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

CASL U-14, FC Virginia U-14, CASL U-15 and FC Virginia U-17 extended their season-opening undefeated runs, while Richmond United U-16 continued its torrid pace and McLean U-18’s Breanna Mitchell went off on an exciting weekend in the ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference.

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Match Recaps

U-14

Chesapeake Division leaders CASL (4-0-3) and FC Virginia (7-0-1) both remain unbeaten on the season while Ohio Premier (7-1-1) continues to lead the pack in the Ohio Valley Division with back-to-back wins over the weekend.

CASL earned a pair of convincing wins over in-state rivals Charlotte Soccer Academy (4-3-0) and NC Fusion (0-6-1) by scores of 4-0 and 7-0, respectively. Anu Kane, Laney Rouse, and 2019 University of North Carolina commit Maggie Pierce anchored the back line, combining with goalkeeper Felicity Baker for clean sheets in both games, while Pierce chipped in with an assist in both matches on the offensive end. After putting up three goals last week against Bethesda, the offense continued to produce with midfielders McRae Calhoun and Bayleigh Humbert tallying three goals apiece over the weekend, both recording a brace against Fusion on Sunday.

FCV picked up its sixth consecutive victory on Sunday against McLean Youth Soccer (0-5-2), defeating their neighbor club 2-0 for their third straight shutout. Savannah Dixon had a hand in both goals for FCV, scoring one and assisting Brooke Jones on the other. With one of the deepest back lines in the country, FCV has allowed just two goals on the season and ranks third in the ECNL overall standings. The team’s +22 goal differential is tied for the second highest in the league.

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Ohio Premier extended it winning streak to three with division wins over Maryland United FC (3-3-1) and Bethesda SC (6-2-1) on the road. Premier blanked MUFC 2-0 on Saturday before downing Bethesda 3-1 on Sunday, conceding just one total goal against the division’s second and third place teams. The Premier back line has outscored opponents 24-6 on the season, its 2.44 Points Per Game ranking eighth in the nation.

Jameese Joseph set up U.S. Youth National Team defender Makenna Morris for her fifth goal of the season in the loss for Bethesda, which split a pair of games on the weekend. Prior to the loss on Sunday, Bethesda defeated Internationals SC 3-1 on Saturday, highlighted by a Joseph hat-trick. Morris and Rachel Deresky provided assists in the victory, as Joseph netted her team-leading fifth, sixth and seventh goals and Bethesda earned its sixth win of the 2015-2016 campaign.

Chesapeake Division sides Charlotte SA and Richmond United (1-4-2) also split decisions over the weekend, earning three of six available points. Richmond opened with a 1-0 shutout win over NC Fusion before falling to Charlotte 3-0 on Sunday. Delaney Zybko, Rachel Frantz and Megan Bornkamp each found the net as part of a balanced Charlotte attack, with Katherine Herrmann and Isabelle Wood providing assists.

Caley Shriner set up Kenna McCarthy for the only score of the match as Richmond edged out Fusion 1-0 for its first win of the season on Saturday morning in North Carolina.

Saturday, October 31
Richmond United 1, NC Fusion 0
Ohio Premier 2, Maryland United FC 0
CASL 4, Charlotte Soccer Academy 0
Internationals SC 1, Bethesda SC 3

Sunday, November 1
FC Virginia 2, McLean Youth Soccer 0
Richmond United 0, Charlotte Soccer Academy 3
CASL 7, NC Fusion 0
Ohio Premier 3, Bethesda SC 1

U-15

All four matches played at the U-15 level this weekend were decided by one goal, continuing the trend of even competition in the Chesapeake Division.

Third place Charlotte Soccer Academy (3-4-1) dropped a pair and fourth place Richmond United (3-5-2) split a pair of games, while second place FC Virginia (3-2-2) edged sixth place McLean Youth Soccer (1-3-3) 1-0 on Sunday. CASL (6-0-3) continued its unbeaten run to nine games, outlasting Charlotte 2-1 on Saturday.

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Richmond opened the weekend with a 2-1 loss to fifth place NC Fusion (2-4-1), conceding goals to Laura Milligan and Rachel Rouse as Fusion picked up its second victory of the young season. Playing on the road, United rallied for a 1-0 shutout of Charlotte the next morning, with Lauren Bruns earning her team-leading fifth assist of the season as she set up Patricia Ward for the game-winner. Carter BruceMelissa MancusoMalia MarianoEmma Schwarz and Taylor Shell composed a Richmond back line which tallied its first clean sheet of the season.

Defender Payton Moore netted her team-leading fifth goal for FCV in the 1-0 blanking of McLean, also contributing to her team’s third clean sheet.

Charlotte defender Kyndall Edwards scored the fifth goal allowed by CASL in nine matches, but it was not enough as the CASL attack netted two of its own and the team extended its winning streak to three on Saturday.

Saturday, October 31
Richmond United 1, NC Fusion 2
CASL 2, Charlotte Soccer Academy 1

Sunday, November 1
FC Virginia 1, McLean Youth Soccer 0
Richmond United 1, Charlotte Soccer Academy 0

U-16

Top of the table Richmond United (9-1-0), FC Virginia (5-2-0) and CASL (5-5-0) took care of business against the bottom half of the Chesapeake Division in five games this weekend.

Richmond outscored NC Fusion (0-8-0) and Charlotte Soccer Academy (3-5-0) by a combined score of 10-0 on a North Carolina road trip, running its goal total to an ECNL-best 40 through 10 matches while earning its sixth clean sheet of the season. Jordan Canniff had five goals and an assist on the trip, including a four-goal outburst on Saturday against Fusion. Defender Kiersten Hening had a goal and an assist over the course of the two games while also sparking the dominating efforts by the back line. McKinley Burkett (2 goals, 1 assists) and Paige Franks (2 goals, 1 assist) were also among the top producers for United, which had seven players contribute to the scoring with goals or assists.

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Amy Thompson‘s brace led FCV to a 2-0 victory over McLean, with assists by playmaking midfielders Nicole Foley and Emilene Parham. FCV’s breadth of defensive talent powered the tam to its second straight shutout and fifth overall. The team’s fleet of strong defenders, including Gillian HadermannJulia VillagomezEmma DizeAshley RodriguezNavleen SohiKennedy Temple and Alyson Broecker, has given up a conference-low five goals through seven matches.

CASL, which had scored just one goal in its previous four games entering the weekend, snapped an uncharacteristic four-game skid with two wins as the offense exploded for six goals in 3-2 wins over Charlotte and Fusion. Grace Wagner had an assist in each game, improving her team-leading assist total to five. Anna Grace Abrams and Kendall Bushick each compiled a goal and an assist, and Meredith Brown netted her team-high fourth goal of the season as eight different players contributed to the scoring with either a goal or an assist on the weekend.

Saturday, October 31
Richmond United 7, NC Fusion 0
CASL 3, Charlotte Soccer Academy 2

Sunday, November 1
FC Virginia 2, McLean Youth Soccer 0
Richmond United 3, Charlotte Soccer Academy 0
CASL 3, NC Fusion 2

U-17

Fourth place Richmond United (2-3-4) had a strong showing in North Carolina, picking up four of six available points in match-ups with NC Fusion (0-6-0) and Charlotte Soccer Academy (2-3-3). Old Dominion University 2017 commit Morgan Hall set up McKenna Maier for the game’s only goal in a 1-0 shutout of Fusion Saturday, followed by a 2-2 draw against Charlotte on Sunday. Defenders Maxine BorrisAmia Canada, Emily Fair and Virginia Tech 2017 commit Caroline Cipolla led the United back line to its first clean sheet of the 2015-2016 campaign in Saturday’s win.

Meanwhile, Chesapeake Division leader FC Virginia (7-0-0) preserved its unblemished record with a 2-1 win over McLean Youth Soccer (1-3-2). Catherine Kwitnieski notched her team-leading fourth assist while Emma Kerns picked up her second. Katie Le tallied her third goal and defender Isabella Gordon netted her first, while also helping the FCV back line hold McLean to a single score.

Two-way player and University of Pittsburgh 2017 commit Kylie Olexa was all over the field for second place CASL (5-2-1) on Saturday, scoring once and assisting Patterson Sheehan on the other goal in a 2-1 win over Charlotte.

Saturday, October 31 
Richmond United 1, NC Fusion 0
CASL 2, Charlotte Soccer Academy 1

Sunday, November 1
Richmond United 2, Charlotte Soccer Academy 2
FC Virginia 2, McLean Youth Soccer 1

U-18

CASL (8-1-0) continued its scorching start to the season with a 3-1 win over in-state foe Charlotte Soccer Academy (2-5-1) while McLean Youth Soccer (3-3-0) overtook FC Virginia (3-3-1) for second place in the Chesapeake Division with a 5-2 win at home over its crosstown rival. 

Breanna Mitchell was unstoppable offensively for McLean, recording a hat trick in her team’s largest output of the season. Georgetown 2016 commit Carson Nizialek, Madison Hammond and defender Heather Allen facilitated the McLean attack with assists, as Anya Heijst and Ohio State 2016 commit Meghan Kammerdeiner each found the net in addition to Mitchell’s fireworks.

Richmond United split a pair with NC Fusion (1-3-2) and Charlotte, rebounding from a 2-0 defeat on Saturday with its fourth victory of the season Sunday in a 2-1 road win over Charlotte.

Saturday, October 31
Richmond United 0, NC Fusion 2
CASL 3, Charlotte Soccer Academy 1

Sunday, November 1
Richmond United 2, Charlotte Soccer Academy 1
FC Virginia 2, McLean Youth Soccer 5

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 2.75 22 8 7 0 1 24 2 22
02. CASL ECNL U14 2.14 15 7 4 0 3 19 5 14
03. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U14 1.71 12 7 4 3 0 12 14 -2
04. Richmond United ECNL U14 0.71 5 7 1 4 2 6 20 -14
05. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U14 0.29 2 7 0 5 2 6 15 -9
06. NC Fusion ECNL U14 0.14 1 7 0 6 1 4 23 -19
Rank Ohio Valley Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. Ohio Premier ECNL U14*champ 8 2.44 22 9 7 1 1 24 6 18
02. Bethesda SC ECNL U14 2.11 19 9 6 2 1 19 12 7
03. Maryland United FC ECNL U14 1.43 10 7 3 3 1 14 10 4
04. Internationals SC ECNL U14 1.25 10 8 3 4 1 18 22 -4
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 9 2.33 21 9 6 0 3 12 5 7
02. FC Virginia ECNL U15*champ 20 1.57 11 7 3 2 2 11 7 4
03. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U15*wc 8 1.25 10 8 3 4 1 8 9 -1
04. Richmond United ECNL U15*wc 10 1.10 11 10 3 5 2 10 18 -8
05. NC Fusion ECNL U15 1.00 7 7 2 4 1 8 9 -1
06. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U15 0.86 6 7 1 3 3 4 5 -1

U-16

U16 Mid-Atlantic Conference
Rank Chesapeake Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. Richmond United ECNL U16*champ 4 2.70 27 10 9 1 0 40 7 33
02. FC Virginia ECNL U16*champ 12 2.14 15 7 5 2 0 13 5 8
03. CASL ECNL U16*wc 6*champ 24 1.50 15 10 5 5 0 14 17 -3
04. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U16*wc 9 1.29 9 7 3 4 0 10 11 -1
05. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U16 1.13 9 8 3 5 0 11 15 -4
06. NC Fusion ECNL U16 0.00 0 8 0 8 0 6 39 -33

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 21 7 7 0 0 20 8 12
02. CASL ECNL U17*champ 17 2.00 16 8 5 2 1 14 6 8
03. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U17*wc 10 1.13 9 8 2 3 3 9 8 1
04. Richmond United ECNL U17*wc 11 1.11 10 9 2 3 4 16 15 1
05. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U17 0.83 5 6 1 3 2 5 8 -3
06. NC Fusion ECNL U17 0.00 0 6 0 6 0 2 21 -19

U-18

U18 Mid-Atlantic Conference
Rank Chesapeake Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. CASL ECNL U18*champ 3 2.67 24 9 8 1 0 23 6 17
02. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U18 1.50 9 6 3 3 0 11 12 -1
03. FC Virginia ECNL U18 1.43 10 7 3 3 1 11 13 -2
04. Richmond United ECNL U18 1.20 12 10 4 6 0 9 14 -5
05. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U18 0.88 7 8 2 5 1 13 18 -5
06. NC Fusion ECNL U18 0.83 5 6 1 3 2 7 11 -4