A Page -- July 15, 2011

Otto Orf/HandsOnSoccer Annual Sand Soccer Tourney set for tomorrow at Mentor Headlands beaches

What is it?

A one day small sided 5v5 soccer tournament played in the sand with goalkeepers creating lots of shots and GOALS!


What are the benefits? 

Every team will be guaranteed 3 games filled with lots of touches on the ball and an environment to try all your latest moves. 

S/A-Cleveland Photo by Norm Weber

For text, audio, video, of last year's tourney, click the following link 


How about the family? 
The entire family is encouraged to come and enjoy the games and the beach. 

This is one soccer tournament you won’t have to drag the siblings to.



Games will be 4v4 plus goalkeepers (5v5). Games will consist of two 12 minute halves with a 2 minute halftime. All teams will be guaranteed 3 bracket games with the opportunity to advance to the semifinals and finals. 

Minimum roster count is 5 and maximum is 11 - Our recommendation is 7-9 players. 

Age Divisions:
U9-U18 boys and girls, men's, women's, and adult coed. 

For more Information see Soccerinthesand.com

U.S., Canada set for showdown in World title game this weekend


By Will Frasure 


One neighboring country down, one to go.

After handing Mexico a 17-7 loss to seal a place in the IFAF Senior World Championship gold medal game, Team USA learned it will be facing the country’s other border nation after Canada defeated Japan, 31-27, on Wednesday in Graz, Austria.

Down 27-24 with 5:38 remaining, Canada reclaimed the lead with a 72-yard completion from Michael Faulds to David Stevens. Two plays later, running back Matt Walters scored from a yard out to put the team up permanently.

Japan was Team USA’s opponent in the 2007 Senior World Championship title game, won by the U.S., 23-20, in double overtime. It will be the first time Team Japan won’t be in the gold medal game since the tournament’s inception in 1999.

Mount Union's Larry Kehres, one of the coaches for Team USA

Canada finished undefeated in Group B with wins against Japan, France and host Austria. The team started the tournament with a 45-10 win over the French before taking down Austria 36-14. Like Team USA, Canada faced its toughest match in the final game of group play.

Faulds has been the star of Canada at quarterback, throwing for 644 yards and five touchdowns during the three contests. He also led the Canadians in rushing against France with 58 yards on the ground.

At running back, Canada rotates between Stevens and Walters. Walters has taken more carries and amassed 182 rushing yards, while Stevens has 158.

The Americans are in the midst of their four-day break, their longest of the tournament, before they take the field Saturday in Vienna. Team USA needs the rest following its hard-fought game against Mexico.

Team USA grinded out the victory and was led by its defense. The unit gave up 10 points or less for the third straight contest. Aside from a 65-yard pass that set up Mexico’s only score, the U.S. defense dominated, led by Osayi Osunde’s 6 ½ tackles and two sacks.

Team USA won its first two games 61-10 against Australia ant 48-7 against Germany. The offense has been led by QB Cody Hawkins (623 passing yards, 3 touchdowns) and running back Nate Kmic (236 yards receiving, 1 touchdown).

“Most of these players didn’t know each other two weeks ago,” U.S head coach Mel Tjeerdsma said after the Mexico game. “So the first meeting, we said we had one goal – and that is to win the gold medal.

“Now we are one step way.”

Gilmour has several coaching openings

Gilmour Academy has the following coaching positions open: boys varsity lacrosse, girls varsity lacrosse and middle school coed soccer. 

Interested applicants should contact Athletic Director Tom Bryan atbryant@gilmour.org or 440-473-8074.