Internationals Soccer 96Red: What Makes Our Team Unique
Submitted by Acadia Palocko, Player
July 25, 2012
I play for the Internationals Soccer 96Red out of Ohio-North.
Let me start off by saying that it’s a huge honor to be going to Rock Hill, South Carolina for the USYS National Championship. We could have never gotten this far without each and every player giving it everything they have to the game they love.
Our team has always played well together, winning four State Championships (2012, 2011, 2010, and 2007), being a finalist in 2008, and making three regional appearances since we were U10s. This year a lot of our success through the National Championship series was attributed to playing in the National League for the first time, where we played very talented teams and learned a lot from playing them. This spring we also played in the MRL U15 Premier Division, where our team came in second place. We finished the league with a record of 8 wins and 1 loss, with the lowest goals against in our division.
We went 5-0 in State Cup this year, and with an exceptional defense and talented offense we came out with a 15-1 goal differential. Our success followed us into the Regional Championship for Midwest Region II, winning each game in the qualifying round to get us into the semifinal. In the regional finals our team came out on top with a 3-1 win, and finished the tournament with a goal differential of 18-3, with scoring by nine different players.
What makes our team unique is not having one or two players that make the magic happen up front, but rather having multiple scoring threats. We also have one of the most consistently solid defensive lines and dynamic keepers in the nation, which anchors our relentless offense.
Of course we would not be where we are today without our respected and dedicated coaches who are some of the best coaches in the country, and our loving and supportive parents, cheering us on from the sidelines.
Our team is the third team within the Internationals Soccer Club history to go to USYS National Championships. We are so excited to represent the Midwest Region II, Ohio North, and our Internationals family in South Carolina. We are ready to make the dream of winning the National Title a reality!
Cleveland Internationals U15: For the Love of the Game
Submitted by Diane Dorchock, Parent
July 24, 2012
Jenna Dorchock, Cleveland Internationals U15 Center Forward and Center Midfield, has been playing since she was five. Most recently, she was the third overall of the high scorers in the top ten in the Region 2 Championships and National League.
For eight years, Jenna has been traveling one to two hours each way, several days a week to attend league games and practices. She studies in the car to and from games and practices, often times arriving home after midnight, only to stay up until 1 or 2 a.m. to finish homework and study for exams.
She has sacrificed a lot for the game, including missing friend’s sleepovers, birthdays, holidays,and even family events. Jenna enjoys camping, fishing, fast pitch softball, and basketball, though her commitment to soccer is her number one priority. Her career goal is to be a Physical Therapist and Sports Trainer.