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ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference Recap: December 10-11, 2016

ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference clubs competed in cross-division match-ups this weekend, as Ohio Valley Division squads met up with Chesapeake Division squads across the U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-18 age groups.

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U-14

Chesapeake Division leader Charlotte Soccer Academy (9-2-1) overpowered Ohio Premier 4-0 at home on Sunday. Emma Sexton led the scoring with a brace and Madelyn Baucom recorded two assists in the win. Emily Ashlin and  Sydney Minarik scored a goal each, as Emily Morris added an assist and the conference’s top defense recorded its sixth clean sheet of the season.

Results

Saturday, December 10
NC Fusion 1, Ohio Premier 1

Sunday, December 11
Charlotte Soccer Academy 4, Ohio Premier 0

U-15

Ohio Premier (4-0-0) continued its perfect start to the season with a pair of shutout wins on the road against NC Fusion and Charlotte Soccer Academy. Five players – Avery Jantonio, Rachel Ooms, Taylor Swartz, Kayla Primm and Sonia Vargas – scored a goal each over the course of Ohio Premier’s 3-0 and 2-0 results. Primm, Isabella Ginocchi and Simone Rivard-Roberts recorded assists for Premier’s balanced attack, as goalkeeper Michayla Gussler and the back line combined to hold their opponents scoreless.

CASL (7-3-3) earned a pair of 2-0 victories over Ohio Elite Soccer Academy and Indiana Fire Juniors at its home venue of WRAL Soccer Center. On Saturday, CASL’s Adelyn Lowry assisted Emily Sapienza on both of the team’s goals, and Sunday was more of the same as Sapienza netted her third and four goals of the weekend with one coming via a Lowry assist. The CASL defense recorded its fourth and fifth clean sheets of the season, as the North Carolina side climbed to No. 21 in the Champions League playoff standings.

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Internationals SC (3-0-0) extended its season-opening winning streak to three, traveling to North Carolina and earning road wins 2-1 over Charlotte Soccer Academy and 4-1 over NC Fusion.

FC Virginia (4-6-2) picked up four of six possible points on the weekend, playing Maryland United FC 1-1 on Saturday before defeating Bethesda SC 2-1 on Sunday. Bethany Bergin set up a Carrie McIntire strike for FCV’s lone score on Saturday, as Sydney Konzmann assisted Lillian McCarthy for Maryland United’s goal. Against Bethesda, FCV’s Carleigh Frilles and Clara Belle Looney found the net, and McIntire recorded an assist. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Jordan Phillips and the FCV back line held their opponent to a single goal for the second straight match.

Maryland United FC (3-0-1) went on to defeat McLean Youth Soccer 1-0 on Sunday, remaining unbeaten on the season. McCarthy assisted defender Alana Paul on the only goal of the match, as Paul and the rest of the United back line recorded their first shutout of the season.

Results

Saturday, December 10
Internationals SC 2, Charlotte Soccer Academy 1
FC Virginia 1, Maryland United FC 1
CASL 2, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 0
Ohio Premier 3, NC Fusion 0
Indiana Fire Juniors 1, Richmond United 0
McLean Youth Soccer 0, Bethesda SC 0

Sunday, December 11
CASL 2, Indiana Fire Juniors 0
Maryland United FC 1, McLean Youth Soccer 0
Internationals SC 4, NC Fusion 1
Ohio Premier 2, Charlotte Soccer Academy 0
Richmond United 1, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 1
FC Virginia 2, Bethesda SC 1

U-16

Bethesda SC (1-2-1) claimed four of six available points, shutting out McLean Youth Soccer 1-0 on Saturday before playing FC Virginia to a 1-1 draw on Sunday. Talia Gabarra scored the game-winner on an assist from Juliana Lynch on Saturday, as the Bethesda back line notched its first clean sheet of the season.

McLean Youth Soccer (11-1-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season with an 8-0 rout of Maryland United FC on Sunday. Angela Caloia had a huge game, scoring four goals and assisting another to lead the attack. Leyah Hall-Robinson (2 goals, 1 assist) and Rebekah Myers (1 goal, 2 assists) each had a hand in three goals as well. Goalkeeper Cayla White and the McLean defense notched the team’s seventh shutout through 12 regular season matches. McLean has now outscored opponents 45-8 on the season, leading the Chesapeake Division and holding the No. 8 Champions League seed.

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Prior to the draw against Bethesda, FC Virginia (6-3-4) opened the weekend with a 1-0 draw against Maryland United FC. Alexis Theoret assisted Allison Embroski on the only goal of the match, and goalkeeper Ella Gantman recorded the clean sheet with three saves behind FCV’s strong back line.

Richmond United (4-7-2) played host to Midwest sides Indiana Fire Juniors and Ohio Elite Soccer Academy, earning points in both matches at Ukrop Park. United tied Indiana 1-1 on Saturday afternoon, before going on to defeat Ohio Elite 4-2 on Sunday.

Ohio Premier (1-1-2) secured its first win of the young season on Saturday, an 8-0 blowout against NC Fusion, before going on to play Charlotte Soccer Academy to a 1-1 draw during a trip to North Carolina.

CASL (4-6-2) split a pair of home games, following up a 3-1 loss to Ohio Elite with a 3-0 shutout win over Indiana Fire Juniors.

Results

Saturday, December 10
Ohio Premier 8, NC Fusion 0
FC Virginia 1, Maryland United FC 0
Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 3, CASL 1
Charlotte Soccer Academy 2, Internationals SC 0
Richmond United 1, Indiana Fire Juniors 1
Bethesda SC 1, McLean Youth Soccer 0

Sunday, December 11
CASL 3, Indiana Fire Juniors 0
Bethesda SC 1, FC Virginia 1
McLean Youth Soccer 8, Maryland United FC 0
Richmond United 4, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 2
Charlotte Soccer Academy 1, Ohio Premier 1

U-17

CASL (8-3-2) extended its current unbeaten streak in all competitions to six with back-to-back home wins over the weekend. Following up on a strong showing representing the host club at the CASL Showcase, the team returned to ECNL league play this weekend with a 1-0 win over Ohio Elite and a 2-0 win over Indiana Fire Juniors.

CASL’s Fain Buete scored the game-winner on an assist from Maggie Pierce against Ohio Elite. On Sunday against Indiana, Pierce sent a free kick into the box to set up a Haleigh Stackpole goal, and Izzy Brown headed in a corner served up by Pierce for the clinching goal. With Marzia Josephson in net, Tori Hansen and Abby Hugo at center back, and Madison Reid, Anna Rockett, Sierra Lowery and Addison Salz at outside back, CASL is on a run of three clean sheets, and has allowed only two goals over its last six games against ECNL competition.

Ohio Premier (3-1-0) holds an early season lead in the Ohio Valley Division following a win and a loss over the weekend on a trip to North Carolina. The trip was highlighted by a 7-2 rout of NC Fusion, fueled by a Alicia Donley hat trick and goals from three other players. Lyda Bogdanovitch and Lydia Cornelius both contributed a goal and an assist, and Grace Todd also found the net in the win. On Sunday, Ohio Premier fell 2-0 to host Charlotte Soccer Academy.

FC Virginia (6-4-2) is in position to make the Champions League playoffs via the fifth Wild Card spot following a win and a draw this weekend against Maryland United FC and Bethesda SC. FCV played Maryland United to a 1-1 draw on Saturday before going on to defeat Bethesda 2-0 on Sunday.

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Bethesda SC (2-1-1) became just the second team to beat McLean Youth Soccer this season, defeating the Chesapeake Division leaders 1-0 on Saturday. Beth Ellinport scored the game-winner on an assist from Amberlina Argubie, as the Bethesda defense became the first group to hold McLean off the scoreboard through 13 games this season.

McLean Youth Soccer (11-2-0) wasted no time returning to form, bouncing back from Saturday’s loss to Bethesda with a 5-0 victory over Maryland United FC. Abbey Duncan led the scoring with a hat trick, Aleigh Gambone added a goal and two assists, Makenzie DePriest-Kessler notched an assist and defender Jasmine Bryant found the net while also helping the McLean back line record its seventh shutout of the season. McLean currently holds the No. 8 Champions League seed, and has outscored opponents by a whopping 47-7 margin through 13 games.

Results

Saturday, December 10
Ohio Premier 7, NC Fusion 2
Indiana Fire Juniors 3, Richmond United 1
FC Virginia 1, Maryland United FC 1
CASL 1, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 0
Bethesda SC 1, McLean Youth Soccer 0

Sunday, December 11
FC Virginia 2, Bethesda SC 0
CASL 2, Indiana Fire Juniors 0
Charlotte Soccer Academy 2, Ohio Premier 0
McLean Youth Soccer 5, Maryland United FC 0

U-18

McLean Youth Soccer (6-3-4) defeated Maryland sides Bethesda SC and Maryland United FC by identical 2-1 scorelines. On Saturday evening against Bethesda, McLean’s Tracey Mills scored one goal and assisted Tyler Glynn on the other. Defenders Claire Constant and Shannon Lee provided the scoring on assists from Mills and Grace Sklopan on Sunday against United.

Internationals SC (3-0-1) remains unbeaten through four regular season games following road wins by 4-2 scorelines over Charlotte Soccer Academy and NC Fusion. Hannah Nichols had three goals and two assists on the weekend, and Jordan Brewster had a hand in five scores as well with a goal and four assists. Olivia Petit scored one goal and assisted another against NC Fusion, and five other players either scored or assisted a goal over the course of the weekend for the team’s potent offense.

Ohio Premier (4-0-0) traveled to North Carolina and earned a pair of road wins, 3-0 over NC Fusion and 3-2 against Charlotte Soccer Academy.

Bethesda SC (1-3-0) finished the weekend with split results, rallying from Saturday’s narrow loss against McLean with a lopsided 4-0 shutout of FC Virginia. Cameron Murtha scored two goals and assisted another, as defender Casey Ballow and Molly Olcott also found the net during Bethesda’s first win of the young season. Midfielder Colleen Norton, defender Francine Phillips and forward Kori Locksley each contributed assists.

Indiana Fire Juniors (2-1-1) picked up four of six standings points on a trip South, defeating Richmond United 2-0 on Saturday in Virginia before tying CASL 2-2 in North Carolina.

Richmond United (7-5-1) rallied back from Saturday’s loss with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Ohio Elite Soccer Academy, highlighted by a hat trick from McKinley BurkettMcKenna MaierMia Jackson and Paige Franks provided assists on Burkett’s goals.

Results

Saturday, December 10
Indiana Fire Juniors 2, Richmond United 0
FC Virginia 2, Maryland United FC 2
Ohio Premier 3, NC Fusion 0
CASL 1, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 1
Internationals SC 4, Charlotte Soccer Academy 2
McLean Youth Soccer 2, Bethesda SC 1

Sunday, December 11
Ohio Premier 3, Charlotte Soccer Academy 2
Richmond United 3, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 2
CASL 2, Indiana Fire Juniors 2
Bethesda SC 4, FC Virginia 0
Internationals SC 4, NC Fusion 2
McLean Youth Soccer 2, Maryland United FC 1