The Goals just keep coming for my GOLDEN GOAL SCORING STUDENTS.
This time it's Amirah Louketis, who attended my course hosted by FC Frederick in Maryland in 2015. Congrats!
My GOLDEN GOAL SCORING STUDENTS score goals and break records. Congrats to Amirah Louketis, who attended my course hosted by FC Frederick in Maryland in 2015 and scored almost twice as many goals as the next closest player to win the league scoring title with 37 goals. She was just signed to a NCAA Div 1 scholarship at LaSalle.
The GOLDEN GOAL SCORING course will be back at FC Frederick in July, 2017 for a third time. Thanks to FC Frederick for realizing that the Psychology to Scoring Goals is just as important as the skill and techniques needed to score. A forward thinking club and a leading club in the USA. FC Frederick has produced an amazing 283 players that have made the Olympic Development Program teams.
Louketis has 24 goals and seven assists this season, including three goals and one assist Tuesday, to make her the leading scorer in Frederick County
St. John's girls soccer going on the offensive
Louketis' scoring prowess has been unleashed as Viking surge toward league title
Oct 12, 2016
St. John’s Catholic Prep had fallen on hard times in girls soccer over the past two seasons.
Such was the Vikings’ plight that two of their best offensive players, Amirah Louketis and Teagan McCarthy, were playing on the back line to keep the roof from completely caving in.
The objective there was to keep the opposing team off the scoreboard at the expense of their own scoring.
Without much offense, St. John’s slumped to its second consecutive 1-16 season last fall.
“It was really hard to go through that season, playing very technically skilled teams with multiple club players per team, and we have a few people,” Louketis said.
Last season, despite the team maintaining a positive attitude and keeping the vibe as fun as possible, the Vikings would arrive for games, and the overall mindset would be “just another loss,” Louketis said.
“You kind of didn’t want to come out anymore,” she said.
At the start of this season, the Vikings didn’t even have a coach. Dr. Bernard Mambo, who has served the team in recent years and has been the one constant on the coaching staff in Louketis’ four seasons at St. John’s, was the acting coach for the opener, which the Vikings won 3-0 over St.
James on Sept. 6.
Things have gotten progressively better from there. Louketis’ father, Linus, took over as head coach, Louketis and McCarthy were moved into more offensive positions, and the rest of the team has improved significantly around them.
After Tuesday’s 5-0 home win over Indian Creek, the Vikings are 7-2 and in contention to win their first Independent Parochial Schools League (IPSL) championship since Louketis’ freshman season in 2013.
“Everyone is just playing with more confidence,” said Louketis, who has 24 goals and seven assists this season, including three goals and one assist Tuesday, to make her the leading scorer in Frederick County.
The greatest indicator of the Vikings’ improvement might be illustrated by Louketis’ assist numbers. She had one assist in 2014 and none last season.
“We know what we have to get done work-wise, and we have a lot of fun doing it,” she said.
Linus Louketis did not accept the head-coaching job until he made sure his daughter was comfortable with it.
“I coached her from [recreation] ball all the way until I had to give her up for club soccer [at FC Frederick],” he said.
But when Linus asked Amirah about coaching the team, she had no qualms.
“Who else are we going to have?” she asked.
A recently retired police officer, Linus agreed to take over the team just after Labor Day and immediately took stock of the players he’d inherited.
“You gotta understand how to talk to them,” he said. “You can’t talk to them like you can with Amirah’s club team. You gotta try and break [the game] down for them and make sure they understand.
“And I am playing to what my skill set is. I am not going to play a possession game with these girls. You just can’t do it.”
To generate more offense, he moved his daughter to her more natural position of striker, the one she plays for FC Frederick and the one she will play, beginning next year, for Division I La Salle University.
Even while playing the back line in recent seasons, she found a way to produce, tallying 11 goals and one assist in 2014 and seven goals and no assists last season.
Louketis, who has grown three inches in the last year and now stands 6-foot-1, has been playing since she was 4 years old. Many of her teammates are new to the sport.
“They had never kicked a ball [prior to arriving at St. John’s],” she said. “So, this season, we made it a mission to get them comfortable with the ball on their feet.”
McCarthy, a capable offensive player, was moved from center back into the midfield, and sophomore Haley Frazier joined Louketis up top as a striker. McCarthy and Frazier have joined Louketis among the county scoring leaders.
“The one thing I would ask of [McCarthy] is to be a little more unselfish and to shoot a little earlier,” Linus Louketis said.
The middle of the defense was turned over to Rachel Johnson, one of four sophomores in the starting lineup, and Jules Austin, a junior. They are flanked on the outside by seniors Abby Conway and Molly Elspas.
Together, along with sophomore goalkeeper Amy Laughlin, they have stabilized a defense that has not allowed a goal in its past three games.
The Vikings have allowed 13 goals all season, which easily could have been a two-game total for the opposition last season.
“They are understanding how I want them to play,” Louketis said. “Last week, I was amazed. They strung six passes together. They were working their way up the side, like they knew how to play a possession game. They continue to learn.”
With his daughter heading to college next year, Louketis has been asked if he will stay on and coach the Vikings. His early inclination is that he will, provided he can get the occasional Thursday off to go watch Amirah play at La Salle.
The team is young. It can now be supplemented by a junior varsity team, which the Vikings have not had in recent seasons.
As Linus Louketis said after the win over Indian Creek, “The future is looking good.”
Five Questions with Amirah Louketis, Junior Midfielder, SJCP Girls Soccer
OCT 19, 2015
Your team won its first game of the season this past week with you scoring the game-winning goal in overtime. What was that moment like for you and the team?The whole team was thrilled and a little shocked. It was a lot of fun to finally win.
When the losses start piling up, how hard is it to keep showing up for practice with a smile on your face and keep working hard?It’s not hard at all to keep showing up to practices because the girls on our team are great girls to be around, and we all lift each other up. Everyone works hard and never gives up.
Tell us about your background playing soccer.I began playing soccer at the age of five for [Mount Airy Youth Athletic Association] with my dad as my coach and then began playing club soccer at FC Frederick seven years ago. My FC Frederick team is very competitive, and we travel all along the east coast to play.
What do you enjoy the most about playing the game?I really enjoy the sport, the competitive aspect of the game and all the friends I have made from all my years of playing soccer.
What are some of your interests beyond soccer? What line of work would you eventually like to get into?I ride horses, and I played basketball for our high school team. I would eventually like to do something in physical therapy and athletic training.