Burnsville Thunder : Welcome

Welcome to the Home of the Thunder!!!!

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    The Burnsville Thunder is an Under-19 Girls' Tournament-Only Soccer Team, playing for the Burnsville Fire Soccer Club in the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association.

    As the top, or "A" team for the club, the Thunder feature the finest young soccer players in Burnsville. Though a strictly community-based club, Burnsville has a long, rich tradition of producing exceptional talent, including the 1992 U-16 National Champion Giants, and US National Team players such as Holly Manthei and Leo Cullen.

    The Thunder have a proud tradition themselves. They are regular MYSA State Tournament participants, capturing MYSA State Championships in 2000, 2005 and 2006. The 1999 team finished 3rd Place in the USA Cup Cup Flight while the 2005 and 2006 teams were Medal Flight Champions.


Thunderstruck by AC/DC


Sunday, July 20
Things We Learned in Chicago...

Megan L. is flabbergasted...Megan M. overexplains her jokes...Belgians LOVE Annie's eyes...Julia should never sleep on a top bunk OR the laws of gravity apply even when you are asleep...in Chicago, you're SUPPOSED to drive over the median...Ali is a pigeon-poop magnet...little Chicago boys steal Taste of Chicago tickets...Annie is very picky about her limos...boats are apparently popular places to smoke weed...Chicago boys think fighting in front of girls is a good pickup tactic...Navy Pier Pirates are not funny, but they are desperate...best to leave Taste of Chicago before the gunplay starts...The Millenium Park faces are a great place to propose...Annie doesn't know what color the soap in the bathroom is...no one wants to eat goat...pushing a stroller with your kid in it does not prevent you from flirting...Chase knows way too much about its customers...watch your fries around Megan M, she will knock them right out of your hands...Megan L. gets very excited when she thinks she is being offered beer...

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Saturday, July 19
Capital City Sneaks by Thunder...

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The Thunder concluded USA Cup Weekend pool play with a spirited effort against Capital City Soccer Club (ND).  Capital City escaped with a 1-0 win over a rejuvenated Thunder squad with ample subs.  Lauren, Linsey, Jill, Rachel and Cat from the u17's pitched in and played great too.

The Player of the Game honors went to 



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Saturday, July 19
Tonka Trounces Thunder...

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In the second pool game of USA Cup Weekend, Minnetonka's Premier team thumped the Thunder 6-0.  The strain of playing a morning game with one sub in hot windy conditions was evident in an even hotter, windier afternoon game as the Thunder were flat-footed most of the game.  Minnetonka's goals came in two three-goal flurries, one in each half. The Thunder, despite being held scoreless, actually had more quality chances that they did in the morning game.

Player of the Game was Erica.  Playing out of position all year Erica has quietly and effectively anchored the back line with her smart, fast, physical play and good instincts.  Erica has been the consumate team player all season.



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Saturday, July 19
Thunder Dumped by DePere...

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The Thunder opened USA Cup Weekend play with a tough 4-1 loss to DePere (WI) Select.  In high temps and a stiff wind, the 12 Thunder players scored first off a great free kick by Maria, but DePere scored four quick goals off miscues to take the game.

Maria earned Player of the Game for her indomitable spirit. She fought hard from the first whistle to the last, never conceding the ball or the game to DePere.



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Saturday, July 19
Pre-Wrappas Head to Chicago for Street Soccer Cup...

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For Annie, Ali, Megan, Megan and Julia the Fourth of July was not at time to rest, it was time for more soccer!  The five headed to Chicago to participate in the Chicago Street Soccer Cup.  We hit town late Thursday and spent all day Friday downtown, taking in Millenium Park, the Taste of Chicago, Navy Pier, Grant Park, a stroll along the waterfront and fireworks over the lake.  

Saturday we got to the tournament site early to check out the scene.  After watching a little game action we grabbed an empty field to get a feel for it.  Lenny and Gala from Masters of the Game were walking by and jumped at the invitation to go 2v5 against the Pre-Wrappas.  The girls had a blast trying to stay with the Belgian pros, who were starring in an MTV Europe reality show about street soccer.  The Masters of the Game had come to Chicago directly from New York where they were playing with Thierry Henry, Jozy Altidore, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Claudio Reyna and more.  After the little scrimmage they tried to teach the girls a couple moves to use in the game.

The first game was against PMS (Power, Muscle, Speed according to their t-shirts.)  The speed and violence of the game caught the girls off guard, and PMS won handily.   After a brief break the girls tangled with Polly Cummings (can't print their real name here.)  These middle-aged women were obviously seasoned-street soccer players and thumped the Thunder.  As one PreWrappa put it on the sideline, "we're getting beat by a bunch of moms!"

After a long day on the pavement the team headed back into town for dinner at Dick's Last Stand.  Our waiter, Jordan insulted and ridiculed us all night long...part of the show at Dick's.  Everyone got a homemade hat making fun of them, but no one got slammed like the table of men next to us.  Jordan's chair and window dances were not his strength.  Better stick to waiting tables!

No one wanted a long walk back to the "L" so the PreWrappas grabbed a limo to take them back to the station.  The driver professed he should switch to driving cabs after Annie insisted on seeing the inside before deciding if it was a nice enough limo for her.

Sunday brought two more games, first against SBRJIA.  In this game the Thunder finally caught up to the game and earned their first street soccer game.  The second and final game brought a rematch with PMS, and this time the Thunder fared much better, losing by only two goals.

The record may have only been 1-3, but the number of great memories wracked up...huge.



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