Club News and Events
The Grafton and Fusion Soccer Clubs have a wide range of volunteer openings for 2014-15, from things like vice president and tournament coordinator to simpler roles like equipment coordinator, updating the website, sending emails, and taking care of the flowers at the entrance to Zaun. We have opportunities to fit everyone's schedule and desired level of involvement. If you are able to volunteer to help in some capacity, please contact Paul Skalecki at email@example.com. Please consider volunteering to help the club and to fulfill your volunteer commitment at the same time! WE NEED YOU!
Entry level referee courses occur periodically, especially in off season.. Just click on this link, then click on sign up for course, new referee course online.
Something new for 2014, some of the ref course work is being done online. This will shorten the in class time committment. Once you complete the online portion, you will take a test that you must score at least 75% on. You can take the test as many times as needed to get a score of at least 75%. Once you complete the online course, you can sign up for the classroom part. If you have any questions about the ref class or reffing in general, contact Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's hard to believe it's already time to register for next season with the Grafton Soccer Club. The current season ends soon, so we are making plans and getting organized for fall soccer. Registration for our recreational programs will open June 7th and close July 22nd. Sign up by July 15th for lowest pricing and to avoid a late fee! Sign up early to secure your spot, as teams will be filled on a first come basis.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you on the field. If you know other players that are interested in playing a great game, having fun, and joining the Grafton Soccer Club, let them know they can register at www.graftonsoccerclub.org. For players interested in the Fusion Academy program, go to www.fusionsoccerclub.com.
Mequon United girls win Super-Y League Under-15 title on penalties
Perhaps Monday morning's USL Super-Y League North American girls Under-15 final in Bradenton, Fla., was destined to go to penalty kicks.
After all, Mequon United and Pennsylvania's Super Nova FC had played to a tie two days earlier, and both teams had a history of penalties at the event – the Wisconsin team in last year's Under-14 final and Super Nova in Sunday's semifinals.
After 100 minutes of scoreless soccer, shots from the spot beckoned. And Mequon United turned in a perfect performance to claim the club's first Super-Y League title.
Kelli Ausman (Mequon Homestead) saved two of Super Nova's penalties and the third hit the crossbar, and all three Mequon United shooters converted for a 3-0 shootout victory following a 0-0 draw. The teams tied 1-1 in a group finale Saturday. "For the first time in all the years that we've been with the Super-Y, this is our first national championship, and we're just so happy," Mequon coach Carlos "Cacho" Córdoba said in an article on the USL website.
Mequon United, which finished 3-0-2 at the tournament, hit the crossbar twice in the first half of the final. Ausman, meanwhile, stopped a breakaway by Super Nova's Taylor Chapman in the 70th minute to keep the match scoreless.
"It's a relief right now," Cordoba said. "We've been through a lot of injuries this year. We had two here, and we've got three more at home, and (Sunday) night we didn't know if we'd even be able to put together a starting lineup because we've got some girls with ankle problems. But this is is a situation where the players have to understand that there's a little bit more that they have to give. And the girls did it."
The Mequon team is the Fusion Under-16 team, which won the Wisconsin State Championship in the fall. Mequon SC and Grafton SC combine to form select and high school teams as the Fusion, while the clubs operate independently at other levels. The Super-Y season is in June and July, which is why this team qualified as Under-15.
The Grafton Soccer Club board has decided to use the Craig Carlson memorial donations to help pay for the costs of developing two additional soccer fields at the Zaun soccer complex in Grafton. The club received almost $5,000 in memorial donations for Craig Carlson.
The new fields will be named Craig Carlson Fields and will include commemorative signage. These fields will be suitable for games at the U-12 ages and under, as well as for training for all ages. The fields were seeded earlier in September and should be ready for the spring 2014 season. The club will hold a dedication ceremony at a date to be announced next summer.
Craig played his youth soccer for the Grafton Soccer Club Rangers, was a four-year starter for the Grafton High School Black Hawks, and went on to be a four-year starter at Carroll University in Waukesha. After college, Craig began coaching Grafton Rangers youth select soccer teams. Craig passed away suddenly in July, 2012 at the age of 25 as a result of a pulmonary embolism.
Craig loved soccer, the Grafton Soccer Club, and the kids he coached. We hope to help keep his memory alive in the Grafton soccer community by naming the new fields after him.