Olivia Scott Q&A with AYSC

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How has your experience been playing in the OPDL? How has the competition been and how has it helped develop and improve your game?

I have been playing with the OPDL since U13 under coach Siamac. I have enjoyed the focus and intensity that Siamac brings to practices. All of my teammates come to practice eager and ready to learn and work hard. The encouragement of my teammates and the level of competition has resulted in me continually improving my game. We are lucky to have a lot of support including trainers at every practice, we have had nutrition and sport psychology sessions every year and this year we have begun to focus on University scholarship opportunities.  The competition in OPDL is good.  While some teams are better than others, in OPDL you can’t let up! The minute you stop working hard and working as a team the ball ends up in the back of the net.

Having played in AYSC for so long, what are your thoughts on the development and progress of women's soccer in Ontario and in Aurora?

When I was younger the highest level in Aurora you could play for soccer was rep. Now, Aurora has developed more opportunities for women’s soccer by providing OPDL and League 1.  These leagues have made an impact of women’s soccer. Both OPDL and league 1 have professional coaches who are committed to player development. For girls who really like the competitive game, they can find great training and competition right here in Aurora. 

How did you feel when you found out you had been selected for the national team? What personal goals did you set for yourself in the lead up to the tournament?

It was an honour to be selected to represent my Country. It was like a dream come true. I had been thinking about this moment since I was 8 years old when I started rep soccer playing for Coach Brent Unger. I focused on fitness and health during the lead up to the tournament. I did weight training 3 times a week and interval training twice a week.  This fitness regime made me stronger on the pitch with more stamina. I also focused on eating healthier and hydration.

How was your experience in the national team? What new things did you learn during your time there and what new things will you add to your game?

The experience included the travel, the hotel, the team, the coaching ,the weather, the games and health. All the Ontario players traveled down to Orlando together. When we got to the resort we met with the rest of the team and the coaches. Although we did not know each other, it only took a couple of hours before we started to bond as good friends and teammates. Every day we had a schedule emailed with activities such as meetings, hydration tests, massage, practices, meals, games, video sessions, and curfew. Every night we had to be in our rooms lights out at 9 o’clock and up early. I thought I would never be able to fall asleep at 9, but after a couple of days 9 felt like midnight. We were away for 16 days and we played 7 games. It felt like the team got better every game but so did the competition. We learned the importance of hydration and new tactics. Hydration was so important because it was 35 plus degrease outside every day. The tactics became more and more important as we played against tougher teams.  My favourite game was the semi-final against Mexico.  We were down by one goal early and we had to come back.   They are a very competitive team.  Our entire team had to play at our highest level to win that game.  It was amazing to come away with the victory. 

What are your hopes for the future? Where would you like soccer to take you in the next five years?

In the future I hope to earn a scholarship to a division 1 university. I also hope to play for the U17, U20 and eventually the women’s national team.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 September 2019 12:08


2016 OPDL League Champions... AYSC '01 Girls

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The Aurora ’01 Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) Girls made a big impression in 2016 last year… in their League, in the Province and the US.  They were the first team in OPDL history to go undefeated (17 wins; 3 ties; 0 losses) as they captured the U15 OPDL Girls Championship. 

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Head Coach Siamac Kavianpour, Assistant Coach Alyanna James, and Keeper Coach Don Ferguson were amazing.  They led the girls to a record producing 74 goals for, and only 10 goals against the team, including 9 shut-outs.  Yes, the keepers, Joanna Redlich and Meaghan Phillips deserve credit for a great year too.  Also, the girls improved their fitness level, learned how to prevent injury and recovered from injuries efficiently under the direction of Dr. Carlo D’Emilio and Dr. Milad Mohib from Athletic Rehabilitation & Conditioning (ARC), the Clubs’ partner in Sports Performance.

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The girls have bought into the possession style of play that Coach Siamac has been teaching over the last 3 years and this has become a core strength for players on this team.  With the support of their team-mates, Courtney Chochol led the team and the Division with 19 goals while Markela Bejleri was named the AYSC 2016 OPDL Player of the Year.  The success of this team on and off the field is truly a ‘team effort’.

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At the Provincial level our team was the most highly represented in the OSA Provincial Projects.  Thirteen Players were asked to attend the November screening, 9 made it through to the top 40, and 5 were selected to play in the Ontario v Quebec tournament. One player, Olivia Scott, went on to play for the Canadian National Team in the U15 CONCACAF Championship in Orlando Florida.

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US Universities took notice of our team when they played in the Umbro Showcase in May and the CASL Showcase in December.  As a result of these showcases 19 Coaches, 17 of which are from NCAA Division 1 schools located in 15 different States, have expressed specific interest and asked for calls from our players.  Forty-Eight expressions of interest have been made by these Coaches.  A number of these Coaches have attended our practices and games during the 2016 OPDL season as well.  Three players have now committed to Universities on the promise of full-ride scholarship and many of our players continue to be actively recruited.

2017 looks bright for OPDL League Champion AYSC ’01 Girls

After an exceptional year in 2016 the ’01 AYSC OPDL Girls are anticipating a busy year of development and competition. 

Thirteen players were selected for the November Provincial Screening; 11 of our 2017 roster have been selected to the Provincial top 40 for the 2017 U16 Provincial Team, and 3 are being screened for the 2017 U18 Canada Games Provincial Team.  In addition, we expect a few to be selected for the U17 National Team Pool in 2017.

With University soccer scholarships being an important part of the future of these players, connecting with Colleges and Universities remains active during the first part of 2017.  Our team is currently scheduled to play friendly games vs the Western University Mustangs and the Quinnipiac University Bobcats.  Other friendlies are expected with at least two other US University teams in the near future.  In addition to the 20+ game season in the OPDL, the team will be participating in Showcase tournaments in 2017 to help provide visibility to this talented group.

Thanks to the ongoing support of the Coaches, fitness and conditioning staff, club office and an outstanding parent group, the future looks very bright for this team.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2017 17:50


OPDL Sport Performance - Athletic Rehabilitation and Conditioning

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Aurora FC is pleased to announce our partnership with Athletic Rehabilitation and Conditioning (ARC) for all of our Ontario Player Development League(OPDL) Sport Performance needs. Carlo D'Emilio and Milad Mohib, co-directors at ARC, provide our OPDL players a variety of services including soccer-specific fitness, sports medicine, injury prevention, rehabilitation, nutrition and wellness.

The ARC team offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary soccer-friendly approach to our players, having been involved in the game for several years. The duo utilizes the FIFA 11+ program, a complete warm-up program to reduce injuries among male and female soccer players.

For more information on Milad and Carlo, please see their bios below. Welcome to the Stinger family Carlo and Milad.

Aurora FC Resources are available at the ARC website - www.arclifestyle.com in the "Resources" section. 

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Dr. Milad Mohib graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. (Hons.) in Kinesiology in 2010 and obtained a Doctorate of Chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2014. He is currently enrolled at the University of Guelph as a candidate for a Master's of Science in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences with a Neuroscience minor. In conjunction with this Master's program, he will be applying to the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences External Residency Program later this year.

Milad has conducted a four-year prospective research study documenting the injury rates amongst Ontario provincial and national youth soccer players. This study has been published in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association winter edition 2014. He is currently working on his Master's Thesis focusing on the effects of central sensitization on joint dysfunction.

While enrolled as a chiropractic student, he was employed at Sports Centers Injury Rehabilitation Inc., which is a multidisciplinary clinic responsible for providing medical coverage to the Ontario Soccer Association Provincial and National Training Programs. His clinical duties included designing and overseeing patients' rehabilitation programs with a wide spectrum of conditions. In addition to his clinical duties, he provided sideline medical coverage for regional, provincial, and national level soccer teams. Currently, he is the clinic co-director at Athletic Rehabilitation & Conditioning (ARC) located in Aurora, Ontario.

On a personal level, Milad is involved with many sports clubs in his community in various ways. He is currently a strength and conditioning coach for North Toronto Soccer Club and the Women's National Regional Exceleration program. He continues to be involved with providing medical coverage in the athletic community with teams in the Canadian Soccer League, the F.C. Barcelona Escola camps and Rugby Ontario. He has played soccer on the Aurora Hearts Soccer Club Men's team for the past six years.

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Dr. Carlo D'Emilio graduated from the University of Windsor with an Honours Bachelors degree in Human Kinetics before obtaining his Doctorate of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. He is a certified first responder through the Canadian Red Cross and is working towards obtaining his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) title. He plans to return to further his education by entering into the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences External Residency Program within the next few years.

Carlo is the clinic co-director at Athletic Rehabilitation & Conditioning (ARC) – in Aurora, in addition to operating a chiropractic and rehabilitation clinic in mid-town Toronto. While working towards his doctorate, Carlo was employed by Sports Centres Injury Rehabilitation Inc., where he worked as member of the medical team overseeing the Ontario Provincial and National Training Program teams providing on-field coverage and clinical rehabilitation to athletes. Additionally, Carlo has been the on-field therapist for various events including the 2012 and 2013 Indoor and Outdoor Ontario Cup Finals, 2013 Ontario Summer Games, and the 2014 OUA All-Star Game.

Personally, Carlo was born and raised in Woodstock, Ontario, playing AAA hockey and OYSL soccer. While attending University in Windsor, he was a member of the varsity soccer team, which was nationally ranked during his final season. Currently, he is a member of the Aurora Hearts Soccer Club playing for their Men's top tier soccer team.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2019 14:35