While it was a typical overcast Autumn day weather wise, the sun shined bright on the Freehold Storm yesterday at Friendship Fields in Bordentown.
The Freehold Storm completed their conquest and captured the New Jersey Youth Soccer State Championship yesterday afternoon by beating the Voorhees Heat 3-1.
The Freehold Storm started their championship run with a 4-2 win over Scotch Plains Fanwood Rampone and continued with subsequent victories against Montclair Match Fit (5-1) and Old Bridge Octane (3-2) prior to facing Voorhees Heat in the championship match.
“Freehold Soccer League is one of the few travel youth soccer programs left that is still made up of town kids, coached by town parents and has not partnered with youth sports academies" said Coach Bill Kruesi. "Teams are coached by parents while incorporating paid trainers to assist with player development. Most of the clubs we face are all coached by paid professionals and also bring in kids from other towns to create their rosters and that was the case here as well. We are the last of the true ‘Townies’ still holding on to how it all started back when travel soccer began.”
Throughout the championship run the Storm displayed speed and finesse up front, domination winning the middle of the field, lock down defense, and solid consistent goalie play, all of which kept the competition at bay.
“Throughout the entire championship run it was a total team effort of all 13 girls said Coach Dave Moore. These girls just love playing the game of soccer, working together as a team and hanging out together off the field as well. Each player’s skills complement the others which is a key reason for the team’s success.”
Per New Jersey Youth Soccer, each Storm player will receive their own Topps player card, a dinner in the team’s honor in February and will also receive a coveted spot on the Freehold Soccer League ‘Wall of Champions’ by the Jackson Mill Field’s snack stand.