“Ole! Ole, Ole!” chanted the boys from Plantation FC as they celebrated winning the U-17 Premier Division of South Florida United Youth Soccer Association (SFUYSA) league on Sunday. With an unbeaten record (8-0-1), the Eagles locked up first place this past Sunday. The team bettered their 2007 season moving up from 6th place to first place.
Their final game was their closet match, ending in a draw 2-2 with Kendall Soccer. The Eagles controlled most of the play during the first half, but Kendall scored first shortly after the start of the second half. Within 5 minutes, the Eagles had tied up the game 1-1 after a brilliant goal from Jorge Jaramillo that found him one-on-one with the Kendall keeper. Kendall attacked the Eagle defense by sending long balls up to their big forwards in hopes of getting behind the stellar Eagle defense.
Shortly after the final water break, Kendall had a break on a questionable foul that resulted in a penalty kick to put them up 2-1. But the Eagles would not give up and flooded the 6-yard box on a corner kick by Guillermo Huaman that resulted in the equalizer by Noam Chanero.
Throughout the season, the team was known for fluid and consistent team play that included work by the relentless forwards, solid midfielders, impenetrable defense and outstanding goal keeper. Coach Amine Jerbi has been building the team for the past 3 years. Most of the boys have been playing together as long as 7 years with the core of the team playing together for 5 years.
Since most of the players also start for their high school varsity teams, the team will not participate in the SFUYSA Regular season but will continue to practice two times per week and will be playing in several showcase soccer tournaments. The Eagles will play in the Late season and will strive to out-do their 9th place finish from last year in the Florida State Cup Tournament during the Spring.