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ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference Recap: Sept. 26-27, 2015

FC Virginia teams went a combined 8-0-2 on a successful trip to North Carolina, highlighting a busy weekend in the ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference.

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See below for a recap of the action in the ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference over the weekend of Sept. 26-27.

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U-14

A pair of 3-1 wins at home against Indiana Fire Juniors and Ohio Elite Soccer Academy brought FC Virginia’s season opening unbeaten streak to five games, as FCV built on its early lead in the Chesapeake Division. Alexis Theoret and Ellis Wheeler scored a goal apiece in both games this weekend, as the midfield duo continues to dominate opponents with their playmaking abilities. Theoret and Wheeler have combined for 6 goals and 7 assists through five matches, while the FCV defense has conceded a mere 2 goals.

Following a 2-1 win over McLean in their opening game and a 0-0 tie against FCV, CASL remained undefeated with a a 2-1 win on Saturday against Internationals SC, followed by a 1-1 tie on Sunday with Ohio Premier. Maggie Pierce has led the CASL back line in allowing only 2 goals in its opening four games, and leads the team in scoring with 2 goals and an assist. Pierce scored CASL’s goal in Sunday’s draw against Ohio Premier, while Jeana Freeman sparked the offense by scoring one goal and assisting Peyton Goldthwaite on the other in Saturday’s win.

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Ohio Premier also remains unbeaten and in second place in the Ohio Valley Division after earning a 4-0 victory over Richmond United on Saturday before tying CASL to close the weekend. Avery Jantonio‘s hat trick led the way in the win, while the Ohio Premier back line has conceded just 2 goals through three games.

Maryland United enjoyed two victories on the weekend, outscoring NC Fusion and Charlotte Soccer Academy by a combined score of 10-1. Lillian McCarthy had a hat trick in Saturday’s 3-0 shut out of NC Fusion, and followed up with 2 goals and an assist in Sunday’s 7-1 win over Charlotte. Kale’a Perry (2 goals, 1 assist), Kaitlyn Parks (1 goal, 1 assist) and Nadia Wilson (1 goal, 1 assist) were among the other top producers for Maryland United in the blowout win.

Bethesda improved to an unblemished 3-0-0 with 2-0 and 3-1 wins over Charlotte and NC Fusion. U.S. Girls National Team player Makenna Morris and Rachel Deresky each had a goal and an assist in the win over Charlotte, and Haley Seabolt did the same against NC Fusion on Sunday while also playing a key role in Bethesda’s strong defensive effort.

Saturday, September 26
FC Virginia 3, Indiana Fire Juniors 1
Ohio Premier 4, Richmond United 0
Bethesda SC 2, Charlotte Soccer Academy 0
Maryland United FC 3, NC Fusion 0
CASL 2, Internationals SC 1

Sunday, September 27
Indiana Fire Juniors 1, McLean Youth Soccer 0
Bethesda SC 3, NC Fusion 1
Internationals SC 3, Richmond United 3
FC Virginia 3, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 1
Maryland United FC 7, Charlotte Soccer Academy 1
CASL 1, Ohio Premier 1

U-15

Victoria Powell and Holly Weber each had a goal and an assist while the FC Virginia back line recorded its second shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over NC Fusion on Saturday, and on Sunday FCV played Charlotte to a 1-1 draw to stay undefeated through four games. Defender Payton Moore netted her second goal of the season against Charlotte and contributed to the continued tough play of the back line for the Chesapeake Division leaders.

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Charlotte’s back line earned a shutout on Saturday as well, as Hannah Guller‘s goal on an assist from Kaelee Van Gundy would be enough for the 1-0 victory over McLean.

Two of the top playmakers at the U-15 level faced off Sunday in Richmond, as United’s Margaret Beckman and CASL’s Haleigh Stackpole each found the net in a 1-1 draw. CASL’s defense has conceded just two goals in five games this season, as the reigning Chesapeake Division champion side is back at the top of the table with a 3-0-2 record.

Saturday, September 26
FC Virginia 4, NC Fusion 0
Charlotte Soccer Academy 1, McLean Youth Soccer 0

Sunday, September 27
McLean Youth Soccer 0, NC Fusion 0
FC Virginia 1, Charlotte Soccer Academy 1
CASL 1, Richmond United 1

U-16

Richmond United and FC Virginia are No. 1 and No. 2 in the Chesapeake Division after defiant wins this weekend. United routed CASL 6-1 at home on Sunday, as U.S. Girls National Team player Jordan Canniff exploded for another 3 goals and 2 assists, bringing her season totals to 9 goals and 6 assists in just four matches. U.S. Girls National Team forward and University of Tennessee commit McKinley Burkett added a goal and an assist in the win, upping her totals to 9 goals and 6 assists as well. Richmond has now outscored opponents 24-7 through five games.

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Meanwhile, FCV earned 6-0 and 1-0 shutouts of NC Fusion and Charlotte Soccer Academy. Amy Thompson led the way on Saturday with a hat trick, and Ashley Rodriguez added two assists while also helping the back line dominate the opposing attack. On Sunday, Rodriguez and the FCV defense locked down Charlotte’s offense while midfielder Maria Pareja netted the only goal of the match.

Saturday, September 26
FC Virginia 6, NC Fusion 0
McLean Youth Soccer 2, Charlotte Soccer Academy 0

Sunday, September 27
McLean Youth Soccer 3, NC Fusion 1
FC Virginia 1, Charlotte Soccer Academy 0
Richmond United 6, CASL 1

U-17

Midfielder Blair Thompson turned in an MVP performance for FC Virginia in a 4-1 win over NC Fusion on Saturday, helping both the offense and defense in a two-way effort. On Sunday, FCV earned another road win in a 2-1 result against Charlotte, improving to an unblemished 4-0-0. Center back Aisha Brown led another dominating outing for the back line, while 2016 Virginia Tech commit Lillian Weber and 2017 University of Illinois commit Katie Le found the net. Weber’s goal was her fifth of the young season.

McLean played its way into a Champions League position with two wins in North Carolina over the weekend, outscoring Charlotte and NC Fusion by a combined score of 5-0. Emily Stranne scored the game-winner in a tight 1-0 decision against Charlotte, while the defense posted its second and third shutouts through just four games this season.

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Two-way player and University of Pittsburgh 2017 commit Kylie Olexa assisted defender Lauren Griffiths on the only goal of the match in a road win for CASL at Richmond United, as the North Carolina side improved to 3-1-1, good for second in the competitive Chesapeake Division. The assist was Olexa’s third already this season, for Griffith’s second goal. Griffith and the back line posted their fourth clean sheet in just five games.

Saturday, September 26
FC Virginia 4, NC Fusion 1
McLean Youth Soccer 1, Charlotte Soccer Academy 0

Sunday, September 27
FC Virginia 2, Charlotte Soccer Academy 1
CASL 1 Richmond United 0
McLean Youth Soccer 4, NC Fusion 0

U-18

Chesapeake Division leader CASL continued its torrid start to the season, advancing to 5-0-0 following a 2-0 victory at Richmond United.

FC Virginia earned its first win of the season on Sunday, defeating Charlotte 4-2 following a 1-1 draw against NC Fusion on Saturday. McLean also picked up its first victory, edging Charlotte 2-1 on Saturday before falling to NC Fusion 2-0 on Sunday.

Saturday, September 26
FC Virginia 1, NC Fusion 1
McLean Youth Soccer 2, Charlotte Soccer Academy 1

Sunday, September 27
FC Virginia 4, Charlotte Soccer Academy 2
NC Fusion 2, McLean Youth Soccer 0
CASL 2, Richmond United 0

Standings

U-14

Rank Chesapeake Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. FC Virginia ECNL U14*champ 6 2.60 13 5 4 0 1 17 2 15
02. CASL ECNL U14 2.00 4 2 1 0 1 2 0 2
03. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U14 1.00 3 3 1 2 0 4 10 -6
04. Richmond United ECNL U14 0.50 2 4 0 2 2 4 14 -10
05. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U14 0.33 1 3 0 2 1 1 4 -3
06. NC Fusion ECNL U14 0.00 0 3 0 3 0 2 9 -7
Rank Ohio Valley Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. Ohio Premier ECNL U14*champ 2 3.00 6 2 2 0 0 9 1 8
02. Bethesda SC ECNL U14 3.00 9 3 3 0 0 6 1 5
03. Internationals SC ECNL U14 2.33 7 3 2 0 1 11 9 2
04. Maryland United FC ECNL U14 1.50 6 4 2 2 0 10 7 3
05. Indiana Fire Juniors ECNL U14 0.75 3 4 1 3 0 7 13 -6
06. Ohio Elite Soccer Academy ECNL U14 0.00 0 2 0 2 0 3 6 -3

U-15

Rank Chesapeake Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. CASL ECNL U15*champ 10 2.20 11 5 3 0 2 5 2 3
02. FC Virginia ECNL U15*champ 12 2.00 8 4 2 0 2 8 2 6
03. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U15*wc 7 1.40 7 5 2 2 1 6 6 0
04. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U15*wc 10 1.00 4 4 1 2 1 3 3 0
05. NC Fusion ECNL U15 0.80 4 5 1 3 1 6 7 -1
06. Richmond United ECNL U15 0.80 4 5 1 3 1 5 13 -8
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

U-16

Rank Chesapeake Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. Richmond United ECNL U16*champ 6 2.40 12 5 4 1 0 24 7 17
02. FC Virginia ECNL U16*champ 11 2.25 9 4 3 1 0 10 2 8
03. CASL ECNL U16*wc 3*champ 21 1.80 9 5 3 2 0 8 9 -1
04. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U16*wc 9 1.50 6 4 2 2 0 9 8 1
05. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U16 1.20 6 5 2 3 0 5 8 -3
06. NC Fusion ECNL U16 0.00 0 5 0 5 0 3 25 -22
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

U-17

Rank Chesapeake Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. FC Virginia ECNL U17*champ 3 3.00 12 4 4 0 0 12 5 7
02. CASL ECNL U17*champ 16 2.00 10 5 3 1 1 11 3 8
03. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U17*wc 5*champ 23 1.75 7 4 2 1 1 7 4 3
04. Richmond United ECNL U17*wc 9 1.00 5 5 1 2 2 10 8 2
05. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U17 1.00 5 5 1 2 2 5 4 1
06. NC Fusion ECNL U17 0.00 0 5 0 5 0 2 23 -21
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

U-18

Rank Chesapeake Division PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
01. CASL ECNL U18*champ 1 3.00 15 5 5 0 0 12 2 10
02. Richmond United ECNL U18 1.80 9 5 3 2 0 6 5 1
03. Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL U18 1.20 6 5 2 3 0 10 12 -2
04. FC Virginia ECNL U18 1.00 4 4 1 2 1 6 7 -1
05. NC Fusion ECNL U18 0.80 4 5 1 3 1 6 10 -4
06. McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U18 0.75 3 4 1 3 0 3 7 -4
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