Former Cutters player Dan Varns (‘93 Boys Red) began his freshman year at Whitman College in the Fall of 2011 and is currently a defender for the Men’s Soccer team. When asked about how his experience with Cutters prepared him for playing at college level, Dan said, “Our teams worked hard to get to an extremely competitive level of play. We had opportunities to play some of the most competitive teams in our area and because of that I felt confident about playing in college.” Dan pointed out that the biggest difference in soccer at the college level is the speed of the game. This encompasses the speed of the passing, the movement off the ball, and the speed of making decisions. Simply put, everything is faster.
Dan would like to encourage young Cutters players to really care about the game. “No one is going to make you go outside and juggle for 15 minutes except yourself. If you are motivated, you will go as far as you want to.” Having a strong passion for the game is something really significant that Cutters help instill in him. It is clear that Dan still has that passion for the game, and we wish him all the best going forward in his college career.
AJ Smith and Family on Signing Day
Congratulations to former Cutter AJ Smith for receiving the opportunity to attend John Brown University and play soccer for the NAIA school in western Arkansas. AJ played for the 94 Cutters Red for U9-U14 until his family relocated to Arkansas. “AJ always had a ball at his feet and subsequently developed a real knack for beating players 1v1. I’m thrilled to hear he’s continued his passion for soccer, progress as a player, and now has the opportunity to get an education while fulfilling his dream of college soccer.” Said Cutters Director of Coaching, Tommy Berry. “John Brown University found an excellent young man who will give great effort both academically and on the soccer field”. AJ recently shared his good news via email with his old club and commented, “Cutters really helped me to develop my technical skills to be at a higher level, but most of all, I think I learned from Cutters how to think in a game.” Well AJ, we think you’re doing great. Best of luck at John Brown University.
Starting from fall 2011, long-time Cutter Tanner Phelps (two-season Cutters 93 White and eight-season Cutters 93 Red) begins to play for Franklin College Men’s Soccer Team in NCAA Division III. In a recent interview with Cutters, he talked about his soccer playing experience with Cutters and his current athletic life at college.
Being asked about the most memorable experience with Cutters during his 10-year play, Tanner said, “the most memorable and significant thing that I learned playing for the Cutters was playing around so many great soccer players that all wanted the same thing: to get better at the most beautiful game in the world.”
He also pointed out that playing along some of the best players in the state helped him to adapt the competition level at college, “I was ready for the level of play because I had already played with some very good players”.
Tanner shared with us that the game in college level is much quicker than in youth level, “not necessarily physically faster, but mentally quicker” as he said. “You always have to be thinking two to three passes ahead. It takes a lot of internal motivation and desire to play. No one is going to hand you a starting position no matter how good you are, if you aren’t willing to put the work in, and that includes off the field and in the off-season.”
For the current young cutters playing with the club, Tanner also gave them some advice: “To become a better soccer player you need to realize that you will always have the players around you helping you through all the hardships of what soccer and everyday life brings you.” “The coaches that coach for any Cutters team are some of the best coaches in the state and country in my opinion and you have an amazing director of coaching, Tommy Berry. Don’t take the coaching for granted. Bloomington Cutters gives you the greatest opportunities to excel.”
Thank you, Tanner. We wish you a great career ahead as a student-athlete!
Former Cutter teammates and current Cutter coaches Emma Winkler and Maggie Richards were both recently announced by Indiana University as recipients of the Wells Scholarship. The scholarship, created in the name of the late IU Chancelor Herman B Wells, is considered to be one of the most competitive and prestigious in the country. Emma and Maggie were among 16 other recipients nationally and are now among only 460 recipients to receive the scholarship since it’s creation in 1990. Wells Scholars receive full tuition, course fees, and a living stipend for four years of undergraduate course work on the Bloomington Campus.
Maggie and Emma both grew up playing in the Cutters Soccer Club for the competitive 93 Girls under current Cutters coach Kari Rickerby and former coaches, AJ Amspaugh, Sara Kloosterman (Northen Illinois), Erika True (Indiana State University) and Woody Sherwood (Xavier). “They were both excellent youth players that exhibited outstanding drive, leadership and intelligence at a young age” said Tommy Berry, Director of Coaching for the Cutters Soccer Club. “They were a joy to coach and be around and the club is very proud of their academic accomplishments.” Maggie and Emma are now coaching for the Cutters Soccer Club working with the 01 Girls and passing on their love for the game. “It’s always very special when former players coach for the club. I’m thrilled they’re involved and providing a wonderful example for our young players”.
Jeremiah Gutjahr participated for the 97 Boys Indiana ODP team this past July. The team attended camp in Overland Park, Kansas for 5 days of intra-state competition in US Soccer Region 2. Thirteen mid-western states participated in the summer matches which showcased 250 of the regions best players. Jeremiah was one of 24 players from the region (and the only player from the state of Indiana born 7/97 to 12/97) invited to stay the additional 5 days for regional pool training. Congrats to Jeremiah for his accomplishment and being recognized as one of the Midwest’s top players.
Former Cutters Soccer Club member Galen Cassady was named the Summit League “Defensive Player of the Week” for his defensive contribution and game winning goal against rival Oakland on Saturday, Oct 2nd. Galen is the son of former club president Michael Cassady. Galen is joined on the IUPUI team with his younger brother Mason.
Cassady earns his first career award after scoring the game-winning goal from his defensive position in IUPUI’s 2-1 victory that handed Oakland its first regular season league loss since 2006. The goal was the first of Cassady’s collegiate career and lifted the Jaguars’ to their first triumph over the Golden Grizzlies since 2002. Defensively, Cassady was responsible for marking Makesi Lewis, OU’s team leader in shot attempts and shots on goal, and limited him to one shot on goal during the match.
Click here for the full press release from IUPUI
Long time 92/93 Cutter’s player Anne Zerfas recently committed to play soccer for the Butler Bulldogs starting in the fall of 2011. “Butler is a great school and a great fit for Anne to combine her academic pursuits and desire to play soccer in college”, said Tom Berry, Director of Coaching for the Cutters Soccer Club. “From the time Anne was a young player she always demonstrated a lot of bravery in taking players on to create scoring chances. That’s something the staff and I tried to encourage and she has become very difficult to defend and prevent from scoring. I think Butler really likes that about her and believes she’ll be able to use those skills successfully at Butler.” The Cutters Soccer Club wishes Anne great success with her future Butler team.
Dylan Lax and Andy Kaplan have both committed to play college soccer beginning this fall. Lax is headed to Indiana while Kaplan is off to Xavier. The two players were teammates on the Cutters 92 Red for three years (U15-U17) where they helped the team qualify for the Midwest Regional League. The team also appeared in the 2009 U17 State Cup final four. “Dylan and Andy are the kind of players that shake your hand at the end of practice and thank you for the training. They truly respect the game and appreciate the opportunity to play soccer” said Tom Berry, Director of Coaching for the Cutters Soccer Club. “I’m not surprised that they have received the opportunity to play in college because they approach soccer the right way and it’s paying off.” Good luck to both these young men with their new college teams. The Cutters will be watching.
Former Cutters John Bradford and Weston Hawkins have been voted captains by their IUPUIteammates for the fall 2009 season. ”John and Weston in their youth soccer days with the Cutters Soccer Club always displayed exceptional determination and leadership. Weston was a quiet leader, who led by example with disciplined consistency while John was very vocal and enthusiastic at rallying his team during competition. They are the perfect yin and yang for the Jaguars on field leadership” said Tom Berry, Director of Coaching for the Cutters Soccer Club. “Those are characteristics that our club really values and we hope our current members aspire to attain.” John’s leadership was a big part of the Cutters 2005 State Championship team.
Good luck to the Jaguars and their Bloomington team members for a successful season.
Full Story @ IUPUI website: http://www.iupuijags.com/news/2009/8/28/MSOC_0828093144.aspx
Efiom - front row 4th from left
Long time Cutters 91 Red team member Gregory Efiom has been invited to join the U-20 Nigerian National Team. Gregory, a local Bloomington player with dual citizenship is headed to Spain to train with the U-20 team in hopes of making the final roster for the U-20 World Cup in Egypt. Gregory was enrolled at Marshall University this fall to begin his education and college soccer career when the national team came calling. He will now join the Marshall soccer team in the spring of 2010. “Greg has always possessed tremendous potential with his lightening pace. The club is thrilled to see him receive such a wonderful opportunity and honor to play for the Nigerian National Team and we wish him an incredible experience.” Said Tom Berry, Director of Coaching for the Cutters Soccer Club. “Greg can change a game in a flash and he may just do that for Nigeria”.
Efiom international (From hoosiertimes)
Bloomington South grad Greg Efiom is putting his college soccer career on hold. It’s the kind of decision you only make when a national team comes calling. For Efiom, it was the Nigerian national team wanting him to participate in the U-20 World Cup next month.
Efiom reported to Marshall earlier this month, arriving on the same day as a letter requesting his release to play in the tournament. The decision wasn’t easy, but coach Bob Gray helped. “He said, ‘This is an opportunity that you can’t really pass up,’” Efiom said. “He said, ‘Most people would kill to have to make this decision.’ I really took that into consideration.”
So now Efiom will wait to begin classes at Marshall in the spring, leaving him his full complement of college eligibity in 2010.
But he leaves from New York Friday to meet the Nigerian team in Spain, where they will train for three weeks. They will also play exhibition matches in Uzbekistan before heading to Egypt to begin pool play against Venezuela, Tahiti and Spain on Sept. 24.
Many of the current players were on the Nigeria team that previously won the U-17 World Cup, so Efiom will be on a team that is among the favorites in Egypt. He will be the only player not already playing professionally with teammates who are members of renowned teams such as AC Milan.
“I’m definitely excited,” Efiom said. “One of my long-term goals is to play in the World Cup.”
Cutters Caleb Konstanski and Sam Swihart will join the Indiana Hoosiers men’s team next fall for the 2009 season, while Jarrett Baughman is headed to Northwestern. All three players were teammates on the Cutters 91 Red team for the past 5 years. “Jarrett, Sam and Caleb are all a wonderful example to the younger players in our club. These three young men are excellent students, possess incredible passion for soccer and have consistently demonstrated tremendous dedication to achieving their soccer dreams. Make no mistake, they’ve worked hard to earn their collegiate opportunities”, says Tommy Berry, Director of Coaching for the Cutters Soccer Club. “It’s been a pleasure to work with these players and witness their development over the years. I very much look forward to seeing them all out there on Yeagley Field in the not so distant future. The Cutters community should be very proud.” Northwestern and Indiana are both part of the Big Ten Conference and have an annual match-up. This fall Indiana plays at Northwestern. Their return trip to Bloomington is expected for fall 2010. “Sounds like the perfect game for the annual “Cutters Night” at Yeagley field to me”.
Mason Cassady has committed to playing college soccer next fall for Division 1′s IUPUI Jaguars. Mason was a long time member of the Cutters 91 Red team that participated in the Midwest Regional League and played in several State Cup Finals. “Mason will be an excellent addition to IUPUI’s roster.” says Tommy Berry, Director of Coaching for the Cutters Soccer Club. “Mason’s a joy to coach and is an extremely smart and technical player. He’s matured physically and is ready to compete at the college level. I look forward to following his progress.” Mason will join former Cutters John Bradford and Weston Hawkins on the IUPUI roster for the fall 2009 season. Additionally, Mason is following in the footsteps of 3 older brothers that also grew up playing for Cutters and went on to play division one college soccer. IUPUI Website
Fort Wayne, IN – The Indiana Tech Women’s Soccer Team is proud to announce that Laramie Perez (Bloomington, IN / Bloomington North) has signed a letter of intent to play for the Warriors this fall. Perez was a four year varsity member for the Cougars and this past season Bloomington North advanced to the state semi-finals with a record of 16-3-2. Perez was also the recipient of the Maroon Award (Best Attitude). In addition, she has been active in the Latin Club (where she served as President) and she was a Cougar Leader. A member of the Cutters Soccer Club for six years, Perez will study Elementary Education while attending Indiana Tech.
Former Cutter and current IUPUI Women’s soccer player Kelly Williams was selected to the Summit League All Tourament team for her standout performance in their recent conference tournament. Kelly was also named 2nd Team All Conference for the 2008 soccer season. Click here to view the Jaguars press release
Congratulations to the following players from the Cutters Soccer
Club who have been selected to the Indiana ODP team for 2008.
96 Girls – Sarah Waldo
95 Girls – Alison Theroff
94 Girls – Ann Zerfas
91 Boys – Mason Cassady
91 Boys – Dylan Lax
91 Boys – Jarrett Baughman
91 Boys – Caleb Konstanski
91 Boys – Keenan Johnson
91 Boys – Greg Efiom
92 Boys – Charlie McClary
93 Boys – Vince Diprimio
95 Boys – Federico Ortiz
95 Boys – Evan Smith
96 Boys – Andres Hernandez
96 Boys – Evan Main
96 Boys – Luke Tate
Players selected attend the ODP Region II camp in the summer and compete against the other state teams from Region II. Region II is the 16 state mid-western region for ODP. Congratulations to these
players for their commitment to developing their soccer abilities and representing the state of Indiana and the Cutters Soccer Club at Region II camp this summer!
Incoming crop to near dozen as Leafs look to return to national tournament GOSHEN, Ind. – Two seasons ago Coach Mounsithiraj and the Maple Leafs got their first taste of the NAIA National Tournament since the 1977 season. A win away from a second-consecutive appearance last year, Goshen desperately wants to get back this fall. To those ends, Coach Mounsithiraj has brought another bit of tradition and talent to the 2008 squad with the signing of Bloomington High School North standout Charlie Frederick. A three-year starter for the Cougars, Frederick was captain and named all conference his senior season while leading North to that state semifinals. In his three seasons, the Cougars won three regional championships and made three semi-state appearances. “Charlie played on a very good high school team and a very good club team,” explained Mounsithiraj. “He has a great knowledge of the game and best of all is a great individual and we are quite lucky that he chose Goshen College.”
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