The GSSA U17 squad performed admirably in their first University Showcase in Rochester New York over the week. The boys played as if they had been together for a long time even though the opposite was true.
Drawn in a group with Knights FC of Maryland, Alleghany Force FC of Pennsylvania and FC Dynamo of New York, GSSA dominated each game with their ball possession style. Despite having a short bench and including a talented U14 player in the squad, GSSA was labelled as the most exciting team on show in their division. They tied Knights FC 2 - 2 with goals from Dorian Holder-Poulton and Emmanuel Belle. and led the game 2 - 0 before surrendering 2 late goals. In a tough game against Alleghany Force, GSSA led 1 - 0 on a goal by Danny Lindo but once again giving up 2 late goals. The final game saw GSSA come back from a goal down to FC Dynamo to run out eventual winners on the backs of 2 goals from Emmanuel Belle and a strike from Dorian Holder-Poulton.
It should be noted that this was the first of a packed 2016 summer schedule of attending University Showcases. The emphasis is on affording these boys multiple opportunities to acquire scholarships. Our training program is now hitting high gear for these boys and we expect that they will improve and impress even more than they did this past weekend.
Onward and upward!!