8 Storm players make a state team


BRATTLEBORO - Soccer talent in southern Vermont continues to grow under the Brattleboro Storm program, which recently released the list of its players selected for the 2019 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) State teams for Vermont and Massachusetts, a number up 400 percent from last year.

The Brattleboro Youth Soccer Association, or Brattleboro Storm, has been operating its club program in southeastern Vermont for over 20 years. Each year Storm routinely fields teams for both boys and girls in the U9-U14 age range in regular spring and fall leagues, and U18 spring only teams as to not conflict with local high school teams. During November through March, Storm helps to organize teams under the dome in Greenfield, Mass. at Indoor Action Sports to maintain skill growth over the long New England Winters.

This year's area players selected to join the 2019 ODP State team pools include: Massachusetts — Ozmond Z. VanHendrick of Brookline (U13), and Vermont — Sam Hall of Brattleboro (U14), Charlie Kinnersley of Brattleboro (U14), Henry Pennell of Rockingham (U14), Pat McGillion of Dummerston (U14), William Noble of Rockingham (U14), Emilio Ogden of Westminster (U15) and Ayoub Lajhar of Brattleboro (U15).

Each ODP State team will practice over the coming months in preparation for the annual US East Region tournament held this year at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J. and follow-up training camp will be held at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. The tournament and training camp serve to identify players to move onto the US East Region pool and US National/International tournament teams. During last year's 2018 session, two Storm players were selected for ODP, Henry Pennell and William Noble. Both attended US East Region events in Delaware and Pennsylvania. William Noble was further selected as one of the goalkeepers for the US East and will travel next month with the US East Region team to Williamsburg, Va. where they will compete in the Virginia Friendlies Tournament.

Those interested in joining a Brattleboro Storm Club team can contact Brattleboro Youth Soccer Association at soccerinfo@brattleborostormsoccer.com.



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