It was another major weekend of competition in the Ohio Valley Division, with teams from Maryland traveling to the Midwest for some pivotal match-ups highlighting the action in ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference play.
Ohio Valley Division leader Ohio Premier continued its dominance, earning 6-0 and 4-2 wins over NC Fusion and Charlotte Soccer Academy on a road trip down South.
Lillian McCarthy View Bio
Club: Maryland United
Maryland United FC had an overpowering performance this weekend, racking up eight goals in 3-0 and 5-3 wins over Indiana Fire Juniors and Ohio Elite Soccer Academy on the road. Lillian McCarthy (2 goals, 1 assist), Kallista Wethern (3 goals) and Kale’a Perry (1 goal, 2 assists) were some of the leaders for United’s attack over the course of the two games, as the team improved to 10-5-3 in conference play.
Rachel Deresky View Bio
HS Grad: 2020
Bethesda SC earned two road wins as well, doing it with tough defense and timely scoring in a pair of 1-0 victories against Ohio Elite and Indiana Fire Juniors. Ashley Cope set up Rachel Deresky for the winning goal against Ohio Elite, and Morgan Tilley assisted Jillian Smalls for the lone score against Indiana. Bethesda and Maryland United are in lockstep for the No. 2 and No. 3 positions in the Ohio Valley Division with identical 10-5-3 records.
Internationals SC, the fourth place side in the Ohio Valley Division, improved to 8-6-1 in conference play with a 2-0 shutout of Charlotte Soccer Academy.
In the only all-Chesapeake Division match of the weekend, FC Virginia defeated Richmond United 3-0, receiving goals from Liliana Schantz, Mayleigh Temple and Alexis Theoret, with Brooke Jones also adding an assist. Goalkeeper Ella Gantman and the FCV back line recorded the team’s astounding 14th clean sheet through 18 games, as they improved to 15-1-1 overall with 49 goals scored and only four allowed all season.
Saturday, April 23
Maryland United FC 3, Indiana Fire Juniors 0
Bethesda SC 1, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 0
Internationals SC 2, Charlotte Soccer Academy 0
FC Virginia 3, Richmond United 0
Ohio Premier 6, NC Fusion 0
At the U-15 level, Bethesda SC took over the top spot in the Ohio Valley Division with a 3-2 win over Ohio Elite Soccer Academy and a 3-0 defeat of Indiana Fire Juniors on the road. Bethesda earned its third and fourth consecutive victories, with scoring contributions from Juliana Lynch (2 goals, 1 assist), Talia Gabarra (1 goal, 1 assist) and Lacey McCormack (1 goal). Grace Sherman netted her fifth goal of the season, while Lynch has now had a hand in nine goals through 15 games, bringing her season totals to six goals and three assists. Meanwhile, Gabarra has scored three and assisted three, highlighting one of the deepest and most productive midfields in the country.
Maryland United, the third place side in the Ohio Valley Division, earned four of six available points on the weekend with a 2-0 win over Indiana Fire Juniors followed by a 2-2 draw against Ohio Elite. Striker Kaitlyn Parks scored a goal in each game, while midfielder Danielle Peay and defender Mia Issac also found the net, and Caroline Macdonald notched her second assist of the season. United remains in the thick of the hunt for a spot in the Champions League playoffs, .21 points per game behind FC Wisconsin Eclipse for the No. 6 and final wild card seed.
Internationals SC currently holds the No. 2 wild card seed and the No. 25 overall Champions League spot following a 2-0 win this weekend against Ohio Premier. Megan Anderson and Kaylyn Galloway found the net for Internationals on assists from midfielder Schuyler Dick and defender Maria Nelson, who also helped the back line to its seventh shutout of the season.
Ohio Elite Soccer Academy continued to roll in division play, earning 2-1 and 4-0 victories over Bethesda SC and Maryland United FC. Ohio Elite improved to 7-1-2 in conference play, holding the No. 15 Champions League slot.
Indiana Fire Juniors racked up 10 goals in 6-0 and 4-1 victories over the same Maryland squads, climbing to 6-1-2 in conference play and 10-1-4 overall, with the No. 8 Champions League seed. Forward Katherine Soderstrom had three goals and three assists on the weekend, bringing her season totals to eight goals and six assists. Cassidy Lindley racked up three goals and an assist, extending her team-high scoring total to 14 goals through 15 games. Kristina Lynch added a goal and an assist as well, and has now had a hand in 13 total goals on the season, scoring seven and setting up six others.
Ohio Premier holds the No. 17 Champions League spot following a 1-0 shutout of Internationals SC on Saturday, sitting in third place in a highly competitive Ohio Valley Division.
Division-leading Indiana Fire Juniors remains unbeaten in conference play following 4-0 and 3-1 wins over Maryland United FC and Bethesda SC, improving to 8-0-1 and maintaining the No. 4 overall Champions League seed. Louisville 2016 commit Allison Whitfield recorded a goal and two assists on the weekend, while University of Wisconsin 2017 commit Alexandra Rice netted three goals and University of Kentucky 2016 commit Danielle Hayden scored one and assisted one.
Ohio Premier earned its second win in conference play on Saturday, defeating Internationals SC 5-2. Erin Griffith netted two goals to lead the balanced attack, which saw four players find the net for Ohio Premier.
Cameron Murtha View Bio
HS Grad: 2017
Club: Bethesda SC
Position: Forward, Defender
Bethesda SC earned a 5-0 win over Ohio Elite Soccer Academy on Saturday, behind another huge game from University of Tennessee 2017 commit Cameron Murtha, who scored twice and set up another, bringing her team-leading season totals to 11 goals and 11 assists. Jadyn Wilensky and Alexis Hogarth combined for three assists in the match while also contributing defensively in the shutout.
Maryland United FC picked up two more wins, climbing to 9-1-1 in conference play with the No. 9 Champions League spot in hand. United is now tied with Ohio Premier for the division lead, following 3-0 and 2-1 victories over Indiana Fire Juniors and Ohio Elite Soccer Academy. Meaghan O’Donovan had a goal in each game, as seven other players contributed either a goal or an assist for United which has now outscored conference opponents by a combined score of 27-7.
Ohio Premier also has a share of the division lead and has the No. 6 Champions League position, rising to 11-1-2 overall with a 2-0 shutout of Internationals SC on Saturday. Toledo 2016 commit Abby Demboski picked up her third assist of the season as Florida State 2016 commit Kristen McFarland scored her sixth goal and Audrey Harding netted her first.