The club turned 10 years old in 2016, and it reached another milestone Saturday when its U17 Gold girls team secured a berth at the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association state tournament.
The Gold team is a microcosm of Rock Soccer as a whole: a rising soccer power that promotes and nourishes the sport, while bringing together athletes from different communities and backgrounds.
“Soccer is a growing sport here in southern Wisconsin,” Rock Soccer president Nick Huber said.
Rock Soccer Club, in its current form, was forged in 2006 when two rival organizations, Janesville United and Rock Soccer Federation, merged.
“Rock Soccer did prepare them for Craig soccer.
Having Rock Soccer here, other kids that live in Janesville that like soccer, they have the opportunity to play.
While Rock Soccer’s competitive programs continue to expand and produce high-caliber players, the club provides a place for everyone.
He hopes Rock Soccer can become a state power, competing on the same footing as clubs in Madison, Milwaukee and Green Bay.
If state trips and league titles become the norm for Rock Soccer teams, Hook said the club could potentially look beyond Wisconsin’s borders for opponents.
Rock Soccer Club’s teams currently compete in leagues under the umbrella of Madison Area Youth Soccer, with the exception of the U17 Gold girls, which has competed in the Girls State League each of the past two years.