our regional and national programs. Cole has been coached by Henry Mpagi while being a member of the '93 Strikers. Cole is the second player in HSC history to join the National pool ranks. '88 Striker, Bill Dworsky, was the first player and now plays for the UNC Tarheels.
2007 HSC '93 Strikers Blue advance to Quarter-Finals at Southern Regional Championships
The HSC 93 Strikers Blue, coached by Henry Mpagi and Assisted by James Ssemambo, recently played in the Southern Regional Championship tournament in Oklahoma City. Faced with strong opposition and inclement weather, they were able to show the region that indeed soccer is played in Alabama. The Strikers’ first game pitted them against the Premier League’s Region Three Central Champions, TNFC 93 Blue. After an aggressive, fast paced game, the Strikers were victorious scoring once in each half for a 2-0 win. The first goal was headed in off a beautiful cross in front of the net. The second goal was scored from just outside the eighteen as it was bent just out of the keepers reach into the right hand corner. Next, the Strikers faced CESA 92 Premier, South Carolina’s State Champions. This team brought size, speed, and an attitude that did not accept defeat to the pitch. CESA was able to score first, but before they were able to enjoy the elation the Strikers had evened things up with a goal of there on by bringing the ball down the left side and punching it in.
'93 Strikers Blue at Southern Regional Championship Opening Ceremonies
Youth Academy starts in 2007!
HSC is opening a Youth Academy to serve our recreational base of players. We have named Coach Sean Cooper as the Youth Academy Director. Coach Cooper will conduct all club training and game supervision. This program is for the U8 player seeking a more structured and challenging environment. We will offer pool/combined training and players will be assigned to a single team for the season. Players will train once per week and a game night once per week with most all sessions at Merrimack Park.
HSC Strikers represent Alabama and the U.S. with international competition in Mexico
Several HSC Strikers were selected to go to Guadalajara, Mexico from 31 May - 4 June 2007 with the Alabama Olympic Development Program (ODP) '92 Team (Zach Clark, Bobby Copeland, and Bradley Boyett), '91 (Blaire Gaines and Sam Witt) and '90 (Eric Tift and PT Huang) state teams . The '92 squad had a respectable showing against three well-known Mexican professional club teams, and despite losing to both Tecos (1-2) and Atlas (1-2), they pulled out a victory against powerhouse, Chivas (2-1). Our own Zach Clark scored 3 of the 4 tournament goals for the team with the game winning goal in the Chivas game! All of these boys will continue on this July as they go on to represent Alabama at the U.S. Region III camp (Southeast U.S.A.) held at Mississippi State in Starkville, MS.
HSC Coach Selected to Huntsville High Girls Head Varsity Position
HSC Coach Christy Copeland has been named the new Head Varsity Coach of the Huntsville High School Lady Panthers championship soccer program. Christy has been an Assistant Varsity and JV Coach for the Lady Panthers since 2004 and was unanimously selected to replace retiring head coach, Henry Mpagi, and HSC Coach James Ssemembo will assist her in this endeavor. Coach Christy is the head coach for the upcoming '99 HSC Samba (U9) Girls teams, and Coach James will coach both the '94 and '95 HSC Samba teams. Congratulations Coaches!
HSC Teams take all the Treasure for North Alabama at Spring State Cup 2007
Congratulations to our State Cup Champions in May 2007. HSC was able to represent North Alabama well by capturing all available Championships in the recent tournament. We are the only club in North Alabama that can claim this level of success at the Championship Tournament. Our hat is off to the players and Coaches for a job well done!
Here is a list of our Champions:
'96 U11 - Strikers Blue coached by Eusebio Samuel
'95 U12 - Strikers Blue coached by James Ssemambo / Asst. Greg Dunn
'94 U13 - Strikers Blue coached by John Tesema
'95 Strikers Blue - U12B Div. II Champion '94 Strikers Blue - U13 Division I Champion
'96 Strikers Blue - U11B Div. II Champion