The Cyclones (currently a U17 team) are shown above in their younger years as they celebrated winning the U13 bracket at the Arlington Soccer Tournament in 2015.
The Herndon Youth Soccer Cyclones, currently a U17 boys’ team, have whirled their way to a huge achievemen in the last three years. Since Total Futbol Director of Coaching Matt Lee took over as Head Coach in 2014, the team has risen through four divisions of the National Capital Soccer League (NCSL), from Division 5 to Division 1.
This Fall, they were Champions of the top division for the first time ever. After climbing out of Division 5, where they played when games were still 8v8 (the norm for younger teams), they won Division 4 comfortably in their first season playing 11v11. From there, they leapfrogged to Division 2 and won that in one season. They then spent the remainder of their time until now in Division 1.
“Our biggest goal as a group was to win Division 1 and we set that goal a year and a half ago,” explained Coach Lee. “But we wanted to win it the right way as opposed to winning every game at all costs.”
The Cyclones, now all grown up, confer on strategy before a recent game.
The Cyclones went undefeated in the Boys U17 Division I of the National Capital Soccer League in Fall 2018, scoring 29 goals while allowing just nine.
Lee credits the team’s success to hard work. “Given the level of quality the team has, and the work ethic they all display every day in training, it was no surprise to me that they won the division.”
The Cyclones have two years of youth soccer left before most of them will graduate from high school. Some have aspirations for the college game and there is still time to achieve new heights. But for now, they are reveling in their achievement.
“They are a group that bought into a philosophy early: To play an attractive style of soccer and maintain possession of the ball,” said. Lee. “They shared my passion for how the game should be played. They motivate themselves to be better players and they motivate me to be a better coach.”
"They are a group that bought into a philosophy early: to play an attractive style of soccer
and maintain possession of the ball. They motivate themselves to be better players
and they motivate me to be a better coach."
- Herndon Cyclones Head Coach Matt Lee
The U13 Cyclones are shown above at the 2015 OBGC Capital Cup where they played their first competitive 11v11 games. The team reached the Final but the match went to penalties (pictured above are several of the players watching the agonizing shootout and cheering on their teammates).
The U17 Cyclones share a laugh with their teammates at the end of a game.