The U12 Mebane Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) Dynamo went to the Seaside Classic on a mission. Runners up last spring, they had loftier goals in mind this spring. The weekend of May 17-19, the Dynamo played four games and won four games. On Saturday they beat the Triangle Futbol Club Aztecs 8-1 and followed that with a 7-0 win over the Cape Fear Soccer Club Braves. Sunday opened with a battle versus a Huntersville Claymore team that was much tougher than the final score, a 5-0 win. With a 3-0 record, the Dynamo qualified for the final with the equally 3-0 Piedmont Soccer Alliance Stars Red team. In the end, the Dynamo prevailed in a classic 3-2 win that included two 5 minute extra times.
What makes the Dynamo special is the team effort. Every player played a role and every player had at least one goal or one assist. One of their true leaders is the goalie Macon Lawrence. Macon gave up three goals total over four games, stopping two penalty kicks along the way. Macon is great, but it cannot be overstated how strongly his defensive mates supported him in the backfield with timely defensive stops and an uncanny ability to start the offense from the back end, often driving forward to provide scoring opportunities for their teammates as well as goals themselves. The defensive stalwarts are Cameron Michalski, Isaiah Locklear and Jayden Velez. It was a group of eight players that provided the spark in the offensive end, as well as timely defensive stops in the front end leading to some easy goals. Leading the way were Jalen Dikes, Alex Kreider, Luke Hawks, Jon Buck, Nate Lliteras, Alex Burke, Ewan McCallum and RJ Pherribo.
Specifics to each game aside, this is a special group that has been trained and built over a five year period. Though still developing the technical aspects of the game, their athleticism, endurance, and heart are unmatched. They are just 12 years old, so they are not perfect.
However, they do their best make the most out of every opportunity and live by their motto of “Be Great . . . Today!!”