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2015-2016 USC Student-Athlete Success

05/05/2016, 8:33am CDT

United Soccer Club is proud of the success USC players and coaches have had in local area Middle and High School programs. Congratulations to all players and coaches on the great school seasons! For more information about the success of our players read here...

WAAY Hometown Player of the Week: Whitney Batt


AHSAA Soccer Playoffs

USC Coach David Cienfuegos, and USC Coach Morgan Whitaker, guide the St. John Paul II Varsity Girls Soccer team to the AHSAA Semi Finals for the first time since 2011. The St. John Paul II Catholic High Varsity Girls defeated the Randolph Varsity Girls 2-0 (defending Class 4A/5A Champions) on Saturday earning a spot in the AHSAA Class 4A/5A Semi Finals where they will face Guntersville High. Good luck to coaches Cienfuegos, Whitaker, and the JP II Lady Falcons.


In the Class 7A Girls and Boys division, the Huntsville High School Panthers Girls defeated Gadsden City 1-0 to advance the State Semi Finals. The Boys Varsity defeated Bob Jones Boys Varsity 2-0 to advance to the State Semi Finals. Congratulations and good luck to both teams.

USC Teammates still friends after the game.

(USC Teammates still friends after the game.)

AHSAA Quarter Finals

There were some excellent High School games on Wednesday night in the community.

The HHS Varsity Girls, led by Senior and Captain Whitney Batt (USC 98 Girls), were able to edge out James Clemens Varisty Girls 1-0 in a fantastic battle to help the Lady Panthers advance to the AHSAA 7A quarter finals.

The Huntsville High Varsity Boys won 3-2 over Sparkman High School in an excellent back and forth battle.

Deivi Bucio of the USC 99B Premier (pictured above), captian of Bob Jones HS Varisty Boys scores the game winner on assist from Griffin Stewart (USC 99B Premier) to help BJHS advance (1-0) over Grissom HS to AHSAA Quarter Finals. They will host Huntsville High Varsity Boys Saturday May 7. 


Many area teams will square off Saturday night in the AHSAA Quarter finals.

Click here to see the schedule:

Boys Quarter Finals Matchups

Girls Quarter Finals Matchups


USC Boys and Josh Shields, USC Coach-Grissom High School Varsity

Congratulations to USC Coach Josh Shields in his first season as head coach of the Grissom Men's Varsity Soccer Program. In his first season at the helm, Coach Shields has guided the Tigers to the Area 7 playoffs with an area record of 4­-2.

They play at Bob Jones on Tuesday May 3, at 7pm in an area playoff game. Good luck to coach Shields and the GHS Tigers! 

Ben Smith, Wendell Giolo, Garren Hayes (Captain, Sean Farkas, Peter Anthony, Brendan Dingo and Caleb Jones (Captain) are all USC players who contributed the the success of the varisty team this season. 

Garren Hayes was also named a North-South All Star for this season.

Whitney Batt, USC 98 Girls Premier-Huntsville High School Girls Varsity-Team Captain

Whitney Batt, who is a member of the USC 98 Girls Premier is a senior at Huntsville High School. Whitney has played for HHS since her freshman year in 2013 and has played on the varsity team and started all (4) years. This year, her senior year, she has been named as (1) of the team captains. HHS has a 13­-7-­1 record as of now and has won their area several years . HHS was a finalist in the 2016 Island Cup in Orange Beach Alabama and won the tournament Whitney’s sophomore year. Whit was named to the Alabama North South All Star team as a junior in 2015.

Whitney has played extremely well this season which may actually be her best. She has scored (4) goals from defense and captained a very solid defensive effort. Whitney has signed a college scholarship to play soccer for Judson College in Marion Alabama who participates in the NCCAA. She is due to start play in the fall of 2016. Whitney is a member of the National Honor Society and is a scholar athlete with a GPA of approximately 3.9.

Whitney is joined on HHS Girls Varsity by USC 02 Girls club mate Zoe Falkenberg who is playing Varsity as an 8th grader getting invaluable experience this season.

HHS is set to begin playoffs this season with first round play to begin May 2016.

USC at Sparkman High School

Sparkman HS finished the regular season with a record of 14­-2. They have advanced to the Area 7 High School Playoffs and will face Huntsville High School on Tuesday, May 3 at 7pm.

Among the Senators is Braxton Wright, ­ captain ­and center defender. Braxton has signed a  collegiate soccer scholarship to play at Auburn University at Montgomery.

Other USC teammates playing with the Sparkam High School boys varsity include the following: Jonathan Sanders, Stephen Sallas, Max Farlow, Brennan Bell, Carson Counter, Kyle Vader, Braden LaBerenz.

Sparkman JV also had a great regular season with a overall record of 10-2-2. USC 01 Boys Elite are represented by Alex Farlow, Trace Hereford, JE Morris, Parker Muery, Maurice Kenon, Joshua Wade, and USC 01 Boys Premier is represented by Will Cathcart.


USC at Bob Jones High School

The Bob Jones boys varsity has an overall record of 11-7-2, and a conference record of 5-1. 

UCS players Deivi Bucio, Griffin Stewart, Jay Herrin, Arpen Patel, Chris Adamczyck, Ian Kurowsky and Corbin Holland all contributed for Bob Jones this season.

Deivi Bucio was also named Captain for Bob Jones this year.

Ian Kurowsky, and Christopher Adamczyck are freshman at Bob Jones High School and both made the Varsity soccer team and have started in defense on a regular basis gaining invaluable experience.

The team is finishing out the season winning the conference section for the 4th straight time. Bob Jones will host Grissom High School Tuesday, May 3 at 7 PM in the first round of playoff. USC wishes these boys good luck!

USC Boys Premier-James Clemens High School

James Clemons High School has many USC players contributing to their success this year. 

Jets Senior #10, Alexis Arriaga: Alexis has been a Jets soccer player for 4 years and played attacking Midfielder and center forward Position(s). Alexis has been awarded an Athletic scholarship to play soccer at Auburn University at Montgomery.

Jets Senior # 11, Anthony Russo: Anthony has been a Jets varsity soccer player for 4 years and played outside back, wing and center­mid. Anthony has been awarded an academic scholarship and a roster spot to play at Union University.

Jets Senior # 3 Kai Pham: Team Captain Kai has been a Jets soccer player for 3 years and played Holding Mid Position. Kai has been awarded an athletics scholarship to play soccer at the University of Montevallo. J

Jets Senior # 17 Cody Tyson: Cody has been a Jets soccer player for 3 years and played left back. Cody is undecided or plans to join the service (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard

Jets Senior # 18, WILL GROCHOWSKI: Will has been a Jets Varsity soccer player for 3 years and has played both Winger and Forward. Will plans to attend James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where he plans to major in International Business.

Jets Senior # 20, Brian Coan: Brian has been a Jets soccer player for 4 years and played both as a Defender and Forward Position(s). Brian was awarded an Army ROTC scholarship plans to attend University of California Berkeley. He plans to major in Mechanical Engineering. Brian was the first student from JCHS to be awarded one of 1000 Nationwide Army ROTC Scholarships in 2016.

USC Boys at Huntsville High School

The Huntsville High School has a record of 13-7-2. The Panthers finished first place in the 7A area 7 with a 6-0 record. 

On the HHS Varsity team there are 4 Freshman USC players: Ben Colebaugh, Connor O'Halloran, Gage Peffer and Taiga Saito.

Gage has contributed 2 goals and 2 assists this season. He also received the HHS Academic Booster club "90% Award" for having a 90% or higher average in all of his Honors and AP courses.

Huntsville High School will host the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday, May 2. They will take on Sparkman High School. Good luck boys!



Hunter Vandine-Austin High School

Hunter Vandine has been representing USC at Austin High School. Hunter has been playing as a midfielder, contributing 1 goal and  assists this season.

Academically, he has earned a 3-year academic letter. He is also apart of the national honor society, MU Alpha Theta math honor society, Spanish honor society and Tri-M music honor society.

USC Girls at Grissom High School

The Grissom High School Lady Tigers finish out the season strong with JV and varsity wins against Athens High School.

The following USC players were apart of the GHS varsity team this season: Sydney Burger, Abby Crawford, Emma Scherer, Catherine Naughton, Caroline Lumb, Haley Clemons, Sarah Warnick, Ashtyn Owen, Janey McManus and Nicole Anthony.

Caroline Lumb was a team captain this season.

Emma Scherer was a team captain this season. She also contributed 7 goals and three assists this season. 

Abby Crawford led the team in assists this season, contributing 9. She also put away 2 goals this year. 

Nicole Anthony was 1 of 3 8th-graders put on the varsity roster this season.

Also, Abby Weir and Lexi Morgan played with the JV team this season.

Della Kelly, USC 02 G-Cullman High School

Della had a great spring season with the Cullman High School VG Bearcats!  The girls finished their season this past Saturday with a loss in the first round of 6A playoffs to Albertville High School. Della played in 17 VG games, started in 10 VG games, scored 1 goal & had 3 assists on the season.  She played right & left forward most of the season with a little action at right side defender toward the end of the season.

The Lady Bearcats went kicked off the season at the Southern Shootout (Gold
Division) held in the Foley / Mobile area in February.  They won out in the
tournament & came home with a trophy for their efforts.

USC girls at Discovery Middle School and Bob Jones High School

Abigail Leage, along with Kailyn Huzar and Jessica Glassman, played for Discovery Middle School this season. The team went undefeated this season. All three girls were pulled up to play for the Bob Jones JV team at the conclusion of the middle school season. 

Also, Jessica Glassman was pulled up to play with the varsity team in the playoffs. Bob Jones girls will host Gadsden City High School Tuesday, May 3 in the first round of the playoffs.

Liberty Middle School, USC 02 Boys Premier

Liberty Middle School won the Madison County Championship. USC had 5 players playing on this team-Alex Rainer, Kevin Zheng, Richard Han, Zach Day and Jesse Rowe.

Zach and Jesse were chosen for the all county team. Zach was also a team captain.

David Barretto, USC 02 Boys Premier ­-Bob Jones JV/Varsity

David played for Bob Jones high school's JV team. Their season record at the moment is 8­-4-­1. He has been playing CAM for high school and has done really well. He has the most assists and most goals for his high school JV team. He was given the opportunity to play for the Varsity team in the Southern Challenge Invitational. Academically, he has a GPA of 3.6 

Kevin Zheng, USC 02 Boys Premier-Liberty Middle School

Along with his soccer success at Liberty Middle School, Kevin has also hadd many academic successes. 


Kevin won 1st place in Algebra 1 at Vestavia Hills High School math tournament last December.
Won 1st place in Algebra 1 at Grissom High School this April
Won 1st place in 8th grade at Pizitz Middle School math tournament this April


Kevin is on of the top 12 students that qualifies the countdown round in Math counts state round (up to 8th grade) at University of South Alabama, and is in the final 4 in countdown round. 

Emma Lingerfelt, USC U15-Liberty Middle School and James Clemens High School

Emma finished her season with Liberty Middle School’s girls soccer in second place (behind Discovery Middle) in the 2016 Madison County Middle School Tournament.

Emma served as co-Captain, elected by her teammates.

She was then among 3 Liberty players who were invited to play up for James Clemens Girls JV team. At James Clemens she joined USC 02 Girls teammates Ashley Boyer and Nicole Bierbauer.

Since April 5, the JV team earned a record of 8-1-1, won the Ft. Payne JV Tournament (conceding only 1 goal the entire tournament), and finished 15-4-1 overall.

In the final game of the season, Emma put the first point on the board for JCHS, connecting from a corner kick to crash the net and head the ball in.

Also, Emma’s middle school dance team won 2 national titles in February in Orlando.

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