They never met a team determined to win. The GU12 Lightning wrapped up their fall season as D1 undefeated champions, their win punctuated by the best defensive record in the division with fewer than 10 goals let up, as well as the highest goal differential.
Going into Armonk Indoor's Super League this winter, the competition was fierce, as the first few weeks brought a series of losses to the Lightning. The indoor turf was a smaller field with much faster pace, and the team was getting scored on in a way they hadn't been all fall. But with those losses came a new level of determination to turn things around, and the league results would come down to the two playoff games. Going into the semifinals, the Lightning, seeded lowest, turned the standings on their head when they pulled off a 3-1 win against the team they had lost 2-5 to the prior week. The finals then matched the Lightning up against NYCFC. With 5 minutes left to go, the Lighting were down 0-1. They scored to tie the game and then dominated the remainder of the game, scoring with just over a minute left to go and hanging on to clutch the 2-1 league victory.
Good luck this spring in the premier division, ladies! We can't wait to see what you can do.
Bey, of course, was right. Girls are fierce. Three of our girls' teams, at all different ages - our U14 Cheetahs, U12 Blast, and our newest U9 Cobras, finished at the top of their divisions in the fall, continuing a well-established Chappaqua tradition of top girls' teams. Four of our girls' teams are playing in premier divisions this spring. These young ladies are not all about soccer, though - they are multi-faceted athletes, dancers, artists, singers, bookworms, you name it. But when they get on a field together, they are greater than the sum of their parts, finding a camaraderie and sense of purpose together, using the losses to get stronger, and above all, always having each others' backs.
Good luck this season, ladies - it's off to a great start!
Meet our 8th grade U14 Arsenal. They've played the last 2 seasons in the premier NYCSL Hudson Valley Westchester division, winning the division in the Fall of 2019. Aside from various other division titles in the WYSL, tournament accolades, and indoor and futsal victories, the Arsenal are also two-time quarterfinalists in the New York State Cup. Over 75% of these boys started in CYSC as U9s. In fact, every single 2007-born Chappaqua young man (they're not boys anymore!) still playing travel soccer plays right here for our club. Everything they have achieved is because of their commitment to each other and the game they love. This team, the parents, and the wonderful coaches have become a family and we are excited to see what they can achieve this spring, and going forward.
On this first weekend of spring, our 8th grade U14 Cheetahs, who play in the WYSL Premier Division, claimed a decisive 3-0 victory in a scrimmage against the older U15 Somers Stampede, who play in the NYC Soccer League. It's no accident - the win was well-deserved by these players who have stuck together for the last 6 years, honing their skills and communication under the supervision of talented coaches, while deepening their personal bonds and representing our town. More than 2/3 of our team started right here in CYSC as U9s - you can see a few of our Cheetahs, then and now.
We're so excited to welcome your kids to the next generation of CYSC.
There will be a parent information session (date TBA) prior to the May evaluations. We look forward to seeing you then.