The MCSC U12 Storm soccer team opened its Classic League fall season by defeating its first two opponents. The Storm earned the first two victories with speed and teamwork on the offensive attack, combined with swift defensive pressure at the back - a formula that makes them a top ranked team in the Western division.
The Storm treated their fans to a 2-1 win against the talented GCCSA Cobras in the home opener on Aug. 18. The Shelby squad started strong, matching the Storm in speed and intensity, and both teams found offensive combinations to enable shots on goal. The Storm scored first midway through the first half, when Juan Gomez found a seam in the Cobra defense and pushed forward to flick the ball into the corner of the net. Near the end of the half, Tito Diaz added a second point with a double strike on a ball mishandled by the Cobra goalie.
In the second half, the Storm showed their speed on fast breaks and open runs, but were unable to get past the stubborn Cobra goalkeeper. The Cobras scored from in front of the goal at the 40 minute mark, but were frustrated for the remainder of the game by increasing defensive pressure from the Storm.
In their second game, the Storm traveled to Rutherfordton on Aug. 25 to meet the RCSA Rutherford Rumble. The game proved to be an easier match than the week before, as they defeated the Rumble, 11-1. The victory was sealed early when the Storm boys vaulted out to a 7-0 lead with five minutes left in the first half. The total team effort allowed many of the players the chance to play different positions on the field.
Coach Matt Kolodzik is especially happy with the defensive effort.
"The team has worked hard in practice all summer and that devotion is paying dividends early," said Kolodzik. "The Storm has only allowed two goals in two games."
The Macon County Soccer Club (MCSC) is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization providing children and families in Western North Carolina with both recreational and competitive soccer programs. In addition to a Recreation League for ages 4 to 14, the club has competitive teams in the Challenge League and Classic League. The Classic League features travel teams that compete against some of the top soccer clubs in the state.