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Soccer Talk presented by Kick It Forward
56 minutes | Oct 13, 2022
E140: Interview with Coach David Groves & Grandview Vikings vs Midland Recap
33 minutes | Oct 6, 2022
E139: Interview with Coach Pat Flinn & Drake Bulldogs vs SIUE Recap
On this episode, we are joined by Drake University Men's Head Soccer Coach Pat Flinn to discuss the Bulldog's season thus far and recap their 1-0 win over SIUE.
40 minutes | Jun 21, 2022
E138: 2022 Iowa State Tournament Girls & Boys Recap
Watch and listen as we recap the 2022 Iowa State Tournament!
59 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
E137: STATE FINALS! Iowa Girls and Boys State Final Recap
Watch and listen as we discuss the state finals and learn who walks away from Cownie as 2022 State Soccer Champions!!
39 minutes | Jun 4, 2022
E136: Iowa Boys State Tournament Semifinal Action - Class 1A, 2A and 3A
Watch and listen to our recap of semifinal action on day 2 of the boys state soccer tournament! Support Kick It Forward at our upcoming Golf Scramble! PLAY or SPONSOR at https://www.kifsoccer.org. To learn more about Kick It Forward and our passion for making soccer more accessible, check out our 💻website: https://kifsoccer.com. In addition to the 🎙Soccer Talk podcast, we help build 🥅Mini-Pitches and offer FREE ⚽soccer programming.
41 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
E135: Iowa Girls State Tournament Semifinal Action - Class 1A, 2A and 3A
Watch and listen to our recap of semifinal action on day 2 of the girls state soccer tournament! Support Kick It Forward at our upcoming Golf Scramble! PLAY or SPONSOR at https://www.kifsoccer.org. To learn more about Kick It Forward and our passion for making soccer more accessible, check out our 💻website: https://kifsoccer.com. In addition to the 🎙Soccer Talk podcast, we help build 🥅Mini-Pitches and offer FREE ⚽soccer programming. If you'd like to get involved or support what we do, head to 🙏🏽https://kifsoccer.com/support. Make sure you 🚨SUBSCRIBE🚨 to our YouTube channel to catch future episodes, and grab the podcast on your favorite provider (links below) for on-the-go listening! You can also find us on... 👋🏽 Facebook: https://facebook.com/kifsoccer 👋🏽 Instagram: https://instagram.com/kifsoccer 👋🏽 Twitter: https://twitter.com/kif_soccer
31 minutes | Jun 2, 2022
E134: Iowa Boys State Tournament Quarterfinal Action - Class 1A, 2A and 3A
Watch and listen to our recap of quarterfinal action on day 1 of the boys state soccer tournament! Support Kick It Forward's mission to make soccer more accessible by PLAYING in or SPONSORING our 2022 Golf Scramble at https://www.kifsoccer.org. To learn more about Kick It Forward and our passion for making soccer more accessible, check out our 💻website: https://kifsoccer.com. In addition to the 🎙Soccer Talk podcast, we help build 🥅Mini-Pitches and offer FREE ⚽soccer programming. If you'd like to get involved or support what we do, head to 🙏🏽https://kifsoccer.com/support. Make sure you 🚨SUBSCRIBE🚨 to our YouTube channel to catch future episodes, and grab the podcast on your favorite provider (links below) for on-the-go listening! You can also find us on... 👋🏽 Facebook: https://facebook.com/kifsoccer 👋🏽 Instagram: https://instagram.com/kifsoccer 👋🏽 Twitter: https://twitter.com/kif_soccer
30 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
E133: Iowa Girls State Tournament Quarterfinal Action - Class 1A, 2A and 3A
Watch and listen to our recap of quarterfinal action on day 1 of the girls state soccer tournament!
22 minutes | May 26, 2022
E132: Game of the Week featuring Des Moines East at Urbandale - Substate Final #8
It’s state tournament time in Iowa and the substate finals have brought all of the drama. Listen in to hear more about Substate Final #8 while also getting updates on all of the other final matches.
27 minutes | May 10, 2022
E131: Special Edition Game of the Week featuring Substate Tournament Discussion
Today we sat down to discuss the recently released substate groups for the boys’ side and the girls’ side, whose pairings also came out for the coming weeks as we prepare for what is sure to be an exciting state tournament at Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines.
30 minutes | May 4, 2022
E130: Game of the Week featuring Ankeny at Ankeny Centennial (boys/girls doubleheader)
It was PACK THE PITCH night in Ankeny as the Ankeny Centennial Jaguars faced off against their crosstown rival, the Ankeny Hawks, and wow, what an atmosphere!
25 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
E129: Game of the Week featuring Waukee at Waukee Northwest (Boys)
On a chilly, but still spring evening, we enjoyed the inaugural Waukee derby in Iowa soccer history as the Waukee Warriors battled the Waukee Northwest Wolves at the latter’s state-of-the-art stadium.
15 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
E128: Game of the Week Featuring Waukee at Des Moines East (girls)
On a beautiful evening at Duke Williams Stadium, we took in an entertaining girls game between the East High Scarlets and Waukee Warriors.
24 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
E127: Game of the Week featuring Des Moines Christian vs Des Moines North (Girls)
On a chilly, drizzly spring evening, the KIF Game of the Week crew was back at it with a visit to Grubb Stadium to see who had the bigger roar as the Des Moines Christian Lions took on the Polar Bears of Des Moines North. Listen in for our take on the game! ga Check out Gianna Bennett’s efforts to raise money for Count the Kicks: https://charity.pledgeit.org/f/5VS9GvlEDo. We want to raise $1000 and will match your efforts up to $500!
72 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
E126: Kick It Forward Exclusive: Pat Flinn, Drake University Men’s Head Coach
We’ve been on a bit of a roll scoring exclusive interviews, and today continues the trend as we welcome new Drake University Men’s Head Coach, Pat Flinn to the studio. Pat arrives in Des Moines via Chicago where he honed his craft in the MVC as an assistant with Loyola Chicago and most recently as the head coach at the University of Chicago. The Roswell, Georgia native plied his trade at our favorite position, left back, eventually going on to play for and captain Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. If you’re as excited as we are to check out Pat Flinn’s Bulldogs this spring, here is their schedule in the month of April: 4/3 vs. William Penn University at Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines 4/7 vs. Creighton University at Northwest High School Stadium in Waukee 4/16 at University of Nebraska-Omaha at Caniglia Field in Omaha 4/21 vs. Grand View University Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines
101 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
E125: 2022 National Signing Day Edition
As we ease into the spring and the high school soccer season creeps closer, we thought we would take some time to highlight some of the best Iowa soccer products out there as they prepare for the transition to the college game. Today we are bringing you interviews with four standout high school players that have recently made college commitments. They’ll discuss their personal soccer journey, but most importantly, we’ll learn about their different experiences with the recruiting process and learn a little about how they made their decisions. This is a longer episode, and while we would love you to listen to the entire thing, here is the interview order: 1. (4:20) Freddy Muniz (D.M. East/United Futbol Academy to Grand View University) 2. (23:20) Sophie Hoffman (Dike-New Hartford/Vision Soccer Academy to South Dakota State University) 3. (53:09) Grace Smith (D.M. Roosevelt/Sporting Iowa to Drake University) 4. (01:18:25) Andrew Holmes (formerly D.M. Roosevelt/Sporting Iowa, currently St. Cloud Tech/Minnesota Eclipse to Evansville University)
146 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
E124: Iowa High School Soccer Coaches’ Round Table
Spring isn’t quite here, but high school soccer is just around the corner and we are fired up for it! You know who else is fired up for it? The coaches. When we put it out there to see who wanted to join us for a conversation about the upcoming season, there was such an excellent response that we had to hold two separate rounds of interviews. With input from 1A, 2A and 3A boys and girls coaches, this provides an insightful glimpse into high school soccer - of course we’ll get some team and player previews, but we’ll also discuss topics like the new rankings system, the new open enrollment/transfer rules and the state tournament. Round 1: Marcus Varnum - Ankeny Brian Duax - Ankeny Centennial Zach Jensen - Newton Jacob Lucy - Southeast Polk Ryan Sander - Waukee Carlos Acebey - Waukee Northwest Round 2: Matt Cox + Brandon Cook - Bondurant Eric Birkenholtz - Carlisle Colin Lane - Dallas Center-Grimes Matt Ream - Des Moines Roosevelt Jackson Teeling - Dowling Catholic Jimmy Frizzell - Johnston Mike Buchheit - Pella Christian James Brook - Waukee
78 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
E123: Iowa Soccer Legends’ Series featuring Charlie Bales
We love soccer - hopefully that much is clear - and as a result, we love other people that also love soccer. Charlie Bales authentically exemplifies this all day, every day. From his humble beginnings being coached by his mother in the YMCA leagues of hardscrabble Cedar Rapids in the early 90s to leading the Des Moines Menace to their second championship of all-time, Charlie’s main intent in life seems to be having fun, bringing people together and spreading his love of the game of soccer. A man of many nicknames (Chuck, ChookBells, Hay, Charles, Lil’ Chucklehead, Gamba, etc.) and the ultimate locker room guy, we enjoyed a chat with Charlie - a Saint at Xavier High School, a Leatherneck in Macomb and an absolute Menace in Des Moines!
36 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
E122: Kick It Forward Exclusive: Dean Johnson, Des Moines Menace Head Coach
As you should know, we love firsts here at Kick It Forward and this one pleases us quite a bit. We are proud to provide the exclusive, first podcast interview of our new friend, Dean Johnson, head coach of the Des Moines Menace. Dean comes to us as a Watford, England native and journeyman player and coach. There is no question that he brings a winning mentality and a work ethic to the former Kings of the Heartland (apparently there’s a new conference name, the Deep North Division of the Central Conference (facepalm)) and the 2021 USL 2 Champions. Currently the head coach at NCAA Division II powerhouse, Davis & Elkins, Dean has some big shoes to fill, but our impression is that he might put more pressure on himself to win than the Des Moines Society and Red Army combined. Please enjoy this conversation and also, have a little chuckle that we made Deano walk for about 12 minutes in the freezing cold to find a place to record and when we actually landed, it was at a frozen daiquiri bar. He was a great sport and we are excited to have him at the helm!
63 minutes | Jan 28, 2022
E121: Kick It Forward Exclusive: Kyle Smith, Drake University Men’s Interim Coach
Times, they are a’changing in the Central Iowa soccer scene. As you know, the Grand View University job is open after the legendary Blair Reid has retired, but also, the head coaching position at Drake University will see a change as well after Gareth Smith stepped down from the post. Interim boss, Kyle Smith, was kind enough to spend some time talking about his soccer journey as a player and now as a coach, plus provide a little insight into the team’s past couple of seasons and a peek into the future of the program. It’s a great chat, so enjoy!
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