Jade Tree United met the AstraZeneca Blast Sunday, December 19 at Ab Jones, in a heated match that would find JTU still unable to find any points, but giving the most impressive game of their season so far.

Jade Tree United suffered a pre-game blow when both Casey Gallucio and Alex Rudzinski were pulled out of the starting lineup with injuries, giving a rare opportunity to under-18 newcomer Steven Mann to start in Sunday’s game.

In addition to the injuries, Jade Tree United took the pitch without goalkeeper Mike Durbin, who was replaced with substitute keeper Paul Bryant.

Jade Tree United began the game strong, pushing into the Blast’s zone and taking several shots on goal. The Blast responded in kind, but the game stayed even for the first 8 minutes-with possession and shots split between the two teams-before Jade Tree United eventually conceded the first goal of the match.

Jade Tree United refused to let the deficit dampen their spirit and fought hard to keep the Blast’s lead to a minimum, something the team was successful at as the match headed into half time with the score held at 0-1.

Jade Tree United came charging out in the second half, realizing an opportunity by defender Keith Kendall (#8), who dumped the ball into the far side of the net, giving Jade Tree United their first goal of the match.

Kendall was able to score again almost immediately, buoying the JTU team spirits and giving the team a rare lead before the Blast scored two successive goals, giving them the lead at 3-2.

Moments later, Alfredo Agra, (#10) who received a ball deep into the Blast’s third of the pitch, quickly dumped the ball into the net and scored JTU’s third goal, tying the game at 3-3.

The tie, which was held for most of the second half, would eventually be broken by the Blast’s offense, who in the final five minutes penetrated a deepening divide in JTU’s defense, rewarding the team with a quick succession of three goals and ending the game with 7-3 loss for Jade Tree.

Speaking about Jade Tree United’s performance on Sunday, Manager Darren Walters commented that, “We had to be sound defensively and wait for our goals," manager Darren Walters said. "It was a performance with a lot of spirit."

Asked whether the team was going to find their season without a win to their name, Walters said, "That is not my belief. A lot can happen over the season. A lot can change. We knew this would be a big test and our three goals here proves that anybody can best anybody.”

Sunday’s match was Jade Tree United’s last match until the league returns from Winter Break on January 3.


Jade Tree United were unable to get out of their slump, extending their loss to a 3 game streak after Wednesday’s defeat to ING Direct 8-0.

JTU kept ING at bay for the first 8 minutes of the game, as possession remained even until ING stepped up and powered a shot past JTU keeper Mike Durbin (#1), hushing chanting JTU fans in the crowd at the grand Kirkwood Soccer Facility.

This match up proved to be the most aggressive game that Jade Tree has been involved in this season, with several cards being shown to both teams. ING received two yellow cards in the first half, and Jade Tree was given a one-man advantage two times within 10 minutes, but were unable to get into scoring position during that time.

JTU’s Alfredo Agra (#10) took a powerful shot on goal with a header that was stopped at the last minute by the ING defense before the game headed into half time with ING Direct up 4-0.

As the second half began, JTU looked a little stiff before finally coming to life towards the second half of the period. Unfortunately, JTU had several opportunities to score, such as a Beckham –like attempt at goal on a corner kick by Darren Walters (#16), who would later receive a yellow card and serve a one-minute suspension.

The match continued to become more aggressive as it moved into the final moments, with JTU’s Mehron Moqtaderi (#5) being grabbed by the legs by a ING defender, and Casey Gallucio (#3) being rewarded a direct kick after a flagrant defensive mistake, which missed becoming a penalty kick by mere inches.

Ultimately, Jade Tree United’s offense was effective in penetrating the ING defense, but lacked any real power behind their shots, making it even easier for the ING keeper to handedly defended his castle and keep the JTU offense scoreless for the first time this season.

Jade Tree United will be without their first-string keeper, Mike Durbin and mid-fielder Alex Rudzinski (#4) when they face the AstraZeneca Blast next Sunday at Ab Jones.


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DAMNATION AD – originators of biting, metal tinged, heavy handed hardcore – are reuniting to play a benefit for Adele Collins. The one time publisher of I Stand Alone Zine has sadly has been diagnosed with , a rare brain-related condition caused by the body producing too much spinal fluid, which then creates extreme pressure on the brain, replicating the symptoms of having an actual brain tumor. The show, which will be held at X-dreams Skate Park in Henrietta NY, will feature not only the reunited DAMNATION AD but also Bane, Ensign, Most Precious Blood and countless others. For more information check out their .

Drop by the estore to get your metal on (sale)!

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Katie Knoll, former administrative program associate for Planned Parenthood Association of Utah (PPAU), along with the members of STRIKE ANYWHERE, The Locust, The Blood Brothers, and Andrew W.K. have partnered up to help spread the word about Planned Parenthood and its services. The organization and its affiliates have been stationed at various punk shows throughout the year distributing health information and connecting with a seemingly divergent audience. Says Knoll, "A large percentage of the audience is composed of young men [and] It’s great to reach [them], because they don’t usually go to health fairs and they now know that their favorite bands are pro-choice."

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Jade Tree United’s Fighting Orange hosted the Gunners at Absalom Jones gym Wednesday night and was handed its second loss in less than a week.

The team, who was coming off a defeat just last Saturday, was determined to come away from this match with a win. Alas, it would not be in the cards for Jade Tree.

The first 5 minutes went without incident as the Jade Tree offense pressured the Gunner’s much slower defense. Several shots on goal by JTU were spot on, but were met with ease by the Gunner’s able keeper. The Gunner’s meanwhile came back at JTU and scored seven goals just as the half was headed to a close.

However, late in the first half, Tim Owen (#9) scored a goal to keep Jade Tree in the game.

Jade Tree came out screaming into the second half, firing off more than a dozen shots on goal, none finding their mark. The Gunners managed to score 3 straight goals before Alex Rudzinski, (#4) managed a fine shot from the top the Gunner’s box.

While Jade Tree ultimately lost its second straight game, the team was much more inspired on this go round and managed to create several opportunities that just could not get converted. Afterwards, team manager Darren Walters (#16) commented, “I’m proud of my team. We were better prepared for this match and we were quick on our feet and very determined. Unfortunately, that only gets a team so far.” Walters went on to say that “I have to maintain that PMA and so do my players. Gotta have that PMA. I believe a string of wins is close at hand for Jade Tree United.”

Final score 2-12. Jade Tree United meets ING Direct next.