SAYREVILLE, NJ — The Springfield Storm finished its season undefeated with a 10-0 record after closing out with three straight victories in the Under 11 Suburban Youth Soccer League Cup Tournament.
The Storm defeated the Westfield Dragons, Westfield Dash and Sayreville Blue Angels on Saturday, June 5.
The Dragons and the Dash were no match for the Storm, as the Storm dismantled both opponents, 3-0. The Blue Angels put up more of a fight, however. This game provided the Storm with their first glimpse of adversity during the entire season: a tie game at halftime, 0-0. With 7 minutes left in the game, Layla Jacobs rebounded her own missed shot, passing it to Emily Tiger who scored the game-winning goal.
The Dash and Angels were both ranked higher than the Storm, proving the Storm were more than capable of handling higher-ranked opponents.
“I am so proud of our girls,” Springfield Storm head coach Jeff Blank said. “They came together as a team and practiced hard. They weren’t letting anyone get in their way.”
Other goal-scorers for the Storm in the tournament included Blake Aichroth, Emma Blank, Angelina Huber, Layla Jacobs and Ivy Klein.
Blank is assisted by coaches Jeff Tiger and Brian Brendell. The team has improved every season, finishing 1-7 in its inaugural season in Fall 2019, and 4-4 in Fall 2020. The 2020 spring season was canceled due to COVID-19. In their first season, a couple of the girls on the team never played soccer before. Now, they are celebrating an undefeated season together.
“They drastically improved from year one through the end of year two,” Blank said. “They worked hard, they got to know each other as a team in terms of strengths and weaknesses, and it really took into the second year to come together and become a really strong team. The first year, they hoped to win, but now they expect to win.”
One aspect that has really shined this season is the team’s defense, as the team has not given up any goals. This is complemented by an offense that has scored 32 goals, the most of any team in their division.
With the season at its end, most of the girls on the roster will move on to travel teams or town recreational leagues. Blank, Tiger and Brendell will end their coaching duties for the Storm.
“I’m just so proud of how well they did,” Blank said. “Just in the growth over two years, from point A to point B, it’s just incredible being a part of it.”
Springfield Storm Roster
Angelina Huber #22
Blake Aichroth #24
Emily Tiger #17
Emma Blank #22
Ivy Klein #7
Julia Brendell #14
Kailyn Rentiers #8
Lauren Pascuite #34
Layla Jacobs #14
Sofia Carbone #6
Victoria Miguens #18
Isabella Rosa #8