While all of the girls on the Whiplash are true U12 players, Head Coach Ed Franchi made the decision to move them up and play U13 in order to get familiar with the “big field” because U13 teams play 11v11 whereas U12 teams play 8v8. Making this move was quite a challenge since at the time the decision was made, there were only 11 girls on the team. Ed has since grown the team to 17 rostered players. The team played in U13 - Division 3 in the fall and ended the season with a 2-2-4 record. Some may not consider this record to be a very successful season, however, Coach Franchi does not see it that way. Playing on a full-sided field was something new to all of the girls and he feels they developed extremely well, finishing the last four games with a 2-1-1 record. The marked improvement could be seem in the fact that they played one of the team twice and the first time they played this team, the game ended in a tie, however, the second time they faced this team, they came away with a 5-0 win. Their only loss in the final four games came at the hands of the team that won the division and they only lost to this team 1-0. To quote Coach Franchi, “I couldn’t be happier with the way the girls developed throughout the year. They are a great group of girls and I enjoy working with all of them.” During the winter, the Whiplash team participated in the EPYSA Indoor Cup and finished 3rd out of 13 teams in their age-appropriate bracket. Yet another sign of how the girls are developing.
Coach Franchi would like to thank all of this parents for their support and understanding. Coach Franchi says “It’svery important to have a group or parents that support you and understand that you want to work on developing their daughter both on the field and off the field, and I am very lucky to have the group I have. I also couldn’t do it with my Assistant Coach Joe Pyne and Team Manager Rochelle Pyne.”