Win a 16 GB Apple iPad Air 2® from ABYSA!

Get Your Ten Buck Duck, Celebrate and Donate!

Join ABYSA and City of Asheville as we celebrate the new bridge and road improvements at JBL and watch 1,000 rubber ducks race to the finish line. Win great prizes in support of ABYSA’s turf replacement project at the John B. Lewis Soccer Complex.

Saturday, April 18, 2015
JBL Azalea Road Bridge
Bridge Dedication at new bridge – 1:00 p.m.
Duck Race – Approximately 1:30 p.m.

How Can I Get a Ten Buck Duck?

Purchase one or more Ten Buck Ducks before noon on Friday, April 17 or while supplies last!

Ducks can be purchased:

  • Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri – ABYSA Office at 410 Swannanoa River Road, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 21 and 28 – Concession Stand (JBL and BCSP)
  • Saturday, April 11 – ABYSA Picture Day by the Picture Tent (JBL and BCSP)
  • Online – ABYSA/HFC players only through Blue Sombrero registration system (go to your player’s Blue Sombrero account and select Ten Buck Duck in the program listings)

How does this work? — When do I Get My Duck?

  • Purchase a duck, ABYSA assigns your duck a number, races your duck and awards prizes.
  • Ducks can be retrieved right after the winners are announced on Saturday, April 18, 2015, or later in the day at the Concession Stand at JBL.

What is the JBL Turf Replacement Project?

The new bridge and Azalea Rd. improvements are just the start of what is needed at JBL. The JBL turf replacement project scheduled for June 2016 will cost $2.2M. All proceeds from Ten Buck Duck purchases go straight to the JBL Field Development Fund! With over 6,200 youth and adult players, each one of you can make a big difference and have an ABYSA rubber ducky, too!

Asheville Chamber Recognizes ABYSA As January Small Business Of The Month!

ABYSA was founded in 1980 as a recreation soccer non-profit and merged with the Highland Football Club (competitive soccer) in 2005. ABYSA provides the children of Asheville and Buncombe County with the health, social, and developmental benefits of team sports. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, we served over 5,600 unique youth players.

We are happy to recognize Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association (ABYSA) as Small Business of the Month. Read on for our interview with ABYSA’s Mike Rottjakob.

Tell us a little of the history of the company.

ABYSA was founded in 1980 as a Recreation Soccer non-profit and merged with the Highland Football Club (competitive soccer) in 2005. We provide the children of Asheville and Buncombe County with the health, social, and developmental benefits of team sports. For our fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, we served over 5,600 unique youth players.

What are you most proud of about the company?

Of course, as a staff of life-long soccer lovers, we are very proud of the quality of our programs and the number of children and families that we are able to serve. Age and developmentally appropriate programming provided in an emotionally safe environment is not always easy to find in the youth sports world, but it really adds to the quality of life in a community, and is an ABYSA core value. What we are most proud of though is probably the accessibility of our programs for underserved children through our robust outreach and financial aid efforts. The fact that we are able to reach so many children who otherwise would not have access to these types of enriching activities makes us just as proud as our three recent classic division state championships.

Best advice you’ve gotten for leading a small business?

"You don’t want to find yourself charging up a hill only to turn around and find that no one is following you." We have worked hard to make our programs relevant and in tune with the types of experiences parents want for their children. Providing a variety of programming that meets the needs of the casual recreation player to the player that aspires to be a student-athlete in college, and almost every player in between, has been an important factor in our organizations’ growth and the demand for our services.

Your favorite thing in your workspace.

For our children and their families, as well as most of our employees, our workspace is outside on the soccer field.

What’s next on the horizon?

In addition to our ongoing number one goal to constantly improve the product we provide on the soccer field, there are two big projects on the horizon for the next two years. First, we have outgrown our office space and will be renovating a new space that was donated for our use. The second big project is the John B. Lewis Soccer Complex Turf Replacement Project. We are working to cap off improvements the city has made to the Azalea and Recreation Park areas with replacement of the aging artificial turf. The improved park access and amenities that were recently completed in East Asheville, along with the turf replacement, will position the facility to continue to provide important sports tourism economic impact to Buncombe County.



NSCAA All-American
(Columbus State University / ’94 HFC Ladies Red)

Kelsey Pelletier and Nicole Corcione Named NSCAA All-Americans


Kansas City, Mo. – Christmas continues to come early for Kelsey Pelletier and Nicole Corcione, as the pair of Columbus State University women’s soccer players were selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II All-American teams, announced by the organization on Friday.

Senior forward Pelletier received Second Team All-American honors, while sophomore forward Corcione was named a Third Team All-American.

As a senior co-captain, Pelletier led a scoring offense that ranked second in the Peach Belt Conference in goals. The Duluth, Ga. native scored nine goals, tied for the team lead, and notched six assists. Pelletier showed her leadership by coming through in several key moments for the Lady Cougars: five of her nine goals were-game winners, including the only score of a 1-0 win at North Georgia and a double-overtime strike against Wingate that sent CSU to the Sweet Sixteen.

Pelletier finishes her four-year Columbus State career with 20 goals, including nine game-winners, and 17 assists in 91 matches, starting 88 of them.

The team’s co-leading scorer, Corcione, the 2013 PBC Freshman of the Year, netted nine goals and led the team in assists with seven. The Candler, N.C. native also had a knack for coming through in the clutch: six of her goals came down the stretch of the regular season and postseason, including the PBC tournament-winning score against North Georgia and the lone CSU goal against Rollins in the NCAA quarterfinals.

Halfway through her Columbus State career, Corcione has scored 20 goals with 11 assists in 45 matches, starting 43 of them.

Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Mo., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community.

The NSCAA is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game. The membership is primarily made up of coaches, but also includes administrators, referees and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA provides its members ways to enhance the game of soccer by providing a national education program, interaction and networking opportunities, and membership benefits.


Photo Contest Winners Selected!

ABYSA would like to thank all of the entrants in making our first contest a success! There are many, very talented photographers among the ABYSA community and we appreciate you all for sharing your favorites with us. The selection committee had a very difficult, but fun time selecting the best of the best out of the hundreds of photos submitted.

Grand Prize Winners (Apple® iPad®)


Mark Bastin (Classic)


Steve Atkins (Recreation)

Division Winners ($75 Visa Gift Card)


Mark Bolick


Tonya Roberts


Beverly Roseman


Hunter Goosmann


Jason Garris


Win an Apple iPad – ABYSA Photo Contest

Voting is underway!
We’ll announce the winners as soon as the committee has completed the voting process.


Dear ABYSA / HFC Soccer Parent:

ABYSA announces a photo contest for all Recreation, Academy, Challenge, Classic and Alumni families. We are looking for photos of all ages, genders and ethnicities.

Two grand prize winning photos will be selected by a panel of judges (who will not know the origin of the photographs) and will receive a 16 gb Apple® iPad® with Retina Display and WiFi.

Five additional prizes will be awarded for best photos in each of the following categories. Each will receive $75 Visa gift cards.
Best Recreation Photo
Best Academy Photo
Best Challenge Photo
Best Classic photo
Best Alumni Submission


Deadline for submission of photographs is midnight, November 24, 2013. Photographs may be submitted anytime until that date.

Contestants may submit up to five (5) photos in each of the following 2 categories:

Action – showcasing athleticism, passion, technique… Think Sports Illustrated cover!
Emotion – thrill of victory, agony of defeat, team togetherness and touching moments

Image requirements:
Jpeg, Tiff or RAW image files with a NATIVE resolution of 300 dpi or higher. Minor adjustments including color corrections, sharpening, brightness and contrast will be accepted. Any image that has been enhanced, altered or cropped will be disqualified. High quality scans of non-digital photos will be accepted.

*Please do not increase the dpi in Photoshop or any other image sizing program from 72 dpi or 150 dpi. These images cannot be used or printed in the resolution needed and will be immediately disqualified. Images submitted in any other format other than those listed above (i.e. inserted into a Word document) cannot be used and will also be immediately disqualified.

Image Submission:
Images can be submitted in one of 2 ways and must be accompanied by a signed release that can be found by clicking here.  The signed release can be scanned and emailed or mailed via US Postal Service to the ABYSA office at PO Box 895, Asheville, 28802.

Online using Dropbox, a free online storage site.
If you don’t have a Dropbox account, please contact Kade Kawaguchi and he can send you an invitation to set one up.
Upload your images and easily share the location with Kade SECURELY using their email functions, or you can get a direct link to where the files are located and email the link to
If you need any assistance or help using Dropbox, please contact Kade Kawaguchi, 828-299-7277 ext 309 or

CD or USB flash drive brought or mailed to the ABYSA office.
Be sure to include your first and last name, player name and program (i.e. Recreation, Academy, Challenge and/or Classic), phone number and email address so images can be matched up to the correct entries. Mailed entries can be sent to ABYSA Photo Contest, 410 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville, NC 28805.
Flash drives can be returned to owner upon request, or images can be downloaded while you wait if there is someone in the office that can assist you.

Submission of photographs gives ABYSA nonexclusive rights to utilize the images for all purposes, including but not limited to: still photography, videotape, electronic and print publications, and websites. A signed release form from the photographer must accompany all submissions.



Nicole Corcione Freshman of the Year
Three Lady Cougars Named to All-Conference Team

Evans, Ga. – Three Columbus State University women’s soccer players earned All-Peach Belt Conference accolades while Nicole Corcione was named the PBC Freshman of the Year on Friday as the conference announced the postseason awards at the annual banquet in Evans, Ga.

Shelby Rolling was the lone Lady Cougar to be placed on the All-PBC first team while Corcione and fellow freshman Taylor Marks were tabbed on the second team.

The anchor of the Columbus State defense, Rolling earns her second All-Conference award in her two-year career. After a season ending injury in 2012, Rolling hasn’t missed a step this year.

Rolling and the CSU backline have now posted eight shutouts this year, the second best mark in the league, and have limited teams to 1.20 goals per match.

The sophomore has also added three goals and two assists this season.

Marks has quickly become a centerpiece of the Columbus State offense as the freshman controls the pace of play for CSU. The midfielder is tied for the team lead in assists with five which is also tied for the eighth most in the PBC. Marks is also the fifth freshman in CSU history to have five or more assists in their first season.

The Fayetteville native has scored four goals as well for 13 points.

Corcione has made an immediate impact in her first season at Columbus State. The freshman from Candler, N.C., has played in all 19 games for the Lady Cougars, leading the team and ranking seventh in the PBC with nine goals scored. She added three assists and was sixth in the league with 21 total points. She hit the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Montevallo on October 30 and had a four-game goal streak earlier this season.

Corcione is the second Lady Cougar to be named the PBC Freshman of the Year in the last three seasons and the fourth CSU player overall to receive the honor.

Kelsey Pelletier will also return home to Columbus with a well-earned accolade. Pelletier was named the league’s Elite 15 award winner. The award is given to the player participating in the championship event with the highest cumulative GPA. Pelletier currently has four goals and five assists.

Columbus State will continue play in the PBC Tournament taking on Georgia College on Friday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. The semifinal match will be played at Blanchard Woods Park.

2013 Peach Belt Conference
Women’s Soccer All-Conference Team

First Team

Candace Edwards, Young Harris
Denisha Paskell, Clayton State
Kelly Penston, North Georgia
Ashley Veilleux, Georgia College

Casey Black, Lander
Melissa Hetherington, Clayton State
Alicia Robinson, Clayton State
Cicely Taliaferro, North Georgia

Megan Morrow, North Georgia
Shelby Rolling, Columbus State
Taylor Russell, Armstrong
Danielle Shaw, Lander

Morgan Luckie, Armstrong

Second Team

Nicole Corcione, Columbus State
Abby Dalton, Georgia College?
Kimberly Kesler, Lander?
Taylor Valley, Armstrong

Hannah Allison, USC Aiken
Noel McDaniel, Lander
Taylor Marks, Columbus State
Brianne Matarazzo, Armstrong

Nina Boganes, Clayton State
Hilary Ferguson, Lander
Tamaki Onuma, Clayton State
Emily Walling, Clayton State

Charlotte McCormack, Clayton State

Elite 15 Award
Kelsey Pelletier, Columbus State

Brine Golden Ball Winner (Most Goals Scored)
Kelly Penston, North Georgia

Player of the Year
Alicia Robinson, Clayton State

Freshman of the Year
Nicole Corcione, Columbus State

Coach of the Year
Gareth O’Sullivan, Clayton State


Corcione: Peach Belt’s Top Freshman

Enka alum Nicole Corcione, right

Enka graduate Nicole Corcione was named the Peach Belt Conference’s freshman of the year for women’s soccer on Thursday.

Corcione holds Enka school records for career scoring (142 goals) and single-season scoring (43 goals). She was a four-year All-Mountain Athletic Conference player.

From the Peach Belt Conference:

EVANS, GA – The Peach Belt Conference released the 2013 women’s soccer All-Conference team at a banquet in Evans, Ga., site of the league tournament. Clayton State’s Alicia Robinson was named the PBC Player of the Year while her head coach Gareth O’Sullivan was tabbed the Coach of the Year. Columbus State’s Nicole Corcione was named the leagues Freshman of the Year.

Robinson helped lead a resurgent Laker program to a share of the 2013 PBC regular-season championship and the #1 seed in the tournament. A senior from Telford, England, Robinson led the Peach Belt and is ranked sixth nationally with 10 assists on the year and added a pair of goals. Playing in the defensive midfield, she helped the Laker defense to a 0.98 goals against average, holding opponents to 20 total goals in 19 games played. A PBC player of the week this season, Robinson becomes the first Laker to be named the PBC Player of the Year since Cherie Sayon was a co-Player of the Year in 2010. She is the fifth Clayton State player to receive the honor.

Nicole Corcione made an immediate impact in her first season at Columbus State. The freshman from Candler, N.C., played in all 19 games for the Cougars, leading the team and ranked seventh in the Peach Belt with nine goals scored this year. She added three assists and was sixth in the league with 21 total points. She hit the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Montevallo on Oct. 30 and had a four-game goal streak earlier this season. Corcione is the second Cougar to be named the PBC Freshman of the Year in the last three seasons, joining 2011 winner Kiana Nicholson, and the fourth CSU player overall to receive the honor.

Taking over a team two years ago that had not finished any higher than fourth in the PBC standings since 2007, Gareth O’Sullivan has brought Clayton State back to elite status in the Peach Belt. Picked to finish fourth in the preseason coaches poll, the Lakers won a share of the league’s regular-season championship for the first time since 2005 and are the #1 seed for the tournament for the first time ever. Under O’Sullivan’s leadership, the Lakers were 8-0-3 in conference play this season, the only PBC team to navigate the schedule without a conference loss, and 11-3-5 overall. Clayton State cracked the NSCAA national top 25 poll on Oct. 19 and are currently ranked #22 in the nation. The Coach of the Year honor is the first for O’Sullivan at Clayton State, he also becomes the first Laker women’s soccer coach to receive the honor.

94 HFC Red & 96 HFC Red

Citizen-Times Article

*****Press Release*****Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association

Contact: Mike Rottjakob, Executive Director

For Immediate Release:

The Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association’s Highland Football Club (HFC) won two state championships at the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association State Cup Finals at Bryan Park in Greensboro today. The Boys HFC 94 Red defeated Piedmont Triad FC 4-3 on a last minute goal in overtime to secure the U18 division championship and the Boys HFC 96 Red defeated Piedmont Triad’s U16’s 1-0 in regulation to bring home the second tittle. The U17 Boys HFC 95 Red lost 5-4 in penalty kicks after 90 minutes of regular time and 30 minutes of overtime scoreless play with Triangle United Soccer Association in yesterday’s semi-final match, conceding only one goal in four games.

This year’s State Cup tournament represents the first time HFC has placed two teams in the finals and are only the second and third state championships in the clubs thirty-year history. The Boys 94 HFC Red team won HFC’s first and only prior state championship in 2011 in their U16 year and went on to the Southern Regional semi-finals. Both teams will represent North Carolina in this year’s Southern Regionals in Oklahoma City.

HFC Boy’s Director of Coaching, Trei Morrison, said “We are very proud of all three teams and the hard work the players have put in to achieve these results. Not only does it speak to all of the work these kids and their coaches have put in this year, but it also validates our player development model and our focus on skill and playing the right way starting with the boys and girls in our U9 and U10 Academy Program. We are really seeing results from taking a long term and player centered approach.”



On Thursday, September 20, 2012, our own Schell Alexander was honored at the YWCA’s Tribute to Women of Influence Awards event. The event honors women who have made significant contributions in their fields, and recognizes those organizations that support such achievements. The TWIN Award is a nationally recognized honor promoted by YWCAs across the country. Schell was honored in the category of Empowerment for her efforts at growing and maintaining ABYSA, the second largest soccer organization in the state, and empowering children in our community with easy access to the game of soccer and a healthier lifestyle. During her tenure at ABYSA, Schell has created the organizational, bookkeeping and employment structure that supports the registration and games of over 5,000 soccer players each year. She is responsible for the Soccer Angels program, which allows donors to sponsor players that would otherwise not be able to participate in the game of soccer.


National Director, Amanda Patterson of Arkansas, is proud to announce the winner of the Miss JR High School America pageant. Avery Grace Blanchard, a 7th grade student at Enka Middle School has received this honor. Avery won her state title, Miss NC JR High pageant in May 2011 and was named the national winner on March 25, 2012. Avery will represent Junior High school girls for this year. The competition included three parts, personal interview, fun fashion and evening gown.

Avery is the 13 year old daughter of Rhett and Candace Blanchard. She is an “A” honor roll student and member of the girl’s soccer team at Enka Middle. Avery also plays club soccer for the Asheville club, Highland Futbol club. In Avery’s free time, she loves to cook and spend time with her friends. She looks forward to using her crown to help her community. Avery is one part of the team. She will work closely with the Miss High School American and Miss Collegiate America queens to partner with various causes through the year.

Any young ladies interested in the pageant which rewards thousands of dollars in scholarships to the national queens, can contact the national director at: or for NC, Gayle Mace at


2011 NCYSA State Cup CHAMPIONS & Region III Semi Finalist

1st HFC team to win a State Cup Title.

Bottom left to right: Daniel Lingerfelt, Kyle Hall, Daniel Adelman, Ross Marnock, Will Ryman
Center left to right: Chris Pendleton, Mackenzie Tittle, Conner Hartman, Matt Brouwer, Diego Souza, Stephen Bridges
Back left to right: Nate Torbett, Chandler Johnson, Cy Gourlay, Zach Joens, Hunter Foreman, and Head Coach Jason ReMine

From Asheville Citizen Times:

History-making run for HFC team

Written by: Andrew Pearson
11:01 PM, Jun. 23, 2011

WEAVERVILLE — Nate Torbett will soon relocate to a new high school in a new city.

And that’s not even the full extent of this summer’s life-altering experiences for the former North Buncombe soccer star.

Torbett and the rest of the Highland Football Club’s 94 Red boys team wrapped up a historic run earlier this week in the semifinals of the U.S. Youth Soccer SouthernRegional Championships in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The 16 and under team out of Asheville was the first from the HFC to ever capture a N.C. Youth Soccer Association State Cup championship, which then qualified it for the regional tourney.

The 94 Red boys lost 1-0 to the Gulf Coast Dynamo (Miss.) on Tuesday and it could be Torbett’s last local game. The rising senior is moving to Rock Hill, S.C., where his mother, Julie, has become the new volleyball coach at Winthrop after a 17-year stint at UNC Asheville.

“We all knew that this was something we could do, but it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” said Torbett, who played defender.  “It was such an amazing experience and amazing that we got as far as we did.”

In addition to Torbett, other Western North Carolina boys on the HFC team’s roster included Zach Joens and Daniel Lingerfelt (Asheville High), Cy Gourlay and Ross Marnock (Carolina Day), Mackenzie Tittle (East Henderson), Kyle Hall (Hendersonville), Matt Brouwer and Hunter Foreman (Owen), Will Ryman (Reynolds) and Diego Souza (Roberson).

The proud coach was Jason ReMine. “Personally, this meant a lot to me as someone who once played (for the HFC),” ReMine said. “Everyone on this team put in a lot of hard work to make this happen, both this year and when they were younger.”

The 94 Red advanced to Tuesday’s regional semifinals after a 3-1 win over the Concorde Fire (Ga.) on Monday. Hall and Joens both scored goals in the quarterfinal game, while the third was netted by Newton-Conover’s Chandler Johnson.

Lingerfelt is the younger brother of former Citizen-Times All-WNC Player of the Year Kenneth Lingerfelt and a rising junior at Asheville High. Daniel Lingerfelt played midfielder for the 94 Red boys.  “I’m glad that we got to represent Asheville soccer this way,” he said.  “It was an exciting and great experience. We not only brought some recognition to local soccer but got to be seen by a lot of college coaches. It was just a fun thing to be a part of.”




Asheville’s Sirkin wins gold in Israel
ASHEVILLE – Asheville High rising junior Hannah Sirkin helped the United States girls soccer team win the gold medal at the Maccabiah Games last week in Israel.

The medal ceremony was Sunday night.

Sirkin, who is a forward/midfielder, and the American team did not give up a goal in wins over Australia, Brazil, Canada, South Africa, Sweden and the host country, which the U.S. beat twice.

Compiled from staff and wire reports
Asheville Citizen Times

’96 HFC Red G member will be playing for the USA at the Jewish Maccabiah Games this summer!

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HFC Summer Programs

Speed & Agility Training

Monday / Wednesday

June 17 – June 26
July 8 – July 18
Field: JBL #2
U10-U14: 5:00-6:15
U15-U18: 6:30-7:45

Striker / Keeper Training

Tuesday / Thursday

June 18 – June 27
July 9 – July 19
Field: JBL #2
U10-U14: 5:00-6:15
U15-U18: 6:30-7:45

Free Play Friday


June 21 – June 28
July 12 – July 26
Field: JBL #2
ALL AGES: 5:00-7:00


’94 HFC Red & ’96 HFC Red

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Citizen-Times Article


2013 College Signings

Congratulations HFC Seniors!


Girls Signing

Boys Signing

Kathryn Black (95 Ladies Red/TC Roberson)
Elon University

Megan Cavagnini (94 Ladies Red/AC Reynolds)
Centre College

Nicole Corcione (94 Ladies Red/Enka HS)
Columbus State University

Willow Hubbard (94 Ladies Red/Asheville HS)
Emory & Henry College

Dana Keeran (95 Ladies Red/Asheville HS)
Pfeiffer University

Natalie Smith (94 Ladies Red/Providence Academy)
Covenant College

Emily Wheeler (94 Ladies Red/Homeschool)
UNC Asheville

Daniel Adelman (94 Red/Science Hill HS)
East Tennessee State University

Jackson Allen
(94 Red/Asheville HS)
Appalachian State University

Jacob Blanchat (94 Red/Hickory HS)
Elmherst College

Grady Bradshaw (94Red/Carolina Day)
UNC Asheville

Cy Gourlay (94 Red/Carolina Day)
UNC Asheville

Conner Hartman (94 Red/Hickory HS)
Catawba College

Zach Joens (94 Red/Asheville HS)
Appalachian State University

Chandler Johnson (94 Red/Newton-Conover HS)
Lenoir-Rhyne University

Daniel Shaw (94 Red/Christ School)
Berry College

Mackenzie Tittle (94 Red/East Henderson)
Berry College

Daniel Valdez (94 Red/East Henderson)
Montreat College