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CSA PRIDE ’05 Boys win LSA Presidents Cup State Championship

CSA PRIDE ’05 after its 2018 semifinal win.

Crossroads’ 13U competitive team, CSA PRIDE ’05 Boys, coached by David De Lapp and Harrison Houle, won Louisiana Soccer Association’s Presidents Cup State Championship this Sunday at Mandeville’s Pelican Park.  The boys defeated Shreveport United (4)2-2(2) in penalty kicks after the teams were tied 2-2 after regulation and two overtime periods.

CSA PRIDE ’05 will be attending U.S. Youth Soccer’s Southern Presidents Cup Championships in Greenville, South Carolina, June 12-17.

 

During Presidents Cup state preliminaries (May 5th and 6th), CSA PRIDE defeated LA Fire Juniors (New Orleans), 3-2; Gonzales SC, 2-0; and then tied Shreveport United, 2-2.  With two wins and one draw, CSA PRIDE advanced to the State Final Four as the top team in its qualifying group.

In Saturday’s semifinal at Mandeville’s Pelican Park (May 12), the PRIDE defeated Houma-Terrebonne SA Blackhawks, 6-2.  Then in the championship final on Sunday, May 13th, the PRIDE celebrated Mother’s Day by defeating Shreveport United for the championship.  The state championship was decided by way of kicks from the mark (commonly referred to as “penalty kicks” or “PKs”): the teams were tied 2-2, and then played two overtime period before deciding the game in PKs.  PRIDE goalkeeper Ashton Cockerham made two big saves in the shootout to pave the way for Ramez Zeidan to score the game-winning PK.  Nicholas De Lapp, John Wold, and Andrew Neely also made their penalty kicks in the shootout.

LA PRESIDENTS CUP BRACKET & RESULTS

CSA PRIDE 05 Boys Team Members: Ben Carbo, Aiden Crowell, Ashton Cockerham, Andrew De Lapp, Nicholas De Lapp, Pate Forrest, Jake Hansen, Ryan Hicks, Will McShan, Wyatt McShan, Jacob Moore, David Nava Ayala, Andrew Neely, John Wold, and Ramez Zeidan

As a result of winning Louisiana’s Presidents Club, CSA PRIDE ’05 Boys will be traveling to Greenville, South Carolina to take part in U.S Youth Soccer’s Southern (Region III) Presidents Cup Championships, June 12-17.  The age group winners of the Southern Presidents Cup advance to compete against the other Region Champions for the National Presidents Cup Championships in Westfield, Indiana, July 11-15.

FUN FACT: David Nava Ayala scored 12 goals in five games during the 2018 LSA Presidents Cup, including two hat-tricks (3-goal games), five out of six goals in the state semifinal, and both goals in the championship game vs Shreveport.

June 4th & 11th: CSC PRIDE TRYOUTS

April 19: CSC PRIDE11U-13U Player Placement

Player Placement (or Tryouts) for CSC PRIDE 11u-13u competitive soccer teams is on Thursday, April 19th.

These tryouts are for boys and girls players born in 2006, 2007, 0r 2008.*

Boys, 5:30pm | Girls, 7:00pm

Pre-registration required at www.cajunsoccerclub.com. Crossroads’ members (and other existing Blue Sombrero users) will be able to use their normal Blue Sombrero login information.  However once logged in to Cajun Soccer Club’s Blue Sombrero, members will have to re-add players’ information (as “participants”) in order to register for tryouts.

CSC PRIDE: Crossroads Soccer Association affiliates with Cajun Soccer Club

Crossroads Soccer Association is excited to announce that it has reached an affiliation agreement with Cajun Soccer Club to oversee operations of competitive soccer in Alexandria.  This affiliation will create the Cajun Soccer Club Pride based in Alexandria.

LYSA/CSC Executive Director, Michael Ritch said, “This agreement is a great opportunity to expand our player development reach and work with a club that has a history of producing quality players.  The addition of the Alexandria campus will help provide more development opportunities to players in both communities while adding another central location for club friendlies and trainings.”

Through this affiliation, Crossroads Executive Director Jeremy Poklemba will oversee the day to day operations of CSC Pride as the club’s Alexandria Director.  “Jeremy and I have always had a good working relationship and coming together to make this happen has been great.  CSC is excited to be working with both Jeremy and the staff CSA has been able to put together.”

When discussing the affiliation, Poklemba said, “In searching for ways to provide more for our players, an affiliation with Cajun Soccer Club, one of the most successful clubs in Louisiana, is a huge step forward for Cenla and the Crossroads competitive programs.”

Cajun Soccer Club Pride will begin its 11U-13U Player Placement Process on April 19th at the Johnny Downs Sports Complex (5:30 for boys; 7:00 for girls).  Registration is open now at www.cajunsoccerclub.com.  Players will register through their Blue Sombrero account and simply need to select 2018-19 CSC Pride 11U-13U or 14U-19U.  The 14U-19U players will have the option for Pride and Sr Academy in their individual registration.  All placement dates and coaching assignments will be announced shortly.

Please note that parents/players will NOT have to create a new Blue Sombrero account via www.CajunSoccerClub.com
But parents/players will have to re-add players as participants once logged into Cajun Soccer Club’s Blue Sombrero site. In other words, current username/password will get you into the system, but you will have to re-add most other information in order to register your player for tryouts. Players will select the option entitled: “2018-2019 CSC Pride 11U-13U – Alexandria“.

Junior Academy and Academy remaining schedule updated

Due to rain and reschedules, the junior academy and academy schedules have been updated.  Please see below for schedule of remaining Spring 2018 practices and games (please also make sure to check regular rec/academy game schedule).  Please contact Academy Director, Greg Comeaux (greg@cenlasoccer.com) with any questions.

CSA PRIDE players recognized on high school All-State Teams!

Congrats to the CSA PRIDE players (current and past) selected to the LHSSCA All-State teams:

FIRST TEAM
Dylan Foxworth (ASH/PRIDE ‘00 Boys)
Elias Hanna (Menard/CSC Academy)
Eduardo Hernandez (Bolton/PRIDE ‘00 Boys)
Alexci Nava (DeRidder/PRIDE ‘00 Boys)
Xavier Reyes (Leesville/PRIDE ’00 Boys)

SECOND TEAM
Brett Bolton(ASH/PRIDE ‘00 Boys)
Zack Clear (Pineville/PRIDE ‘02/‘03 Boys)

Full online flip book of all 2017/18 LHSAA/LHSSCA Soccer All-State Teams: http://pub.lucidpress.com/lhsscaBoysAllState2018/

CSA PRIDE ’00G Emma Robinson signs with Mississippi College

St. Patrick’s Day Classic Champions

With a little over 70 teams competing in this season’s St. Patrick’s Day Classic presented by Hixson Has It! Ford, hundreds of players descended upon the Johnny Downs Sports Complex and the O’Hearn Mathews Soccer Complex this past weekend.  Although the rain shortened a successful weekend, great competition was had by all.

All of our Crossroads SA PRIDE teams finished as Champions or Runners-up this past weekend.  Go PRIDE!!

CSC PRIDE

Potential Affiliation of Academy & Competitive Programs with Cajun Soccer Club

As Crossroads Soccer Association continues its mission to provide the best soccer development experience for CENLA players, a tremendous opportunity has presented itself: an affiliation with Lafayette-based Cajun Soccer Club for Crossroads’ Academy (9U-10U) and Competitive (11U-19U) programs.
Please join us on Thursday, March 22nd (6:00pm), at Our Lady of Prompt Succor’s Divine Providence Center, to hear a presentation provided by Michael Ritch, Executive Director of Cajun Soccer Club (USSF ‘A’ License), about the increased value and improved player development experiences that could be afforded to CENLA players with an affiliation with Cajun Soccer Club.
Though CSC will provide many more details, please see below for answers to general questions regarding the potential affiliation.
  • Is Crossroads Soccer closing?
No.  This is a proposed affiliation with Cajun Soccer Club (“CSC”) for Crossroads’ Academy and Competitive programs.  Crossroads’ recreational program will be unaffected, except that Crossroads will have a renewed focus on dedicating resources to the largest segment of our playing population and a new-found working-relationship with one of the biggest, most successful clubs in Louisiana.
  • Does this mean I would have to travel to Lafayette to play Academy or Competitive soccer? 
No, the biggest change would be in the administration of the program, not the location of where kids play.  Similar to how CSC operates programs in north and south Lafayette, Alexandria would operate as another campus that offers CSC Academy (9U-10U) and Competitive programs (11U-19U).
Campus 1 – North Lafayette, Moore Park
Campus 2 – South Lafayette, Youngsville Sports Complex
Campus 3 – Alexandria, Johnny Downs Sports Complex
  • Would there only be Lafayette-based coaches?
No, CSC will have an Alexandria Director of Coaching, and is committed to using capable, licensed coaches that currently work with Crossroads’ Academy & Competitive teams. CSC will provide increased coaching development for local coaches in addition to providing Lafayette-based staff to assist in the day-to-day needs of players — including a weekly rotation of CSC directors.  Also, CSC is invested in attracting and developing additional coaches at all of its campuses.
  • What is the benefit of affiliating with CSC?
The benefits are too numerous to list here, but generally speaking, with over 3500 players in CSC’s current programs, CSC has increased resources and staff to provide a more complete player development experience for CENLA players — more for the young players just starting out and more for the older players hoping to continue their playing careers in college and beyond.  Potential benefits would include (but are not limited to): adding a Boys Director of Coaching; adding a Girls Director of Coaching; adding an Alexandria Director of Coaching; coordinating whole age group play dates involving all CSC campuses; discounts on CSC tournaments; expanded club passing opportunities; additional exposure to college training and scouting; additional local, state, and regional league opportunities.
  • Would tryouts be in Lafayette?
No.  The 9U-10U Academy program will have a player placement date(s) in Alexandria, and Competitive tryouts will be run by CSC in Alexandria.
  • Would programs be more expensive?
No, CSC aims to provide more to CENLA players at the same cost.  CSC’s fee structure is similar to CSA’s in that there will be club fees (paid to CSC) and team fees (paid to and distributed by team).
Additionally,  CSC is excited to announce options that allow players to pay club and team fees via team/club fundraising.
  • What about uniforms?
There would be new uniforms, but as next season is the beginning of a new 2-year cycle for both CSC and CSA, all players will be getting new uniforms as originally scheduled for 2018/19-2019/20.
  • Who is invited to the presentation?
All current Crossroads players and parents as well as any potential players in the CENLA area are invited!

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