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Boca Adds Under-14 Girls Super Y-League Team
February 19, 2004

Boca Adds Under-14 Girls Super Y-League Team

Club enters record sixth team in nation’s top elite youth soccer league for 2004 season

TOMS RIVER, NJ (February 19, 2004) – The Board of Directors of the Jersey Shore Boca Soccer Club announced today that the Club will enter an under-14 girls team in the United Soccer Leagues Super Y-League in 2004 and will begin holding open tryouts for their newest SYL team later this month.

This will be the first time in Boca’s four year history in Super Y-League that the Club will enter a girl’s team into competition.

Boca’s new U-14 SYL girl’s team will be coached by Tony Pezza of Jackson, NJ.

Pezza holds both NJ and USSF coaching licenses and has several years experience in coaching youth and adult soccer at various levels.

Tryouts for the Jersey Shore Boca SYL U-14 girl’s team will be held at Johnson Park in Jackson Township on February 28th from 12pm to 3pm. All girls born in 1990 and 1991 are welcome to attend.

Rain or snow date will be February 29th at the same time and place. Players are encouraged to arrive 20 minutes prior for registration.

Jersey Shore Boca will now have a record six Super Y-League teams, the highest number ever in its SYL history, competing during the 2004 season.

Along with their newest U-14 girls team, Jersey Shore Boca will also field five boys teams for the 2004 SYL season; U-13s, U-14s, U-15s, U-16s and U-17s.

All Boca teams will compete in the SYL’s tough Mid-Atlantic division for the 2004 season.

“We are extremely excited to add this new girl’s team into our Club and to give our shore area girls the opportunity to compete in the Super Y-League against some of the best young soccer talent in the United States” said Al Schwartz, the President of Jersey Shore Boca.

“This will be our fourth consecutive year in the Super Y-League. And as our history and experience tell us, the players who participated in the SYL with us have benefited greatly in their overall player development. I believe I speak for all of our directors, coaches and staff when I say that the Super Y-League is the most competitive youth soccer league in the US. We are very proud to be a part of it” Schwartz continued.

The 2004 Super Y-League season will begin in the spring and will end no later than November with details for the playoffs and finals to be announced at a later date.

The Boca SYL teams will again face some of the top youth soccer clubs in the United States during the 2004 season including DC United (DC), FC Delco (PA), Super Nova (PA), Baltimore Bays (MD), The Chesapeake Athletic Club (MD) and local in-state rivals the South Jersey Barons (NJ) among others.

The Super Y-League is the only North American youth league designed for the top one percent of elite youth players in the United States and Canada.

As a national affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation, the Super Y-League provides the national league structure to develop players and helps identify elite players for National Team programs through ODP status programs such as the SYL Finals and Regional Select Team weekends.

The SYL pilot season in 1999 began with 16 teams in two major regions of the United States and expanded to 75 teams in five major regions in 2000. Last year 490 teams competed in week in – week out league competition in the 2003 SYL season.

The scope of the Super Y-League stretches from as far as Vancouver, BC to Miami, FL and from Boston, MA to Los Angles, CA.

Some of the highlights and accomplishments of Boca’s first three years of SYL history include an inaugural .500 season (6-6-0) for the Boca U18s and U-18 SYL National Player of the Week honors for Chris Konopka (Toms River, NJ) in 2001; U-15 SYL National Player of the Week honors for Jara Habib (Marlboro, NJ) in 2002 and very respectable 4th place finishes for the Boca U14 (6-5-1) and U17 (6-6-1) SYL teams in 2003.

Other player achievements during the Club’s short SYL history include seven Jersey Shore Boca players being named to the 2003 Super Y-League Regional ODP Player Pool, one Boca SYL player being selected to the U-15 Boy’s US National Team Player Pool, one former Boca SYL player being considered for the U-20 Men’s US National Team Player Pool and sixteen Boca SYL alumni participating in NCAA intercollegiate men’s soccer during 2003.

Jersey Shore Boca has been a fixture in the soccer community since 1978 and is one of the most respected soccer clubs in New Jersey.

The Club celebrated their 25-year anniversary in 2003.

Boca alumni include several former National and Olympic Team members as well as numerous collegiate players, coaches and former local high school standouts.

Jersey Shore Boca was also a member of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League in 2003.