Hartsville United Soccer League announces fall 2020 season results
Different!! This is probably an understatement for the 2020 HUSL fall soccer season. A season with more rules and restrictions than goals scored sums it all up. Total player numbers were down due to the COVID pandemic, but our 82 participants were enthusiastic and eager to learn. The coaches are all volunteers, and besides taking temperatures, using lots of sanitizer, trying to maintain social distancing, and wearing masks at all times, they worked very hard to teach the skills needed to play the game and have fun doing it.
The HUSL Recreational League did not have sponsors this season, and, therefore were identified by color within each division.
In our youngest age division (5, 6 and 7 year olds), the Red team finished the season undefeated with a 6-0 record and scoring 30 goals. The Blue team lost only one game but finished the season with the most goals scored (36 goals). The White team and the Green team finished in third and fourth place respectively.
In the middle age division (8, 9 and 10 year olds), the Red team lost only one game and finished in first place with 40 goals to their credit. In second place with 38 goals and two loses was the White team. In third place was the Blue team, showing the most improvement overall and great sportsmanship.
The oldest division, consisting of 11 to 15 year olds, was led by the Red team, which scored 25 goals and lost only one game. This team showed great skill and determination. The White team improved with every game and defeated the Red team in the last game of the season.
The HUSL Travel League fielded three teams for the fall 2020 season.
The U11 HUSL Huskies team had a great season under head coach Steve Jewell and assistant coach Jamie Smith. Both coaches concluded about the season, “Not only did every player improve in all aspects of individual and team skills, but also were extremely competitive in a league with many large club teams from cities like Columbia, Greenville, and Charleston.”
The Hartsville United U11 team finished the season in seventh place within their league, however, they tied the third and fifth place teams and beat the fourth and sixth place teams in the division. Coach Smith and Coach Jewell are looking forward to a very bright future for the Hartsville United Huskies!
The U13 team won two games this year with substantial growth noted throughout the year. The team’s leading scorer was Kaleb Vasquez and the leading defender was Wyatt Rix. Laila Smith stepped up and volunteered for the keeper position and did an outstanding job. The team struggled some at the beginning of the year with working as a team and finding the best positions for players, but by the end of the season, the team was playing well together and communicating better on the field.
The U16 Girl’s HUSL Firefinished the fall season with a record of three wins, threeties and six losses. The teamstarted the season 1-5 dueto injuries and a few closelosses. Despite the slowstart, the team stucktogether and rallied to go 2-3-1 in their final six gameswhich included a two gamewinning streak to end theseason. The team is very talented and should be a forceto be reckoned with in futureseasons.
The HUSL Board andcoaches would like to thankall parents and volunteers fortheir support this season.We are hoping for more“normal” seasons in 2021.Tryouts for our U11 TravelLeague Team for the 2021Spring Travel program will beheld on Saturday, January23, at the Byerly Park soccer fields for any players with2010, 2011, or 2012 birthdates and tryouts for ourrecreational league program will be held in May 2021 so check the Hartsville UnitedSoccer League website athttps://www.hartsvilleunited.org/ or the HUSL Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HartsvilleUnitedSoccerLeague fordetails.
The HUSL Board hasseveral openings for the2021 period, so anyoneinterested in volunteeringshould contact Greg Belden,current HUSL Board President by email at gregandsuzanneb@ gmail.com tolearn how to get involved andhelp shape the soccer program in Hartsville. The nextboard meeting will be February 21st at 3 p.m. Check thewebsite for details.
In the middle age division (8, 9 and 10 year olds), the Red team lost only one game and finished in first place with 40 goals to their credit.
The oldest division, consisting of 11 to 15 year olds, was led by the Red team which scored 25 goals and lost only one game.
The Red team in Hartsville United Soccer League’s youngest division (5, 6 and 7 year olds) finished the season undefeated.
The Hartsville United U11 team finished the season in 7th place. Not pictured are Alyssa Saleeby and Ethan Andrews.