YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION
It has been a joy to coach Lilli this year and I hope, when she makes it big as a star player, she remembers Coach Berto and Team Sonic. Thank you Lilli, for the opportunity to share this season with you and to be a part of your growth as a soccer player and a person. You certainly have made my life, and the lives of the five other teammates on Team Sonic better.
Isaac's true excitement for this sport he is just getting into, is an inspiration to all of Team Sonic. On top of that, the progress I see each and every week in both practice and games is astounding. Both in his soccer skills as well as becoming a leader and more vocal part of our team, every time we are together, the difference is tremendous. I like to think that I have had some small part in this.
It is a privilege to be a part of this season with Isaac. To watch the growth and maturity both in soccer and life skills has been a terrific part of this season so far and reinforces why I love coaching. I look forward to viewing further progression from Isaac not only this season but also in the future. The sky is the limit for this fine young man!! Coach Berto
Jake is my little buddy. He showed up the first week with no idea what to do, but the joy of life that made him so excited to do it. It was incredible to see the smiles and exuberance at our first practice which has carried through Week 3 and I am sure will never cease. He is growing as a young soccer player by leaps and bounds due to his dedication and desire. He has become a terrific player and teammate on Team Sonic.
No matter how I feel when I show up, seeing Jake makes me happy and creates the renewed desire to coach these eager young men and women as much as I can.
Jake thanks me at each and every practice and game. Well, this is my chance to thank him. Thank you Jake, for your smile, for your joy of life, for your brutal honesty, and most importantly for being such a special young man that I have had the privilege of knowing and coaching. Coach Berto
09/07/13 Chloe is the driving spirit on Team Sonic. Never is there a complaint about playing. In fact, if she had her way, she would play every minute of every game. Chloe always has an infectious smile that not only makes her teammates happy, but makes Coach Berto (Coach Spike) smile and be even more excited to be there.
Then there is Chloe's play. She is a terrific soccer player!!! In our first game she scored 3 goals. Not only that, she worked with her teammates on passing and was there to cheer up other teammates when they were upset. This has made her a leader on Team Sonic that other player look up to.
This all around terrific girl is the driving force of Team Sonic and, when she makes it to the big time, I hope she remembers the little people like Coach Berto because I sure will remember her. I am truly proud to say that I am her coach.
5/18/13 As the season passes the midpoint, the progress that Team 505 shows is incredible. From learning what the most important thing about playing soccer is "To have fun!!” to watching as skills emerge from each and every player on my team. This past week, I had an extra special player. When I first met Ellie, she was a shy girl, but now, as we reach the middle of the season, she has become a leader of the team. Teaching by example how to be a great teammate, who passes to others and helps each other, as well as scoring her first goal of the year. Ellie proves that being a teammate, sharing and helping have great benefits. Thank you, Ellie, for your help, leadership, and especially your smile. They have greatly added to our special team, Team 505. I say yet again how proud I am, to be the coach of these amazing boy and girls. -Coach Berto
5/4/13 Opening Day @ EWG Soccer was a memorable one. The frozen tundra claimed home to one chilly morning of youth soccer. I would like to give my player of the week award to the entire roster of team 505 for coming out and braving the temperature. I would especially like to honor Jonathan for transforming from the shy young man who would not move/talk during beginning of session to being the scorer of our first goal!!
I am so proud to be the coach of Team 505. And can't wait for the weeks to come!! Coach- Berto
04/20/2013 I would like to recognize U10 Rec player
Anthony Tartoria for scoring his first ever goal. What made this moment so special is when the game started he opted to sit on the bench for the first half because he had never played before and having mi...ssed our first practice he felt he wasn't ready to play in the game. At half time I asked him to give it a try and he asked "what do I do" I replied just score a goal. Not only did he score a goal he had three more shots on net. He cant wait until practice and the next game. I'm not sure who had the bigger smile him or myself! One of the many rewards of being a soccer coach!
Coach Bob Sullivan U10 Rec
09/27/2012 Even Though this was a hard decision to nominate a player from Team 808 because each player on the team has special qualities, I nominated Sydney Schuberth. The reason why I am nominating Sydney is because she has been trying hard to score a goal for her mom during every soccer game. Through her hard work, dedication and near goal attempts, Sydney finally scored a goal for her mom, unfortunately, mom was away and didn’t see the goal. The best part of the goal wasn’t the goal itself but the smile on Sydney's face. I am very proud of Sydney and everyone on Team 808 and it is an honor to be there coach! - Coach Ben Team 808
09/13/2012 OK here it is: My player of the week is Emily Palmisano
Emily played last Spring for the first time and as a 3-year-old was the youngest player on the team. She spent a lot of time clinging to Mom's leg 4 months ago, but enjoyed her experience enough to come back this fall. Still only 3, she wanted to play with the same group of kids, so she is playing up an age group on my U5 team now. According to Mom, she practiced a lot over the summer and boy does it show! Emily is out there with gobs of confidence and scored her first goal in our very first game! Coach ~ Michelle Powers "Super Powers" Team 501