Kirkwood Freedom: News

Monday, October 17
Freedom Win Discovery Cup
The Freedom won the U19-White bracket of the Discovery Cup tournament over the Columbus Day weekend.  The Freedom powered past the Bethesda Force (3-0), BucksMont Blazers (3-0) and the Lower Dauphin CAPA'93 (2-0) to move into the finals on Monday.  The Freedom gave up their first goal of the tournament late in the second half, but were well in control and cruised to a 3-1 victory to capture the U-19 Championship.

Saturday, December 4
Freedom Roll to Victory in Charlotte Morgan Showcase

The Freedom won the U-17 Division of Kirkwood's Charlotte Moran Showcase.  After a closely contested first match against Match Fit Chelsea (4-3), the Freedom posted three shutouts in the remaining three matches coasting to the Division Championship.

 Maddie McCormick scored all four Goals in the Match Fit Chelsea match.  Casey Horney and "Pip" Sels each scored a goal in a 2-0 victory over FC Frederick.

Friday, November 19
Freedom win Patriot bracket at Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament
The Freedom won the Patriot bracket at the 27th Annual Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament with a 2-1 record.  In two closely contested matches, the Freedom battled to victories over Freestate Fury (1-0) and YMS Premier Fury (2-0), before dropping their third match of the weekend to Vista Omni 0-2.  Maddie McCormick scored the lone goal in the first game against Freestate.  Both goalies came up with several key saves to preserve the 1-0 victory.  Casey Horney scored both goals in Saturday's match with YMS, while solid play by the defense and goalies managed to shutdown the YMS offense.  Sunday saw mostly a defensive struggle with the first Omni goal coming with only 10 minutes left in regulation.  Their second goal was scored with only 10 seconds left in the game.

2010 Jeff Cup
Tuesday, March 23
Freedom Win Bracket at Jefferson Cup

In their first appearance at Jefferson Cup, the Freedom finished with a 3-0 record to win their bracket last weekend.  The Freedom opened the tournament on Friday with a 4-1 victory over the VA Legacy - Phoenix Elite.  Saturday saw the Freedom fall behind 2-0 in the first half, before rallying for two late goals in the first half to tie the game, then they controlled play for most of the second half, adding two more goals for a 4-2 victory.  In the final game on Sunday, the Freedom played a hard fought match with Penn Fusion (a re-match of an earlier Colonial League contest).  In a game dominated by tough defenses on both sides, the Freedom jumped out to an early 1-0 lead.  They would relinquish that lead in the second half, giving up goal that tied the game 1-1, before finally securing a 2-1 victory off a corner kick late in the second half.

Congratulations to the Girls for a Great Weekend!

Wednesday, October 14
2009 WAGS Results
The Freedom finished 2nd in their bracket at the WAGS tournament over the Columbus Day weekend.  The Freedom played to a 2-2 tie in a rain-soaked first game against GAK Thunder on Saturday.  They fought back and won the next two games, both by a 3-1 margin, against CAPA93 and South Beach Barnsley to finish the tournament with 7 points.  However GAK Thunder also finished with an identical record, but was one goal better in the goals against tie-breaker and therefore was awarded first place in the bracket.

Sunday, June 21
Rained-out Again !

For the third straight time this Spring, the Freedom won their first two games of a tournment, positioning themselves for a spot in the finals, only to have mother nature rain on their parade and ultimately force the cancellation of the tournament.  The Freedom beat the Mount Laurel Force 3-2, then GAK Thunder 1-0 on Saturday in rain soaked Mercer County Park, but the inclement weather forced tournament officials to cancel the Sunday matches.

Earlier this Spring the Freedom went 2-0 in the WAGS tournament beating LMVSC 4-2 and FC Frederick Premier 2-0.  Then followed with a strong start in the MSSL College Showcase by winning their first two games against Warren County United Blue and New England Aztec White Flame, before losing to Empire United.  The Freedom was leading the in standings for their Division both times heading into the last game of the preliminary rounds, only to have heavy rains and poor field conditions force cancellation of the remainder of each tournament. 

Tuesday, May 26
KSC Freedom: 2009 U-15 DE State Champions
Kirkwood Freedom defeated the Hockkessin Hotspur 2-1 to cap a perfect run in the DE State Cup Playoffs and win the Delaware U-15 State Championship for the second year in a row.  The Freedom earned the right to travel to West Virginia and represent Delaware at the Region I Tournament in early July.

Sunday, December 21
2008 - Freedom Finish Third in PAGS
Congratulations to the Kirkwood Freedom on a strong showing in the top rated U15 Premiership Division of PAGS.  The girls finished the season with a 7-2-0 record and a three way tie for third place.

Tuesday, August 19
Freedom Wins 2008 Spirit Kick-Off Classic

The Kirkwood Freedom overcame an early 1-0 deficit, scoring three unansered goals to defeat the WVSC 3-1 Sunday to win the Spirit Kick0off Classic Tournament.  A goal by Casey Horney (assisted by Arie Hyderkhan) tied the game at 1-1; then two unassisted goals by Maddie McCormack, off a rebound in front of the net and a steal at the 18, capped the scoring in a hard fought game.

Great start to the Fall Season ! ! !

2008 Spirit Kick-off Champions

Sunday, July 20
Freedom wins 2008 USYSA Director's Cup
Kirkwood Freedom are the new 2008 USYSA National Champions.

The Freedom overcame the extreme heat and a thin roster to capture the USYSA Directors Cup Girls U14 Championship on Sunday. Casey Horny scored on a laser shot from the left side early in the first half and Amy Stevens redirected a Casey Horney pass into the net early in the second half of the game for a 2-0 lead. Then a strong effort by the defense held a tough Texas Rush Nike team scoreless.

In earlier tournament action the Freedom defeated the Virgnia 4-0 on Saturday, but dropped their second game of the day to the Texas Rush Nike 3-1, leading to their showdown on Sunday for the Championship.

Thursday, July 10
Freedom recipient of "Fair Play" award at Region I Tournament
While the outcome of the games at the Region I tournament may have been a bit of a disappointment, the Kirkwood Freedom was the recipient of the "Fair Play" award for their age group. The winners of this award "are recognized for displaying positive conduct on the field toward their opponents and game officials throughout the competition." Our girls and coaches should be very proud of this accomplishment.

Objectives of the Region I Fair Play Award are:
a. Respect for self and others through fair play.
b. Elimination of any and all un-sportsmanlike conduct.
c. Promotion of safety and development of skills.
d. Appreciation of opponents.
e. Respect for officials who ensure fair and safe play.

The referees rate both the players and coaches on each of the above behaviors.

Sunday, June 8
Freedom Wins 2008 Delaware U14 State Cup
2008 DE State Champs
Kirkwood Freedom beat the Hockessin Hotspur 5-0 to claim the 2008 Delaware U14 State Cup Championship and advance to the Region 1 Tournament in Portland, Maine. Casey Horney led the Freedom with three goals and Michelle Lonergan contributed three assists. Ariel Hyderkhan and Alexis Groux also scored one goal each. Ariel broke a 0-0 tie with approximately 30 seconds left in the half after taking a pass from Michelle. She split the Hotspur defense and put her shot into the far upper corner of the net. Casey Horney gave the Freedom a little breathing room 10 minutes into the second half with her first goal, then added two more goals later in the half. Alexis Groux capped the Freedom scoring with a goal late in the half.

Sunday, May 11
Freedom Wins 2008 Mid Atlantic Premier Soccer Group
Congratulations to the Freedom for going undefeated and winning the MAPS group of JAGS. It was a great season turned in by the girls.

Wednesday, October 17
1st International Friendly for Freedom
October 17, 2007 Congrationlations on a nice 1-0 win against Hellerup IIraets Klub from Denmark.

Sunday, October 7
2007 KSC Premier Finalist
October 7, 2007 Congratulations to the team for making the finals of the Kirkwood Girls Premier tournament last weekend! It was their best finish yet in this very competitive event. There was some really great play in the event.

Sunday, September 2
2007 James DiIenno Champions
September 2, 2007 A great weekend of play ended with the Freedom becoming Champions of the James DiIenno tournament this past weekend at Kirkwood. With 27 goals for and 0 against the girls played a great tournament. Congratulations.

The girls are now 10 - 1- 1 in their first 12 games together.

Sunday, May 27
Congratulations - 2007 Hampden Tournament Champions
Congratulations to the girls on their great accomplishment this past Memorial Day Weekend - winning the top division of the Hampden Tournament! This win shows the great and continued progress that has been made this year.

Click on the headline to visit a good link that demonstrates soccer moves and technique clip by clip.

Saturday, August 16
50 Greatest Soccer Goals
Check this out:

Let's make some of them ours next season.

Little Champions
...a day for the memory books. (Image has been reduced to thumbnail to allow page to load faster: just click on picture to view full size.)

Little Champions
Oh Happy Day!!!
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The indoor season ended on Monday evening with a fabulous effort by 2 very talented and motivated teams to provide all parents/coaches with an etremely exciting final that was evenly matched and a treat to watch. Congratulations team Freedom on a game well played!!! ---another prize for the trophy case!

...go to pictures on the menue and click on Little Champions album to view a few more shots of that very fun day. Much thanks to our new team photographer, digital and techno advisor--Janet.

Dunkeroo Coach !!!
Away we go!!!
Team Freedom had some MAJOR fun this fall compliments of a chilly dunk tank, a caoch who is a very good sport, and some strong arms with good aim!!!!

Du-wop Horses
Click on the link above to view the cutest Du-wop Horses in the North East.Wait for all four horses to load, then click on the horses one at a time and wait for each one to start singing (in 4 part harmony!)

Sunday, August 24

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