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ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference Preview: Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 2015

Action in the ECNL’s Mid-Atlantic Conference ramps up this weekend as Chesapeake Division U-14 to U-18 sides and Ohio Valley Division U-14 sides face off in a pivotal slate of games.

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Match Previews

U-14

This weekend is packed full of divisional match-ups in the U-14 age group. In the Chesapeake Division, most of the action will take place in North Carolina as NC Fusion (0-4-1) and Charlotte Soccer Academy (3-2-0) each host a pair of games. Second place CASL (2-0-3) makes the short trip to face their in-state opponents while fourth place Richmond United (0-3-2) heads South seeking its first wins of the season.

CASL, coming off a 3-3 draw against Bethesda SC last Saturday, opens the weekend trying to build a lead in the standings on third place Charlotte which is even in points per game at 1.80. University of North Carolina 2019 commit Maggie PiercePaige Tolentino and the CASL back line have earned two clean sheets in their first five matches, and have allowed an average of only one goal per contest. Pierce and Tolentino are also two of the team’s top producers on offense with two goals and one assist each, while forward Jeana Freeman has put up two goals and two assists.

Class of 2020 forwards Savannah Lueck (3 goals, 1 assist) and Faith Adams (1 goal, 3 assists) lead the division’s second-most efficient attack for Charlotte, which goes up against the tough CASL defense for the first time this season. The teams do not meet again until one of the final matches of the regular season on May 21, 2016.

Richmond United visits NC Fusion in the other Halloween match-up in North Carolina, as both teams go for win No. 1. Julia Edwards (3 assists) has done well finding passing lanes and distributing the ball to her teammates in a Richmond United offense that has shown promising signs of development over its last two games. Lauren Turner (2 assists) has provided a similar spark for NC Fusion, which earned its first point of the season in a 2-2 draw against Ohio Elite Soccer Academy last Saturday.

On Sunday, Fusion hosts CASL and their talented defensive unit, while Richmond United visits Charlotte Soccer Academy in their only meeting until the last day of the regular season on May 22.

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The only other match in the division will be a meeting of FC Virginia (6-0-1) and McLean Youth Soccer (0-4-2) at Lewinsville Park on Sunday morning. FCV tries to extend its season-opening unbeaten streak to eight games while McLean goes for its first win of the season. FCV center midfielder Alexis Theoret notched her team-leading sixth assist of the season last weekend, continuing to facilitate the Mid-Atlantic Conference’s most efficient attack. Kassidy BordenNicole SellersKatherine Saunders, Jennifer Daunt, Olivia MigliGrace Fitzgerald and Victoria Haugen make up the leading defensive unit, which has allowed a conference-low two goals through seven games.

In the Ohio Valley Division, first place Ohio Premier (5-1-1) and sixth place Ohio Elite Soccer Academy (1-4-3) travel to Maryland to play third place Maryland United FC (3-2-1) and second place Bethesda SC (5-1-1). Ohio Premier’s depth on the back line has helped the team allow a division-low five goals through seven games, while Bethesda and Maryland United each have a strong 1.00 goals against average.

Haley Seabolt (1 goal, 2 assists) and Makenna Morris (4 goals, 2 assists) both provide two-way capabilities for Bethesda out of the back, while Maryland United’s Lillian McCarthy (5 goals, 3 assists) is proving herself as one of the top playmakers in the conference.

Ohio Premier will be tasked with trying to shut down McCarthy and the Maryland United attack on Saturday before Sunday’s marquee match-up with Bethesda. Ohio Elite goes for its second win of the season on Saturday at Bethesda before taking on Maryland United at Garrison Forest School on Sunday morning.

Saturday, October 31
Richmond United at NC Fusion (11 a.m.)
Ohio Premier at Maryland United FC (11 a.m.)
Indiana Fire Juniors at Ohio Elite Soccer Academy (12 p.m.)
CASL at Charlotte Soccer Academy (2 p.m.)
Internationals SC at Bethesda SC (4:30 p.m.)

Sunday, November 1
FC Virginia at McLean Youth Soccer (9 a.m.)
Richmond United at Charlotte Soccer Academy (9 a.m.)
CASL at NC Fusion (11 a.m.)
Internationals SC at Maryland United FC (11 a.m.)
Ohio Premier at Bethesda SC (11:30 a.m.)

U-15

As the Chesapeake Division continues with club competition during the fall slate, all five of Richmond United’s ECNL squads make the road trip to North Carolina as CASL teams face in-state foes Charlotte Soccer Academy (3-2-1) and NC Fusion (1-4-1) as well.

CASL (5-0-3), a team stacked with National Team talent, still has the target on its back as the only remaining unbeaten side, thanks to one of the nation’s toughest defenses to score on, allowing .50 goals per game. U.S. Girls National Team defenders Addison Salz and Tori Hansen anchor the back line, while their USA teammate Haleigh Stackpole (3 goals, 1 assist) is off to another fast start on the offensive side. Attacking midfielder Mattie Murphy (1 goal, 4 assists) is one of the premier distributors in the league so far this season as well for CASL.

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Kaelee Gundy (2 assists) and Madysen Ellis (2 goals) have paced an opportunistic Charlotte attack as goalkeeper Stephanie Stull and the defense have allowed one goal or less in five out of six games. Charlotte is unbeaten in its last four games, and has not lost since August 30. Saturday’s match-up with CASL is the second and final meeting of the teams this season. The first match was a hard-fought battle in the season opener on August 29, which ended in a 1-0 victory for host side CASL.

Prior to last Saturday’s 2-0 loss to CASL, Richmond United’s (2-4-2) Lauren Bruns had notched a goal or an assist in four consecutive games. United looks to get back on track Saturday against NC Fusion, whom they lost to 5-0 in the season opener. Fusion, led by Isabel Cox (4 assists) and Keeley Copper (3 goals), has struggled since then, going winless in its last five.

On Sunday, Fusion looks to avenge a 1-0 loss to CASL back in August on its home venue at BP Field. Richmond faces Charlotte at Orthocarolina Sportsplex on Sunday morning as well, a match-up that was also decided by one goal back in August, a 3-2 win for Charlotte at West Creek Park in Virginia.

Saturday, October 31
Richmond United at NC Fusion (11 a.m.)
CASL at Charlotte Soccer Academy (12 p.m.)

Sunday, November 1
FC Virginia at McLean Youth Soccer (9 a.m.)
Richmond United at Charlotte Soccer Academy (9 a.m.)
CASL at NC Fusion (11 a.m.)

U-16

First place Richmond United (7-1-0) brings its 3.75 goals per game average to North Carolina for game against winless NC Fusion (0-6-0) and Charlotte Soccer Academy (3-3-0). The dominance of U.S. Girls National Team players McKinley BurkettPaige Franks and Jordan Canniff on the attacking side has been well documented, while United’s defense – led by Gabrielle Criscione, Emily Crocco, Page Frantz, Kiersten Hening, Haven Lakey and Morgan Epperson – has held opponents to less than a goal per game.

After facing NC Fusion on Saturday, Richmond will be tasked with shutting down Mary Elliott McCabe, who has racked up four goals in just six games for Charlotte. Midfielder/defender Jordan Laubach leads Charlotte with three assists.

CASL looks to get back on track this weekend as it visits Charlotte on Saturday before battling NC Fusion on Sunday. After winning three of its first four games, CASL has dropped four in a row. Grace Wagner (1 goal, 3 assists) will seek to open up the offense once again as the team tries to end its October slate, and begin November on a high note.

Second place FC Virginia (4-2-0) visits third place McLean Youth Soccer (3-3-0) in the only other match of the weekend, an 11 a.m. kickoff at Lewinsville Park. It is the first of two matches between the sides this season, with the second coming up on December 13. FCV is coming off a 1-0 win over CASL, while McLean saw its three-game winning streak come to an end on October 18 in a 1-0 loss to Richmond United. McLean has allowed one or no goals in each of its last four contests, as the addition of defender Jillian Gonzales has proven highly valuable.

Saturday, October 31
Richmond United at NC Fusion (1 p.m.)
CASL at Charlotte Soccer Academy (2 p.m.)

Sunday, November 1
FC Virginia at McLean Youth Soccer (11 a.m.)
Richmond United at Charlotte Soccer Academy (11 a.m.)
CASL at NC Fusion (1 p.m.)

U-17

The same match-ups will occur at the U-17 level, where second place CASL (4-2-1) tries to close the gap between itself and first place FC Virginia (6-0-0). CASL faces NC Fusion (0-5-0) on Saturday and Charlotte SA (2-2-2) on Sunday, trying to rebound from a 2-0 loss to FCV back on October 18. Jessica McCoppin has paced the CASL attack so far with five goals, along with University of Pittsburgh commit Kylie Olexa‘s team-leading three assists.

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Charlotte’s tough defense, which has only allowed four goals through six games, will try to slow down Richmond United’s (1-3-3) Mia Jackson (4 goals, 3 assists) after what is sure to be a physical battle with CASL on Saturday.

Unbeaten FCV is averaging three goals per game on the season, netting 18 in six contests. Katie Le (2 goals, 3 assists) drew even with Lillian Weber (6 goals, 3 assists) for the team lead in assists in FCV’s 2-0 win over CASL on Sunday, October 18. University of Connecticut commit Randi Palacios has been strong in net all season, while Blair Thompson and the rest of the midfield have made her job and the back line’s responsibilities easier by dominating possession. FCV puts its unblemished record on the line against McLean on Sunday afternoon at Lewinsville Park, the teams’ first meeting of the season.

Saturday, October 31 
Richmond United at NC Fusion (1 p.m.)
CASL at Charlotte Soccer Academy (2 p.m.)

Sunday, November 1
Richmond United at Charlotte Soccer Academy (9 a.m.)
CASL at NC Fusion (1 p.m.)
FC Virginia at McLean Youth Soccer (1 p.m.)

U-18

University of North Carolina 2016 commits Morgan Goff and Taylor Otto have led a loaded CASL (7-1-0) side to the top spot in the Chesapeake Division so far this season on what has been a remarkable turnaround coming off a last place finish in 2014-2015 at the U-17 level. The talented group has the No. 1 offense and No. 1 defense in the division with 20 goals scored and only five allowed, outscoring opponents by an average of 1.9 goals per game.

The fourth-ranked team in the ECNL’s U-18 age group nationally takes on Charlotte SA (2-3-1) and NC Fusion (0-3-2) this weekend, trying to repeat the results from the opening weekend when CASL beat the teams 2-0 and 3-0 respectively. UNC Greensboro commit Ashton Duty, a versatile defender and midfielder, has been strong on both sides of the ball for Charlotte, scoring two goals and anchoring the back line along with Louisville 2016 commit Lauren Ellis.

Meanwhile, second place FC Virginia (3-2-1) takes on third place McLean Youth Soccer (2-3-0) at Lewinsville Park on Sunday afternoon, their first of two matches this season. FCV is unbeaten in its last four games, most recently handing CASL its first loss of the season with a 2-1 decision on October 18. University of Florida 2016 commit Lindsay Gallagher scored one goal and assisted the other, as FCV vaulted itself back into the race for a division title.

Saturday, October 31
Richmond United at NC Fusion (11 a.m.)
CASL at Charlotte Soccer Academy (12 p.m.)

Sunday, November 1
Richmond United at Charlotte Soccer Academy (11 a.m.)
CASL at NC Fusion (1 p.m.)
FC Virginia at McLean Youth Soccer (3 p.m.)

Standings

U-14

U14 Mid-Atlantic Conference
Rank Chesapeake Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. FC Virginia ECNL U14*champ 3 2.71 19 7 6 0 1 22 2 20
02. CASL ECNL U14 1.80 9 5 2 0 3 8 5 3
03. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U14 1.80 9 5 3 2 0 9 10 -1
04. Richmond United ECNL U14 0.40 2 5 0 3 2 5 17 -12
05. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U14 0.33 2 6 0 4 2 6 13 -7
06. NC Fusion ECNL U14 0.20 1 5 0 4 1 4 15 -11
Rank Ohio Valley Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. Ohio Premier ECNL U14*champ 9 2.29 16 7 5 1 1 19 5 14
02. Bethesda SC ECNL U14 2.29 16 7 5 1 1 15 8 7
03. Maryland United FC ECNL U14 1.67 10 6 3 2 1 14 8 6
04. Internationals SC ECNL U14 1.43 10 7 3 3 1 17 19 -2
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

U-15

U15 Mid-Atlantic Conference
Rank Chesapeake Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. CASL ECNL U15*champ 8 2.25 18 8 5 0 3 10 4 6
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 8 1.00 8 8 2 4 2 8 16 -8
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
Rank Ohio Valley Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. Bethesda SC ECNL U15*champ 27
02. Indiana Fire Juniors ECNL U15*champ 32
03. Internationals SC ECNL U15
04. Maryland United FC ECNL U15
05. Ohio Elite Soccer Academy ECNL U15
06. Ohio Premier ECNL U15

U-16

U16 Mid-Atlantic Conference
Rank Chesapeake Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. Richmond United ECNL U16*champ 5 2.63 21 8 7 1 0 30 7 23
02. FC Virginia ECNL U16*champ 14 2.00 12 6 4 2 0 11 5 6
03. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U16*wc 5*champ 22 1.50 9 6 3 3 0 10 9 1
04. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U16*wc 6*champ 24 1.50 9 6 3 3 0 9 9 0
05. CASL ECNL U16 1.13 9 8 3 5 0 8 13 -5
06. NC Fusion ECNL U16 0.00 0 6 0 6 0 4 29 -25
Rank Ohio Valley Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. Bethesda SC ECNL U16*champ 27
02. Indiana Fire Juniors ECNL U16*champ 32
03. Internationals SC ECNL U16
04. Maryland United FC ECNL U16
05. Ohio Elite Soccer Academy ECNL U16
06. Ohio Premier ECNL U16

U-17

U17 Mid-Atlantic Conference
Rank Chesapeake Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. FC Virginia ECNL U17*champ 3 3.00 18 6 6 0 0 18 7 11
02. CASL ECNL U17*champ 19 1.86 13 7 4 2 1 12 5 7
03. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U17*wc 10 1.00 5 5 1 2 2 4 6 -2
04. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U17*wc 11 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
Rank Ohio Valley Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. Bethesda SC ECNL U17*champ 27
02. Indiana Fire Juniors ECNL U17*champ 32
03. Internationals SC ECNL U17
04. Maryland United FC ECNL U17
05. Ohio Elite Soccer Academy ECNL U17
06. Ohio Premier ECNL U17

U-18

U18 Mid-Atlantic Conference
Rank Chesapeake Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. CASL ECNL U18*champ 4 2.63 21 8 7 1 0 20 5 15
02. FC Virginia ECNL U18 1.67 10 6 3 2 1 9 8 1
03. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U18 1.20 6 5 2 3 0 6 10 -4
04. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U18 1.17 7 6 2 3 1 11 13 -2
05. Richmond United ECNL U18 1.13 9 8 3 5 0 7 11 -4
06. NC Fusion ECNL U18 0.40 2 5 0 3 2 5 11 -6
Rank Ohio Valley Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. Bethesda SC ECNL U18*champ 14
02. Indiana Fire Juniors ECNL U18
03. Internationals SC ECNL U18
04. Maryland United FC ECNL U18
05. Ohio Elite Soccer Academy ECNL U18
06. Ohio Premier ECNL U18