2000-05-20 / Sports

Gjoa Raiders Reach League Cup Final

Travel Soccer Team Attracts Local Kids

The SC Gjoa Raiders, a boys U-8 (born after August 1, 1991) soccer team competing in the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL), have completed a successful season compiling a (14-2-2) overall record against some of the strongest youth soccer players in New York City. The Raiders are mainly composed of Rockaway athletes and have qualified for the prestigious Cosmopolitan League Cup Championships.

Sporting Club Gjoa is a Norwegian American Club founded in 1911 and located in Brooklyn. The club is named after the ship used by the polar explorer Roald Amundsen in his 1905 voyage through the Northwest Passage.

Gjoa sponsors boys and girls travel soccer teams playing in the CJSL from the U8 to the U19 level. Travel soccer is a major commitment beginning with summer tryouts, followed by a full fall season of games and practice. The Raiders practice at Fort Tilden and on Shore road in Brooklyn. They compiled a nine win, one loss, one tie record in the fall, scoring 49 goals against the Manhattan Kickers, Asphalt Green, Brooklyn Italians, Brooklyn Patriots, Silver Lake and Downtown United while allowing only nine goals. The Raiders won the first two rounds of the League’s single elimination Cup Championship. The CJSL plays small sided (eight players aside) soccer at the U8 level. The Raiders began the season with only eight players: Andrew Appell, Brittany Dombrowski, Robert Klein, Eddie Sullivan, Chris Scheriff and Gary Thompson of the Rockaways, Devon Fuller of Brooklyn, and Jackie Kelly of Astoria. Robert Gooden of Brooklyn joined by the second game and Alex Plaia and Cody Greenstein from Rockaway completed the fall lineup.

Weekly winter indoor practices were held at the Paerdegat Sports Complex under the guidance of a professional trainer. Skill development is the major theme of every practice. Dribbling, passing, receiving, heading shooting and defending are always reemphasized. "Decision-making" is essential to the development of the complete player. Recognition of what to do with and without the ball in a split second manner is a critical aspect of the game. Practices are more important then games at this level.

Indoor tournaments were played throughout New York City and Nassau. The Raiders won the Silver Lake Indoor Tournament and reached the semi-finals in several others.

SC Gjoa moved to their new home fields in Verrazzano Sports Complex for the spring season. Matt Vogel and Thomas Dalton of Rockaway joined the team for this season. The Raiders compiled a 5-1-1 record this spring scoring 23 goals while allowing 12. They have shut out their opponents in 10 of the 18 games that they played this year.

The Raiders defeated the City Stars on May 7 in a 6-5 thriller to earn the right to play the Silver Lake Spurs for the CJSL League Cup Championship on June 11 in Downing Stadium at Randall’s Island.

The SC Gjoa will hold tryouts for any interested boy and girl players ages 6 to 16 for next year at Poly Prep on June 20, 21 and 22 at 6:30 p.m. Poly is located at 9216 7 avenue in Bay Ridge. For more information write via e-mail gjoa1213@aol.com.

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