It will be another active weekend at the U-14 level in the ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference, but mostly quiet in the older divisions where match-ups between CASL and Richmond United will be the only games on the docket in the U-15, U-16 and U-18 age groups.
Chesapeake Division leader FC Virginia (4-0-1) and McLean Youth Soccer (0-2-2) travel to the Midwest this weekend to face Ohio Valley Division leader Ohio Premier (4-0-1) as well as Internationals SC (2-2-1). The match-up between FCV and Ohio Premier will be strength against strength, as both sides not only have identical conference records but identical scoring differentials of 17-2. FCV has won three straight matches dating back to Sept. 19, Ohio Premier is coming off an out-of-conference loss to Tophat SC at the U-14 Showcase.
Meanwhile, Bethesda SC (4-0-1), the second place team in the Ohio Valley Division, heads South to visit CASL (2-0-2) and Richmond United (0-2-2). Defender Haley Seabolt provided both the Bethesda back line and attack with a spark last weekend in a 2-1 win over Indiana Fire Juniors, picking up her second assist of the season. University of North Carolina 2019 verbal commit Maggie Pierce covers the entire pitch for CASL, anchoring a back line which has allowed just two goals in four games while also leading the offense with two goals and an assist.
In more cross-division action, Ohio Elite (1-3-2) and Indiana Fire Juniors (1-5-0) travel to North Carolina to play Charlotte Soccer Academy (1-2-0) and NC Fusion (0-3-0). Ohio Elite is unbeaten in its last two, coming off a 2-1 win over Bethesda SC and a 1-1 draw against Maryland United last weekend.
Saturday, October 24
McLean Youth Soccer at Internationals SC (11:30 a.m.)
Bethesda SC at CASL (12 p.m.)
Ohio Elite Soccer Academy at Charlotte Soccer Academy (12 p.m.)
Indiana Fire Juniors at NC Fusion (1 p.m.)
FC Virginia at Ohio Premier (3 p.m.)
Sunday, October 25
Indiana Fire Juniors at Charlotte Soccer Academy (9 a.m.)
Ohio Elite Soccer Academy at NC Fusion (10 a.m.)
FC Virginia at Internationals SC (10:30 a.m.)
McLean Youth Soccer at Ohio Premier (11 a.m.)
Bethesda SC at Richmond United (1 p.m.)
At the U-15 level, Richmond United (2-3-2) visits CASL (4-0-3) in a Chesapeake Division battle. The teams played to a 1-1 draw in their first meeting of the season on Sept. 27, and square off for a second and final time during the regular season on Saturday evening. Maggie Beckman (5 goals, 2 assists) and Lauren Bruns (2 goals, 3 assists) lead Richmond’s attack, while playmaking midfielder Mattie Murphy (1 goal, 2 assists) and Haleigh Stackpole (2 goals, 1 assist) are among the leaders of first place CASL’s offense. CASL’s back line, anchored by U.S. Girls National Team defenders Tori Hansen and Addison Salz, has the best goals against average (.57) in the division with just four allowed through seven games.
Division leader Richmond United (6-1-0) will attempt to extend its current winning streak to five games as it tries to complete a two-game sweep of CASL in the season series. United defeated CASL 6-1 in their first meeting on Sept. 27, as U.S. Girls National Team forward Jordan Canniff went for three goals and two assists. Along with Canniff and fellow National Team player McKinley Burkett‘s massive production – a combined 22 goals and 14 assists – the United back line has allowed just seven goals through seven games, and has shut out its last two opponents. U.S. Girls National Team defender and future Duke University player Emily Crocco, Page Frantz, Haven Lakey, Morgan Epperson and Gabrielle Criscione lead the back line, while Maisy Fling and U.S. U-15 Girls National Team player Lindsey Romig have played well between the posts for United.
CASL has lost three in a row since winning three of its first four games, most recently dropping a pair of 1-0 decisions to McLean and FC Virginia last weekend. Meredith Brown (3 goals, 1 assist) and Grace Wagner (1 goal, 3 assists) have paced the team’s attack thus far.
Seven games into the season, CASL (6-1-0) has been the class of the Chesapeake Division. After reeling off six straight wins to begin the season, CASL finally dropped points in its last game against FC Virginia in a 2-1 loss. The team will be without University of North Carolina commit Taylor Otto on Saturday against Richmond United as it tries to get back on the winning side. Otto, one of the top all-around players in the conference, is at training camp with the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team in Spain. Fellow UNC commit Morgan Goff and Wake Forest commit Lily Schneider, among others, will look to maintain the team’s steady production in her absence.
Richmond United (3-4-0) is winless in its last three since defeating three of its first four opponents. University of Tennessee commit Claire Franks, Davidson College commit Seeley Yoo and Longwood commit Taylor Alvey are among the leaders of a balanced United attack.
|U14 Mid-Atlantic Conference|
|01.||FC Virginia ECNL U14*champ 6||2.60||13||5||4||0||1||17||2||15|
|02.||CASL ECNL U14||2.00||8||4||2||0||2||5||2||3|
|03.||Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U14||1.00||3||3||1||2||0||4||10||-6|
|04.||McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U14||0.50||2||4||0||2||2||3||6||-3|
|05.||Richmond United ECNL U14||0.50||2||4||0||2||2||4||14||-10|
|06.||NC Fusion ECNL U14||0.00||0||3||0||3||0||2||9||-7|
|Rank||Ohio Valley Division||PPG||Pts||GP||W||L||T||GF||GA||GD|
|01.||Ohio Premier ECNL U14*champ 7||2.60||13||5||4||0||1||17||2||15|
|02.||Bethesda SC ECNL U14||2.40||12||5||4||1||0||9||4||5|
|03.||Maryland United FC ECNL U14||1.67||10||6||3||2||1||14||8||6|
|04.||Internationals SC ECNL U14||1.40||7||5||2||2||1||12||14||-2|
|05.||Ohio Elite Soccer Academy ECNL U14||0.83||5||6||1||3||2||8||14||-6|
|06.||Indiana Fire Juniors ECNL U14||0.50||3||6||1||5||0||8||18||-10|
|U15 Mid-Atlantic Conference|
|01.||CASL ECNL U15*champ 12||2.14||15||7||4||0||3||8||4||4|
|02.||Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U15*champ 21||1.67||10||6||3||2||1||7||6||1|
|03.||FC Virginia ECNL U15*wc 7||1.33||8||6||2||2||2||10||7||3|
|04.||Richmond United ECNL U15*wc 10||1.14||8||7||2||3||2||8||14||-6|
|05.||McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U15||1.00||6||6||1||2||3||4||4||0|
|06.||NC Fusion ECNL U15||0.67||4||6||1||4||1||6||8||-2|
|U16 Mid-Atlantic Conference|
|01.||Richmond United ECNL U16*champ 6||2.57||18||7||6||1||0||28||7||21|
|02.||FC Virginia ECNL U16*champ 12||2.00||12||6||4||2||0||11||5||6|
|03.||McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U16*wc 5*champ 23||1.50||9||6||3||3||0||10||9||1|
|04.||CASL ECNL U16*wc 10||1.29||9||7||3||4||0||8||11||-3|
|05.||Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U16||1.20||6||5||2||3||0||5||8||-3|
|06.||NC Fusion ECNL U16||0.00||0||5||0||5||0||3||25||-22|
|U17 Mid-Atlantic Conference|
|01.||FC Virginia ECNL U17*champ 3||3.00||18||6||6||0||0||18||7||11|
|02.||CASL ECNL U17*champ 18||1.86||13||7||4||2||1||12||5||7|
|03.||McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U17*wc 9||1.00||5||5||1||2||2||4||6||-2|
|04.||Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U17*wc 10||1.00||5||5||1||2||2||5||4||1|
|05.||Richmond United ECNL U17||0.86||6||7||1||3||3||13||13||0|
|06.||NC Fusion ECNL U17||0.00||0||4||0||4||0||2||19||-17|
|U18 Mid-Atlantic Conference|
|01.||CASL ECNL U18*champ 5||2.57||18||7||6||1||0||17||5||12|
|02.||FC Virginia ECNL U18||1.67||10||6||3||2||1||9||8||1|
|03.||Richmond United ECNL U18||1.29||9||7||3||4||0||7||8||-1|
|04.||McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U18||1.20||6||5||2||3||0||6||10||-4|
|05.||Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U18||1.17||7||6||2||3||1||11||13||-2|
|06.||NC Fusion ECNL U18||0.40||2||5||0||3||2||5||11||-6|