The 2021 preseason for Jr High begins AUGUST 23RD. It will be at East High Elementary School Fields #2 & #3. . Daily practice time is 5:30pm to 7:30pm. There will be a parent meeting after the first practice session at 7:30pm. Please make sure to bring a large water container with a name clearly printed on it. Also, all boys are to wear proper soccer shorts (above the knee), a grey or blue t-shirt, proper soccer socks, and shin guards. Parents and Players are strongly encouraged to read the core values program as well as program guidelines found on this homepage (tabs in menu). Please visit the “Jr. High Page” for ongoing information throughout the season. Get ready to train and have a great season. Go Bears!!!
*** please note that practice times are NOT arrival times but that the program expects players to be on the field…..ready to train ****.
JR. High Regular Season 2021
Jr. High games are played “back to back” beginning with the A Team. Start times for home games are 4:15pm / away games are 4pm. We wear blue jerseys for home games, and white jerseys for away games. All home games are played on East High Elementary School Field #1
Players and Parents make sure to review the Program Guidelines and the Core Values located on this website.
For information on the Jr. High program please contact Junior High Head Coach Ben Myers
NEW JUNIOR HIGH HEAD COACH: BEN MYERS
Ben Myers is the new Junior High Head Coach, starting in 2021.Ben has enjoyed playing soccer on a variety of teams throughout his life. Growing up his passion was baseball, but later that passion transitioned to soccer. Ben has been a coach for Elizabethtown United in some capacity since 2013, when his oldest began playing U6 soccer. Since then he has coached a number of teams for all 3 of his children.
Ben’s coaching style has been centered around preparing the kids for life, utilizing the game of soccer as a tool to do so. He believes that while having fun is always a priority, using “teachable moments” in the game of soccer allows us to focus on building better character in our players. The odds of someone “going pro” are so slim, that we should instead keep a mindset of developing real world skills in our players. You will hear multiple times per season, Coach Ben’s saying of “we don’t cheat in practice, we don’t cheat in the games, and we don’t cheat in life”. Respect is not given, it is earned.
Ben graduated from Elizabethtown Area High School in 1999 and from Shippensburg University in 2003. He enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, running, and anything sports related. He is currently training for his 4th Ragnar, so if you see him out on a training run, be sure to wave hello!
NEW JUNIOR HIGH 7TH/8TH GRADE TEAM COACH: Ed Spayd : BIO INFORMATION FORTHCOMING
VOLUNTEER JUNIOR HIGH COACH: KENNY BURKE
Kenny has been a teacher at Elizabethtown Area High School since 2016. He has been a volunteer soccer coach with Rheems Athletic Association / Elizabethtown United since 2011. He was a board member for Rheems for several years and is currently the elementary wrestling commissioner for the Elizabethtown Boys Cub.
Although Kenny has been drawn into the community of soccer through his kids’ participation, his own primary sport has been rugby. He has been playing, coaching and refereeing rugby for nearly thirty years.
After beginning his rugby career in high school, Kenny continued playing during his enlistment in the US Navy with a dream of playing at Penn State University. Kenny went on to be a three-year starter for Penn State, playing in the Division I National Championship against Cal Berkely his junior year. He also represented the Mid Atlantic Rugby Football Union (MARFU) at the collegiate All-American camp his junior and senior years.
After graduating from Penn State, Kenny was invited to play rugby for Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) in San Diego, CA. During his involvement with OMBAC, he lived with, trained and played with players from all over the world.
Kenny is committed to helping kids throughout the Elizabethtown community find positive opportunities for them to develop skills that will translate to their experiences as students, co-workers, and family members. He looks forward to watching the players grow and develop throughout the season and is looking forward to helping each player have a fun and rewarding soccer experience.
2019/20 9th Grade Team Season Record (A Team)
Varsity 10 – 1 – 3
JV 8 – 3 – 2
Ephrata – Varsity – won 4-0
JV – lost 2-0
Garden Spot – Varsity – won 1-0
JV – won 4-0
Cedar Crest – Varsity – won 3-1
JV – won 1-0
Cocalico – Varsity – won 1-0
JV – won 2-1
Solanco – Varsity – won 7-0
JV – won 4-0
Lampeter Strasburg – Varsity won 2-0
JV tied 0-0
Manheim Central – Varsity tied 0-0
JV won 1-0
Ephrata – Varsity won 2-0
JV won 1-0
Garden Spot – Varsity won 5-0
JV – no game.
Cedar Crest – Varsity won 2-0
JV – won 2-0
Cocalico – Varsity won 3-0
JV – tied 1-1
Salanco – Varsity lost 1-0
JV – lost 2-1
Lampeter Strasburg – Varsity lost 1-0
JV lost – 1-0
Manheim Central – Varsity lost 3-2
JV tied 0-0