by Joan Roque, 12

Our team won this trophy from our indoor league.

South Bronx United’s Under-12 Boys had a great year in 2013-2014.  It was our first year as a team. For some of my teammates it was their first year playing for a travel team.  Even though we had some bad games, we became better as a team.  Throughout the season, we had ups and downs.  We would argue and not communicate on and off the field.  But when we trained as a team, our season became a whole lot better, in my opinion.

This spring season, our best and most memorable game was the first.  It was our best game because this was the first time that the team played in Division A.  It was against Brooklyn Juniors.  We were 2-0 down trying to tie it up, but every time we scored they scored too.  In the last 5 minutes of the match we were 4-6 down, but in these 5 minutes we scored three goals winning the match 7-6.  It was memorable because we worked as a team.

Me in a game at Pier 40 (Photo by my brother, Rocky)

But we had downs too.  One of our lowest moments was when we faced DUSC.  We were losing 2-0 and then 3-0.  In the second half we tied it up 3-3, and we scored another so we were winning 4-3.  The worst part was them scoring two goals in three minutes causing us to lose the game.

During those games, I think Samuka was a solid defender even though he usually plays in the midfield.  He saved us a couple of times in games like the opening game with Brooklyn Juniors, and he came in and took the ball away cleanly.  Prince was our top scorer with 39 goals.  I can’t think of a game when he did not score this season.