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Alexa Casimiro Interview
by posted 12/20/2019


Alexa Casimiro UCONN

 

Alexa Casimiro

High School

Four-year varsity letter-winner and two-year team captain for Woodland Regional soccer…earned All-Conference and All-Conference Academic accolades…was named conference MVP…earned Class M All-State distinction…was awarded the 2015 Robert Monnerat Top Senior Award for girls soccer…helped lead her team to the 2015 conference championship and the state quarterfinal…served as a five-year co-captain for the Academica FC club team…four-year ODP player…two-year member of the US Region I ODP team and has competed internationally in Germany, Italy, France and Costa Rica…a member of the National Honor Society and the World Language National Honor Society…finished in the top five percent of her graduating class…also earned two varsity letters for track…a founding member/chapter treasurer of the Woodland DECA program…earned the 2016 1900 Club Scholar Athlete Award and the 2016 U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award.

 

College

2019: Missed the 2019 season with a torn ACL.

2018: Played in 15 matches, started four...Scored one goal during the season against Arkansas...Totaled 7 shots with two on goal...Played 714 minutes including a season-high 73 against Arkansas.

2017: Played in 16 matches, started five…Scored one goal and contributed six shots…First career start came at CSSU (Sept.3)…Scored  goal vs. Arkansas (Sept. 7)...Played career-high 73 minutes at Fordham (Sept. 10).

2016: Played in 21 matches, started the final 12 matches of the season in freshman campaign...Scored two goals and recorded four points...First career goal came off the bench versus Fordham (Sept. 22)...Pushed the Huskies ahead early in NCAA First Round match against Albany (Nov. 12) scoring four minutes into the contest...Played all 90 minutes at Temple (Oct. 22) and totaled 932 minutes for the season.

 

How did you get your start playing soccer?

I started playing soccer around 3 or 4 years old, and ended up hating it and quitting! I started playing the next season and have loved it since. I played for the Prospect Rec and Travel leagues until I was about 10, when I decided to try out for AFC.

 

What do you love about soccer?

What I love about soccer is the freedom is gives you to be creative, and how it allowed me to travel to so many different places and make so many new friends. Playing in college, I love going against other teams and knowing a few girls here and there from other teams and trips.  Soccer has given me the most amazing lifetime friends

 

How long have you played at AFC? What did you like about the AFC program? 

I played at AFC for 9 years- for all of my Club soccer years, and what I loved about the program was how much individualized attention I was able to receive, and how much footwork and skills work I was able to do. I loved having separate technical sessions that were solely focused on improving my technical ability, I have always felt like that helped me a lot when competing at the collegiate level

 

How have you improved as a player? 

I think I’ve improved a lot as a player, AFC taught me how important work ethic is and what it means to compete, and every coach I have had after AFC has told me I had a great work ethic, so I had AFC to thank for that

 

What are your post-graduation plans?

My post-graduation plans currently include getting a job as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in CT. I am hoping to still be able to compete at whatever level I’m able! 

 

What do you do in your spare time? 

In my spare time, I enjoy running, working out, and spending time with my friends and family.

 

What are your favorite AFC soccer memories? 

Some of my favorite AFC memories were the overnight camp at the Kent School, or helping run the snack shack at the AFC showcase tournament, and being able to hang around with my teammates and all the coaches! 

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Griffin Tomas Interview
by posted 12/03/2019


Griffin Tomas Interview

Griffin Tomas: Achievements/Bio:


- Played AFC for 10 Years

High School Senior Captain:

    - 2x ALL Conference 1st Team

    - First Team All State

    - Senior Bowl Selection

    - 45 Career Goals and 53 Career Assists

Freshman Year of College:

    - Started 13 out of 15 Games

    - Third Most Minutes on Team

    - Recorded two assists as a Left Back 


How did you get your start playing soccer? 
I started playing soccer at 5 years old, but I started touching a ball beforehand when my older brother started playing.

  
What do you love about soccer? 
 My love for soccer can be greatly attributed to my goal-oriented personality. From a young age I was always fueled by competition. Soccer offers an outlet for me to direct and embellish these qualities. The infinite capacity for improvement has always appealed to me as there is always a better version of myself that I can pursue. Above all, I love how soccer can allow me the ability to win and dominate another team.

 
How long have you played at AFC? What did you like about the AFC program? 
  
I’ve played AFC since I was 10(u11) to 18 (u18). I’ve played for 8 years and I’ve never regretted a second of it. People have always asked me why I didn’t play for a bigger and more popular club in Connecticut and I always replied with “I don’t care about winning games, I care about developing my ability to play soccer”. In other words, my mindset has been to invest in my abilities and not a winning record because my abilities are what would advance me to the next level. AFC never operated operated on a philosophy that revolved around winning, instead their main priority was to develop the players. As a result, winning was generated as a byproduct as I've won numerous tournaments and even made it to a state cup final. A good analogy for this is a simple math equation: AFC taught me how to solve the equation where other clubs would 
have just gave me the answer. Instead of finding talent and putting it in a position to win, AFC generated talent and winning came along with that. 


How have you improved as a player? 


Throughout the years I’ve developed technically, tactically, and mentally. There is no doubt that I have developed technically throughout the years, which is one of the main contributions that I can accredit to AFC. I also developed tactically which means I was able to gain a better understanding of the game. Through AFC I learned the value of becoming a student of the game. I frequently watch soccer and even film on myself to acquire a higher degree of understanding for my position and the overall strategy and mechanics of soccer. Lastly and most importantly, AFC has improved the mental aspect of my game. They equipped me with the necessary tools to motivate myself in both soccer and life. I was educated on the importance of practicing outside the teams training sessions. It was often preached that everyone goes to practice, so the difference in improvement resides in what was done outside of practice. Ultimately, AFC has shaped me to have the ideal mindset to which I can manifest my aspirations. I was able to navigate and manage my expectations for the future. I was also taught to appreciate the fact that I can always get better regardless of my current state of success. This mindset is something that I still apply to my daily endeavors both on and off the pitch. 


What are your post-graduation plans? 


After graduating high school, my plans were to play Division 1 soccer at Monmouth University. I became interested in this school upon the influence of my Coach, Ryan Kinne (for the last two years of AFC). Coach Kinne had attended Monmouth and eventually advanced to play professional soccer in the MLS. He recommended the school to me because he felt it was a good fit so as long as I continued to work on my weaknesses. After persistently working towards improving my weaknesses, I verbally committed to Monmouth in the summer before my senior year. After committing I still continued to put in work everyday, through AFC training sessions and on my own. After all of this, I have just finished my Freshman season and started just about every game, with the third most minutes on the team, some of which were at positions I have never played in my life. I am currently studying Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Decision Sciences as I am striving for a career that is business-oriented. 

 
What do you do in your spare time? 


I spend most of my spare time in the gym or on the field. I’ve come to realize that the more time I spend on the field, the better a player I become. Again, this is in large part due to the mindset that was instilled in me during my career at AFC.  


What are your favorite AFC soccer memories? 


One of my most unforgettable moments at AFC has to be when I was around 13 years old at a tournament in Massachusetts, freezing cold. We had a game in the cold rain and I had no 
gloves or under armor. I vividly remember my Coach,  Manny Oliviera, telling me to stop standing and shivering, and to just play the game. After telling me this around 15 times that game, I was still unsuccessful in playing the game as I stood there the whole game shivering and worrying about the cold and not the game. Although he wasn’t happy at that given moment, we still talk and joke about it to this day. Now, every time there is a cold game, I think of Coach Manny yelling at me to get moving and play the game rather than letting the cold get the best of me. To this day I implement this and have never had a problem with cold weather. Aside from this story, there are countless stories that are simply too difficult to narrow down. With that being said, I am beyond grateful for the relationships I have made with my coaches and fellow teammates. I still regularly talk with both of my coaches and I can safely say that our relationships have developed into strong friendships. My experience at AFC was unforgettable and something I'll cherish for the rest of my life.  
 

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Congratulation to our 06 girls in winning the EDP CT league
by posted 11/06/2019


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