LAKEWOOD RANCH, FLA. - An extra dose of sunshine and a great team effort made for a successful U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase by the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Boys U17DA soccer team in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Starting showcase play on Friday, SSM took the field against Strikers FC. Nehemias Rubio ‘20 put the Sabres on the board in the 17th minute off an assist from Trevor Prince ‘19. Prince played a long ball over the top of the Strikers’ defense and Rubio was able to get a shot off before the oncoming goalkeeper could make a save. In the second half, Danny Flores ‘20 added to the lead to make it 2-0. A last minute goal by the Strikers broke the shutout but kept a 2-1 victory for SSM. Christian Burkhart ‘19 recorded the win in goal.
After a 1-1 tie against the Dallas Texas on Saturday and a day off on Sunday, SSM returned to the field on Monday looking to finish the showcase with a victory. The Sabres controlled possession most of the game against Bethesda SC but struggled to create real chances in the attacking third of the field. In the 85th minute, Danny Flores ‘20 played a low cross in behind the defense allowing Gavin Pankey ‘19 to score from six yards out and capture the 1-0 victory. Mitch Budler ‘21 earned the shutout win.
The Boys U17DA team will return to play on January 5 against Premier Fusion U18 in Faribault, Minn.
Starting lineup against Strikers FC
Front row (l-r): Brody Phan '21, Nehemias Rubio '20, Kainoa (Kupa'a) Fernandez '19, Connor Bates '19, Sean Knoblauch '19, Danny Flores '20
Back row (l-r) Christian Burkhart '19, Trevor Prince '19, Lukas Spady '19, Antino Lopez '20, Erick Villatoro '20
Starting lineup against Dallas Texans
Front row (l-r): Gavin Pankey '19, Nehemias Rubio '20, Logan Haustein '19, Marco Filous '20, Sean Knoblauch '19, Danny Flores '20
Back row (l-r): JT Harms '20, Trevor Prince '19, Antino Lopez '20, Lukas Spady '19, Erick Villatoro '20
Starting lineup against Bethesda SC
Front row (l-r): Connor Bates '19, Logan Haustein '19, Wylie Trujillo '20, Kainoa (Kupa'a) Fernandez '19, Cade Thomson '20, Danny Flores '20
Back row (l-r): Mitch Budler '21, Lukas Spady '19, Cade Looker '19, Brandon Cobb '19, Antino Lopez '20