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June 22, 2016
Sting Austin sends two teams to USYSA Regionals for the First Time in Program History
For the first time ever Sting Austin is sending two teams to USYSA Regionals - State Cup Champions Sting Austin 03G Kim and Sting Austin 99G Premier. The Sting Austin division has elevated the division to new heights this past year, producing top teams in each age group, and defining themselves amongst their competition as a force to be reckoned with.
Jessica Kim, head of Sting Austin operations and full-time staff coach and Oscar Draguicevich, Director of Coaching for Sting Austin, were interviewed about their experiences over the past year. They each lend an interesting perspective on Sting Austin and its continued success:
How have you seen your division develop and grow?
What do you consider to be your best asset as a coach?
Showing the true developmental nature of Sting Austin, Oscar and Jessica have each coached their regional bound teams for about 5 years each. They are dealing with the pressure of the upcoming competition in different ways:
Both Jessica and Oscar are telling their teams a very similar message going into Regionals:
When asked about the Sting Soccer Organization and Sting Austin as a division, they both have different perspectives on what sets Sting apart.
Why do you think female soccer players should consider playing for Sting?
How does the Sting Soccer Organization (Austin in particular) help prepare, develop, and transition players to compete at the college level?
When young female soccer players in the Austin area are looking to play club soccer, what should they consider and why is the Sting Soccer Organization a good option?
When asked about their respective teams they both speak highly of their groups. Sting Austin 03G (Jessica’s team), Sting Austin 99G Premier (Oscar’s team):
You are one of two teams to be our first representation of Sting Austin out at the Southern Regionals, how does that feel?
What stands out about this team to you and what makes them a special group?
Jessica’s 03G finished in 6th place in FRPL, then had a great showing finishing off as State Cup Champions. Just a year prior the team played up a year in the 02 age bracket in order to have the opportunity to play 11v11, and lost almost every game by small margins. The experience has prepared them to succeed now on a level playing field, and they certainly have done that. When asked for one word to describe her team Jessica says:
Resilient --- because this team has been through (I’ve had them for 5 years) our fair share of ups and downs, with people leaving and joining the team. This is really apparent in different game situations, like in State Cup tournament finals… we were winning the entire game but the ref gave 2 minutes of overtime, called a free kick that tied the game. We then went to PK’s and won out in PK’s 3-0..they just kept fighting and didn’t get sucked into that one bad call that kind of changed the outcome of the game.
When asked what makes her team unique she says:
It’s a good parent and kid group because the parents show the meaning of teamwork through their actions. They all work together in helping the kids because the kids are following the parents lead. They’re a close knit group…we’re like a family.
Oscar’s 99G finished in second place in the Southern Regional Premier League. Last year they were a top tier Division 1 team, but focusing on the final touches of pulling the team together they have risen to a top Tier 1 team in the region now. When asked to describe his team in a word, Oscar says:
Tenacious – they never seem to back down from any challenge
When asked what makes his team unique he says:
The amount of good kids that have come together to form a great bond and worked together to get themselves where they are now
Both teams are set to start competition on June 23rd, and the Sting Organization is looking forward to seeing the teams continuing to succeed on and off the field.
When asked about the future of Sting Austin and what each of them are looking forward to most they have a similar vision:
With both teams ready to compete this week at Regionals, their visions of a National Championship out of the Austin Division are one step closer with each successful result through the week. Best of luck to Sting Austin 03G and Sting Austin 99G Premier!
Sting Austin North 99 Premier
Sting Austin North 03 - Kim
Interested in learning more about Sting Austin? Contact Jessica Kim email@example.com 512-270-0086
What can or should female soccer players in the Austin area do to get on your radar?