Juan Gonzalez and Jose Canahui, coaches for SoccerViza FC’s u16 Black team, said they’re in good shape going into playoffs this weekend.
“We’re ready because these boys have been through so much,” Coach Gonzalez said. “We lost the indoor final and we started the spring season out 0-2 which we didn't expect.”
After a rough start, the u16 Black team bounced back by showing grit in a 3-1 comeback against Bridgeport ending the game in a tie.
“The boys showed that they can push through that adversity,” Coach Gonzalez said. “After that, we built momentum as the season went on. We went to Needham (Memorial Day tournament 2019) and came back as champions.”
According to Coach Canahui, his team is peaking at the right moment.
“Guys are actually taking it seriously in front of goal,” Coach Canahui said. “Just this past weekend we beat Shelton 5-1. Then we came out on Sunday and beat Shoreline 6-0.”
Coach Canahui also said the strengths of the u16 Black team are clear: hunger and hard work.
“Our team is very diverse,” Coach Canahui said. “At the end of the day, we’re all fighting for that starting spot and expectations are high for this weekend.”
“We expect to win,” both coaches said.
The u16 Black face off against Commack Soccer United this Saturday at 5 p.m. in Huntington, N.Y. With a win, the team will play Sunday’s final against the winner of Southeast vs. NRFC Premier-Crush.