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Poland U13 girls clinch title for second year

November 13, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Poland U13 Traveling Girls Soccer Team ended their 2019 season as Youngstown Area Youth Soccer League champions for the second year in a row. The girls ended their season with a 7-0-1 record.

"We play in the most competitive division of the Youngstown Area Youth Soccer League," said Coach Jeff Flament. "So even with a 7-0-1 record, it wasn't until our second to last game where we beat Howland 3-1 to clinch the regular season title, for the second year in a row."

The girls play in the Youngstown League and travel throughout the Youngstown area for league play. The girls also played teams from western Pennsylvania, Toledo, Cleveland and the Akron areas as well.

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Pictured are the Poland U13 travel soccer team members after winning the Youngstown Area Youth Soccer League for the second year in a row with a 7-0-1 record. In front kneeling are Ashley Levak, Leanna Boccieri, Liz Rutana, Taylor Noel, Sophia Elia, Hailey Canfield and Kennedy Henderson. Standing are Coach Todd Lu, Addie Demain, Sabrina Metzinger, Lauren Coss, Liya Lu, Sofia Dibo, Elliana Thompson, Dulci DiGregario, Alyssa Flament and Coach Jeff Flament.

The normal season used to be 10 games long, but this year it shrunk to just eight and according to Flament, will likely stay at that number.

The girls practice and play home games at Poland Township Park. They train and practice through their eighth grade year since the middle school has no soccer program. Flament said after the eighth year, the players migrate into the high school soccer program.

As for the girls on this year's team, most had started playing organized soccer at the age of five. As part of the Poland recreational soccer teams, many may have played together.

"Four years ago I was fortunate enough to coach five of them on my recreational team," Flament said. "The following year we transitioned to the Poland Travel program where we have built our roster to 15 strong players. So this is our third year playing together as a travel team."

As to the girls' success, the coach said it is the way the girls have come together both on and off the field.

"We are fortunate to have 15 amazing girls who love the sport and never decline extra training sessions," he said. "We've been training all year long, even though there is just a fall season. Their dedication, talent and strong sense of teaming has brought us success. We are a family and do several off-the-field activities as well, including volunteering and a variety of social activities."



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