ODP Teams Participate in Sport Source Showcase

The Sport Source® Annual Showcase is one of the top college recruiting events in Texas, and it is held each year over the first weekend of December. Formerly known as the Junior-Senior Showcase, everyone has now come to know the event as The Sport Source® Showcase and Clinic.

The event attracts local, state, regional, national, ODP, and international teams. Each year, approximately 300 college coaches representing NCAA (Divisions I, II, & III), NAIA, NCCAA, and NJCAA attend, making the event one to remember. If your goal is to pursue a college education and play soccer at the collegiate level, you've come to the right place.

The goal is to provide players and teams with a competitive atmosphere and give the attending college coaches an opportunity to watch and recruit aspiring college-bound student-athletes who are interested in playing at the collegiate level.

AGE GROUPS: The Showcase is open to all competitive U15-U19 boys and girls teams, with priority acceptance going to juniors and seniors. ODP elects only to send U17 and U16 boys and girls for participation in showcase tournaments.

The Sport Source College Showcase was cancelled last December due to field closures caused by the bad ice storm Dallas-Fort Worth experienced. Unfortunately, the event could only be rescheduled in the middle of the spring club season, and during high school play-offs. As a result of these conflicts, we offered the event to our '97 (U17) and '98 (U16) ODP pool players based on player availability, since most of our ODP pool players had one form of conflict or another.

Below is a report from the Sport Source Showcase held Mar. 29-30, 2014:

Head Coach, John “JT” Thomas: '97 Boys
Game one – NTX ODP '97 Boys vs East Texas U17B (Score 2-0)
During the first game, the players were able to maintain possession of the ball and move it up and down the field against a 97B East Texas team from Tyler. The goalkeepers were not tested much but maintained good control of the box as a few shots came their way. Our ODP team was able to score on a corner kick, which was headed in. The other goals were scored by combination play inside the 18-yard box and the game ended with North Texas being on top, three goals to none.

Game two – NTX ODP '97 Boys vs Texas Lightning 98B Black (Score 1-3)
Some of our players had games and/or training with their club teams on the same day as we played, causing the players to play too many games in one day. The team spent too much energy during the first half of the game to maintain possession and defend the attacks of the opposing team. The game ended in a 3-1 loss to Texas Lightning 98B Black. We took only four shots on goal. Liam had three saves and two goals scored on him, while Alan had five saves and one goal scored on him.

Game two – NTX ODP '97 Boys vs FC Bayern McKinney (Score 0-5)
This was the fourth or fifth game during two days for several players on the team. The team played a lot of combination soccer and played well out of the back. As a whole, the team took a lot of shots on goal. — Chase: five shots on goal; Keegan: five shots; Liam: one; Alex: one; Eduardo: two; Zack: one; Nick: one. Both Alan and Liam made three saves and surrendered two goals against. The team also took two corner kicks. All in all, for the players that had an opportunity to play, it was a good weekend. The players received valuable feedback after each game. The boys looked good.

Head Coach, Tyler Powell: '97 Girls
The 97 girls had a good showing over the weekend, which generated lots of interest from several different colleges. With many of our players still competing in high school playoffs, and playing club games during the weekend, the expectation was sluggish play, but we got anything but that.

We played against a strong Sting Blue 97G team in our first game, and the girls played well throughout the game. We came up short in the attacking end but did create several goal-scoring opportunities. The Sting team was able to capitalize and found the back of the net three times, resulting in a 3-0 loss for our girls.

In our second game, we played Andromeda FC 97G and bounced back by scoring two goals in the opening minutes. It was a back-and-forth game in which we came out on top, 2-1.

Our last game was against American Eagles 97G West, and was a very even game throughout. Both teams created many chances and the American Eagles team was able to capitalize. The final was a 1-0 loss for our ODP team.

Head Coach, Kevin White: '98 Boys
The '98 Boys North Texas ODP State Team played in the Sports Source Showcase, Mar. 29-30. It was another great opportunity for the boys to put their abilities on display and mesh as a unit before attending ODP Region III Camp. In the first game, they played the Dallas Texans 98B Red team to a well-deserved 1-1 draw. The local club went ahead on a cool penalty strike early in the first half. Fifteen minutes later, Christian Quintero scored a fantastic goal with a shot from 35 yards away to even up the game. There were chances for both teams in the second half, but the game would finish level.

The second game saw the North Texas ODP squad matched up against Hurst United FC 98B Black. Down a few players, the state team was outmatched physically. With just one sub, they kept it close, but Hurst would eventually pull away for a 5-1 victory.

The final game, against Liverpool 98B Babel (Ravestijn), was the most entertaining game of the weekend. North Texas would go up 1-0 early, only to see the score leveled by a good goal from a quick switch of play by Liverpool. Just before halftime, the North Texas team managed a scrappy goal by not allowing Liverpool to clear it and finally putting it away. On nearly the last kick of the half, however, Liverpool played a forward in on a breakaway, and the half ended, 2-2. One goal from Liverpool in the second half would prove enough to hold on in a hard-fought game that would see it finish 3-2 to the Reds. Overall, it was a good weekend with three good performances for the North Texas 98 BODP team. There were definitely things to work on still, but effort was not one of them.

Head Coach, Kenny Jones: 98 Girls
The '98 girls ODP team participated in the Sports Source Showcase during the last weekend in March. Even though it was a somewhat different group of players than the last event, the girls still performed consistently well and had positive results in all of their contests.

The first game was really about the players getting on the same page. It was important that the girls focus on executing their role within the theme of our spring training. Fortunately, we had another smart and attentive group. It only took them about one half to really start working well together and working toward the goals we set before the game. The team we played was very organized and well-coached. It was a great first challenge for the girls, because they really had to be thoughtful and dynamic with their play in order to compete well. The game finished with a 1-0 victory over Andromeda 98G White.

The second game of the day presented another good challenge; playing against a strong athletic team, with some impactful players. The girls responded well. They played well on both sides of the ball (offensively and defensively). They  were definitely  more composed and relaxed during this game. They seem to be more familiar with what we were trying to accomplish as a team and within their individual roles. They were more efficient with their chances and came away with a 4-1 win over Sting North 98G.

The third game featured an athletic, well-coached opponent This was another very good challenge for the team, requiring the girls had to respond to other team’s half time adjustments. It took a few minutes, but the girls adapted well and were thoughtful with their play. After scoring in the first half, the girls got another goal late in the second half and won the game, 2-0, over Dallas Rush 97G.

In the final game, the girls started where they ended the last game. They played very well together and scored a good goal within the first few minutes of the first half. The opposing team was very energetic and pressured well all over the field. The girls did a great job of staying calm under such pressure and passed the ball very well to each other to relieve pressure. They finished the first half with three goals and ended up winning the game, 4-1, over Solar Chelsea 98G Gold.

This was a great event to help this age group’s coaching staff evaluate and provide feedback  to the players as this group prepares for regional camp this summer. It was an opportunity for the girls to play in front of college coaches and gain some experience in a showcase event. It was also a great teaching tool for the girls to show that they can focus on our spring training objectives, improve individually and as a team, and still get quality results.

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