Rush Pikes Peak represented at Rush Select!
Rush Select is the Rush all-star program where the best players from around the Rush Nation (and this year included our Rush partner in Bahamas) come together to represent Rush Soccer. The signature event is the SC Del Sol Presidents Day tournament held in Phoenix, where Rush Soccer sends 10 teams (U13-U17 boys and girls) to compete against some of the best teams in the country. The opportunity for the best players at specific age groups to play on a very high level team is a concept unique to any club in the country.
This year we had many players and coaches from Rush Pikes Peak represented at the event. Sammy Kiliman and Brandon Shaughnessy from the B14 Rush and Nick Kuykendall from the B13 Rush were joined by Nik Penn, Director of Junior Girls (coaching the Rush Select B14), Dan Highstead, Director of Youth Boys (coaching the Rush Select B13) and Brian Lux, Director of Soccer Operations (coaching the G13 Rush Select) at the tournament.
The event was a huge success with 5 of the 10 teams advancing to the championship games. Nik and Brian were both part of the championship winning teams with the B14 and G13 Select respectively and Arian Hoxha of HI Rush helped his team win their fourth championship in a row with the B16 Select. You can see lots of the action here – PDT Media.
Sammy said “It was awesome being part of the team with players from NY, DE, TX, WA, NM, TN and even the Bahamas, and then to win the championship was amazing! On top of that we beat the number 2 team in the country on PK’s to win it all!"
Over the past year we have had 12 different players from Rush Pikes Peak representing the Rush Select program in events and camps, offering them a chance to play at a whole new level, including Ryan Mouldenhaur who travelled to Spain to play against Real Madrid with the B16 Select.
Congratulations to all those involved in this great program!