Totino-GraceA Catholic High School in the Lasallian Tradition
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Coaching Philosophy All families involved in Eagles Soccer Program are vital to the boys’ development as student-athletes. It is our staff’s goal to continue to build up our entire soccer program and provide educational and competitive experiences for the students of all grade levels. As varsity coach at Totino-Grace I am excited about and committed to creating an environment where students come together to work toward a goal greater than themselves. There are many opportunities at Totino-Grace for students to develop and share their gifts. The boys soccer program affords those students who make the team a setting where they can dedicate themselves to teamwork, competition, and enjoyment as a result of working hard. Each soccer team in our program has high expectations for students—academically, socially, athletically and spiritually. Cut Policy Due to the nature of high school athletics and the number of interested participants, rosters will be limited. As varsity coach it is my intention to choose the best players for each level. With the exception of the freshmen team there will may be cuts based on soccer talent and skill, commitment to the team, and work ethic. The boys’ coaching staff takes full responsibility for the decisions made regarding team selection and playing time. Code of Conduct and Expectations The MSHSL Athletic Eligibility Form along with the TG behavior contract specifically articulate the standards to which all boys soccer players will be held. Sportsmanship Soccer at the high school level is competitive, educational and meant to be enjoyed. Behavior that does not reflect this understanding is unacceptable. All coaches, players, referees, parents, and fans are reminded to honor the game of soccer and the dignity of all persons involved in the playing of the game at all times.
Boys Soccer tryouts begin Monday, August 15 at 8:00 a.m. Seniors are asked to arrive at 7:30 a.m.
Practice will be held at the Totino-Grace practice fields from 8:00 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Players need running shoes, soccer shoes, shin guards, and healthy snacks.
All 9th graders who try out will be placed on a team. Depending on the number of players who tryout, there may be cuts for students in grades 10-12. During the week of August 22-26, practice will be once a day for 90-120 minutes between 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Exact schedules will come out by August 19. A mandatory parent-player-coach BBQ and pre-season meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, at Totino-Grace. For questions regarding 9th graders email or call Mr. Jim Dahlman, firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 701. Contact Mr. Bill Vance at email@example.com or 763-571-9116 Ext 792 with any other questions.
9/27 Spring Lake Park Participating in the same conferences since the 1990's, Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony and TGHS have had some memorable matchups. This evening's Northwest Suburban Conference game appeared to lack some of the nostalgia and a lot of the rivalry as there were less than 10 fans present just minutes prior to kickoff. The surface was under thousands of gallons of water just a week ago and the tiny recycled-rubber pellets were visible on anything that touched the playing surface.
9/24 St. Thomas Academy The concern of multiple faithful Eagles soccer alums expressed through emails and phone calls was: would the Eagles have enough in the tank to play A #2 ranked St. Thomas Academy after an exciting victory over AA #7 ranked Andover. Others wondered what the midfield would look like without two-year starter and captain Luke Lindsay. The conversation and meditation in the locker room told the players to 'look where they want to go' and 'control what they can control' all while praying for and playing for Lindsay.
9/22 Andover It was a roller coaster. The Eagles hosted #7AA Andover in Conference Match Day 8 twenty four hours after torrential rainfall in the northern suburbs. Professional sports teams' groundskeepers could take a page from TG grounds crew handbook as the grass surface of Jim Totino Stadium held pretty well. The first twenty minutes of the game seemed to send a message to the conference leading opponents that the Eagles were there to play. In the 13th minute, Luke Lindsay won the ball at midfield and quickly played an angled pass to Collin Matzoll. Matzoll's 1-time crafty chip into space invited a run toward goal by Herbert Endeley who beat his defender to the ball and then rocketed it upper shelf in between the keeper and the near post from a tight angle. Andover literally took the kickoff into the penalty area and nearly tied the game seconds later. Thanks to some good fortune in addition to good goalkeeping by Dan Forbord, (not to mention steady defending by all Eagles) TG entered halftime up 1-0. Andover had numerous chances and the Eagles used all sorts of unorthodox touches to keep the net clean. There was a scrum that included four saves. In the 44th minute a very dangerous long throw deflected off an Eagle defender where a Husky was able to tie the game. A foul outside the right side of the box by the Eaglessix minutes latergave Andover's #7 his second goal of the night. Down 2-1 with 30 minutes to go, the Eagles struggled to keep possession, were consistently beaten to 50-50 balls and appeared out of sorts. A counter attack by the Eagles in the 67th minute resulted in a penalty that the Andover goalkeeper thwarted. The assistant referee flagged the goalkeeper for leaving early and McHugh buried his second chance to tie the game. The game winning goal was a second penalty as a result of a handball by an Andover defender. This time Endeley took the spot kick and the keeper again saved it but McHugh anticipated the rebound and blasted the rebound to give the Eagles the lead for good. It was a game of back and forth and numerous illustrations of quick, crafty soccer from both sides. The Eagles hit the post twice (Endeley and Matzoll) and Forbord regularly exploded off his line to deal with too many extremely dangerous long throw-ins. There were minutes of pressing, hungry soccer as well as periods of erratic, disconnected decision-making but CREDO--belief and 80+ minutes of focus allowed the Eagles to defeat Andover for the first time in their three years in the NWS Conference. Forbord had 8 saves and so did the Husky keeper. 9/20 Osseo It always brings back memories when the Eagles play at Osseo High School's stadium. Match Day 7 was the first time the Eagles were playing the actual Osseo soccer team at Osseo since joining the Northwest Suburban Conference in 2014. The Orioles entered the game with a 1-4-1 conference record and the Eagles were 4-2. The wind in the face of the Eagles and the turf made for some erratic play in the first half. A number of good ideas manifested themselves in balls served too long or bounces that traveled just a bit higher than they would on grass. The Eagles had more of the possession early on but Osseo had a pair of crafty 10th graders whose speed put the Eagles on their heals more than once. Senior keeper Dan Forbord was forced to make an impressive diving save on a hard bending shot from outside the penalty area. The Eagles chances were more numerous but not necessarily more dangerous. As the second half commenced, the wind was at the Eagles' backs. A renewed emphasis on quicker thinking gave the Eagles the upper hand, or was it technically 'upper wing' in this avian matchup. A quick and penetrating pass from the left side of midfield nearly found outside midfielder Jacob Beltman. The pressure the Eagles put on the Orioles lead to the first goal of the night when a goal kick went directly to Senior Sam Smith who's one touch redirection of the ball went directly in front of sophomore winger Herbert Endeley. The channel 12 announcers, the fans and pretty much anyone watching knew Endeley would penetrate with the ball into the box. A defender nearly cut Herbert off but that was when Endeley's cut inside allowed him to drive a right-footed strike between the keeper and the post. Eagles were up 1-0 with 24 minutes remaining. A few cornerkicks and free kicks continued to keep the pressure on Osseo and a Peter McHugh well-placed service into the path of junior Luke Lindsay allowed Lindsay to lure his defender away from the goal only to turn and serve a near post cross. An Osseo defender's attempted clearance went straight at Endeley whose right footed half volley was thunderous! The Eagles were up 2-0 with 10 minutes remaining. Dan Forbord was steady and vocal in earning the shutout as he managed a back line of Jaeger brothers (Ben and Parker), Jack O'Dea, Mchugh, and Cade McSherry in limiting Osseo's chances. Junior Collin Matzoll's move from holding midfielder to attacking midfielder clearly helped the Eagles find more chances in the second half. 9/17 Maple Grove A picturesque Autumn afternoon at Jim Totino Stadium saw the TG Women's Varsity come from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat Maple Grove 2-1 prior to the Eagle Men's Match Day 6 fixture. Eagles coaching staff member Jim Dahlman set aside his C-Squad coaching hat for his public address announcer voice in subbing for announcer emeritus Mark Dougherty and the transition was seamless.
9/15 Blaine Soggy, saturated, slippery, and slick--Match Day Five was a wet one at Blaine High School. The5PMkickoff saw the teams skip the starting lineups due to the weather and just a few minutes into the match, Blaine's shot that was cleared off the line with a fine defensive effort rebounded back to one of the Bengals leader scorers who shot it high and into the back of the net. The Eagles appeared stunned because the first effort did do well to prevent their first attempt but soccer is a game of chances and the Blaine Bengals buried their second chance much to the chagrin of the Eagles and their water-resistant faithful followers. The Eagles first goal came when Jack Vettel served a ball in from the endline that was intercepted by a Blaine defender. Herbert Endeley didn't give up, took the ball away and surprised the goalkeeper with a near post blast. The second goal came off of Bengal goal kick that Jacob Beltman one-timed to Endeley on the left wing. Endeley cut the ball inside and sent a right-footed blast in the direction of the top right corner of the goal to make it 2-1. A penalty call left the door open for the Bengals to tie the match but Dan Forbord shut that door with a diving save and the discipline to hold on to the slippery ball after the save. Endeley rewarded his keeper by earning a penalty kick on the other end. Peter McHugh stepped up and buried his chance to make it 3-1 in the second half. A 30 minute lightning delay was an opportunity for each team to shift tactics or momentum or focus. Following that break it was the Eagles who scored two more goals that are much more impressive viewing them live than on film or in print. A Bengal pass out of their back 1/3 was intercepted by Luke Lindsay who played a nifty wall pass with Collin Matzoll, but with a twist. Lindsay literally twisted in a circle to serve his next touch to Jack Vettel. Vettel's well-timed run gave him the opportunity to one-time the ball far post: Eagles up 4-1. The Eagles increased the lead to a four goal margin when Lindsay played a long angled ball to the far side of the penalty area where the deft touch of Matzoll settled the ball in order for it to be gently directed past the Bengal keeper. Eagles up 5-1. The Bengals earned another penalty and, despite Forbord getting a hand on it, converted. The 5-2 victory gives the Eagles a 3-2 record heading into Saturday's home match with Maple Grove at3PMat Jim Totino Stadium. Go Eagles! 9/13 Elk River Park CenterThe Eagles' home opener saw Eagles Announcer Emeritus, Mark Dougherty, grab the announcer’s microphone and professionally communicate to all in attendance—from graciously thanking the referees to offering scoring summaries to new and improved corporate sponsorship announcements (Discount Double Check anyone?) and invitations for prospective students to visit TG.
Mark announced the game time temp as 74 degrees, welcomed the Pirates of Park Center and then quickly announced four Park Center corner kicks in the span of two minutes. The Eagles did nicely to prevent shots on goal but not well enough to prevent the onslaught of corner after corner after corner and corner. Finally, “Goal Kick Totino-Grace” communicated to all the fans that the Eagles were starting to wake up.
Sophomore returner Herbert Endeley put the Eagles ahead with under two minutes to go in the first half on a well-placed pass from sophomore Parker Jaeger to give the Eagles the one goal advantage. Endeley received the pass, touched it past the defender nearly sombrero style, and rocketed it past the Pirates keeper. It felt as though the Eagles could earn their first shutout until the Pirates ‘penzanced’ (poetic license) their way through the Eagles backline to level the match at 1-1. The Pirate fans cheered, the Eagles lamented the allowed goal but neither team could find a way to finish the game off in the few remaining minutes of regulation.
The overtime saw the Eagles create multiple dangerous chances and junior Jack Vettel (prior to jetting off to Eden Prairie for the Eagles vs. Eagles football game) demonstrated an Eagle trait in not giving up while being shoved off the ball. After momentarily losing balance, he pushed the ball away from his defender toward the center of the penalty box, caught up with it and then placed a low shot into side netting to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead with under 3 minutes remaining in the second overtime. The Eagles defeated the Pirates for the first time in three tries as members of the Northwest Suburban Conference by a score of 2-1. The Eagles would like to thank all the fans who came out to the game! The JV won 3-1, the B-squad won 4-1 and the C-Squad tied Park Center 4-4. The next varsity game is Tuesday at Centennial at 7pm before the Eagles head to IL the following weekend. Come out and support the Eagles!9/6 CentennialThe turf field at Centennial allowed the game to be played after a 24 hour period where saturated soccer pitches throughout the metro caused lower level games to be moved or delayed. The Eagles were excited to try to earn their first victory over Centennial in their third season as a member of the Northwest Suburban conference.
The overtime saw the Eagles create multiple dangerous chances and junior Jack Vettel (prior to jetting off to Eden Prairie for the Eagles vs. Eagles football game) demonstrated an Eagle trait in not giving up while being shoved off the ball. After momentarily losing balance, he pushed the ball away from his defender toward the center of the penalty box, caught up with it and then placed a low shot into side netting to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead with under 3 minutes remaining in the second overtime. The Eagles defeated the Pirates for the first time in three tries as members of the Northwest Suburban Conference by a score of 2-1. The Eagles would like to thank all the fans who came out to the game! The JV won 3-1, the B-squad won 4-1 and the C-Squad tied Park Center 4-4. The next varsity game is Tuesday at Centennial at 7pm before the Eagles head to IL the following weekend. Come out and support the Eagles!
8/30 AnokaIt is a memory that the boys will keep for a long time--playing on the game field of our MLS-bound Minnesota United FC to open the season against reigning AA state champion Anoka. Anoka was coming off a tough loss to Washburn and this was the first time the Eagles got to experience the 2016 campaign in a truly competitive environment. The conference opener was the season opener for the Eagles and it proved to be quite the entertaining match. Anoka opened the scoring off an Eagles turnover in the 13th minute. In the 15th minute senior keeper Sam Beckfeld made a big save to limit the damage Anoka was causing with the speedy runs into the final third and their dangerous long throw-ins. Their second goal came off a long throw to a flicked header and then a pounced opportunity.
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