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ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference Recap: Dec. 12-13, 2015

ECNL clubs from throughout the Mid-Atlantic Conference enjoyed unseasonably warm weather as they competed in inter-division play with Ohio Valley Divisions teams meeting Chesapeake Division sides around the region.

Recaps

U-14

Lillian McCarthy scored one goal and assisted Bree Coudon on the other for Maryland United in a 2-1 road victory over Richmond United on Saturday morning. Erin Halper set up McCarthy’s strike, while Lilly McMichael linked up with Alexandra Horner for Richmond’s lone goal.

CASL remains unbeaten after nine league matches with a 5-0 win over Maryland United on Sunday. The North Carolina side recorded its fifth clean sheet of the season with Anu Kane, Maggie Pierce, Tyler Petlick and Makaya Parham shutting down all threats directed at keeper Felicity Baker, and Kane also moving up to score off the crossbar to seal the win. CASL continued its balanced scoring attack with Katie Groff and Zora Jackson finding the net, and Jeana Freeman adding two scores to move CASL to 26 total goals.

Saturday, December 12

Maryland United FC 2, Richmond United 1

Sunday, December 13

CASL 5, Maryland United FC 0

U-15

Bethesda SC earned two shutout victories on the weekend, blanking CASL 3-0 and Richmond United 1-0 to climb to second place in the Ohio Valley Division. Maliah Morris found the net in both games, including the game-winner assisted by U.S. U-15 Girls National Team midfielder Jane Olcott in Sunday’s win over Richmond. Olcott, Morris and Lily Dunbar each netted for Bethesda in Saturday’s win, as Juliana Lynch and U.S. U-15 Girls National Team defender Makenna Morris notched assists.

Richmond United defeated Maryland United 2-0 on Saturday, receiving a goal and an assist each from Patricia Ward and Kaitlyn Sanderson. Maryland United followed up the loss by picking up a hard-earned point against CASL in a 1-1 draw on Sunday in North Carolina.

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FC Virginia took over first place in the Chesapeake Division with a 7-2-2 in-conference record after beating McLean 3-0 on Sunday, receiving goals from Cassidy BrownLauren Sproat and Holly Weber. Two-way player Victoria Powell notched her team-leading ninth assist in the match, and defender Megan Ogawa also picked up her third assist of the season while contributing to a shutout effort on the back line.

Third place Charlotte Soccer Academy played Midwest sides Ohio Elite Soccer Academy and Indiana Fire Juniors to a pair of 3-3 draws, behind another big scoring weekend for Laughlin Ryan. NC Fusion blanked Ohio Elite 2-0 at the Smith Complex in Greensboro on Sunday for the team’s third win of the season.

Saturday, December 12

Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 3, Charlotte Soccer Academy 3
Richmond United 2, Maryland United FC 0
Bethesda SC 3, CASL 0

Sunday, December 13

Indiana Fire Juniors 3, Charlotte Soccer Academy 3
NC Fusion 2, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 0
Bethesda SC 1, Richmond United 0
FC Virginia 3, McLean Youth Soccer 0
Maryland United FC 1, CASL 1

U-16

Ohio Elite Soccer Academy remains unbeaten through four games following a 1-1 draw against Charlotte Soccer Academy and a 2-1 win over NC Fusion on the road.

Bethesda grabbed its first two points of the season with 1-1 draws against CASL and Richmond United. Emily Lawson set up Anna Fish for CASL’s lone goal on Saturday, while goalkeeper Jane Romer assisted Adrienne Vaughn for Bethesda’s strike. Bethesda’s Tatiana Ortega scored her first of the season on Sunday against Richmond United, and Natalie Maurer linked up with U.S. U-16 Women’s National Team defender and Duke University 2018 commit Emily Crocco for United’s lone goal.

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University of Tennessee commit 2018 commit and U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team player Paige Franks assisted Maurer for the only goal of the match on Saturday at Ukrop Park as goalkeeper Maisy Fling and the Richmond United back line shut down the Maryland United offense. With the win, Richmond improved to 10-2-1 on the season, becoming the first Chesapeake Division side to double digit wins.

Maryland United would rebound on Sunday with a narrow 3-2 road victory over a tough CASL side which had entered the match earning a draw or a win in each of its previous four matches. Lexi Kraemer had a brace in the win for United, Caitlin Shepherd scored as well and Morgan Grauel picked up her first assist of the young season. CASL’s two leading scorers, Meredith Brown and Grace Wagner, provided the goals for the home side on assists from Kate Bouck and Hannah Dion.

FC Virginia improved to 9-2-2 and holds a slim lead in points per game over Richmond United for first place in the Chesapeake Division after earning a 2-0 shutout win over McLean on Sunday at Evergreen Sportsplex.

Saturday, December 12

Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 1, Charlotte Soccer Academy 1
Richmond United 1, Maryland United FC 0
Bethesda SC 1, CASL 1

Sunday, December 13

Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 2, NC Fusion 1
FC Virginia 2, McLean Youth Soccer 0
Bethesda SC 1, Richmond United 1
Maryland United FC 3, CASL 2

U-17

Bethesda SC broke out with its first two victories of the season on a Southern road trip to Raleigh and Richmond. University of Tennessee 2017 commit Cammie Murtha assisted all three Bethesda goals in Saturday’s 3-1 win over CASL, finding Olivia KaneKori Locksley and Stephanie Nguyen. On Sunday it was Kane assisting both of Bethesda’s scores, setting up Locksley and Murtha in the 2-1 victory in Richmond. McKenna Maier netted Richmond United’s goal, her third of the season.

CASL rallied for a 4-1 win on Sunday over a Maryland United side which had just opened its weekend with a 1-0 road win against Richmond United. Four players each found the net once and four players each had one assist for the CASL attack firing on all cylinders. Jessica McCoppin and Morgan Nanni both scored one and assisted one in the win. Maryland United goalkeeper Joey Lyons had a strong performance in net despite conceding the four goals. U.S. Youth National Team roster pool player Jenna Soriano assisted Jamie Shiflett for United’s goal in the loss.

Lyons, defender Jordin Anderson and the rest of the Maryland United back line helped propel the team to the clean sheet win over Richmond on Saturday, with Kimberly McPhearson finding Dana Reed for the game-winner.

Ohio Valley Division leader Ohio Elite Soccer Academy blew up for 10 goals over two games in North Carolina, improving to 3-0-1 with wins over Charlotte Soccer Academy and NC Fusion.

In the only other match of the weekend, neighboring Northern Virginia sides FC Virginia and McLean played to a 1-1 draw on Sunday. FCV still holds a sizable lead in the Chesapeake Division with a 9-1-1 conference mark, averaging 2.55 points per game which is more than .7 higher than second place CASL. It was McLean’s fifth draw through its first 10 conference matches and ninth consecutive match ending with a margin of one or no goals.

Saturday, December 12

Maryland United FC 1, Richmond United 0
Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 5, Charlotte Soccer Academy 3
Bethesda SC 3, CASL 1

Sunday, December 13

Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 5, NC Fusion 1
Bethesda SC 2, Richmond United 1
CASL 4, Maryland United FC 1
McLean Youth Soccer 1, FC Virginia 1

U-18

At the U-18 level, Maryland United outscored Richmond United and CASL by a combined score of 8-1 in a pair of road wins as the team improved to 3-0-1. U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team and 2016 North Carolina commit Bridgette Andrzejewski (3 goals, 1 assist), Vanderbilt 2016 commit Nia Dorsey (3 assists), NC State 2016 commit Kia Rankin and Deena DeSilva (2 goals) were among the top performers for the high-powered Maryland attack on the weekend.

Prior to its loss to United, Chesapeake Division leading CASL blanked Bethesda 2-0 on Saturday, earning its 10th win of the season and sixth clean sheet. At 10-2-1, CASL holds the No. 10 spot in the Champions League standings and holds a .48 points per game lead over second place McLean in the division.

McLean was able to extend its lead on third place FC Virginia on Sunday, edging out their crosstown opponent 1-0 with University of Florida 2016 commit Tess Sapone assisting Ohio State 2016 commit Meghan Kammerdeiner for the game-winner.

After a 1-5-3 start to the season in conference play, NC Fusion opened its December schedule in which it will play seven matches with 4-0 and 3-1 home wins over Indiana Fire Juniors and Ohio Elite Soccer Academy. Ohio Elite’s road trip to North Carolina would end in a split, as the team began the weekend with a 4-1 win over Charlotte Soccer Academy.

Saturday, December 12

NC Fusion 4, Indiana Fire Juniors 0
CASL 2, Bethesda SC 0
Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 4, Charlotte Soccer Academy 1
Maryland United FC 4, Richmond United 0

Sunday, December 13

Charlotte Soccer Academy 4, Indiana Fire Juniors 1
NC Fusion 3, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 1
Maryland United FC 4, CASL 1
Richmond United 2, Bethesda SC 0
McLean Youth Soccer 1, FC Virginia 0

Standings

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U-14

U14 Mid-Atlantic Conference
Rank Chesapeake Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. FC Virginia ECNL U14*champ 2 2.78 25 9 8 0 1 26 2 24
02. CASL ECNL U14 2.11 19 9 5 0 4 26 7 19
03. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U14 1.33 12 9 4 5 0 14 18 -4
04. Richmond United ECNL U14 0.80 8 10 2 6 2 11 26 -15
05. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U14 0.22 2 9 0 7 2 6 18 -12
06. NC Fusion ECNL U14 0.11 1 9 0 8 1 8 36 -28
Rank Ohio Valley Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. Ohio Premier ECNL U14*champ 4 2.55 28 11 9 1 1 34 7 27
02. Bethesda SC ECNL U14 2.00 22 11 7 3 1 21 14 7
03. Maryland United FC ECNL U14 1.73 19 11 6 4 1 19 16 3
04. Internationals SC ECNL U14 1.45 16 11 5 5 1 25 29 -4
05. Indiana Fire Juniors ECNL U14 1.00 10 10 3 6 1 17 24 -7
06. Ohio Elite Soccer Academy ECNL U14 0.73 8 11 1 5 5 15 25 -10

U-15

U15 Mid-Atlantic Conference
Rank Chesapeake Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. FC Virginia ECNL U15*champ 23 2.09 23 11 7 2 2 24 9 15
02. CASL ECNL U15*champ 16 2.08 25 12 7 1 4 19 9 10
03. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U15*wc 14 1.14 16 14 4 6 4 18 22 -4
04. Richmond United ECNL U15 1.08 14 13 4 7 2 12 22 -10
05. NC Fusion ECNL U15 1.00 11 11 3 6 2 13 15 -2
06. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U15 0.80 8 10 1 4 5 6 10 -4
Rank Ohio Valley Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. Ohio Premier ECNL U15*champ 3 3.00 6 2 2 0 0 6 4 2
02. Bethesda SC ECNL U15*champ 22 2.00 6 3 2 1 0 4 4 0
03. Internationals SC ECNL U15*wc 7 1.50 3 2 1 1 0 2 1 1
04. Indiana Fire Juniors ECNL U15 1.00 2 2 0 0 2 4 4 0
05. Ohio Elite Soccer Academy ECNL U15 1.00 4 4 1 2 1 6 11 -5
06. Maryland United FC ECNL U15 0.50 2 4 0 2 2 4 7 -3

U-16

U16 Mid-Atlantic Conference
Rank Chesapeake Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. FC Virginia ECNL U16*champ 16 2.45 27 11 9 2 0 22 6 16
02. Richmond United ECNL U16*champ 18 2.38 31 13 10 2 1 42 12 30
03. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U16 1.45 16 11 5 5 1 20 14 6
04. CASL ECNL U16 1.31 17 13 5 6 2 19 23 -4
05. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U16 0.85 11 13 3 8 2 13 20 -7
06. NC Fusion ECNL U16 0.00 0 12 0 12 0 8 52 -44
Rank Ohio Valley Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. Indiana Fire Juniors ECNL U16*champ 2 3.00 3 1 1 0 0 5 0 5
02. Ohio Premier ECNL U16*champ 3 3.00 6 2 2 0 0 5 0 5
03. Internationals SC ECNL U16*wc 1*champ 6 3.00 6 2 2 0 0 3 1 2
04. Ohio Elite Soccer Academy ECNL U16*wc 3*champ 19 2.00 8 4 2 0 2 9 4 5
05. Maryland United FC ECNL U16 0.75 3 4 1 3 0 4 11 -7
06. Bethesda SC ECNL U16 0.50 2 4 0 2 2 2 9 -7

U-17

U17 Mid-Atlantic Conference
Rank Chesapeake Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. FC Virginia ECNL U17*champ 11 2.55 28 11 9 1 1 26 12 14
02. CASL ECNL U17*champ 24 1.83 22 12 7 4 1 20 11 9
03. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U17 1.23 16 13 4 5 4 17 18 -1
04. Richmond United ECNL U17 0.92 11 12 2 5 5 19 20 -1
05. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U17 0.80 8 10 1 4 5 7 11 -4
06. NC Fusion ECNL U17 0.36 4 11 1 9 1 8 33 -25
Rank Ohio Valley Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. Ohio Elite Soccer Academy ECNL U17*champ 7 2.50 10 4 3 0 1 13 6 7
02. Maryland United FC ECNL U17*champ 12 2.25 9 4 3 1 0 6 6 0
03. Bethesda SC ECNL U17*wc 6*champ 29 1.75 7 4 2 1 1 5 3 2
04. Ohio Premier ECNL U17*wc 11 1.50 3 2 1 1 0 4 3 1
05. Indiana Fire Juniors ECNL U17 1.00 1 1 0 0 1 2 2 0
06. Internationals SC ECNL U17 0.00 0 2 0 2 0 2 4 -2

U-18

U18 Mid-Atlantic Conference
Rank Chesapeake Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. CASL ECNL U18*champ 10 2.38 31 13 10 2 1 29 12 17
02. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U18 1.90 19 10 6 3 1 26 14 12
03. FC Virginia ECNL U18 1.45 16 11 5 5 1 23 17 6
04. Richmond United ECNL U18 1.15 15 13 5 8 0 11 21 -10
05. NC Fusion ECNL U18 1.09 12 11 3 5 3 15 16 -1
06. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U18 0.71 10 14 3 10 1 18 36 -18
Rank Ohio Valley Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. Ohio Premier ECNL U18*champ 3 3.00 6 2 2 0 0 6 1 5
02. Internationals SC ECNL U18*wc 2 3.00 6 2 2 0 0 3 0 3
03. Maryland United FC ECNL U18 2.50 10 4 3 0 1 12 3 9
04. Ohio Elite Soccer Academy ECNL U18 1.50 6 4 2 2 0 10 7 3
05. Indiana Fire Juniors ECNL U18 0.00 0 2 0 2 0 1 8 -7
06. Bethesda SC ECNL U18 0.00 0 4 0 4 0 1 20 -19