Competition in the U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy East Conference is heating up as the inaugural season continues into October. Continue reading for a full recap on each division across the U-15, U-16/U-17, and U-17/U-18 age brackets from Columbus Day weekend.
In the Atlantic Division, FC Virginia pulled off an impressive 1-0 win on the road against Penn Fusion Academy on Saturday. After suffering a 1-0 loss to Penn Fusion at home earlier in the season, Virginia would gain a measure of revenge thanks to a goal in the 68th minute from Isabelle Kalaris.
The win also helped FC Virginia (3-2-1, 10 points) close in on Penn Fusion (5-1-0, 15 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division and keep Virginia Development Academy (2-2-2,8 points) at bey. VDA downed Cedar Stars Academy 4-2 on Saturday, receiving goals from Brooke Potter (4’, 35’, and 74’) and Lilly Lovell (62’). Cedar Stars’ goals would come courtesy of Abigail Najdzinowicz (40’) and Lilly Frick (72’).
In the Northeast Division FC Fury gave NYCFC their first loss of the season with a 2-0 result. Jillian Simkin (36’ and 44’) would provide the brace for the Fury with goals in the 36th and 44th minute. Fury’s impressive defensive work was on full display in the second half, holding back one of the deadliest attacking sides in the Northeast (28 goals scored, most in the under-15 age group). The win also put FC Fury (5-1-0, 15 points) into a first-place tie with NYCFC (5-1-0, 15 points).
Oakwood Soccer Academy had a big weekend in the Northeast, earning a tough 4-3 win over Boston Breakers Academy. Boston took an early 1-0 with a goal from Brooke Haarala in the 15th minute. But Oakwood would press the Breakers and ultimately receive braces from Delaney Farinha (21’ and 22’) and Samantha Forrest (50’ and 58’). The Breakers would make things interesting late with Elizabeth Rappole (51’) and Haarala (70’) each scoring to narrow the gap. But it ultimately wasn’t enough to prevent Oakwood (3-2-0, 9 points) from earning their third win on the season. Boston will hope for better fortunes, and their first win on the season, next weekend when they take on the Fury (10/14 3pm EST).
The Concorde Fire (4-0-1, 13 points) continued their dominant run through the Southeast Division on Sunday with a 2-1 win over the Orlando Pride (2-2-0, 6 points). Forward Breanna Barley’s two goals (35’ and 41’) were enough to overcome an own goal in the 39th minute to give Concorde their fourth consecutive victory in league play.
The win also allowed Concorde to maintain a three point lead of NTH Tophat (3-0-1, 10 points), who easily dispatched the NC Courage with a 6-0 win on Saturday. Arianna Manrique (41’, 65’, and 71’) would supply a hat trick for NTH with Alexis Wright adding a brace (12’ and 26’) and Hannah McLaughlin (59’) adding another to their impressive scoring haul. Credit also to the TopHat defense for earning their second consecutive clean sheet.
Full Results (Home team first)
Penn Fusion Academy 0: FC Virginia 1 (10/07)
Washington Spirit Academy-Virginia 0: Sky Blue: PDA 5 (10/07)
Virginia Development Academy 4: Cedar Stars Academy 2 (10/07)
Empire United 0: Sky Blue-NYSC 8 (10/07)
Boston Breakers Academy 3: Oakwood Soccer Club 4 (10/07)
FC Stars 6:Long Island SC 0 (10/07)
New York City FC 0 : FC Fury 2 (10/07)
NC Courage 0: NTH Tophat 6 (10/06)
Boca United Football Club 0 : West Florida Flames 3 (10/06)
United Soccer Alliance 0 : United Futbol Academy 2 (10/07)
Orlando Pride 1: Concorde Fire 2 (10/07)
The Penn Fusion Academy continued their winning ways in the Atlantic Division on Saturday with a decisive 4-1 win over FC Virginia at Penn Fusion Turf Field. Forward Elle Kershner gave Penn the early advantage with a goal in the 15th minute. Although FC Virginia was able to equalize with a Ellis Wheeler effort in the 32nd, they were unable to hold back the potent Penn attack. Second half goals from forward Chloe Adler (62’), and midfielders Taylor Kauffman (72’) and Rowan Lappi (75’) were enough to keep Penn’s (6-0-0, 18 points) perfect record alive.
Washington Spirit Academy (2-1-2, 8 points) moved into third place in the Atlantic Division standings with a 3-0 win over Sky Blue-PDA (5-1-0, 15 points). Jasmine Hamid (25’) and Caitlin Sutton (28’) goals in the first half would set the tone for the Spirit, giving Washington the early advantage over Sky Blue. A Lauren Teuschel goal in the 77th minute and a second clean sheet on the season from the Spirit would be enough to earn Washington their second win on the season.
In a battle of the undefeateds in the Northeast Division, FC Fury (6-0-0, 18 points) would prove to be the better side on the day against NYCFC (5-1-0, 15 points) with a 3-1 win at the WCFC Complex. Brianna Jablonowski would get the Fury started with a goal in the 22nd minute. NYCFC struck back just 11 minutes later with Kailey Brenner providing the equalizer in the 33rd minute. But the Fury continued to hammer NYCFC, finding success in the form of goals from Samantha DuMont in the 62nd minute and Sierra Brophy in the 82nd minute.
Elsewhere in the division, the Boston Breakers kept up with the two New York-based sides with a 3-2 win over Oakwood Soccer Club. Margaret Rabbitt (6’), Claire Grover (13’), and Isabelle Aviza (65’) provided the goals for the Breakers, helping them earn their third win in four matches (3-1-0, 9 points).
In the Southeast Division, United Soccer Alliance earned their first win on the season with a 7-0 result against United Futbol Academy. MacKenzee Vance (27’), Olufolassade Adamolekun (45’), Lia Godfrey (54’ and 81’), Sydney Hauth (62’ and 72’), and Trescott Shamlou (76’) all found the net for Alliance, with their defense combining for their second consecutive clean sheet.
Full Results (Home team first)
Penn Fusion Soccer Academy 2: FC Virginia 1 (10/07)
Washington Spirit Academy- Virginia 3: Sky Blue-PDA 0 (10/07)
Virginia Development Academy 2 : Cedar Stars Academy 2 (10/07)
Boston Breakers Academy 3: Oakwood Soccer Club 2 (10/07)
Empire United:Sky Blue-NYSC (10/07)
FC Stars : Long Island SC (10/07)
New York City FC 1 : FC Fury 3 (10/07)
NC Courage 1 : NTH Tophat 3 (10/07)
Boca United Football Club 1 : West Florida Flames 0 (10/07)
United Soccer Alliance 7 : United Soccer Academy 0 (10/08)
Orlando Pride 0 : Concorde Fire 3 (10/08)
Penn Fusion Soccer Academy (6-0-0, 18 points) and Sky Blue-PDA (6-0-0, 18 points) continued their torrid run through the rest of the Atlantic Division on the weekend with 3-0 and 6-0 wins over FC Virginia and Washington Spirit Academy-Virginia. Penn’s goals would come courtesy of midfielders Emily Gray (18’), Rachel Dorwart (65’), and Brice McInroy (71’).
Sky Blue-PDA received a hat trick from midfielder Jylissa Harris (1’, 38’, and 56’) and individual goals from Trinity Garay (17’), Jillian Wachira (56’), Jacqueline Harnett (71’) and Laura Jackson (21’).
In the Northeast Division, New York City FC (5-0-1, 16 points) held on to their first place spot with a 6-0 win over FC Fury. Katrina Kurtz (42’ and 51’) and Julianna Basile (78’ and 79’) each scored twice for NYCFC, while Fiona Matthews and Gianna Nitti‘s lone efforts came in the 38th and 86th minute, respectively. Their clean sheet was their third on the season.
While FC Stars (5-1-0, 15 points) were unable to overtake New York in the standings, they did not lose any ground thanks to a 5-1 win over Long Island SC. Forwards Emily Loney (14’ and 28’) and Payton Linnehan (46’) and midfielder Olivia McKennelley (55’ and 80’) provided the goals for FC Stars while Long Island’s goal came courtesy of Taylor Curcio in the 32nd minute.
As for the Southeast Division, Concorde Fire maintained their hold on first place in the standings with a 2-1 win over Orlando Pride. Midfielder Croix Bethune’s brace (13’ and 78’) was enough to offset Pride forward Kristen Scott’s goal in the 50th minute to help Concorde avoid a second consecutive loss.
West Florida Flames (1-3-0, 3 points) earned their first win in league play with a 4-1 win over Boca United Football Club. Jenna Oldham (17’), Dorothy Alvarado (44’), Julianne Hester (56’), and Alisha Deschenes each scored for the Flames. They will hope to continue their winning ways on the road next weekend when they travel to South Florida to take on Weston FC.
Full Results (Home team first)
Penn Fusion Soccer Academy 3 : FC Virginia 0 (10/07)
Washington Spirit Academy-Virginia 0 :Sky Blue-PDA 6 (10/07)
Virginia Development Academy 3- Cedar Stars Academy 1 (10/07)
FC Stars 5 : Long Island SC 1 (10/07)
Boston Breakers Academy 4 : Oakwood Soccer Club 2 (10/07)
Empire United 1 : Sky Blue NYSC 3 (10/07)
New York City FC 6- FC Fury 0 (10/07)
NC Courage 2 :NTH Tophat 2 (10/07)
Boca United Football Club 1 :West Florida Flames 4 (10/07)
United Soccer Alliance 1 : United Futbol Academy 5 (10/08)
Orlando Pride 1 : Concorde Fire 2 (10/08)