As winter sports come to a close and young athletes begin to venture back out onto the turf fields, local parents are lauding the accomplishments of youth that proved victorious on the floor this winter season.
The Predators, an Alumni Academy competitive soccer team is made up of players from Scotch Plains, Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Colonia and Watchung. After an undefeated season playing in the indoor league at the Metuchen Complex, the team won the championship playoffs on March 24.
The U14 B Predators have only been playing together since September 2011 making the undefeated season an especially outstanding achievement. The goal of the Alumni Academy is to prepare players to compete at the highest level using techniques and drills designed by qualified trainers and experienced coaches.
Mark Cimring is the father of twins and teammates Zachary and Jordan, 14, who helped the team garner a championship this season.
“We are proud of the boys for this achievement,” Cimring said. “Their opponents, who were typically several years older, were surprised by the Predator’s victories. During the start of each game when they walked on the field, all the other teams made comments about how young or small the players were. When the games ended, it appeared that the opposing teams were a bit humbled by the result.”
The Predators are coached former semi-professional player and shooting coach, Danny Difrancesco and Ryan Breznitsky. Head Coach Breznitsky is a former SPFHS Raider All State soccer player, Assistant Director of the Raider Soccer camp and son of veteran As a SPFHS senior, Ryan was voted one of the top five players in the state.
Ryan went on to become a powerhouse for the Rutgers University team and now holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of American National and Advanced National Diploma License. The Predators is managed by team mom, Bonnie Cimring.
“The Predator's hard work and training with ASA has resulted in crisp passing and overall great decision making on the field,” Mark Cimring added. “This has allowed them to defeat much bigger players in the game.”