Charlotte Soccer Academy visits Northern Virginia for match-ups with FC Virginia and McLean Youth Soccer at the U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-18 levels in the only ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference competition this weekend.
Saturday’s match-up at Evergreen Sportsplex features the second and third place sides in the Chesapeake Division, with FC Virginia (3-2-2) hosting Charlotte SA (3-4-1) in a re-match of the teams’ 1-1 draw back on September 27. It is the second and final meeting of the 2015-2016 regular season between the sides, as FCV enters coming off a 1-0 win over McLean in its last match while Charlotte fell 1-0 at home to Richmond United on Sunday.
Defender Payton Moore netted her team-leading fourth goal of the season in the win for FCV, also contributing to the third clean sheet of the season for her back line. Defense will once again be the key for Charlotte as well, going up against the Chesapeake Division’s most efficient attack in FCV. Defender/midfielder Kyndall Edwards (2 goals) covers significant ground as a two-way player for Charlotte, bringing a similar style of versatility as Moore provides FCV.
Edwards and the Charlotte back line will also be tasked with slowing down playmaking midfielder Victoria Powell (2 goals, 3 assists), Cassidy Brown (1 goal, 2 assists), Holly Weber and the rest of the balanced FCV offense which leads the division with 1.57 goals per game.
Charlotte’s attack, led by Kaelee Van Gundy (2 assists) and Madysen Ellis (2 goals), will look to get back on track after being held to one or no goals in each of its last five matches.
McLean (1-3-3) had earned points in three straight matches prior to losing to FCV last weekend, and will seek to bounce back Sunday against Charlotte on its home field at Lewinsville Park. U.S. Girls National Team roster pool goalkeeper Cayla White and the McLean defense has conceded only seven goals through nine games, not allowing more than one in a match all season.
A competitive Chesapeake Division at the U-16 level is clustered with four teams all within six points of each other occupying the No. 2 through No. 5 spots in the standings. FC Virginia (5-2-0) is the closest to Richmond United (9-1-0) which is running away with the division to this point, while McLean (3-4-0) and Charlotte SA (3-5-0) remain within striking distance as well. FCV, McLean and Charlotte will all have the opportunity to gain some ground on Richmond this weekend, as they square off in Northern Virginia.
Saturday’s match features FCV hosting Charlotte at Evergreen Sportsplex, with an FCV side coming off back-to-back shutout victories against division opponents. Amy Thompson (5 goals, 2 assists) continues to be one of the most dangerous attacking players in the conference, recording a brace in the team’s last outing, a 2-0 win over McLean. Alyson Broecker, Emma Dize, Ashley Rodriguez, Julia Villagomez, Navleen Sohi and the rest of the FCV back line have held five of the team’s seven opponents this season without a goal.
McLean reeled off three wins in a row prior to its current two-game skid. The team’s first win of the season came against Charlotte in North Carolina back on September 26, a 2-0 decision in which Savannah Conner and Aleigh Gambone each found the net on assists from Tracey Mills and Grace Sklopan. Charlotte enters Sunday’s match-up with McLean on a two-game losing streak as well, looking to return to the form it had in October when the attack racked up six goals in two games. Mary Elliott McCabe (4 goals) and Jordan Laubach (1 goal, 3 assists) are among the leaders of the Charlotte attack.
First place FC Virginia (7-0-0) tries to extend its season-opening winning streak to eight on Saturday, hosting a Charlotte SA (2-3-3) side which it beat 2-1 on September 27, in their first of two meetings for the 2015-2016 regular season. Center back Aisha Brown and the rest of the FCV back line clamped down defensively in that match, and will look to do more of the same as they play Charlotte at home.
On the offensive side, forward/midfielder Katie Le (3 goals, 3 assists) has scored or assisted a goal in each of FCV’s last five matches. Catherine Kwitnieski lesds the team with four assists while Virginia Tech 2016 commit Lilly Weber (6 goals, 3 assists) has scored or set up more goals than any other player in the conference.
Charlotte’s balanced roster features commits to several top North and South Carolina programs, including forward Sophie Sipprell (2016), defender Remi Roberts (2017) and others heading to nearby UNC Charlotte, goalkeeper Claudia Dickey (UNC – Chapel Hill 2018) and midfielder Kimber Haley (Clemson 2017).
McLean (1-3-2) earned its first win of the season on the road against Charlotte on September 26, with Emily Stranne scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 shutout.
A Breanna Mitchell highlighted a breakout performance for the McLean (3-3-0) attack last Sunday, as the team opened its November slate with a decisive 5-2 win against FC Virginia (3-3-1), taking over second place in the Chesapeake Division. Meghan Kammerdeiner (Ohio State 2016) netted her fourth goal of the season in the game as well, good for the team lead alongside Mitchell. Kammerdeiner has now found the net in four consecutive games, a streak which began in a 2-1 win over Charlotte (2-5-1) on September 26.
Third place FC Virginia (3-3-1) will also go for its second win against Charlotte, after earning a 4-2 victory over the same weekend at Orthocarolina Sportsplex on September 27. FCV saw its three-game winning streak snapped by McLean last weekend. The streak had began with the win over Charlotte, and continued as FCV edged out 1-0 and 2-1 wins over fourth place Richmond United (4-6-0) and first place CASL (8-1-1), handing the North Carolina squad its only loss of the season.
Along with tough defense, FCV’s success has come from a methodical and balanced attack, which had four different players – Christiana Davey (Pittsburgh 2016), Emma Kershner (Indiana University 2016), Sierra Lam (Liberty 2016) and Alexandra Littlefield (Florida Gulf Coast 2016) – find the net in their first meeting with Charlotte.
On Charlotte’s side, Emily Nelson (Elon 2016) and Maggie Wadsworth (Lehigh 2016) have combined for six of the team’s 13 goals while Margaret Bonn (2 goals, 2 assists) and Lauren Ellis (Louisville 2016) have been the team’s top distributors.
|U14 Mid-Atlantic Conference|
|01.||FC Virginia ECNL U14*champ 3||2.75||22||8||7||0||1||24||2||22|
|02.||CASL ECNL U14||2.14||15||7||4||0||3||19||5||14|
|03.||Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U14||1.71||12||7||4||3||0||12||14||-2|
|04.||Richmond United ECNL U14||0.71||5||7||1||4||2||6||20||-14|
|05.||McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U14||0.29||2||7||0||5||2||6||15||-9|
|06.||NC Fusion ECNL U14||0.14||1||7||0||6||1||4||23||-19|
|Rank||Ohio Valley Division||PPG||Pts||GP||W||L||T||GF||GA||GD|
|01.||Ohio Premier ECNL U14*champ 8||2.44||22||9||7||1||1||24||6||18|
|02.||Bethesda SC ECNL U14||2.11||19||9||6||2||1||19||12||7|
|03.||Maryland United FC ECNL U14||1.43||10||7||3||3||1||14||10||4|
|04.||Internationals SC ECNL U14||1.25||10||8||3||4||1||18||22||-4|
|05.||Indiana Fire Juniors ECNL U14||0.75||6||8||2||6||0||12||20||-8|
|06.||Ohio Elite Soccer Academy ECNL U14||0.75||6||8||1||4||3||10||19||-9|
|U15 Mid-Atlantic Conference|
|01.||CASL ECNL U15*champ 9||2.33||21||9||6||0||3||12||5||7|
|02.||FC Virginia ECNL U15*champ 20||1.57||11||7||3||2||2||11||7||4|
|03.||Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U15*wc 8||1.25||10||8||3||4||1||8||9||-1|
|04.||Richmond United ECNL U15*wc 10||1.10||11||10||3||5||2||10||18||-8|
|05.||NC Fusion ECNL U15||1.00||7||7||2||4||1||8||9||-1|
|06.||McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U15||0.86||6||7||1||3||3||4||5||-1|
|U16 Mid-Atlantic Conference|
|01.||Richmond United ECNL U16*champ 4||2.70||27||10||9||1||0||40||7||33|
|02.||FC Virginia ECNL U16*champ 12||2.14||15||7||5||2||0||13||5||8|
|03.||CASL ECNL U16*wc 6*champ 24||1.50||15||10||5||5||0||14||17||-3|
|04.||McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U16*wc 9||1.29||9||7||3||4||0||10||11||-1|
|05.||Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U16||1.13||9||8||3||5||0||11||15||-4|
|06.||NC Fusion ECNL U16||0.00||0||8||0||8||0||6||39||-33|
|U17 Mid-Atlantic Conference|
|01.||FC Virginia ECNL U17*champ 3||3.00||21||7||7||0||0||20||8||12|
|02.||CASL ECNL U17*champ 17||2.00||16||8||5||2||1||14||6||8|
|03.||Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U17*wc 10||1.13||9||8||2||3||3||9||8||1|
|04.||Richmond United ECNL U17*wc 11||1.11||10||9||2||3||4||16||15||1|
|05.||McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U17||0.83||5||6||1||3||2||5||8||-3|
|06.||NC Fusion ECNL U17||0.00||0||6||0||6||0||2||21||-19|
|U18 Mid-Atlantic Conference|
|01.||CASL ECNL U18*champ 3||2.67||24||9||8||1||0||23||6||17|
|02.||McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U18||1.50||9||6||3||3||0||11||12||-1|
|03.||FC Virginia ECNL U18||1.43||10||7||3||3||1||11||13||-2|
|04.||Richmond United ECNL U18||1.20||12||10||4||6||0||9||14||-5|
|05.||Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U18||0.88||7||8||2||5||1||13||18||-5|
|06.||NC Fusion ECNL U18||0.83||5||6||1||3||2||7||11||-4|