Welcome to the second weekend of the 2012 PWSI Icebreaker Tournament and to our new SoccerWire.com. Follow this thread for updates throughout the day.
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Sun. Mar. 25, 5 p.m. – The sun finally popped out at the end of a weekend of great action at the PWSI Icebreaker tournament. Here’s a few results from today, with a further recap to come.
• In heartbreaking fashion in the U-17 Boys Prince William Cup final, PWSI Courage 94 Red gave up an own goal in the 79th minute of the match as Team America 94 Red won 1-0. Courage played shorthanded in its win earlier this morning against Lee Mount Vernon SC, and had no reserves to use in the final.
For Team America, it did not allow a single goal throughout the tournament.
• In the U-19 Boys Prince William Cup final, FC Frederick U-18/19 rallied from a goal down in the second half to defeat Ramapo Valley Tornadoes 94 White, 2-1. FC Frederick’s Colombian trio accounted for all of the scoring, as Ramapo surrendered its first goals of the tournament.
• More scores from finals today: HYS Sting 1-0 over Vista Fury (U-19 Girls Prince William Cup), Herndon Curve 1-0 over STN Angons (U-16 Girls Prince William Cup), Loudoun 96G Red 3-0 over SVA Cardinals 96 (U-15 Girls Prince William Cup), PWSI Courage 96G Red 2-1 over SVA Cardinals 97 Red (U-14 Girls Prince William Cup), BAC Real Blue 3-2 over ASC Extreme (U-16 Boys Prince William Cup).
Sun. Mar. 25, 12:45 p.m. – For your Sunday reading, in addition to tracking the latest PWSI Icebreaker tournament updates here, is a day one recap, in which several coaches talk about the challenges of playing a tournament while players are in the middle of high school soccer season.
More scores from this morning:
• In U-14 Girls Prince William Cup action this morning, SYA Cardinals 97 Red defeated SEVP Tsunami 2-0, while WWSC Grey Wolves fell to ATS Rowdies Red, 2-1.
• SYA Cardinals 96 and Loudoun 96G Red will face off in the U-15 Girls Prince William Cup final after winning their respective semifinal games. SYA defeated Herndon Heat 2-1, while Loudoun 96G Red beat FASA Impact Premiere 96 1-0.
• In the U-13 Girls Prince William Cup bracket, Alliance SC Red Venom Premier and PWSI Courage 98 Red will square off in the final at 3 p.m. at Word of Grace field one. Alliance SC finished atop its group with a 2-0-1 record, while PWSI Courage went 3-0-0 and outscored its opponents 13-2.
• U-19 Girls Prince William Cup play is concluding, with Chantilly Soccer Club Revolution 95 taking a 4-3 decision over NVSC Jr. Majestics.
• PWSI Courage 96 Red defeated McLean Fire Green, 1-0, in U-15 Boys Prince William Cup group play.
* MPS 97 Legend Green of McLean and Maryland Rush 97 Nike (Cosmos) will play in the final of the U-14 Boys Prince William Cup group at 1 p.m. at Hellwig Park. In the group semifinals, the McLean side defeated Waldorf Celtic 2-0, while Maryland Rush took a 2-1 decision over Loudoun 97 Red to reach the final.
Sun. Mar. 25, 12 p.m. – Bracket play and semifinals in the various groups of the PWSI Icebreaker tournament are concluding, with the first set of finals scheduled to begin in the next hour. The weather outside in Prince William County today feels more like fall than spring, though unlike yesterday, there’s no rain falling.
Here’s some results from earlier this morning:
• In the U-16 Boys Prince William Cup semifinals, SAC Real Blue defeated host PWSI Courage 95 Red 2-0, while ASC Extreme beat McLean Titans Green 2-1. It means the top two teams from Flight B will meet in the final, set for 1 p.m. at Long Park.
• In the U-16 Girls Prince William Cup semifinals, STA Argons won 2-0 over CYA Hotshots 95, and Herndon Curve was a 1-0 winner over AFFC Alliance. STA and Herndon will meet at 1 p.m. in the group final at Veterans Park.
• Two undefeated teams will meet in the U-19 Boys Prince William Cup final as Ramapo Valley Tornados 94 White will face FC Frederick U-18/19s at 1 p.m. at Howison Park. Ramapo Valley has yet to give up a goal while scoring eight. FC Frederick, meanwhile, has scored nine goals while giving up just three.
• With a 3-0 win earlier this morning over VSA Heat 94, Team America 94 Red is in the U-17 Boys Prince William Cup final. Its opponent is likely to be PWSI Courage 94 Red, who is currently undefeated at 2-0-0 and playing its final group game against Lee-Mount Vernon SC. The final is set for 2:45 p.m. at Howison Park. In the other game so far this morning involving group teams, FC Pittsburgh picked up its first win of the PWSI Icebreaker with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Alexandria Storm.
Sat. Mar. 24, 5:30 p.m. – PWSI Courage 93 and McLean Ice played one of the more intriguing matches of the day, but the 6-3 scoreline in favor of the Courage hardly does the win justice.
Due to an absence of players because of other commitments, the Courage played the match with just eight men.
After McLean had scored to tie the match at 3-3 in the second half, the Courage rattled off three straight goals to close out the match, playing an effective 3-3-1 and did well not to give up odd man advantages to McLean.
Sat. Mar. 24, 3:30 p.m. – After going ahead 2-0, FC Frederick U18/19 looked to be in command of the moment against SYC Stallions. However, within two minutes, the match was tied.
FC Frederick rallied, however, for a 3-2 win in its opening match of the U19 Prince William Cup bracket of the PWSI Icebreaker tournament.
“We went up 2-0. At that point, I felt like we had complete control of the game,” FC Frederick coach Kevin Conley told The Soccer Wire. “We had our opportunities and finished them. In two minutes, we’re in a 2-2 tie and we look like we shouldn’t be on this field.”
Still, Conley, overall, likes what he’s seeing from his team as it plays in its fourth tournament of the season and prepares for league play that starts next week.
Sat. Mar. 24, 1 p.m. – Rain has not dampened the quality of play during morning action at the PWSI Icebreaker.
PWSI Courage 94 Red coach Ken Krieger said he was pleased with the effort of his team in its 3-0 opening win against SYA Revolution.
He said that with high school season underway, it is difficult with players that may end up playing up to four games in two days. Krieger said he’s trying to give more playing time to those who aren’t seeing as much time with their high school teams.
Krieger’s biggest concern: avoiding injuries.
Sat. Mar. 24, 8:30 a.m. – It looks like games are underway. Inclement weather is holding off for now and all fields are open for play. There could be stoppages for lightning delays and severe weather, obviously, but it looks as though there’s a good window to get games in today, though keep an eye on the skies, and bring your rain gear just in case.
For competition reasons, there have been some changes to the U-13B PWC, Red and Black schedules. This affects Potomac Black (now at Grizzly Sports Complex), FSC Dragons (now at Hellwig Park) and United FC Puma (now at Long Park). Also, teams playing MSC Pride will be awarded a forfeit, 1-0 victory and do not need to report for that game.
To read our preview of this weekend’s tournament, go here. Games are taking place at 12 different locations across Prince William County, Va., with 232 girls teams in Under-9 through U-19 play, and another 121 boys’ teams in U-13 to U-19 play.
Between the two weekends, there will be 460 teams on 60 fields taking part, with 107 of the U-9 through U-12 boys’ teams having played on the opening weekend, with 16 champions already crowned for boys’ U-9 through U-12.