Space Coast United Soccer takes home three FYSA awards


Space Coast United Soccer coaches Allie Goff, left, and Cal Dixon, right, along with player JJ Bryant, center, were honored at last month's Florida Youth Soccer Association awards banquet.

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The Space Coast United Soccer Club has been honored by the Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA) for the fourth year in a row.

One player and two coaches from SCUSC received recognition for their excellence and contributions to the sport at the FYSA Awards Banquet last month.

JJ Bryant, a member of SCU’s 1999 Girls Travel team, — and a senior at Viera High — won the FYSA Goal of the Year Award.

Allie Goff was named FYSA Girls Recreation Soccer Coach of the Year. Cal Dixon received the FYSA Girls Competitive Soccer Coach of the Year.

Dixon’s U14 girls team won the U.S. Club Soccer’s Florida Cup and finished in the Elite Eight of the FYSA State Cup. According to a a club press release, Dixon’s coaching philosophy stresses “the importance of accountability, responsibility, team unity, discipline, self-confidence, sportsmanship, and a desire to compete fairly.”

Goff, who went to Eau Gallie High and played at UCF from 2001 to 2004, has been coaching soccer since her playing career ended.

“The way Coach Allie handles and balances her life as a coach, wife, mom, and career woman is not only admirable, but unbelievably impressive,” SCU parent Arlene Bruno was quoted as saying in the release.

“Her love for soccer and her love for her team showed. She never missed a single game even though she was pregnant during the season. All the while encouraging, pushing, teaching, leading, and inspiring the girls to not only believe in themselves but also each other; as a true team should.”

Bryant’s goal, on a free kick from an insane angle, came at the Disney Senior Showcase last December. The University of North Florida commit appears in the Top Drawer Soccer 2018 Top 150 player rankings and recently attended a tryout for the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s U20 National team. That could lead to a chance to play for Trinidad and Tobago in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019.

“The Club would like to congratulate our 2017 FYSA Award winners, Allie Goff, Cal Dixon and JJ Bryant, and recognize that their hard work exemplifies the level of dedication and skill that enables the Club to fulfill our mission of providing high-quality soccer instruction to children in our community in a safe and fun environment,” SCU President Ann Fuller said in a release. “We’re thrilled to have been recognized by FYSA for excellence for a fourth straight year.”