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Needham Express - Youth Soccer's Finest - June 2000
article by Rich McLaughry
(edited by Ilene Hoffman)

Coached by Tom Day and Rich McLaughry, the Needham Express U-16 soccer team played a killer season in the Bays U16 League last spring. Needham Express finished with 11 wins and a tie. On June 15th they fought hard to win 3-1 against the Brookline Wizards. By no means bigger than their foes, they showed exemplary ball-handling skills and sportsmanship, while Brookline bullied their way through the game. June 16th they play against Wayland to qualify for the BAYS Section championship and a place in the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC). Some of the pictures below are from the MTOC, in which our team played admirably, but did not place.

Season Highlights:
"On Sunday, May 14th the Needham Express U-16 soccer team downed Bedford 3-2 for the second time this year. After spotting Bedford an early 2-0 lead, the team settled down and controlled play for the remainder of the game with a crisp short passing game. Colin banged in the first goal during a scramble in front of the net. Late in the first half, Alix Soles split the defense and laid a neat pass to Dave, who touched home the score. Early in the second half, Pablo scored the game winner on a quick turnaround shot. The Express has 5 wins and a tie so far this season." The Boston Area Youth Soccer (BAYS) is the youth soccer league for towns in the greater Boston area.

chris dan dave marcus pablo
Chris Dan Dave Marcus Pablo
group tom jon marcus Van
Group Tom Jon Marcus Van
mitch eric alix steve colin
Mitch Eric Alix Steve Colin

The Team: Pete Bowring - Forward/Fullback, Matt Chadwick - Forward, Tommy Day - Midfield, Eric Debear - Forward, Colin Flynn - Midfield, Zach Gilroy - Fullback/Halfback, Van Haskell - Midfield/Sweeper, Steve Hauschka - Midfield, Mitch Kumin - Midfield, Jon Levy - Keeper, Chris McLaughry - Stopper/Sweeper, Dan Shapiro - Fullback, Marcus Sholar - Fullback/Sweeper, Dave Shulman - Forward/Halfback, Alix Soles - Forward, Pablo Taccioili - Forward, Alex Wermer - Colan - Midfield/Stopper

See most of these same awesome players on their Fall, 2000 Junior Varsity High School Team.

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Created October, 2000, Edited 11/8/00, 12/3/00, 12/26/03. Moved to new site 11/15/00.