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Practice Cancelled for Tonight (Thursday, October 15)

Rain coupled with 42 degree cold means no practice tonight (our players may be as tough as Valkyries, but let's make sure they are healthy for the game Saturday).

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Practice Cancelled Tonight - Monday, May 30, 2011

(May 30, 2011)

Due to several last-minute emails from players indicating they will not be attending practice tonight,  practice has been cancelled for this evening.

Please arrive by 10:00 am this Saturday for our game against Ireland on Field 4B.

Norway Announces World Cup Roster

(May 26, 2011)

Coach Eli Landsem announced her squad for this Summer’s World Cup in Germany, where the Norwegians will open up play on June 29 against Equitorial Guinea:

Cecilie Pedersen and Isabell HerlovsenGoalkeepers: Marita Skammelsrud Lund
•1 Ingrid Hjelmseth (Stabæk)
•12 Erika Skarbø (Arna-Bjørnar)
•20 Caroline Knutsen (Røa)

Outfield players:
•2 Marita Skammelsrud Lund (LSK Kvinner)
•3 Maren Mjelde (Arna-Bjørnar)
•4 Ingvild Stensland (Lyon)
•5 Nora Holstad Berge (Linköping)
•6 Lisa-Marie Woods (Fortuna Hjørring)
•7 Trine Rønning (Stabæk)
•9 Isabell Herlovsen (LSK Kvinner)
•10 Cecilie Pedersen (Avaldsnes)
•11 Leni Laursen Kaurin (Wolfsburg)
•13 Madeleine Giske (Arna-Bjørnar)
•14 Lene MykjålandGry Tofte Ims (Klepp)
•15 Guro Knutsen MiennaHedda Strand Gardsjord (Røa)
•16 Elise Thorsnes (Røa)
•17 Lene Mykjåland (Røa) 
•18 Guro Knutsen Mienna (Røa)
•19 Madeleine GiskeEmilie Haavi (Røa)







Norway vs. France - May 28 at 10:30 am on Field 4B

(May 24, 2011)

Location of  Metropolitan France  (dark green)– on the European continent  (green & dark grey)– in the European Union  (green)  —  [Legend]Entering our final two matches of the season, we start with a rematch against France, coached by Robb Schaffer.  Our opening game was a close-fought battle, despite one of our players being incapacitated by sickness.   Norway will be looking for revenge, and a dominating victory this time around.  Once again, this game will see a battle between competing twin sisters, Emilia Galkin of France and Maria Galkin of Norway.  I am certain their parents will be rooting for Maria this time around.

Internationally, the French, are ranked 7th in the world by FIFA, two places about 9th ranked Norway.   Both countries are set to compete in this Summer’s Women’s World Cup in Germany, which is now just one month away.
Get out the sun screen for this match - it should be a hot and sunny day.



Norway vs. Greece - May 21 at 9:00 am on Field 4A

(May 17, 2011)

Location of  Greece  (dark green)– on the European continent  (green & dark grey)– in the European Union  (green)  —  [Legend]

Norway continues to play better and better each week, putting on its best performance of the season last week while dominating play against arch-rivals Sweden.   This week, Norway will have it's toughest match, as it faces Greece, coached by newcomer Spiros Koukourdelis.  Greece is led by some outstanding players that a season ago were wearing the red shirts of Norway, and there will undoubtedly be extra motivation for them to play well against their former team.

Internationally, unlike here in East Brunswick, Greece is not a powerhouse, ranked only 55th in the world by FIFA.  Norway, on the other hand, is ranked 9th in the world and is busy preparing for this summer's World Cup in Germany.   

Be prepared for rain showers on Saturday.

Norway vs. Sweden - May 14 at 1:30 pm on Field 4B

(May 10, 2011)

Location of  Sweden  (dark green)– on the European continent  (green & dark grey)– in the European Union  (green)  —  [Legend]

Playing a great game last Saturday, scoring four on a very tough England squad, our Norwegians have nothing to be discouraged about despite the loss.   Norway will be looking to even its season record this weekend as they meet arch-rival neighboring Sweden, coached by former Norwegian assistant coach, Eric Miller.  Ireland will also be coming off a loss last weekend, and will no doubt be fired up to avenge that.

Internationally, the Swedish are one of the top women's teams in the world, currnetly ranked 5h by FIFA.  Sweden is ready to face the top teams in this Summer's World Cup in Germany, where they are grouped with the United States in the opening round.  Norway, which is ranked 9th in the world, will also be there, facing such teams as Brazil in their opening round. 

Be prepared for rain showers on Saturday.

Norway vs. England - May 7 at 10:30 am on Field 4A

(May 3, 2011)

Location of  England  (orange)– in the European continent  (camel & white)– in the United Kingdom  (camel)

With two wins in a row under their belts, Norway now prepares for one of its toughest challenges all season.   Their opponent this week will be England, which is managed by first-time head coach Glenn Robertson, who has seen great success early on this season. 

Internationally, the English are ranked 10th in the world by FIFA - just one place behind Norway, at number 9.  Both teams will be competing in this Summer's Women's World Cup, in Germany.



Norway vs. Northern Ireland - April 30 at 3:00 pm on Field 4B

(April 27, 2011)

Location of  Northern Ireland  (orange)– in the European continent  (caramel & white)– in the United Kingdom  (caramel)

Coming off a great come-from-behind win, followed by a well-desrved week of vacation, Norway looks to get back into the swing of things against Northern Ireland this Saturday afternoon.  Northern Ireland is coached by first-time head coach, Frank Marsicano. 

Internationally, the Northern Irish are 63rd in the world by FIFA.  Norway places 9th in the world, and will be going to the World Cup in Germany this summer, which Northern Ireland will be forced to watch on TV.

Weather looks good for Saturday, for a change.


Norway vs. Uruguay - April 16 at 10:30 am on Field 4B

(April 12, 2011)

The girls have shaken off the poor result in their last match, and are ready to face Uruguay.  Norway's Coach Sheard hopes to have a full squad to play the match, as well as an opponent with a full squad, despite the beginning of the holiday week and some potentially bad weather.

Internationally, the Uruguayan women's team has not acheived the success of the men's team, and are ranked a lowly 69th in the world by FIFA. 

Norway places 9th in the world, and is looking ahead to this summer's World Cup in Germany, where they will face Australia, Equitorial Guinea and Brazil in the opening round.



Norway vs. Ireland - April 9 at 9:00 am on Field 4B

(April 4, 2011)

Location of  Ireland  (dark green)– on the European continent  (green & dark grey)– in the European Union  (green)  —  [Legend]

Coming off a tough 2-3 loss, Norway will look to bounce back in an early-morning match against Ireland this Saturday, coached by Michael Schlein.  Ireland will be bringing several former Norway players and coaches to the game, so it will definately be an important match for all.

An interesting fact about this matchup - ever hear of the Irish cities of Dublin, Wexford, Waterford, Cork and Limerick?   All founded by the Vikings.

Internationally, the Irish are 28th in the world by FIFA.  Norway places 9th in the world, and will be going to the World Cup in Germany this summer, which Ireland will be forced to watch on TV.

Be prepared for rain showers on Saturday.

Norway vs. France - April 2 at 10:30 am on Field 4B

(April 1, 2011)

Location of  Metropolitan France  (dark green)– on the European continent  (green & dark grey)– in the European Union  (green)  —  [Legend]Opening up this new Spring season, Norway will start with a match-up against France, coached by Robb Schaffer.  This game will see a battle between competing twin sisters, Emilia Galkin of France and Maria Galkin of Norway.  Who will their parents be rooting for? 

 Internationally, the French, are ranked 7th in the world by FIFA, two placed about 9th ranked Norway, so we hope our game will be as competitive.   Both countries, however, are set to compete in this Summer’s Women’s World Cup in Germnay. 

Bundle up, it will be a chilly one, but should be a great match.


One Week To Go

(March 25, 2011)

East Brunswick Soccer Club - NorwayOur season opens a week from tomorrow, so I hope everyone will make sure to arrive early to our two final pre-season practices Saturday, Mar. 26 at 9:30 am and Monday, Mar. 28 at 6:30 pm (both on Field 4).   Please also note that I received our uniform jerseys from the league and will have them ready to hand out tomorrow morning - choice of numbers will be based upon how early you arrive to practice.  It’s predicted to be quite cold tomorrow morning, so please dress appropriately - gloves and hats definitely. 

If you have not already given me your medical release form, I must have the form by the end of Monday’s practice, or your daughter will no longer be permitted to participate in practices or games until it is provided.  I am sorry, but this is a Club rule.
A couple of other reminders: 
  • Sky Blue vs. Penn State at East Brunswick:  April 3 at 2:00 pm - no charge
  • Tournament Team Tryouts:  April 8 at 6:00 - must RSPV to Division Director Sheard before end of March
  • Sky Blue vs. Philadelphia at Yurcak Field, Piscataway:  April 10 at 6:00 pm - email Liz McSpiritt for ticket
  • Valkyrie Cup:  April 23 - must RSVP to Coach Sheard no later than April 9.
See you tomorrow morning.

Less Than Two Weeks to Opening Day

(March 21, 2011)

With five practices down and three more to go before Opening Day, Norway is right on target to begin the season on April 2 at 10:30 am against France.   See below for the entire game schedule (always subject to change).

Tonight’s practice may be a muddy one, but the rain should have stopped by then.  See you on Field 4.

For all those girls who are still having problems putting on practice pinnies, please have them watch this video and they’ll feel better about themselves - even some of the most highly-paid professionals still struggle with them.


Pre-season Half Over

(March 17, 2011)

With four good practices under our belts, and four more to go before the season starts on April 2, I’m already happy with the improvements I’ve seen.  Please remember that the players need to arrive BEFORE practice starts, both for their own sake and the rest of the team - it is not fair to them that I have to stop coaching and explain things over and over every time someone arrives late.

The Club has released the game schedule for this season, which will always be available here on the website, but as always it is subject to change - you need to keep re-checking the wesbite from week to week.

As I mentioned earlier, as the sunlight lasts longer, evening practices will be pushing back to a start time of 6:30 pm.  I am going to start that on March 28.  As I also mentioned, the Club will be providing optional professional training for all individuals who are interested, on Monday nights on Fields 6 or 7.   There will be four sessions at 5:30 and four at 6:30.    For the former, we’ll simply begin practice as scheduled at 6:30 and the girls can come right over to Field 4 where I’ll be waiting for them.   For the latter though, we will need to either (a) start practices at 7:30 or (b) shift them to Thursday nights.   I’d prefer to keep them on Monday nights at 7:30, but if people cannot make that, let me know.   As soon as the Club publishes that training schedule, I will let you know which four nights we are talking about.

Lastly, I think it’s OK for me to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.   After all - Dublin, Wexford, Waterford, Cork and Limerick were all founded by the Vikings.

Two Practices in the Books

(March 8, 2011)

Had a good first two practices, where even despite the cold last night the girls were both working hard and laughing while doing it - a perfect attitude I hope to see all season.  I just hope the weather gets a bit warmer.

Fortunately, this Sunday we push the clocks forward, so from now on evening practices will be under sunlight, and hopefully warmer, and back on Field 4, where the winds will be less.   See you Saturday morning!






Algarve Cup Update

(March 8, 2011)

Lisa Marie Woods unable to contain USA offenseNorway opened up the Algarve Cup with a 2-1 victory of neighbors Finland, but followed it up with a 0-2 loss against a very strong USA team, then a very disappointing 0-1 loss against Japan.  Norway can console themselves with a win against Denmark tomorrow, which would give them 5th place overall for the tournament, but it will be a hollow victory for a team that had much higher hopes before the tournament.




First Practice this Saturday

(March 1, 2011)

Just a reminder that this Saturday, March 5, is our first practice of the season.  We start sharply at 10:00 am, so please arrive no later than 9:50 am in order that we may begin on time – arriving late doesn’t just short-change your own daughter, but unfairly interrupts the other player’s practice as well.  If you have scheduling conflicts and will be unable to make practice, or unable to make it on time, just please let me know earlier in the week.   We’ll be meeting (and playing, subject to field availability) on Field 4A (click here for a map of the soccer fields).
Please remember that each player needs to bring: 
·         size 4 soccer ball (fully inflated)
·         shin guards
·         cleats
·         plenty of water
·         medical release form
Please also remember to leave at home ALL jewelry.
The current forecast for Saturday is cloudy, but free of rain, with temperatures probably around 50 during practice.    But if there is any doubt as to the weather, please recheck your emails before you leave the house on Saturday morning – if you haven’t received anything from me, we are still on.
See you Saturday!

Algarve Cup Begins Tomorrow

(March 1, 2011)

The Norwegian Women's National Team will be competing once again in the annual Algarve Cup, an international invitational tournament hosted by Portgual each Spring.    Norway will be competing in Group A, along with the United States, Finland and Japan to determine who will progress to the final rounds.  This Cup will be an important tune-up for Norway, as they prepare for this summer's World Cup in Germany.

  • March 2 at 1:00 pm ET:  Norway vs Finland
  • March 4 at 10:00 am ET:  Norway vs US
  • March 7 at 10:00 am ET:  Norway vs Japan

If I can locate any internet feeds for the games, I will post them.  The Norway roster for these matches:

Ingrid Hjelmseth
Erika Espeseth SkarbøForwards Cecilie Pedersen and Isabell Herlovsen
Lisa-Marie Woods
Maren Mjelde
Hedda Strand Gardsjord
Lene Mykjåland
Leni Larsen Kaurin
Guro Knutsen Mienna
Gry Tofte Ims
Trine Rønning
Lene Storløkken
Lise Klaveness
Isabell Herlovsen
Elise Thorsnes
Cecilie Pedersen
Lindy Melissa Wiik
Runa Vikestad
Madeleine Giske
Ingrid Ryland
Nora Holstad Berge
Caroline Knutsen


Practice Schedule

(February 7, 2011)

I am beginning to put together our team’s practice schedule, but am awaiting some final data from the Club as far as other activities taking place at the fields.  Below is what I have so far.  Everything is subject to change as necessitated by field availability, weather, etc. - you can always check the most up-to-date schedule by clicking the link to the left.


  • Saturday, March 5:  10:00 am on Field 4, Dideriksen Park
  • Monday, March 7:  6:00 pm on Turf A, Heavenly Field
  • Saturday, March 12:  10:00 am on Field 4, Dideriksen Park
  • Monday, March 14:  6:00 pm on Field 4, Dideriksen Park
  • Saturday, March 19:  10:00 am on Field 4, Dideriksen Park
  • Monday, March 21:  6:00 pm on Field 4, Dideriksen Park
  • Saturday, March 26:  10:00 am on Field 4, Dideriksen Park
  • Monday, March 28:  6:00 pm on Field 4, Dideriksen Park

Starting in April, we will no longer have Saturday practices, and the start time of weeknight practices will be pushed back to 6:30 pm.  Also, the Club will be furnishing Red Bull professional training for Girls U8 players on Monday nights, either at 5:30 or 6:30 (the times will rotate week to week).   On those nights where the training is at 5:30, our weekly practice will immediately follow at 6:30 the same night.   On those nights where the training is at 6:30, we can either begin our practices at 7:30 or move the practices to Thursday at 6:30 - this will only affect 4 practices.  

I’ll provide the actual times and dates for April and May as soon as the Club sets that training schedule.  One other note - if any of our Monday night practices are rained out, we will try to make-up those practices on the Thursday night of the same week.

Spring Roster

(February 3, 2011)

I am pleased to announce Norway’s roster for this Spring season:

    • Camila Andrade
    • Jesslyn Chan
    • Maria Galkin
    • Priyal Garg
    • Sophia Melendez
    • Abby Portnoy
    • Laurel Sheard
    • Rebeca Terralhiero
    • Kaitlyn Wong
Although I have had the pleasure of coaching a few of the girls previously, most of these players are new to the Team (and a few are even new to the Club), and I am looking forward to meeting each of them and their families.
I will finalize our practice schedule shortly and let each of you know.   Our first game will be April 2, 2011.   See you soon on the fields.


Spring 2011 Player Draft Tonight

(February 2, 2011)

Tonight, the eight Head Coaches, the VP of Girls Rec, and the VP of Travel will be meeting and conducting the player draft for the Spring Season (the two VPs are there strictly to provide information about the upcoming season).  I have no way to predict who will be a Norway player in the coming season, but I know I am excited over all the wonderful players I might get to coach again.   I know there will be plenty of great players who will unfortuantely fall to other coaches, and I will miss them all, but continue to watch them develop within the league.

Here are the teams and coaches for the Spring season, which should start on April 2, 2011:

1. Coach Koukourdelis – Greece – Royal Blue
2. Coach Kurczeski – Uruguay – Sky Blue
3. Coach Marsicano – Northern Ireland – Orange
4. Coach Miller – Sweden – Yellow
5. Coach Robertson – England - White
6. Coach Schaffer – France – Navy Blue
7. Coach Schlein – Ireland – Green
8. Coach Sheard – Norway - Red

You will probably receive an email tonight or tomorrow to the entire division, listing which players are with which team.    Good luck to all of you, and remember that once a Norwegian, always a Norwegian!  I hope to see as many Norway alumni as possible each year at the Valkyrie Cup (this year to be held on April 23 - more details coming soon).


Norway Stutters to a 0-0 Draw with England

(January 21, 2011)

A goalless draw against England, when both sides were tired from prior games and still experimenting with untested players and lineups, was probably expected, but is still disappointing.   Time for Norway to leave the sunny seaside resort and return to Scandanavia.


Norway trounces Netherlands, 4-0

(January 20, 2011)

Cecilie Pedersen scored with a few minutes to go in the first half, and then scored another 12 minutes into the second half before being substituted out of the game, with Cathrine Dekkerhus adding a third goal two minutes later, and Trine Rønning getting the final score in the 70th, as Norway began their initial tune ups for the World Cup.   Tomorrow they face England.


Norway takes on the Dutch and English

(January 20, 2011)

The Norwegian national team is spending some time in sunny Spain this week, as they get in some early preparation for this summer’s World Cup.   While in La Manga, Spain, they will take on the national teams of the Netherlands today, Jan. 20, and England tomorrow, Jan. 21, as those teams also prepare for the World Cup.

Norway coach Eli Landsem took a large roster to Spain for these early run-outs, and hopes to get some idea of who her core squad will be for this summer.  Making the trip south were:

Player (Club)
Ingrid Hjelmseth (Stabæk)
Erika Espeseth Skarbø (Arna-Bjørnar)
Lisa-Marie Woods (Stabæk)
Maren Mjelde (Arna-Bjørnar)
Hedda Strand Gardsjord (Røa)
Leni Larsen Kaurin (Wolfsburg)
Guro Knutsen Mienna (Røa)
Gry Tofte Ims (Klepp)
Trine Rønning (Stabæk)
Lene Storløkken (LSK Kvinner)
Lise Klaveness (Stabæk)
Isabell Herlovsen (Lyon)
Cecilie Pedersen (Avaldsnes)
Lindy Melissa Wiik (Wolfsburg)
Runa Vikestad (Kolbotn)
Marita Skammelsrud Lund (LSK Kvinner)
Madeleine Giske (Arna-Bjørnar)
Ingrid Ryland (Arna-Bjørnar)
Ingvild Isaksen (Kolbotn)
Anja Sønstevold (Kolbot)
Kristine Wigdahl Hegland (Arna-Bjørnar)
Cathrine Høegh Dekkerhus (LSK Kvinner)
Nora Holstad Berge (Linköping)
Ingrid Camilla Fosse Sæthre (Stabæk)
Caroline Knutsen (Røa)
Siri Nordeide Grønli (Stabæk)

Withdrawn due to injury
Elise Thorsnes (Røa)
Lene Mykjåland (Røa)
Ingvild Stensland (Lyon)
Toril Hetland Akerhaugen (Stabæk)

Happy New Year, and Heia Norge!

(January 3, 2011)

I hope all of you have a great holiday season, and are beginning a terrific New Year.   We're gearing up for the Spring season, and I'm really looking forward to it. 

Who wants to wear red this season??

Awards Day - Saturday, December 4 at 2:15 pm

(November 29, 2010)

It was great watching the girls sit down to pizza and laughter after our last game, but unfortuantely we have only one more opportunity together before the long winter hibernation.  

Awards Day is scheduled for this Saturday, December 4 at 2:15 pm at Hammarskjold Middle School cafeteria, 200 Rues Lane.   As always, we will be on a tight schedule with other divisions before and after us, so you MUST arrive no later than 2:10 pm so that we can take our seats right away and get started.   Players should wear their red uniform jerseys, and I would suggest jeans for bottoms.  It’s only going to get to 44 for the day, so there’s really no point wearing shorts and soccer socks.  If you do come in full uniform, though, please remember that no cleats are permitted inside the building.  If you cannot attend, please let me know so I can arrange to pick up your pictures and trophy.

Lastly, I hope all of you have registered for the Spring Season already.  If you haven’t, expect some nagging reminder emails from me before long.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and enjoyed the long and restful weekend.  The sleet on Thursday certainly brought home the fact that we’re a long way from those hot August days at the beginning of the season.   

Norway vs. Uruguay - November 20 at 1:30 pm on Field 6A

(November 15, 2010)

For our final game of the season, we return to the opponent that gave us our closest match of the year, which lost only in the final few seconds.  Uruguay ruined our Leif Erikson Day, so we are going to be looking for payback.  Led by my assistant coach from last Fall, Eric Miller, and featuring a few ex-Norway stars, Uruguay has had a great run this season, and will not make it easy on us.  

Internationally, Uruguay is unranked by FIFA, as they have not played an international match in the past 18 months.  Norway remains 7th in the world, and will be spending the next six months preparing for next summer’s World Cup in Germany.  




Norway vs. Australia - November 13 at 1:30 pm on Field 6A

November 11, 2010)

Entering the fnial two weekends of the season, Norway is set for a rematch against Australia this Saturday aftenoonLed by first-time head coach Evan Leventhal and former Norwegian player, Bhargavi Kartik.  Norway will be looking to match their success from the previous match, and lead into their season finale with a strong showing.  


Internationally, the Australian women’s team is currently ranked 11th in the world by FIFA, and has qualified for next summer’s World Cup.  Norway, ranked 7th, is coming off two wins against Ukraine which sealed Norway’s spot in the World Cup.


Norway vs. Ireland - November 7 at 1:30 pm on Field 6B

(November 4, 2010)

Ireland (island) in Europe.pngComing off a disappointing match last weekend, Norway retakes the field this Sunday to face Ireland.  The Irish are led by Coach Michael Schlein in his second season, and field several strong and familier faces from prior Norway squads, including Micah Livingston, Michaela Tapia, Jenna Garofalo and Morgan Schlein.      

Internationally, the Irish women are ranked 30th in the World.  They will not be participating in next summer’s World Cup, having finished in the middle of their qualifying group, behind Russia and Switzerland.   Norway remains 7th in the world, and had no troubles winning their qualifying group and beating Ukraine both home and away to book their spot in Germany next season.

Always remember - Dublin was founded by Vikings.   Ireland remains ours for the taking!


Practice Cancelled Tonight

(November 4, 2010)

Once again, Thursday turns out to be bad weather day, so practice is cancelled for tonight.  Remember that we have no game this Saturday, but a game on Sunday at 1:30 pm on Field 6B.

See you Sunday.

Norway vs. South Africa - October 30 at 9:00 am on Field 6B

(October 27, 2010)


Having turned the halfway point in the season, Norway now faces a rematch against South Africa, coached by Robb Schaffer, and led by last season’s Norwegian, Emma Simpson.  South Africa has been improving throughout the season, and Norway will be without two key players, so it will definately be a test for the Norwegians as to whether they can match their previous success against this opponent.

Internationally, the South Africans are only ranked 57th in the world by FIFA, and are about to participate in the African Women’s Championship, kicking off this Sunday, to see whether they can finish in the top two spots and earn a place in the World Cup.  Norway, ranked 7th, is coming off an international friendly loss to Sweden on Tuesday. 



Norway Women Fall to Sweden, 1-3

(October 26, 2010)

Although it was just a friendly match, and the object was to observe several different players in preparation for next summer’s World Cup, it was still a disappointing loss for Norway against their arch-rivals, losing 1-3 against Sweden.



Norway National Team faces Sweden Today

(October 26, 2010)


Marita Skammelsrud LundIn the last game planned for 2010, Norway will travel to their neighbor and arch-rival Sweden this afternoon for a friendly match, hoping to experiment with new faces and solidify plans for the roster they will take to next summer’s World Cup in Germany.  Ingvild Isaksen

The Norwegian squad for the game is:

Ingrid Hjelmseth
Erika Skarbø
Lisa-Marie Woods
Lene Mykjåland
Maren Mjelde
Melissa Wiik
Ingvild Stensland
Lene Storløkken
Lise Klaveness
Runa Vikestad
Isabell Herlovsen
Leni Larsen Kaurin
Marita Skammelsrud Lund
Ingrid Ryland
Gry Tofte Ims
Ingvild Isaksen


Norway vs. England - October 23 at 9:00 am on Field 6A

(October 19, 2010)

Location of  England  (orange)– in the European continent  (camel & white)– in the United Kingdom  (camel)
Reaching the halfway point in the season, this Saturday Norway will face off against a very strong England team, led by coach Ed Kurczeski.  They are a quick, attacking team, that loves to score on breakaways.  Their backs do not hestitate to bring the ball forward and attack the goal.  Norway will have to contain their speed to stay in the game.   It might be a bit chilly at kickoff for the spectators, but should be a sunny day with great soccer weather.         

Internationally, England is ranked 9th in the world, having qualified for the World Cup next summer by winning its group then beating Switzerland both home and away.  Norway remains 7th in the world, and similarly won their qualifying group, then beat Ukraine both home away to also qualify for the World Cup.   

No Game This Week

(October 10, 2010)

Madison and Sarah breaking up the middleIt was a very tight game against Uruguay yesterday, and Norway played a fantastic stretch at the end of the first half, scoring three goals.   Although we had our chances to win it, we were unlucky to give up the late goal for the 5-4 loss.   But I would rather lose by one goal in a close game that challenges the girls, than win by six goals in an easy game that provides no benefit to their development.Abby and Kayla building out of the back

Practice as usual on Thursday evening, at 6:15 pm, on Turf B - same corner.

We have no game this coming Saturday, Oct. 16, however.   Due to nearly half of our division’s players, and two thirds of our coaches, competing in the Manalapan Rec tournament, the Club has rescheduled all games in our division.   Please see the updated game schedule on this page.



Norway vs. Uruguay - October 9 at 1:30 pm on Field 6B

(October 3, 2010)

Entering the second 1/3 of our season, we match up against Uruguay on Saturday, which also happens to be Leif Erikson Day.  Led by my assistant coach from last Fall, Eric Miller, and featuring a few ex-Norway stars, Uruguay is coming in to our game undefeated.  However, our girls have been playing stronger and stronger each match, and expect to hand Uruguay their first loss.    

Internationally, Uruguay us unranked by FIFA, as they have not played an international match in the past 18 months.  Norway remains 7th in the world, and will be spending the next six months preparing for next summer’s World Cup in Germany.  




Another Storm, Another Cancelled Practice

(September 30, 2010)

No practice tonight.  


See you Saturday for Pictures - 9:40 am on Field 1 in full uniform.

Wonderful Games Today

(September 25, 2010)

I couldn't be more proud of our Norwegians today.   Playing two games on a very hot day for late September (actually, it would have been very hot for July!), and only having two substitutes in the second game, our girls managed to control both matches and come away with the wins.   The overall level of effort was tremendous, but just as impressive were the improvements in technique and tactics.   Players were able to get off their shots on goal because of their control on the dribble.   I hope to see this continued over the coming weeks, even though we do not have a game next Saturday. 

Heia Norge!

Norway vs. Australia - September 25 at 9:00 am on Field 6A

(September 18, 2010)

After a week off, Norway retakes the field bright and early in the first half of a double-header, facing Australia, led by first-time head coach Evan Leventhal and former Norwegian player, Bhargavi Kartik.  Norway will be looking to improve on its scoring, having put away three in their last match, but ahving watched many more good chances go wide of the post, or straight to the keeper.

Internationally, the Australian women’s team is currently ranked 11th in the world by FIFA, and has qualified for next summer’s World Cup.  Norway, ranked 7th, is coming off two wins against Ukraine which sealed Norway’s spot in the World Cup.



Norway vs. South Africa - September 25 at 1:30 pm on Field 6B

(September 18, 2010)

In the second half of our double-header, Norway must recover their breath to face South Africa, coached by Robb Schaffer, and led by last season’s Norwegian, Emma Simpson.  South Africa will definately have the benefit of facing a tired Norwegian side, but can the players overcome their physical fatigue with mental strength?  That will be the key as to how the Norwegians play in their second match of the day. 

Internationally, the South Africans are only ranked 57th in the world by FIFA, and are awaiting the African Women’s Championship in October to see whether they can finish in the top two spots and earn a place in the World Cup.  Norway, ranked 7th, is coming off two wins against Ukraine which sealed Norway’s spot in the World Cup.



Norway in the World Cup!

(September 15, 2010)

Winning their second game against Ukraine 2-0, with a goal by Solveig Gulbrandsen, whom several of players met last season, the Norwegians are through to next summer’s World Cup!!!Cecilie Pedersen celebrates with her teammates after she scores Norway’s first goal.











No Game This Week

(September 13, 2010)

It was a good start to the season - not the result we wanted, but the effort was there, and the game was enjoyable.

Tonight we have the first Monday Professional Training session (optional) - all U8 Girls can train with the Red Bulls trainers from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm on Turf A.

Thursday we have regular practice from 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm on Field 6A.

Saturday, you can sleep in - no games this weekend.

Norway Women win 1-0 at Ukraine. One more game to go.

(September 12, 2010)

Norway wasn’t able to put in all their chances yesterday, including a penalty kick which was saved, but they earned the valuable win and an away goal in their first game against Ukraine.  Wednesday they return to Norway for the final leg of the home-and-away series.  A win befire the home crowd and they book their passage to Germany for next summer’s World Cup.

Click here for video highlights of the game.

Opening Day: Norway vs. Scotland - September 11, 9:00 am, Field 6B

(September 10, 2010)

Norway has the honour of kicking off the first game of EBSC’s Fall Season, in this 35th anniversary of the Club’s founding.  We open up the season against Scotland.  Coached by Robert Stein, this should provide a tough opening match for the Norway squad.   Coming off eight pre-season practices, however, Coach Sheard says "Our Norwegian girls are ready to take on the world!".  No doubt the team hopes to continue with the Scots where the Vikings left off a century ago.

Internationally, the Scots are ranked 25th in the World, but coming in second place in their group stage was not good enough for Scotland to qualify for next summer’s World Cup, which they will have to watch on television.  Norway’s women, on the other hand, won their group and just have to polish off Ukraine tomorrow and Wednesday to book their place in Germany next summer.  the Norwegians are currently ranked 7th.

Final Week of Pre-Season Practices

(August 30, 2010)

This will be our final week of double, extra-long practices.   Monday and Thursday from 6:15-7:45.   As mentioned earlier, be aware that field availability may be an issue given the preparations for this weekend’s Labor Day Tournament, so watch your emails.

It will be very hot tonight - bring extra water, but START DRINKING ALL DURING THE DAY.  Their bodies need to be fully-hydrated at the BEGINNING of practice - if the girls wait until they are thirsty, it is already too late.

Norway to face Ukraine in final playoff for World Cup

On September 11 or 12, the Norwegian women's national team will travel to the Ukraine to face their last opponent, followed by a return match on home soil on September 15 or 16.   The winner of that series will advance to next summer's World Cup.

Norway, currently ranked 7th in the world, should be favoured to advance against the 20th ranked Ukraine.

Norway Wins Both Qualifiers; Wins Group

(August 25, 2010)

Norway finished their first stage of World Cup Qualifying by beating Slovakia 4-0, then pounding Macedonia 7-0, both games being played away from home.  With those victories, Norway finished atop their group, going undefeated and giving up only 2 goals along the way, while scoring 39.

Norway now awaits news of whom they will face in the final stage, a single opponent home-and-away series playoff, with the winner advancing to next summer’s World Cup in Germany.   The opponent will be one of the winners of the other seven groups within Europe.

Lisa-Marie Woods celebrates her goal against Macedonia

Pre-Season: Week Two

(August 16, 2010)

With four of the girls on trips for the weekend, we trained shorthanded on Saturday.

Two practices in the books, including an opening session with perfect attendance (despite a little drizzle) - great start to what should be a great season!  This week just a Thursday practice, with our normal Saturday morning pre-season session being moved to the following Monday night.   For Thursday, we also might have to change fields due to a training camp that might use Field 4.

I know some of the girls think they are being worked hard, but if they think 1.5 hour sessions with me are too hard ... the next two weekends I will be playing soccer from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm both Saturday and Sunday.  If I end up coaching the Monday night sessions from a wheelchair, you’ll know why.

Remember the girls’ homework - as many teammates’ names as they can remember!  And if they’ve got a handy wall, they can start Wall Ball on their own.  If not, they can always work on their dribbling control.


Norway Enjoys Sky Blue Game

(May 1, 2010)

Norwegian Solveig Gulbrandsen signing autographs for EB Norway




Although Sky Blue lost, and Solveig Gulbrandsen didn’t get into the game, the girls still enjoyed a great night of soccer.   They got to hang out with their friends and eat lots of popcorn. 

They got to march across the field at halftime and wave to their families in the stands.  And afterwards, they got autographs from the players, including a word from  the Norwegian star of three World Cups and two Olympic Games.

Thanks to all the present and prior Norway players and parents who could make it.   Giving the girls this opportunity to watch, and meet, the best soccer players in the world can motivate our players tremendously.

I hope to see you all out there again soon.


Inaugural Valkyrie Cup a Success

(April 3, 2010)

The first Valkyrie Cup took place this morning, on a beautiful spring day.   Eighteen girls participated on four teams:  Red for Norway, Yellow for Sweden, Blue for Iceland and Black for Finland.   Each team played one game against each of the other three.   While all teams had success during the tournament, the Swedish/Yellow team finished ahead on points and were declared the Champions.    A link to pictures of the event is on the left of this page.

I want to thank all the players who made the competition a success, all the parents who came out to support them, and Eric Miller and Brian Simpson for helping me maintain order on the fields.

I hope that each of you, and also those who were unable to attend, will want to particpate in future cups.

Norwegian Leaves WPS

(July 18, 2010)

Norwegian national team player Solveig Gulbrandsen played her final game for FC Gold Pride yesterday.  She now heads home to re-join Norwegian club Stabaek IF, as she also prepares herself for a career post-soccer.  Gulbrandsen has played in three World Cups and two Olympic games, appearing 150 times for the Norwegian national team.   Although it will be harder to follow the remainder of her career from long distance, we will not forget her kindness in coming to see our players last May.

Norway Faces Netherlands and Belarus in World Cup Qualifying

(June 16, 2010)

While the world’s focus may be on the men’s World Cup in South Africa, the women’s national teams of the world are still holding qualifying matches for the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany.   This Saturday, June 19, Norway travels to the Netherlands for their next match, hoping to replicate their success last October when they beat the Dutch by a 3-0 score.   Four days later, on June 23, Norway returns home to face Belarus, who they beat 5-0 in Belarus three months ago.

Guro Knutsen MiennaBelow is Norway’s roster for these two matches:

Ingrid Hjelmseth, Stabæk
Christine Colombo Nilsen, Lyon
Lisa-Marie Woods, Stabæk 
Lindy Melissa Wiik, Wolfsburg
Maren Mjelde, Arna-Bjørnar
Toril H. Akerhaugen, Stabæk
Lene Mykjåland, Washington Freedom
Guro Knutsen Mienna, Røa
Solveig Gulbrandsen,  FC Gold Pride
Ingvild Stensland, Lyon
Trine Bjerke Rønning, Stabæk
Lene Storløkken, LSK Kvinner
Emilie Haavi, Røa
Lise Klaveness, Stabæk
Runa Vikestad, Kolbotn
Isabell Herlovsen, Lyon
Cecilie Pedersen, Avaldsnes
Hedda Strand Gardsjord, Røa

Norway Coast Through Latest World Cup Qualifiers

(April 3, 2010)

The Norwegian women continued their perfect road to the 2011 World Cup this afternoon, utterly crushing Macedonia by a score of 14-0 on March 27.    Forward Isabel Herlovsen tied a national record, scoring six goals herself.   Lene Mykjåland and Lisa-Marie Woods each scored twice, while Trine Rønning, Ingvild Stensland, Cecilie Pedersen, and Lise Klaveness scored one each.

On March 30, they travelled to Belarus, and beat them soundly by the score of 5-0.   Five different players scored:  Anneli Giske, Lise Klaveness, Isabell Herlovsen, Lene Mykjåland and Solveig Gulbrandsen. 

Norway sit atop their qualification group, undeated with 23 goals scored, and 0 goals surrendered.  Norway will continue their run to the 2011 World Cup in June, when they face the Netherlands, and the return match against Belarus. 

Norway Finishes Algarve Cup on Sour Note with Loss to Denmark

(March 3, 2010)

It was an unhappy Algarve Cup for the Norwegians.  They started off with an incredible opening 20 minutes against #4 Sweden, scoring two quick goals.  But just as they were unable to finish that game strongly, and ended up with only a draw, they were similarly unable to finish out the Cup strongly, losing their consolation match against #10 Denmark this morning by the score of 1-2. 

Had Norway held on to the lead against Sweden ... had they held on to to the 1-1 draw against #1 USA instead of giving up an injury-time goal ... had they shutout #18 Iceland instead of allowing them to score twice - Norway could have been in a position to win the Algarve Cup instead of finishing 6th.   All of which merely points out the mental toughness and defensive strength are necessary complements to offensive power.

Next up for Norway are World Cup Qualifiers at the end of the month (March 27 and 30) against Macedonia and Belarus.

Norway Bests Iceland

(March 1, 2010)

Norway finished out group play this morning with a 3-2 win over Iceland.   Solveig Gulbrandson of the WPS's FC Gold Pride put in the first two goals for Norway, with Lisa-Marie Woods getting the third goal.  The win was a welcome relief for the Norwegians, who had previously given up a two goal lead against Sweden to come away only with a draw, and who had let in an injury time goal against the USA to lose that game.  However, despite the win, Norway will finish third in their group, behind the undefeated USA team as well as Sweden, which tied Norway on points but had a better goal differential.    Norway will have one final match on March 3 to determing their final overall placement in the tournament.

Norway Falls to USA in Injury Time

(February 27, 2010)

It took extra time for the #1 ranked USA to squeak out a win over Norway on Friday, when Abby Wambach scored her second of the day to give Norway the 1-2 loss.  Norway started the game having benched several veteran starters following the 2-2 draw with Sweden, where the Norwegians were unhappy to have given up the early two goal lead.   The replacements played well, and were unfortunate to give up the opening goal to the USA, when a backpass to the keeper stuck in the mud, where Wambach was able to pounce on it.   With a half hour to go in the game, the veterans were inserted by the Norwegian coach, and within three minutes they evened the score at one apiece.    Unfortunately, they couldn’t hold out for the draw, and go into their final match against Iceland on Monday needing a strong win.

Solvieg Gulbrandson of Norway in the mud with USA’s Carli Lloyd

Norway Open Algarve Cup with Draw against Sweden

(February 24, 2010)

Norway played it’s first match today of the 2010 Algarve Cup (a pretigious invitational tournament for top women’s national teams held in Portugal), and came out on fire, opening up the scoring just seven minutes into the game against Sweden, currently 4th in the world, on a goal by Melissa WiikMelissa Wiik.   A mere five minutes later, Marit Christensen added another to give Norway the early 2-0 lead.  Sweden clawed their way back, however, getting one goal before halftime, and another in the second half, leaving a draw at the final whistle.   Sweden’s second goal was by our own Sky Blue’s new signing, Jessica Landström. 

Up next for Norway is the #1 women’s team in the world, the United States, starring our own local hero, Heather O’Reilly.      The game will kick of this Friday at 10:00 ET.  Live text udpates on that match will be available here.

Norway’s matches at the Algarve Cup:

  • Feb. 24:  Norway 2 - 2 Sweden
  • Feb. 26:  USA (#1)- Norway (#7)
  • Mar. 01:  Iceland (#18)- Norway (#7)

Solveig Gulbrandson coming to WPS

(February 2, 2010)

Norwegian national team captain, Solveig Gulbrandson, will be moving to Northern California shortly to join FC Gold Pride in the Women’s Professional Soccer league this season.  Gulbrandson, 29 year old, already has over 125 caps for Norway, playing in three World Cups and two Olympic Games, winning the Gold-Medal in 2000.   Read her note to fans about preparing to move to the United States here:

Women’s Professional Soccer :: FC Gold Pride :: Postcards from home, Gulbrandsen

The WPS schedule is due out in the next few weeks - I’ll let you know when Gulbrandson’s FC Gold Pride come to town.




WPS draft today

(January 15, 2009)

Sky Blue FC made University of Connecticut defender Brittany Taylor its top pick in the first round (sixth overall), also taking Katie Schoepfer (Penn State), Melissa Clark (LSU), Danielle Johnson (Ole Miss), Megan Snell (Santa Clara), Kelly Isleib (Utah) and Jenifer Anzivino (Rutgers) in subsequent rounds.

Good luck to all the ladies drafted, and we hope to see them play in the coming season.

Norway Best Place to Live in the World

According to the United Nations Development Programme, which annually ranks 182 countries based on such criteria as life expectancy, literacy, school enrolment and gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, Norway is the best place to live.   Click here for the full article.

Of course, this is no surprise - Norway has held the top spot for the last nine years.


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