2023 Season

17 May 2023

The final game of the soccer season between the undefeated Grizzlies and the one-loss Hickory Hawks was an absolute spectacle of high-intensity competition. The atmosphere was electric, with passionate parents filling the stands, eagerly rooting for their respective teams.

Right from the kickoff, it was evident that this game would be fiercely contested. The Grizzlies, playing in front of their home crowd, wasted no time asserting their dominance. In a moment of brilliance, Conner Farmer (9) found the back of the net, capitalizing on a stunning sideline line throw assist by Kristo Litchmore (1). The crowd erupted in jubilation as the Grizzlies took an early 1-0 lead.

As the game progressed into the second half, the Hickory Hawks intensified their efforts, relentlessly pushing for an equalizer. Their determination paid off when they managed to break through the Grizzlies’ defense and found the back of the net, leveling the score at 1-1. The Grizzlies’ goalkeeper, Joey O’Neal, displayed exceptional skill and bravery with a remarkable one-on-one save, preserving the tie and keeping his team in the game.

With only five minutes remaining on the clock, the tension reached its peak. Trey Brandon (7), displaying remarkable resilience and strength, fought through a sea of defenders. Despite being fouled in the box, Brandon miraculously managed to get the ball past the keeper, propelling the Grizzlies to a thrilling 2-1 lead. The stadium erupted with deafening cheers and applause, celebrating the extraordinary effort and determination of the Grizzlies.

The lead held firm until the final whistle, sealing not only a memorable victory for the Grizzlies but also maintaining their unbeaten season record. The players and their fans embraced each other in sheer joy and relief, recognizing the incredible achievement of an undefeated campaign.

This game encapsulated the essence of high-stakes soccer, featuring dazzling goals, heroic saves, and unwavering determination. The Grizzlies’ triumph was a testament to their skill, teamwork, and unwavering spirit throughout the season. As they celebrated their hard-fought victory, they could proudly look back on an exceptional season, marking their place in soccer history with an undefeated record.

12 May 2023

The Grizzlies traveled to Kings Fork Bulldogs for back-to-back games. After last night’s victory that didn’t fully showcase their capabilities, the Grizzlies were determined to make a statement on the field. They certainly did not disappoint, demonstrating significant improvement and looking more like winners in their resounding 8-0 triumph over the Bulldogs.

As the JV boys look ahead to their last game of the season against the Hickory Hawks next week, they are focused on achieving an undefeated season. Building on their recent success, the Grizzlies are eager to finish the regular season on a high note and cement their reputation as a formidable force. The team’s hard work, commitment, and drive are commendable, and they will undoubtedly bring their A-game to the upcoming matchup against the Hickory Hawks.

11 May 2023

The Grizzlies embarked on a challenging away fixture as they traveled to Indian River, where they faced a tough test against the Braves. Despite the game not being particularly pretty, the Grizzlies showcased their defensive strength and held on for a hard-fought 3-0 victory over the Indian River Braves, extending both their winning and undefeated streak.

Leading the charge for the Grizzlies was Illia Antoniuk (8) who managed to find the back of the net twice and Owen Osborne (3).

9 May 2023

The Grizzly Boys continued their remarkable run as they hosted the Oscar Smith Tigers. With two goals from Trey Brandon (6) and one each from Will Becker (4), and Logan Morris (2), the Grizzlies secured an impressive 5-1 victory.

With this triumph, the Grizzly Boys extended their undefeated streak, adding another remarkable win to their impressive record.

28 April 2023

The Grizzly boys continued their dominance on the field, extending their impressive winning streak with a convincing 8-2 victory over the Nansemond River Warriors. Led by Luke Killenbeck’s (2) two goals and supported by the efforts of Trey Brandon (4), Connor Farmer (4), Illia Antoniuk (6), Will Becker (3), Kardal Haist (2), and Colin Kearney (1), who each contributed a goal, the Grizzlies were unstoppable. Antoniuk (3) and Osborne (5) also added two assists each, while Matthew Voltz (1), Colin Kearney (1) and Will Becker each had one to help secure the win.

Despite this success, the Grizzlies know that their upcoming schedule will present a tougher challenge. Next week, they will face off against Ocean Lakes, followed by their number one opponent, the Great Bridge Wildcats. The Grizzlies are determined to maintain their winning momentum and continue their impressive run.

21 April 2023

The Grizzlies, with an impressive winning streak under their belt, last night traveled to Deep Creek Hornets. Despite dominating the first half and securing a slim 1-0 lead at halftime, the Grizzlies came out in the second half with an electrifying performance, scoring four more goals to clinch a convincing 5-1 victory. However, the Grizzlies’ defensive streak against the Hornets was snapped, as they conceded a goal. Nonetheless, the team’s winning streak against Deep Creek extended to an impressive 11 straight wins.

The goals scored last night by the Grizzlies were by Mathew Voltz (3), Logan Morris (1), Conner Farmer (3), Colin Hughes (1), and Illia Antoniuk (5). The Grizzlies’ next challenge will be to maintain their winning momentum as they prepare for their upcoming game against the Nansemond River Warriors

18 April 2023

The Grizzlies faced off against the Western Branch Bruins in back-to-back games, determined to maintain their winning streak. With goals by Neal Challa (1) and Will Becker (2), the Grizzlies went into halftime leading 2-0. Despite their strong start, the Grizzlies struggled to maintain their momentum in the second half, and the Bruins capitalized on this by scoring only the second goal allowed by the Grizzlies this season, closing the gap to 2-1. The Grizzlies responded with a final goal by Matthew Volts (2), securing a 3-1 win against the Bruins in an exciting final stretch. This victory marked another impressive accomplishment for the Grizzlies, who now set their sights on a road trip to face the Deep Creek Hornets.

6 April 2023

The Grizzlies managed to secure a victory on the road against the Bruins of Western Branch, but it was far from a perfect performance. The ball spent most of the time in the air rather than on the pitch. However, despite the lackluster display, the JV boys still came out on top, scoring two crucial goals that clinched the win. The first goal was scored on a penalty kick by Matthew Voltz (1), while the second came from a beautiful cross that found Trey Brandon (3), who expertly put the ball in the back of the net.

In addition to the goals, the Grizzly boys can also thank their defense and keeper, Joey O’Neal, for the clean sheet. 

While the victory was certainly commendable, it was not the team’s best game of the season, and there is still plenty of room for improvement in the future. Next up for the Grizzly boys is a well-deserved spring break, during which they can rest and recharge for the remainder of the season. However, there is no time to rest on their laurels, as the team will face a rematch against the Bruins immediately after spring break.

4 April 2023

The Grizzlies traveled to Smithfield High School to take on the Packers. Grassfield struck first with a goal late in the first half from Illia Antoniuk (4) and two more from him early in the second half to end the night with a hat trick. In the middle of the second half, Will Becker (1) put one in the back of the net and Nicolas Recasens (1) added the last goal of the evening to win the game for Grassfield 5-0. The goal keeping force of Joseph O’Neal, Carter Desler and Matthew Sackeheim kept a clean sheet all night between the pipes. The boys are becoming a more cohesive unit game after game and they look to continue the trend against Western Branch Thursday at 6:00 PM.

22 March 2023

The Grassfield JV boys soccer team traveled to Kellam to the take on the tough Knights last night and the played very well. The Knights scored near the end of the first half leaving a lot of work to do in the second half, but the Grizzlies took care of business. The boys put on a high press for most of the second half which finally led to a late goal by Tray Brandon (2). They have another important match next week against Ocean Lakes High School and hope to continue their performance.

16 March 2023

The Grizzlies welcomed the Landstown Eagles to their home turf, where they triumphantly secured their second consecutive victory with a goal by Connor Farmer (2).

Despite facing the challenge of having only six returning players from the previous season, the Grizzlies are persevering as they strive to come together and function as a cohesive unit.

10 March 2023

The Grizzlies opened up the season on a rainy Friday night with a scrimmage against Princess Anne and a 7-0 win. The boys played a free-flowing attacking style and a tenacious pressing defense to back it up. Scoring 3 goals in the first half and 4 goals in the second.

Overall, a decent showing for the boys to start the season. The Grizzlies got two goals from Owen Osborne (2) and one goal from Connor Farmer (1), Illia Antoniuk (1), Kardal Haist (1), Lawrence Brandon (1), Kristo Litchmore (1).

2022 Season

  • 17 May 2022
    • All good things must come to an end, and tonight the 2022 season ended with a game the showcased the talent of these young Grizzlies.  Tonight, these Grizzlies played with heart, passion and never quit mindset.  On goals by Jackson Gaston (5), Tyler Wynne (5) , Zach Campen (3) and a clean sheet by the keepers Joey O’Neal and Andy Pedraza the Grizzlies beat the Hickory Hawks 3-0.
  • 10 May 2022
    • After the tough home loss, the Grizzlies traveled to Oscar Smith to try and get back on the winning track.  Although the Grizzlies controlled the game, they walked away from the first half with only a 1-0 lead.  The Grizzlies picked up the scoring and on a great save by the keeper, Joey O’Neal to keep a clean sheet, the Grizzlies win 4-0.  Goals from Zach Campen (2), Tyler Wynne (4), Kole Ward (4) and Aidan Griffiths (3).  Next up, another road game against the Hickory Hawks.
  • 5 May 2022
    • The Grizzlies rematch with the Great Bridge Wildcats was expected to be an exciting game and those that attended the game got a great match.  The Grizzlies went up early on goals by Aidan Griffiths (2) and Jackson Gaston (5), but in the second half the Grizzlies took their foot of the pedal allowing the momentum to swing and for the Wildcats to come back and put 3 in the net to give the Grizzlies a 3-2 loss.   The scoreboard showed that the Grizzlies lost this evening, but the scoreboard doesn’t tell the whole story.  This evening’s story would be completely different if JV soccer would be looked at from, an officiating perspective, more like a true soccer match with 3 officials.  The game will go in the record book as a loss for the Grizzlies, but the biggest loss, and not to take anything away from the Wildcats that gave it their all, was that the game was decided by lack of proper officiating.   
  • 3 May 2022
    • The Grizzlies made it an early evening as they put 8 goals between the posts for an 8-0 win against the Kings Fork Bulldogs.  The Grizzlies on two goals by Kole Ward (2), one goal each by Tyler Wynne (3), Jackson Gaston (4), Brady Wieck (1), Colin Shine (1), Tray Brandon (1) and Julian Pisoni (1) get their 7th win of the season.  Next up for the Grizzlies are the Great Bridge Wildcats, and these Wildcats will be looking to make up for their earlier lose against the Grizzlies.  
  • 21 April 2022
    • The Grizzlies put 6 goals against a never say quit Deep Creek Hornets team.  Looking at the scoreboard, one would say it was a great win, and the 6 goals are the most scored by the Grizzlies this season, however, there were way too many missed opportunities.    Missed opportunities seems to be the theme for this team.  The Grizzlies on 2 goals by Jackson Gaston (3) and one goal each by Benjamin Mercer (3), Zach Campen (1), Preston Ramsey (3), and Connor Farmer (1) the Grizzlies win 6-0.
  • 19 April 2022
    • After a long time since the last game and no team practice in over a week the Grizzlies traveled to Western Branch and fell quickly behind 1-0.  But tonight, the Grizzlies kept their composure and by the end of the game, on two goals by Tyler Wynn (2) and one goal each by Hayden Riepma (1), Aiden Griffiths (1), and Benjamin Mercer (2) the Grizzlies travel back home with a 5-1 victory.  The Grizzlies will take the victory, but they also left a lot of missed opportunities on the pitch. 
  • 30 March 2022
    • To quote Yogi Berra: ‘It’s Deja Vu All Over Again’, the Grizzly in a repeat of the Kellam game where they controlled the game but not the score board, the Grizzlies allowed only 3 shots on goal but 2 of the 3 found the net giving the Hickory Hawks a 2-0 win.    
  • 22 March 2022
    • A tale of two halves, the Grizzlies’ Preston Ramsey (2) had two incredibly placed goals. While not only did Grizzlies control the scoreboard, but they also controlled the game. They played with high intensity and good ball movement.  Unfortunately, the second half was very uncharacteristic for the team. The Grizzlies maintained a clean sheet with Joey O’Neal having numerous saves between the pipes and the team went on to win the game 2-0 against a tough Great Bridge team. These Grizzlies need to play the whole 70 minutes if they expect to win next week against Hickory.
  • 18 March 2022
    • The scoreboard doesn’t always tell the whole story and tonight’s game was a perfect example.   Unfortunately, the scoreboard had the final say and tonight the Grizzlies lost a heartbreaker to Kellam 2-1.  From the first whistle to the last, the Grizzlies controlled all aspects of the game, and with the exception of a PK goal by Jackson Gaston (1) the Grizzlies just could not find the back of the net. Moving forward, the Grizzlies need to get better moving the ball from the middle of the field and not hesitate taking shots on goal from outside the 18.  Next challenge for the JV Grizzlies will be against a tough Great Bridge team.
  • 10 March 2022
    • After 2 long years, the Grizzly JV team finally made it back on the pitch.  On a cold and wet afternoon, the Grizzlies traveled to Landstown for the 1st scrimmage of the season.  Justin Blanco (2) scored two goals and Ben Mercer (1) scored one as well – the Grizzlies win 3-0 against Landstown.   Welcome back JV Grizzlies.

2020 Season

  • 10 March 2020
    • 2nd scrimmage for the Grizzlies and although the score was only a 1-0 loss to Kellam, the game showed that these Grizzlies have a lot of work ahead of them.  Next week, the Grizzlies have a redo against Kellam but that’s only one of three games they will have to play.  Rest of the week practices most be looked at with some sense of urgency and focus if they expect to have a good start to the season next week against 3 very good VA Beach teams. Goals: 0, SOG: 3, Corners: 3, Keepers Saves: 7
  • 03 March 2020
    • After having a total of just 40 minutes of practice as a team, the Grizzlies took on Maury for their first game of 2020, a two 17 minutes halves scrimmage game.  The team played well and controlled the ball most of the game, yet the Grizzlies go down 2-1.  Goals: Luke Shearer (1), SOG: 5, Corners: 3,  Offside: 0.

2019 Season

  • 15 May 2019
    • The Grizzlies traveled to Western Branch and put together two halves of their best soccer this season by beating a very good Western Branch team 2-0.  Not only did the notched their 4th straight win, allowed only 1 shot on goal, but the biggest win (other then the number on the scoreboard) was owning their Achilles heal…….no allowing a goal from a corner kick.  Goals:  Isaiah Bullock (3, 4).  Assists: Stephen Smith (1), Ethan Delos Reyes (2), SOG: 4, Corners: 2, Offside: 0.  Game Tape and Team Bus Singalong
  • 09 May 2019
    • Sometimes you play your best soccer and walk away for a result that’s not in line with the performance on the pitch.  But there are also those games where even though you win your performance was not something to hang your hat on.  The Grizzlies on field play against Kings Fork was one of their worst showings of the season… yes they won and won big but their pitch performance was way below expectation.  Western Branch is next for the Grizzlies, they will need to shake off this game quick and play with fire and passion if they hope to for a win.  Goals:  Jack Kaupas  (12, 13), Ethan Delos Reyes (1, 2), Ryan Taing (5), Trent Euhus (1, 2), Sterling Smith  (1).  Assists:  Matthew Heare (2),  Jack Kaupas (6),  Isaiah Bullock (5),  Wyatt Fontaine (1),  Cole Farmer  (1),  Heinrich Von Schlichting  (3), Sterling Smith  (3).  SOG:  17.  Corners: 8  Offside: 13.  Game Tape.
  • 07 May 2019
    • The Grizzlies traveled to Indian River where they started the game with two quick goals and looked to be cruising to an easy victory.  However the Braves of Indian River had other ideas and came back to tie the game, scoring twice off the Grizzlies Achilles heel….corner kicks.   With 7 shots on goal and 10 corner kicks the Grizzlies had the many opportunities to put the game away, but it took them late into the 2nd half to score their 3rd and final goal to beat Indian River 3-2.  These Grizzlies are good are  controlling the defensive third the middle third and most of the attacking third but not very good at finishing; majority of their shot are completely off frame, right at the keeper or they have too many touches trying to get that perfect shot but end up with a turnover.  They seemed to have figured their Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde dilemma with 4 straight half but with 3 more games to go, can they learn how to finish.  Goals: Isiah Bullock (2), Heinrich Von Schlichting (4), Ryan Taing (4).  Assists:  Jacob Storch (4), Ryan Taing (4), Heinrich Von Schlichting (2).  SOG: 7, Corners: 10.  Offside 1.  Game Tape.
  • 02 May 2019
    • The Grizzlies take the sting out of the Deep Creek Hornets with a complete shutout, zero goals and zero shots on goal.  With players playing in various positions the Grizzlies put 4 between the posts to earn its 8th straight win against the Deep Creek Hornets.  Good win but the Grizzlies must get better at not giving the opposition easy out from their defensive 3rd, and with 16 shots on goal and only 4 that made it to the net, the Grizzlies have to get better at finishing and putting numbers on the score board.  .  Goals:  Jack Kaupas 2 (11)., Ryan Taing 2 (3).  Assists: Jack Kaupus 1 (5), Sterling Smith 1 (2), Matthew Heare 1, Isaiah Bullock 1 (4). Corners:  4.  SOG: 16.  Offside: 1.   Game Tape.
  • 30 April 2019
    • A Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde game for the Grizzlies, with just 3.41 minutes into the game the Grizzlies allow a nice header goal and played the rest of the 1st half tight, no team communication and looked like they were just not having any fun on the pitch. That all changed at half time, after a motivational speech by their coach the Grizzlies came into the second half as an entirely new team, they played with passion, speed and total control.  The score board at the end showed 1-1, and one might think that it was a close game, but the reality is that for the entire game, the Grizzlies allowed only 2 shots on goal and controlled over 90% of the game. These Grizzlies can choose to walk away from this game with their heads down because of the missed opportunity or walk away from this game with the knowledge that when they play as a team, play with passion and not afraid to have some fun they are a very good team that can be hard to beat.  Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde?  Goals:  Jack Kaupas 1 (9).  Corners:  2.  SOG: 9.  Game Tape.
  • 23 April 2019
    • Grizzlies get back on the winning streak with a 6-1 dominating win against Nansemond River. The Grizzlies played one of their better games of the season by controlling most of the game and the middle of the field. The Grizzlies have a few days to savor this win, but their work is not done yet, especially with their rematch at Hickory coming up on 30 April. The Grizzlies have played the Hickory Hawks 10 times since 2012 and every game has been a challenge….5 wins, 1 tie, 4 loses, with equal amount of goals scored and allowed (14). Every win brings a high and every lost game brings a low, they’ve shown they can handle the low of losing with this win, but have they learned how to handle the high of winning and stay hungry consistently regardless of the opponent?  Goals:  Heinrich Von Schlichting 2 (3), Jack Kaupas 2 (8), Nathan  Howard 1 (4), Ryan Taing 1 (1).  Assists:  Jack Kaupas 1 (4), Ryan Taing 1 (3), Jacob Storch 1 (3), Sterling Smith 1 (1).  Corners:  4, SOG: 14.   Offside: 2. Game Tape.
  • 10 April 2019
    • There’s not a lot to say about the Grizzlies’ rematch against Great Bridge other than the fact that they still have a lot of work ahead of them.  In their first away game of the season, not only where the Grizzlies shutout 1-0,  they had  very few scoring opportunities.  These Grizzlies have the talent and ability to finish strong the rest of the season, but to do so they will need to get better at implementing what they learn in practice.  This loss will not be easy to forget since the next game is not until 23 April when they host Nansemond River, a team that for last two years have played the Grizzlies strong; allowing only 2 goals in two games. Game Tape.
  • 4 April 2019
    • The Grizzlies scored within the first 2.5 minutes of the game followed by a Great Bridge goal less then 2 minutes later, a goal that could have been a game changer.  But these Grizzlies never wavered, kept the pressure on and when the final whistle blew the Grizzlies notched their first win against Great Bridge since 2014 by a score of 4-2.  The Grizzlies still have a lot of work to do; too many touches in the middle of the field, keepers out of position and not fully engaged into the game, playing with head down and making passes to opposing players.  The Grizzlies will celebrate this win for a short period, but will have to elevate their game next week when they travel to Great Bridge where they are bound to see a Great Bridge team motivated for revenge.  Goals: Nick Barnes 2 (3), Wyatt Fontaine (1) and Isiah Bullock (1).  Assists: Jack Kaupas (2), Jacob Storch 2 (3), Nathan Howard (1)Corners: 3, SOG: 6, Offside: 2.  Game Tape.
  • 25 March 2019
    • The Grizzles go 2-0 with a 2-1 win over Hickory Hawks.   The game started with the possibility of rain and the weather did not disappoint, playing in almost constant rain on a pitch that was turning to mud the Grizzlies started the game dominating on all facets of the game.  But as the weather and field got worst, the play got sloppy as well, and although the Grizzlies seemed to bend at time they never broke.  On this evening the Grizzles were the better overall team; not only on the scoreboard (which can be misleading at times) but also on the pitch where they controlled the ball for majority of the game.  The Grizzlies still have work to do….playing with same intensity during latter parts of the game as they do during first minutes of the game, and get better at delivering the ball when in the opponents defensive 3rd.  Goals:  Nick Barnes (1), Jack Kaupas (6).   Assists:  Ryan Taing (2),  Nick Barnes (1) .  Corners: 2, SOG: 7,  Offside: 1   Game Tape.
  • 19 March 2019
    • Finally the weather cooperated and allowed the young Grizzlies to get on the pitch.  The Grizzlies took on a short manned Tallwood team and the result showed, Grizzles 9 Tallwood 0.  Although the score doesn’t show it, the Grizzlies still have some work to do in order to reach their potential.   But a win is a win, and  great 1st step towards a new season.Goals:  Jack Kaupas (5), Nathan Howard (3), Heinrich Von Schlichting (1).  Assists:   Ethan Delos Reyes (2),  Isaiah Bullock (2),  Heinrich Von Schlichting (1),  Ryan Taing (1),  Jack Kaupas (1), Luke Shearer (1).  Corners 4, Shots on goal (SOG) 16, Offside 2.   Game Tape.

2018 Season

  • 17 May 2018
    • Grassfield 8-0 Oscar Smith. The young Grizzlies closed out a successful season tonight by handing the Tigers a mercy rule defeat. Just when they are hitting a stride the season closes, but the boys can be thankful for getting so much soccer knowledge from their coaches Colin Jones and Rudy Leichnam. After the game Coach Jones had some time to reflect on this team and said this, “I am so proud of these boys as individuals and together as a team. In the beginning of the year, we spoke of the word persistence and how our team was going to reflect it throughout the entire season. I could not be more enthused with how they persevered to overcome every challenge they faced this year, they never gave up. From where we started to where we finished, these boys showed tremendous growth and maturity.  My only wish was the season was longer, we were hitting on all cylinders and I feel we were finally reaching our full potential as the season went on.  It was a great season!“ Goals tonight by Danny Vaysman(2), Braden Akers (3), Nick Barnes (4), Anthony Smith, Joey Kemp (2), Hayden Hamilton, Jordan Vande Hei (4) and Ben Boykin (2). Shots: 20, SOG: 11, Corners: 2. (Team Picture)Final regular season records:Wins 9 Loses 2, Goals for 43, Goals against 4.(+39)
  • 15 May 2018
    • Grassfield 4-0 Western Branch. The goals keep coming. On a night where there were major Senior Night festivities in the air the young Grizzlies didn’t disappoint. They battled and controlled the ball and looked controlled on the pitch. The coaching staff is seeing some real progress being made with
      this young group of players. Too bad the season is coming to an end because this team is hitting a rhythm. Goals: Sterling Smith (4), Andrew Nogle (5), Jordan Vande Hei (3) had two goals on the night to finish off the scoring. Shots: 14, SOG: 7, Corners: 2, Attendance: 125.
  • 11 May 2018
    • Grassfield 5-0 Kings Fork. The young Grizzlies had an impressive win and things are really starting to come together for this young team. A few changes on the pitch have produced a string of goals and has this team on a roll. Goals by Hunter Barness (2), Isaiah Bullock (2), Sterling Smith (3), Nick Barnes (3), Andrew Nogle (4). Shots: 28, SOG: 18, Corners: 9.
  • 08 May 2018
    • Grassfield 4-1 Indian River. The boys put on a clinic with possession, grit and hustle by beating a competitive Indian River team. Goals by Andrew Nogle (3), Braden Akers (2), Jordan Vande Hei and Nick Barnes (2). Shots: 24, SOG: 19, Corners: 2. Attendance: 50.
  • 03 May 2018
    • Grassfield 3-0 Deep Creek. The boys bounced back this week with a strong team effort against a defensive minded team. Under some not ideal field conditions, the boys did a good job in possession and intensity. Goals by Ryan Dioneda (2), Sterling Smith and an own goal. Shots: 28, SOG: 22, Corners: 7, Attendance: 70.
  • 02 May 2018
    • The coaches have been beating the drum during practices/games to the importance of the first touch and knowing what’s next.  Below is from an interview with Christian Pulisic on the subject.  Pulisic is a 19 year old professional soccer player for USMNT and Borussia Dortmund
      • In a game situation, the first touch is never an end in itself. “As you get older, it’s about the movements,” Pulisic says. “It’s knowing which direction to take your first touch, and not just receiving it. A lot of times it’s not about stopping the ball under your foot and not having any options after that. It’s putting yourself in a good position for what you want to do with it.”
  • 01 May 2018
    • The Young Grizzlies suffered a 2-0 defeat to Hickory tonight, but it was a very close game.  Hickory is a much older team that was able to have the advantage in possession, but not in pure desire. The boys fought until the final whistle but just couldn’t get any shot in the back of the net. They will use this rivalry to build on and make them even stronger as a team of brothers.  Shots: 11. SOG: 5. Corners: 2. Attendance: 80
  • 30 April 2018
    • Congratulations to Sam Dioneda, winner of the Grizzly Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award.
  • 27 April 2018
    • Young Grizzlies put up the necessary 9 goals to mercy rule Lakeland that arrived with only 10 players. Grassfield 9-0 Lakeland. Goals by Ryan Dioneda, Sam Dioneda, Ryan Taing, Sterling Smith, Isiah Bullock, Andrew Nogle, Noah Carse, Ben Boykin.
  • 26 April 2018
    • Grassfield 1-0 Nansemond River. This team is really starting to gel. Getting lots of opportunities and outstanding performances from multiple players. They keep learning and pressing forward every game knowing the goals will come. Lone goal by Daniel Vaysman.
  • 20 April 2018
    • After a long break the young Grizzlies lost a tough one 0-1 to Great Bridge. They threw everything at them in the second half and still could not muster a goal.  It’s a long season and now we move the focus to the next game against Nansemond River. Shots (5), SOG (4), Corners (1), YC (1).
  • 29 March 2018
    • The JV Grizzlies are slowly starting to gel as a team and scored their second straight shutout 4-0 over Woodside. Goals by Jack Kaupus (2),  Nick Barnes (1), Joseph Kemp (1) and 2 assists by Jordan Vande Hei – player of the game. Woodside scored an own goal at the 58th minute with goal credit going to Ben Boykin (1).
  • 23 March 2018
    • The JV Grizzlies after a week off, bounced back with a big team win 5-0 over Deep Creek. It took some time for the rust to wear off, but when it did the Grizzlies dominated the possession game and found the back of the net.  Great team win and effort by all the boys. Goals by  Braden Akers (1), Hunter Barsness (1), Isaiah Bullock (1), Jack Kaupas (1) – player of the game and Andrew Nogle (1).
  • 13 March 2018
  • 09 March 2018
    • It was not the best way to start out a new season, but last night both boys and girls JV hosted Hickory and lost both matches. The boys JV gave up a quick goal and fought hard the next 45 minutes to keep it close. The final score of 0-5 surely didn’t represent the effort the boys put in. This is a very young team composed of 13 eighth and nine graders, so it’s going to take some time to get them adjusted to the pace of play. There were a lot of positive plays during the scrimmage that are sure to improve in the coming weeks. We look forward to another successful season.

2017 Season

  • 17 May 2017
  • 08 May 2017
    • The Grizzlies allow only one shot on goal, control the entire game with numerous shots on goal, corner kicks and a PK yet they walk away with a 1-1 tie at Woodside; last game of the season.  After giving up the lead early, the Grizzlies threw everything but the kitchen sink at the opponents, yet they just could not capitalize against a very good keeper and luck…..which there was none.  The Grizzlies lone goal was from Nick Barnes (7) with less than 20 seconds in regular time.  The  Grizzlies complete the 2017 season with 10 wins, 3 ties, 1 loss and a goal differential of +47; not a bad season.
  • 02 May 2017
    • After scoring only one goal in their last game, the Grizzlies put 7 in the net to beat Oscar Smith 7-0 on a hat trick by Nick Barnes (6), two goals by Evan Gibson (10) and one goal each by Caden Lorsong (1) and Landon Nye (1).
  • 28 April 2017
    • Disappointing end to a well played game by the Grizzlies.  After playing a lackluster first half where they were down 1-0, the Grizzlies started and played next 45 minutes with passion and full attack mode.  Many scoring opportunities and some bad luck resulted in Grizzlies tying Western Branch 1-1 on a goal by Jordan Vande Hei (3)
  • 18 April 2017
    • On very physical game in the opponents  defensive 3rd, the Grizzlies kept their composure and dominated the game with great ball movement and lots of on field communication.   They beat Oscar Smith 5-0 on goals by Ethan Dobraniecki (10), Kyle Thompson (3), Ethan Lewter (1), Nick Barnes (3) and Daniel  Vaysman (2).
  • 05 April 2017
    • Grizzlies close three games in 3 straight days with a 1-0 win against Nasemond River.  Tough game with missed opportunities, but even though the team bent on a few possessions they did not break, never quit and played hard the entire 70 minutes.  Grizzlies’ only goal came from Michael Husk (2)
  • 04 April 2017
    • Clean sheet from Ethan Lewter and Cole Rosebrough at the Grizzlies get 2 goals each by Ethan Dobraniecki (9), Evan Gibson (8), Andrew Nogle (2) and one goal each from Casey Nelson (2), Nick Barnes (2) and Dillon Fontaine (2) to beat Lakeland 9-0.
  • 03 April 2017
    • The Grizzlies get back on the winning side with a 4-0 clean sheet against Kings Fork.  They got goals from Michael Husk (1), Evan Gibson (6), Jordan Vande Hei (2) and Kyle Thompson (2).  Good speed to ball and movement to space was there but  first touch and communication needs to improve as they move forward into the season.
  • 28 March 2017
    • All good things come to an end and the Grizzlies’ winning streak came to a screeching halt tonight.  After playing their best game of the season against Western Branch, the Grizzlies delivered a performance that lacked self discipline, drive, motivation, basic ball control and most of all communication that resulted in a 2-0 loss to Great Bridge.  Sometimes a loss is a good thing, helps bring reality into play.  Let’s hope that this loss is the reality these Grizzlies needed to play up to their potential every minute of every game.
  • 24 March 2017
    • After two days of great practices, the fear that there might be a let down during the game never materialized.  From the first whistle of the game to the end of the game, the Grizzlies showed up and played with emotion and a desire to win.   The Grizzlies took what they practiced, and on strong defense and quick ball movement the Grizzlies beat Western Branch 3-0 on two goals by  Ethan Dobraniecki (7) and one goal by Evan Gibson (5).
  • 21 March 2017
    • A tale of two halves……I know, we’ve seen this movie before……. not something that a teams should hag their cleats on.  Grizzlies started the game with a score in the first 5 minutes of the game and it looked like they might have an early night.  Unfortunately, the Grizzlies still have not been able to maintain a solid 70 minute game.  For some reason, the great start was all they showed in the first half, after their goal they seemed to lose their team shape, passes were non existent and the fire and emotion was not to be found.  Fortunately a better Grizzly team showed up for the 2nd half and completely dominated the game.  On two goals each by Ethan Dobraniecki (5) and Hayden Hamilton (2), and one goal each by Dillon Fontaine (1), Nick Barnes (1), Landon Nye (1) and Jordan Vande Hei (1) the Grizzlies beat Indian River 8-1.
  • 17 March 2017
    • Tonight the Grizzlies showed flashes of what this team could accomplish with the talent they posses…….to do so however, they need to learn how to maintain shape, work as a unit and continue to encourage each other.  The Grizzlies battled hard, but Hickory showed  the importance of maintaining shape and composure.  The Grizzlies walked away with tie and being one of the top teams in the district/conference the competition always brings its best; as sampled by tonight’s game.  The question is, can these Grizzlies step up, learn and show who they are?
  • 16 March 2017
    • Grizzlies start the new season with a tale of two halves.  After not being able to put it together during the 1st half the Grizzlies walked into half time with only a 1-0 lead.  But, after a half time talk where the team self identified their mistakes, the Grizzlies stormed the 2nd half to beat Deep Creek 7-0.  The Grizzlies got their goals via a hat trick from Ethan Dobraniecki (3) and one goal each from Clayton Greer (1), Kyle Thompson (1), Hunter Barsness (1) and Evan Gibson (4).  Keepers Ethan Lewter and Cale Rosebrough extended their clean sheet games.
  • 08 March 2017
    • Grizzlies put 4 on the board on a hat trick by Evan Gibson (3) and 1 by Casey Nelson (1) to beat Indian River 4-0.   Some good individual performances from various players but as a team, the Grizzlies fell a little short.  The TEAM needs to be better and work as one if they are to have a successful season.
  • 02 March 2017
    • Grizzlies start the 2017 pre season with a 2-0 scrimmage win against Oscar Smith on goals by Daniel Vaysman (1) and Jarred Mills (1).  Still lots of work to be done before the team is ready for the season but the team shows lots of promise.

2016 Season

  • 09 May 2016
    • The Grizzlies finish the 2016 season on a high note with a 8-0 win against Woodside.   On a clean sheet by keepers Ethan Lewter and  Adam Stoneman and getting two goals from Trent Wood (10), and Ethan Dobraniecki (2) and one goal each from Jaleb Cavazos (2), Michael Husk (2),  Caden Lorsong (1) and Francisco Veray (1).
      • Grizzlies finish the 2016 season with a total of 55 goals scored while only giving up 8; 5 of the 8 goals given up in the first 3 games while only giving up 3 in the last 10 games.
      • Started 1-2 in the first 3 games while finishing  with 9 wins 1 tie and 0 losses in last 10 games.
  • 04 May 2016
    • On another clean sheet by Ethan Lewter and strong performance from the entire team, the Grizzlies win their 6th win in a row by defeating Oscar Smith 5 on goals two goals by Trent Wood (8),  and one goal each Jared Mills (4), Evan Gibson (5) and Nick Donahoe (8).
  • 29 April 2016
    • With Ethan Lewter keeping a clean sheet and the whole team  playing as one unit, the Grizzlies on two goals by Jason Bird (10),  and Nick Donahoe (7) and beat Western Branch 3-0.
  • 19 April 2016
    • After a start that saw emotions and hard hitting push tempers to the limit, the Grizzlies get another two goals game from Anthony Natoli (5) and one goal by Jarod Mills (3) to beat Oscar Smith 3-1.
  • 15 April 2016
    • After putting 8 on the scoreboard against Lakeland, the Grizzlies outdo themselves with not only putting 8 goals in the net but also keeping a clean sheet against Nasemond River on two goals each by Anthony Natoli (3) and Nick Donahoe (6) and one goal each by Jason Bird (8), Jarod Mills (2), Nathan Barrington (2) and Evan Gibson (4).
  • 11 April 2016
    • Grizzlies put 8 on the scoreboard on a hat trick by Jason Bird (7) and 1 goal each by Trent Wood (6), Nick Donahoe (4), Jonah Staub (1), Jarod Mills (1) and Adam Stoneman (1) to beat Lakeland 8-1.
  • 08 April 2016
    • Although the Grizzlies walk away with a 3-0 win against Kings Fork on goals by Nathan Barrington (1), Trent Wood (5) and Evan Gibson (3) the showing displayed on the pitch lacked the quality expected.
  • 06 April 2016
    • In a game that saw a few bruised players and a coach, the Grizzlies go into overtime with cross town rivals Great Bridge, and walk away with a 1-1 tie on a goal by Trent Wood (4).
  • 24 March 2016
    • Best outing of the young season by far, great ball control and another clean sheet by our defenders and keeper.   On goals by Nick Donahoe (3) and Toni Natoli (1) the Grizzlies beat Western Branch 2-0.
  • 22 March 2016
    • The player took what they learned on the practice field to the game pitch and on a clean sheet by Cameron Fowler (keeper) and goals by Jason Bird (4), Jaleb Cavazos (1), and Michael Husk (1) the Grizzlies beat Indian River 3-0.
  • 18 March 2016
    • The Grizzlies go down to Hickory.  The players played hard,  gave it their all for two hard fought halves and Ethan Lewter (keeper) kept the Grizzlies close , but unfortunately sometimes hard work without smart play doesn’t end up well.   Grizzlies lose 2 -1, only Grizzlies’ goal scored by Jason Bird (3).
  • 17 March 2016
    • On a beautiful day for soccer the Grizzlies get their first win and shutout of the fresh new season.  On 2 goals each by Trent Wood (3), Evan Gibson (2), Nick Donahoe (2) and 1 goal each by Jason Bird (2) and Ruben Von Schliechting the Grizzlies beat Deep Creek 8 – 0.
  • 07 March 2016
    • Grizzlies start new season with a tough 3-2 loss at Landstown.   Multiple opportunities to pull even/ahead but the night was not ours.  Great goals from Trent Wood (1) and Jason Bird (1).
    • Learning a new formation takes time and lots of work.  All JV players should download and learn what their roles and responsibilities are in the 4-2-3-1 formation.  To download the  4-2-3-1 Formation How-to click here.

2014-2015 Season

    • 12 May 2015
      • Even though game called due to lightening, the Grizzlies still put 5 on the board in a 5-1 win against Kecoughtan on goals by Justin Newell (8),  Kaiden Fields (11), Jaleb Cavazos (2), and Matthew Hegge (2)
    • 05 May 2015
      • Another big score night for the Grizzlies as they put 5 goals on the board to beat Woodside 5-0.  Goals scored by Bradley Backus (1), Trent Wood (6), Justin Newell (7), Matthew Hegge (3), and Kaiden Fields (9)
    • 28 April 2015
      • Grizzlies’ scoring machines continue by netting 7 goals from Kaiden Fields (8), Justin Newell (6), Trent Wood (5), Tyler Killenbeck (1), Tony Natoli (1), and  Jaleb Cavazos (1) to beat Bethel 7-0.
    • 22 April 2015
      • Grizzlies bounce back from their first loss of their season by beating Lakeland 10-0 on goals by Justin Newell (5), Nate Barrington (2), Jason Bird (2), Ethan Dobraniecki (3), Matthew Hegge (2), Caden Lorsong (1), Mason Moore (1), and Kaiden Fields (6)
    • 21 April 2015
      • After only giving up only 1 goal in all prior games, the Grizzlies give up 3 goals for their first loss of the season to Great Bridge.  Only goal scored by the Grizzlies was from Chris Cullop (4).
    • 18 April 2015
      • The Grizzlies beat Indian River 3-0 on goals from Matthew Hegge (1), Jason Bird (1) and Patrick Smith (1)
    • 03 April 2015
      • On goals from Jaleb Cavazos (1) and Trent Wood (4) the Grizzlies extend their winning streak by beating Oscar Smith 2-0.
    • 01 April 2015
      • The winning streak continues, on goals from Nate Barrington (1) and Chris Cullop (3) the Grizzlies beat Deep Creek 2-0.
    • 31 March 2015
      • Grizzlies JV squad continues its winning streak by beating Western Branch 3-1 on goals from Kaiden Fields (5), Justin Newell (3) and Trent Wood (3).
    • 30 March 2015
    • 25 March 2015
      • Grizzlies roll on with another with and another shutout but beating Hickory 3-0 on two goals from Kaiden Fields (4) and one goal from Ethan Dobraniecki  (2)
    • 24 March 2015
      • Streak continues; Grizzlies win on 3rd straight shutout by beating Kings Fork 4-0 on goals by Chris Cullop (2), Trent Wood (2), Justin Newell (2) and Ethan Dobraniecki (1) .
    • 18 March 2015
      • Grizzlies continues with the wins and shutouts by winning 2-0 at Nansemond River on goals from Trent Wood (1) and Justin Newell (1).
    • 13 March 2015
      • The Grizzlies start the new season with a pre-season scrimmage 3-0 win at Tallwood on two goals by Kaiden Fields (2) and one by Chris Cullop (1).

2013-2014 Season

      • 13 May 2014
        • The Grizzlies finish the season on a high note playing with “passion” and great team play to beat Kecoughtan 7-0 on hat trick by Nick Berning (18) and one goal each by Chase Culop (8),  Matthew Abraham (11), Christian Brennan (9) and Justin Newell (5).
        • The 2014 JV Grizzlies (picture 1picture 2)
      • 08 May 2014
        • After scoring 8 goals against Woodside, the Grizzlies kept their foot on the throttle against Bethel and on 2 goals from  Matthew Abraham (10), and one goal each from Christian Brennan (8),  Nick Berning (15), Chase Culop (7), Jordan Kos (1), Jordan Pennington (1), Sebastian Acosta (2) and Justin Newell (4) the Grizzlies beat Bethel 9-1.
      • 06 May 2014
        • With only 2:39 minutes into the game the Grizzlies were down 1-0.  They did not pack it or panic and came storming back; on a hat trick by Nick Berning (14), two goals by Brandon Lowe (8), and one goal each by Matthew Abraham (8), Christian Brennan (7),  and  Chase Culop (6) to beat Woodside 8-1 .
      • 24 April 2014
        • After a quick start and goal, the pace slowed down some.  Second half saw more passion and ball movement as the Grizzlies got two goals each from Brandon Lowe (6) and Matthew Abraham (7) and one each from Nick Berning (11) and Sebastian Acosta (1) to  beat Oscar Smith 6-1 for their 9th win in a row.
      • 22 April 2014
        • Lots of goals but the play was not up to Grizzly standard,  the Grizzlies put the most goals to date in a game by beating Lakeland 8-0 on two goals by Nick Berning (10), and one goal each by Chase Culop (5),  Christian Brennan (6), Justin Newell (3), Brandon Lowe (4), Matthew Abraham (5) and Jordan Pennington (1)
      • 22 April 2014
        • The 29 April 2014 Bethel game start time has been moved back to a 6:00PM..
      • 11 April 2014
        • No let down after an emotional win as the Grizzlies put 7 goals on the board against Indian River with two goals from Chase Culop (4) and one each by Seth Cummings (1), Azeez Attar (1), Trent Wood (1), Nick Berning (8) and Brandon Lowe (3).
      • 10 April 2014
        • The Grizzlies bent but in the end held strong.  After an early lead on a goal by Nick Berning (7) and great saves by our keepers (Jack Welch and Korey Diaz) the Grizzlies had to go into first overtime of the season to beat Great Bridge 2-1 on a goal by Chase Cullop (2)
      • 7 April 2014
        • Grassfield at Oscar Smith game has been postponed to 24 April 2014 starting at 5:30 PM.
      • 1 April 2014
        • After a fast start and a quick goal the first half slowed for the Grizzlies and squeezed a 2-0 half time lead.  However the 2nd half showed more “passion” and the Grizzlies  finished with most goals in a half (5) and a game  (7).  Grassfield 7 – Deep Creek 0 win on three goals from Nick Berning (6), two goals from Justin Newell (2) and one goal each by Christian Brennan (5) and Matthew Abraham (4)
      • 28 March 2014
        • After a tough loss at home, the challenge was to see how the Grizzlies will respond  in their first conference game of the season.   But  against an opponent that beat them last year the Grizzlies came out and answered the challenge with a 3-1 win against Western Branch on goals from Brandon Lowe (2), Christian Brennan (4) and Levi Capps (1).
      • 27 March 2014
        • A tale of two halves, no emotion no energy in the first half but came on the pitch in the 2nd half and dominated.  Unfortunately a 1st half goal  held and  Grizzlies lose 1-0 to Hickory.
      • 25 March 2014
        • There will be a re-do on team pictures scheduled for Monday 31 March, 2014.
      • 24 March 2014
        • Back to back shutouts; quicker to the ball and more energy but first touch hurt ball possession.  Second win of the season, Grassfield 5 – Nansemond River 0 on goals by Nick Berning (3), Christian Brennan (3), Chase Cullop (1) and Matthew Abraham (3)
      • 21 March 2014
        • Second game in the books, started good with many goal opportunities but unable to get a decent foot on the ball; 6 corner kicks 1 goal.   2nd half started and finished with more pressure to the ball and confidence, 3 corner kicks and 4 goals.  First win of the season on a goal by Matthew Abraham (2), two goals from Nick Berning (2) and one goal each from Christian Brennan (2) and Brandon Lowe (1).  Grassfield 5 – Kings Fork 0 with zero shots allowed on goal. (Pictures)
      • 12 March 2014
        • Team dinners – looking for volunteers to host team dinners the night before games.  A carb-heavy diet (like pasta) is encouraged to get our athletes ready for each big game.   You are encouraged to co-host a dinner to manage cost/clean-up, etc!  Plan to see players arriving around 6:00-6:15 PM.  We will probably plan for just one dinner a week…so please grab an available date (see below bullet/link) and we will see you soon!  Thank you so much!!
        • Team Dinner sign-up sheet.
      • 11 March 2014
        • First game of the new season and it showed; slow first half, picked it up in the middle but after taking a 2-0 lead on goals from Christian Brennan and Matthew Abraham the wheels fell off and gave up 3 straight goals.
      • 10 March 2014
        • Schedule update:  April 29 game at Bethel start time is now 4:30 PM
      • 5 March 2014
      • 4 March 2014
        • Impact testing Wednesday 5 March, 2014 in Room 200 at 4:00 PM
        • Uniform distribution Wednesday after impact testing, location TBD
        • Parent meeting Thursday 6 March, 2014 in Room 114 at 6:00 PM.
      • 10 February 2014
        • Informational Tryout Meeting – There will be an informational meeting for players (and parents) who intend to tryout for the boys soccer team on Wednesday the 19th at 4:30 PM in the Forum at Grassfield HS.  All tryout players are encouraged to attend.
      • 4 February 2014
        • Physicals – School physicals are offered on February 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM in the Grassfield HS cafeteria, cost will be $20.00.   All athletes trying out must have a physical form prior to the tryouts
      • 2 February 2014
        • Please be aware that we have added conditioning days to the February schedule, new dates are:
          • February 3, 5, 7 
          • February 10, 12, 14
          • February 18 and 20

2012-2013 Season

      • 8 May 2013 – JV beats Deep Creek 6-0 on their way to winning the Southeastern District Season
      • 3 May 2013 – JV goes to overtime for a 1-0 win over Great Bridge on a goal by Andrew Delgado.
      • 30 April 2013 – JV breaks out with a 9-1 win over Lakeland with a hat trick (3) from Jans Valdespou, 2 goals  from Christian Brennan, 1 goal  from Kyle Staub, Andrew Delgado, Michael Mourning and Lance Gibson.
      • 25 April 2013 – JV still rolling with a 4-1 win at Oscar Smith.
      • 23 April 2013 – JV gets back on the winning side with a 2-1 win over Hickory on goals by Alec Harris.
      • 19 April 2013 – JV drops a heart-breaker to Western Branch, lose 1-0.
      • 16 April 2013 – JV winning streak continues with a 5-1 win vs. Indian River
      • 12 April 2013 – JV wins 4th in a row with a 2-1 win at King’s Fork on goals by Michael Mourning and Andrew Delgado
      • 09 April 2013 – JV stays on the winning side with a 4-2 win over Nansemond River.
      • 28 March 2013 – On goals from Alec Harris and Michael Mourning the JV Grizzlies win 2-1 over Northampton.
      • 20 March 2013 – JV scores with 1 minute left in the game to win 1-0 over Tabb.

2011-2012 Season

    • 3 April 2012 – JV team scores 7 goals against Nansemond River.
    • 20 April 2012 – JV wins 1-0 vs a tough Western Branch team.
    • 24 April 2012 – JV continues undefeated streak with 4-1 win at Hickory
    • 25 April 2012 – JV scores 8 goals against Kings Fork (pictures)
    • 27 April 2012 – JV “throws” a 5-0 shutout against Oscar Smith
    • 1 May 2012 – Another 5-0 shutout win at Lakeland.  Game cancelled 5 minutes into 2nd half due to lightning. (pictures)
    • 4 May 2012 – First loss of the season; 2-1 at Great Bridge (pictures)
    • 8 May 2012 – Great recovery and finish to 2012 season, 4-0 win vs Deep Creek (pictures)