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ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference Recap: Oct. 24-25, 2015

FC Virginia, Bethesda SC and Charlotte Soccer Academy all had strong showings at the U-14 level, while Richmond United and CASL faced off in the U-15, U-16 and U-18 age groups with some positive results for both clubs.

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U-14

It was another impressive outing for FC Virginia and Charlotte Soccer Academy, two of the Chesapeake Division’s strongest teams. While first place FCV outscored Ohio Premier and Internationals SC by a combined score of 5-0, Charlotte improved to 3-2-0 in Mid-Atlantic Conference play by outscoring Ohio Elite Soccer Academy and Indiana Fire Juniors by the same 5-0 scoreline.

FCV center back Grace Fitzgerald provided a spark for both the defense and the attack, notching an assist in Saturday’s 2-0 shutout of Ohio Premier. Savannah Berry, Taylor Carter and Natalie Wilson dominated possession in the midfield and produced most of the offense, with Berry and Carter finding the net and Wilson picking up an assist. On Sunday against Internationals SC, Wilson went off for a hat trick with assists coming from fellow midfielders Alexis Theoret and Amanda Bade. Meanwhile, the back line earned its fifth clean sheet of the season and second of the weekend as FCV remains unbeaten at 6-0-1.

A Megan Bornkamp brace led Charlotte over Ohio Elite on Saturday in North Carolina, as forward Savannah Lueck also found the net and the defense posted a shutout in the 3-0 decision. Center back Maggie Miller led a dominating defensive effort and found the net in a 2-0 win over Indiana on Sunday, while Delaney Zybko also scored for the home side.

Bethesda SC earned four of six available points, playing a high-powered CASL team to a 3-3 tie in North Carolina before defeating Richmond United 3-1 on Sunday at West Creek Park in Central Virginia.

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Despite trailing CASL 3-1, Bethesda rallied for two goals late to salvage a point in Saturday’s draw which saw all six goals scored in the second half. CASL’s Paige Tolentino recorded a brace, scoring the opening goal on an assist from Zora Jackson and finishing a pass from Jeanna Freeman on another. CASL defender Maggie Pierce, who was tasked with guarding U.S. Girls National Team player Makenna Morris for much of the game, held the star playmaker off the scoreboard. At 2-0-3, CASL still has not lost this season and sits second in the Chesapeake Division only behind FCV.

Jameese Joseph had a brace against CASL and added another goal on Sunday for Bethesda, which has earned points in all five of its road matches so far. Morris netted her fourth goal of the season against Richmond United while continuing to be a force defensively. Cami Johnstone followed up her goal-scoring effort on Saturday with an assist on Sunday, as part of a balanced attack and overall team win for Bethesda, which is now level with Ohio Premier for the best record in the Ohio Valley Division at 5-1-1.

McLean Youth Soccer dropped a 5-2 decision to Internationals SC on Saturday before falling 2-1 to Ohio Premier in a hard-fought match on Sunday in Grove City, Ohio. It was the third conference win of the season for Internationals, which received standout performances from two of the team’s top playmakers, Amanda Winquist and Christin Baumbick. Winquist and Baumbick each had two goals and an assist in the victory for the Ohio Valley Division’s second-most efficient offense.

After suffering its first loss of the season on Saturday against FCV, Ohio Premier rallied for its fifth win on Sunday by edging out McLean. The Premier defense proved itself again as one the toughest in the Mid-Atlantic, having now conceded just five goals through seven conference games. Goalkeeper Macy Enneking has been strong all season long for Premier while players such as Isabella Francati, Taylor Molli, Morgan Somers and Isabella Francati have led the back line.

Indiana Fire Juniors racked up four goals against NC Fusion on Saturday for its second win of the season before falling to FCV on Sunday. Lauren Macdonald had a brace in the victory on the road, while Sophie Weeter had a goal and an assist. Mallory Lehmann was key on both sides of the pitch for Indiana in the 4-0 shutout, controlling the ball in the midfield and providing toughness defensively.

Fusion rallied for a 2-2 draw against Ohio Elite on Sunday, receiving goals from Payton Eubanks and Athanasia Ballas as the team got on track with its first point of the season.

Saturday, October 24
McLean Youth Soccer 2, Internationals SC 5
Bethesda SC 3, CASL 3
Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 0, Charlotte Soccer Academy 3
Indiana Fire Juniors 4, NC Fusion 0
FC Virginia 2, Ohio Premier 0

Sunday, October 25
Indiana Fire Juniors 0, Charlotte Soccer Academy 2
Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 2, NC Fusion 2
FC Virginia 3, Internationals SC 0
McLean Youth Soccer 1, Ohio Premier 2
Bethesda SC 3, Richmond United 1

U-15

Chesapeake Division leader CASL earned its fifth clean sheet in only its eighth match of the season, blanking Richmond United 2-0 at home. Attacking midfielder Mattie Murphy assisted both goals, setting up U.S. Girls National Team roster pool player Haleigh Stackpole and forward Keyera Wynn. Murphy now leads the team with four assists, while U.S. Girls National Team defender Addison Salz and Tori Hansen continue to anchor what has largely been an impenetrable back line. CASL remains unbeaten at 5-0-3 while fourth place Richmond dropped to 2-4-2, but is still highly competitive in the division having recently defeated second place Charlotte and third place FC Virginia.

Saturday, October 24
Richmond United 0, CASL 2

U-16

Opposing defenses continue to simply not have answers for U.S. U-17 Girls National Team forward McKinley Burkett, who scored her 12th and 13th goals of the season in Richmond United’s 2-0 win over CASL on Sunday morning in North Carolina. Both of Burkett’s goals were set up by Paige Franks, who has had plenty of time to build chemistry with Burkett playing with United and the U.S. National Team. The duo will continue to play together at the college level as well, when they join the University of Tennessee Volunteers in 2017.

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Maisy Fling earned another clean sheet in goal for United while the back line turned in an outstanding performance, as the Chesapeake Division leaders improved to 7-1-0. Richmond has racked up 30 goals while allowing only seven through eight matches.

Sunday, October 25
Richmond United 2, CASL 0

U-18

At the U-18 level, CASL got the best of Richmond United on Saturday morning at the WRAL Soccer Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Chesapeake Division’s top side earned a 3-0 shutout on its home field, getting back on the winning side after its season-opening six-game win streak came to an end on October 18 in a loss to FC Virginia. Through eight games CASL is now 7-1-0 with 20 goals and just five allowed, sitting fourth in the ECNL’s overall standings.

Saturday, October 24
Richmond United 0, CASL 3

Standings

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
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
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
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
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