The winter months draw on, but competition continues in the Elite Clubs National League for teams in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia region.
Bethesda SC and Maryland United both welcomed CASL and NC Fusion of North Carolina for a doubleheader, while Richmond United and McLean YSA both made the trip to Ohio for a weekend of matches.
Let’s see how the Potomac region’s teams got on.
Under-14s 3-1 NC Fusion (12/6)
Under-15s 4-0 NC Fusion (12/6)
Under-16s 1-1 NC Fusion (12/6)
Under-17s 1-0 NC Fusion (12/6)
Under-18s 6-1 NC Fusion (12/6)
Under-14s 3-2 CASL (12/7)
Under-15s 1-1 CASL (12/7)
Under-16s 1-0 CASL (12/7)
Under-17s 1-1 CASL (12/7)
Under-18s 1-1 CASL (12/7)
Bethesda SC enjoyed a strong weekend against their two opponents from North Carolina, with all their teams going unbeaten on their home turf. For Bethesda’s Under-15s to Under-18s these fixtures were their first of the ECNL season, while their Under-14s continued their strong form with two straight victories.
In the Under-15s age group, Bethesda got off to a great start with a 4-0 victory over NC Fusion, then the following day drew 1-1 with CASL and already vault themselves to the top of the Ohio Valley Division.
Their Under-16s drew 1-1 with the Fusion thanks to a goal from Ashley Ventura, then defeated CASL 1-0 the following day to likewise move top in the Ohio Valley Division at this early stage.
Jessica Hopkins scored the only goal of the game as Bethesda’s Under-17s beat NC 1-0, then Hopkins scored again the following day as the hosts drew 1-1 with CASL.
Bethesda’s Under-18s put together the biggest victory of the weekend as they beat the Fusion 6-1 after braces from Columbia commit Rachel Alexander and Makela Davidson and additional strikes by Taylor Kirchgessner and Katherine Reese. Elon commit Alexandra Hamer got herself on the scoresheet the following day as Bethesda played out a 1-1 draw against CASL.
Under-14s 2-1 NC Fusion (12/7)
Under-15s 4-2 NC Fusion (12/7)
Under-16s 1-3 NC Fusion (12/7)
Under-17s 3-0 NC Fusion (12/7)
Under-18s 0-0 NC Fusion (12/7)
Maryland United had a mixed weekend at home to CASL and the NC Fusion, with their Under-15s to Under-18s age groups all commencing their seasons at home to the North Carolinians.
In the Under-14s age group, Maryland lost 2-1 to CASL, with Madison Beavers scoring for the hosts. However, they made up for that loss with a 2-1 victory of their own the following day over the Fusion.
United’s Under-15s lost 2-1 to CASL on goals from Anna Fish and Brianna Pinto, with Emilie German scoring for the hosts. Maryland then enjoyed a superb 4-2 victory over the NC Fusion the following day, led by a hat-trick from Lily Stavisky.
Alexis Hogarth scored the only goal of the game as Maryland’s Under-16s beat CASL 1-0, but they would lose 3-1 the following day to the Fusion as Kathleen Gibbons’ goal was not enough to prevent defeat.
Maryland’s Under-17s enjoyed two straight victories to kick off their season as they beat CASL 4-1 and the NC Fusion 3-0. Nia Dorsey, Abbigale Ellis, Alyssa Hill and Gabrielle Vincent all scored against CASL, while Hill and Dorsey twice were on the scoresheet against the Fusion.
Finally, the home side’s Under-18s played out two draws against their opponents from North Carolina in two of only four games they will play before March in league play.
Under-15s 2-0 Internationals SC (12/6)
Under-16s 0-0 Internationals SC (12/6)
Under-17s 0-3 Internationals SC (12/6)
Under-18s 2-1 Internationals SC (12/6)
Under-15s 1-3 Ohio Premier (12/7)
Under-16s 1-2 Ohio Premier (12/7)
Under-17s 3-2 Ohio Premier (12/7)
Under-18s 3-0 Ohio Premier (12/7)
McLean YSA flew to the Midwest to take on Ohio sides Internationals SC and Ohio Premier and had a mixed set of results, with only their Under-18s staying undefeated away from home.
In the Under-15s age group, Megan Fisher and previous SoccerWire ECNL Mid Atlantic Division Best 11 nominee Natalie Farrell scored against Internationals SC as McLean won 2-0. However, they were brought back down to Earth the following day with a 3-1 loss to Ohio Premier, with only Aleigh Gambone finding the net for the visitors.
McLean’s Under-16s tied 0-0 with Internationals SC in their game, but then lost 2-1 to Ohio Premier as Abigail McDowell’s goal was not enough to spark a victory.
Ally Perkins scored twice and Maggie Hillman tallied the other as Internationals SC ran out 3-0 winners in the Under-17s game, but McLean came back with a 3-2 win over Ohio Premier on a brace from Brenna Mitchell and another from Meghan Kammerdeiner.
Finally, McLean’s Under-18s took two victories, starting with a 2-1 win over Internationals SC thanks to goals from Jarena Harmon and Samantha Scaffidi. Harmon then continued the good run of form that has seen her nominated to SoccerWire’s ECNL Mid Atlantic Division Best 11 with another goal against Ohio Premier, while Scaffidi notched two of her own.
Under-15s 3-1 Internationals SC (12/7)
Under-16s 2-1 Internationals SC (12/7)
Under-17s 3-1 Internationals SC (12/7)
Under-18s 0-4 Internationals SC (12/7)
Richmond United made the long trip to the Midwest for games against Ohio Premier and Internationals SC and came away from their road trip with a strong set of results.
United’s Under-15s won two in a row, with McKinley Burkett impressing with a goal in each game to continue the form that has seen her garner multiple nominations to SoccerWire’s ECNL Mid Atlantic Division Best 11.
Richmond’s Under-16s took two straight 2-1 victories, with Riley Cook and Taylor Guy scoring against Ohio Premier before Morgan Hall’s brace took them past Internationals SC. In the latter game, Cook tallied two assists in addition to her goal the previous game.
Finally, in the Under-18s Richmond went down to two defeats. Abigail Demboski scored the only goal for Ohio Premier, then Brenner Brooke’s brace helped Internationals SC to a 4-0 win, with Shea O’Brien and Taylor Smith the other names on the scoresheet.