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Sunday, February 19, 2017
Bermuda U20's Draw Opener With Trinidad

Bermuda Goalscorer Oneko Lowe (7)
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Bermuda 1 Trinidad 1
Updated with Highlights & Interviews
Bermuda Starting Line-Up: Detre Bell, Mikiel Thomas, Tahzeiko Harris (Knory Scott 80th), Zenawi Bowen (Paul Douglas 51st), Liam Evans, Jahnazae Swan, Kacy Butterfield, David Jones, Osagi Bascome, Oneko Lowe, Tehvan Tyrell (Jaz Rattery-Smith 66th)

Bermuda were down 1 - 0 at the half of their CONCACAF Championship opener against Trinidad in Costa Rica. Trinidad took a lead in the 23rd minute when Kathon St. Hillaire scored.

Bermuda would draw level in the 69th minute when a long ball from the midfield was played over the top, substitute Jaz Rattery-Smith was quickest to the ball and flicked it over a advancing Trinidad goalkeeper Montel Joseph, the ball took a deflection and fell to the feet of Oneko Lowe who was able to finish from close range.

Neither team managed to beat the opposing goalkeeper again resulting in a 1 – 1 draw.






Friday, February 17, 2017
Countdown To Under 20 Championships

Coach Kyle Lightbourne
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There’s a lot of excitement surrounding Bermuda’s first participation in the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship since 1992.

Despite all the adulation, head coach Kyle Lightbourne is focused on keeping his team grounded ahead of Sunday’s opener against Group C rival Trinidad & Tobago. The sides met in the Caribbean qualifying match for third place, with the Bermuda emerging victorious, 2-1, on goals by Knory Scott and Mikiel Thomas.

“This is not a holiday camp,” Lightbourne stressed to CONCACAF.com. “This is an opportunity to put Bermudian Football more on the map. I have made It clear to our players that we are now coming up against the best in the region, so it is imperative that they focus on improving.

“This is the tournament we would really love to do well in and, for us, as coaches and all the staff that’s going down there, our job is to push these guys to get the best out of them that we can.”

Bermuda is also slated to face El Salvador (February 22) and host Costa Rica (February 25) in group play.

Lightbourne, who played in the English Premier League with Coventry City during the 1997/98 season, believes the U-20 tournament is about experience and helping his players grow into professionals.

“We have a squad that is capable of achieving great things in this tournament,” finished the 48-year-old. “However, we are taking it one step at a time. Our first objective is the three games we have to play in nine days. Wherever we are after that, we take it from there.

“We shocked the Caribbean in being one of the best five U-20 teams last year. Well, now, we want to grow in pedigree in CONCACAF. That is our goal.”


 
 
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Tahzeiko Harris Signs With Appalachian State

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After a remarkable run that led the 2016 Prep Soccer team to back-to-back New England Championships and Top Drawer Soccer National Titles players continue to earn the attention of top college soccer programs. The winter signing period opened on Wednesday, February 1st and on February 10th, 2017 Tahzeiko Harris signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Division I Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

Tahzeiko becomes the fourth player from the 2016 team to sign with a Division I college program. Tyejae Burchall just signed with Rutgers University and Tomas Jamett, Iona College, and Djimon Johnson, Syracuse University, have already enrolled at their respective schools for this spring term.

Tahzeiko is a four-year student from Somerset, Bermuda. He helped create a lot of buzz around the South Kent team, earning several individual awards throughout his career, including being named the High School All-American game this past December. He heads to play for an up and coming Mountaineers team whose coach, Jason O’Keefe, has also earned many accolades for his work as an assistant coach and recruiter before taking over at Appalachian State last year.

Prep Soccer Coach Owen Finberg had these things to say about Harris, "Tahzeiko has shown a great upward development during the last four years and he has only begun to scratch the surface of his potential. He came to South Kent as a freshman and played on our varsity team, he played on the prep team as a sophomore but was injured much of the season. As a junior he was a driving force in a defense that had 14 shutouts and only allowed 5 goals, after that season he earned the Tyler Hoadley Most Improved Player award. This year he made another step forward at centerback and leading us to 12 shutouts."

Harris has also just been named to the Bermuda Under 20 World Cup Qualifying roster. The Bermuda team is one step away from the Under 20 World Cup and is competing with the best 12 countries from Central and North America over the next couple weeks. They open up CONCACAF tournament play in San Jose, Costa Rica on February 19th versus Trinidad and Tobago. Their second game is against El Salvador on the 22nd and then they play the hosts on the 25th. This qualifying round is the highest level tournament that a team can qualify for outside of the World Cup.

Finberg added, "Tahzeiko has grown tremendously as a player, student, and young man. I am extremely proud of what he has accomplished at South Kent and am confident that there are much bigger and better things ahead of him. I wish Tahzeiko the greatest of success at Appalachian State."
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Tyejae Burchall Signs with Rutgers

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After a remarkable run that led the 2016 Prep Soccer team to the Top Drawer Soccer National Title many boys have earned the attention of top college soccer programs.

The winter signing period opened on Wednesday, February 1st and on February 6th, 2017 Tyejae Burchall signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Division I Rutgers University. Tyejae becomes the third player from the 2016 team to sign after Tomas Jamett, Iona College, and Djimon Johnson, Syracuse University, have already enrolled at their respective schools for this spring term.

Tyejae is a four-year boy from Pembroke, Bermuda. He will join former South Kent, and current Rutgers, star forward Miles Hackett '13 on the Scarlet Knights.

Prep Soccer Coach Owen Finberg had these things to say about Tyejae, "Tyejae's development and story of success is remarkable. He came to South Kent as a freshman and played on our varsity team, he improved and solidified a reserve role on the prep team as a sophomore and forced his way in to the starting XI as a junior. This year he was one of our most consistent performers starting out of position at centerback and leading us to 12 shutouts."

"He has demonstrated great technical ability, composure, and versatility throughout his four years. He has scored big goals, played every position in defense and midfield, and always competed with tremendous heart. More over, he has been a solid student and positive member of our community. I am extremely proud of what Tyejae has accomplished and happy he has earned a great scholarship to an amazing university and soccer program. I wish Tyejae the greatest of success at Rutgers."
Monday, February 13, 2017
Trott, Parfitt-Williams & West Ham Advance

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A place in the last-16 of the Premier League Cup for Nathan Trott, Djair Parfitt-Williams and their West Ham United’s Under 23 teammates was secured in style on Monday night as Terry Westley’s men defeated Nottingham Forest 3-0.

The boss was delighted as his youngsters played their opponents off the park at Dagenham and Redbridge’s Victoria Road to book their spot in the knockout rounds with one Group E match to spare.

Trott started the match in goal, while Parfitt-Williams entered the game and set up the third goal.

Joe Powell’s first half brace gave the hosts the initiative and Nathan Holland rounded off a fine evening for the Hammers with a 89th minute third.

Westley and his staff were thrilled as their players gave them everything that was demanded.

He said: “We told the lads that a win will put you through, and we’re holders and we want to try and hang onto the competition, and we played with some style tonight too.

“Both those boxes got massive ticks tonight so we’re absolutely delighted. When you look at our team, with seven youth team players on the pitch at the end and we’ve got through to the last-16, the boys deserve great credit.

“It’s one game, we’ve said, and you need to roll your sleeves up and win this. We did that in style and we had some outstanding performers.

“The captain Declan Rice was outstanding, a nine out of ten, Nathan Holland; what a signing that looks to be. And Domingos Quina, for a first year scholar, lightens the pitch up every time he plays.”

Powell’s first half double was particularly pleasing for the manager to see, given the winger has not been playing his natural position recently.

“We’ve had to play with a loose nine and so between Nathan Holland and Joe Powell, Grady Diangana, Dan Kemp at times…we’ve had to mix it up,” Westley continued.

“One will go into that position and one will come short and for young players, we’ve done that very effectively. We got a goal at Blackburn, two against Leicester and tonight we’ve got three. That’s pleasing and we’ve looked a threat at the top despite not playing with a recognised number nine.

“The manner in which we played, the organisation we showed; Liam Manning deserves great credit, because he’s come to the Club and the work he does shows on the pitch.”

 
 
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