Four seasons of hustle pays off for U10 Wildcats

The U10 Wildcats now reign as 2022 Lerenzo Cup and NCWVSL Champions. Players listed in no particular order are: Jamareon Bass, Solomon Ezzi, Thaddeus Ezzi, Liam Freeman, Cooper Hays, Hyson Jones, Mason McCauley, Trenton Peters, Chandler Riffle, Colten Sine, Clark Singleton and Declan Sturm.

TCYSA Wildcats earn Lorenzo Cup and NCWVSL Championship titles

TAYLOR COUNTY—The Taylor County Youth Soccer Association U10 Wildcats recently captured a championship win that has been four seasons in the making. 

The Wildcats, coached by Chuck Peters have been growing together as a team since fall of 2020, making the big step up to the U10 division, after being forced to sit out their final U8 season due to COVID-19. 

“We were small, and the game grew so much. There was a big learning curve for the players, parents and coaches,” explained Peters. 

He revealed that during their first season the team finished at .500. Seeing an immense amount of improvement in their second season together, the Wildcats ended the season around .750 and earned a third-place finish while competing in their first-ever tournament. 

The following season, the team had found their rhythm and dominated the field going undefeated in regular season play. However, the Wildcats would fall short of the championship title, dropping the final tournament contest of the Lorenzo Cup in overtime, while competing in Summersville.

Rather than allowing the defeat to derail their goal of capturing the title and discourage their passion for the game, falling short of the victory only fed into their desire to win it all and pushed them to work that much harder.

“We were all so excited for this fourth season. The kids have worked so hard, and it showed early. We joined the North Central West Virginia Soccer League (NCWVSL) this past season. We saw a lot tougher teams this season than we ever have before,” Peters disclosed. 

Facing some fierce competition from Marion, Harrison and Lewis Counties in league play, and teams from Preston, Nicholas and Barbour Counties out of league, the Wildcats battled their way to the top, once again making their way to the Lorenzo Cup. 

Mimicking the previous season, the Wildcats found themselves in a tied contest at the conclusion of regulation and headed into overtime; but this time they came out on top of the hard-fought fight. 

“The boys and parents erupted, and there were tears everywhere! That was a big step and a memory I’ll never forget,” Peters exclaimed. 

But the Wildcats didn’t stop there. 

“We came back and put the work in to prepare ourselves for the NCWVSL tournament. It was a long, hot day for adults and kids alike,” added Peters. 

He shared that his team met up with some of the top organizations in the league, playing four intense forty minute games in 90-degree weather. 

And at the end of the long, hot day, their dedication and determination had paid off with the Wildcats winning the league championship title. 

Throughout the season, the Wildcats were a defensive storm, only allowing eight goals to be scored on them: a showcase of some of the best defense in the league. And Peters attributes the team’s success to the bond they’ve created. 

“This team wouldn’t be as successful if it weren’t for the family we’ve become,” he commented. “The parents have all invested so much time and money in helping the boys grow. We try to do everything we can together from parent practices to just getting the boys together for team building exercises. I’m so fortunate for them.”

Peters also added that he couldn’t have led the team to victory without having assistants John Sine and Avery Duckworth by his side. 

“They have put in a lot of time and effort. Without them, none of this would have been possible either,” he voiced.

With the win, the Wildcats have concluded their adventure in the U10 division, as the entire team will be making the move up to play U12 next season. 

“We’re all ready for the growing and learning process to start again. I’m more than confident the Wildcats will step up and keep climbing towards more championships for Taylor County,” Peters boasted. 

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