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ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference Recap: May 7-8, 2016

Eight U-14 sides representing the Mid-Atlantic Conference competed at the Greer Showcase in South Carolina this weekend, while U-15 through U-17 teams in the Ohio Valley Division continued divisional play.

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U-14

FC Virginia, the top team in the nation at the U-14 level, extended its ECNL winning streak to 10 games with wins over Continental FC Delco, Orlando City SC and Birmingham United. FCV, which has outscored opponents 56-4 in regular season play, continued its dominance by outscoring the competition 14-1 in South Carolina.

CASL, the second place side in the Chesapeake Division, rebounded from an opening 2-0 loss to TSC Hurricane by defeating Atlanta Fire 4-0 in its second match. Paige Tolentino headed in the opening score off a corner from 2019 North Carolina commit Maggie Pierce, who followed up with a second goal on a low shot from the top of the box. Zora Jackson blasted in the third score from 20 yards out and Anu Kane finished the scoring after a scramble in front of the net. Goalkeeper Felicity Baker redirected two late Atlanta Fire shots to preserve the clean sheet for CASL.

CASL ended the showcase with a hard-fought 1-1 tie against the West Florida Flames as Bayleigh Humbert scored on a well-struck ball from distance and Baker came out of the net to shut down several late Flames’ breakaways and keep the match tied.

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Ohio Premier, the No. 2 team at the ECNL’s U-14 level, posted an unbeaten 2-0-1 record with just one goal allowed over the course of three matches. Premier earned a pair of shutouts on Saturday, defeating Carolina Elite Soccer Academy 1-0 before playing West Florida Flames to a scoreless draw. The offense broke through on Sunday, as Premier defeated Albertson SC 3-1 to close the event on Mothers Day.

The Ohio Valley Division’s second place side, Maryland United FC, earned four points at the Greer Showcase, following up a close 3-2 loss to Georgia side GSA to start the tournament with a 3-0 win over St. Louis Scott Gallagher (IL) and a 2-2 draw against Concorde Fire to finish the weekend.

Weekend Results

Saturday, May 7
Ohio Premier 1, Carolina Elite Soccer Academy 0
TSC Hurricane 2, CASL 0
Concorde Fire 4, Richmond United 0
GSA 3, Maryland United FC 2
Birmingham United 3, Charlotte Soccer Academy 0
FC Virginia 10, Continental FC Delco 1
Orlando City 2, NC Fusion 1
Ohio Premier 0, West Florida Flames 0
CASL 4, Atlanta Fire 0
Tophat SC 3, Richmond United 0
Maryland United FC 3, SLSG – IL 0
GSA 2, Bethesda SC 0
Continental FC Delco 2, NC Fusion 1
FC Virginia 1, Orlando City 0
Jacksonville FC 3, Charlotte Soccer Academy 2

Sunday, May 8
Ohio Premier 3, Albertson Fury 1
CASL 1, West Florida Flames 1
SLSG – IL 2, Richmond United 1
Tophat SC 3, Bethesda SC 0
Maryland United FC 2, Concorde Fire 2
Jacksonville FC 7, NC Fusion 0
FC Virginia 2, Birmingham United 0
Match Fit Academy 2, Charlotte Soccer Academy 1

U-15

Internationals SC and Indiana Fire Juniors played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon at Pinnacle Sports Complex in Ohio. Host side Internationals SC, which holds the No. 26 Champions League playoff seed, ran its overall season record to 8-5-3. Amanda Winquist, who has led the Internationals U-14 squad with 15 goals this season, played up and netted the lone goal of the match for the U-15s, set up by a feed from Olivia Darrow.

Ohio Valley Division leader Bethesda SC played third place Maryland United FC to a 1-1 draw on Sunday as the in-state foes faced off at Richard Montgomery High School. Maliah Morris assisted Micah Reid for Bethesda’s strike, while Mary-Kaitlyn Barnes set up midfielder partner Danielle Peay for Maryland United’s goal.

Ohio Elite Soccer Academy ran its current unbeaten streak in league play to four games with a 2-1 win over Indiana Fire Juniors on Sunday. Ohio Elite improved to 5-7-4 overall on the season with the victory, and is now one spot behind Texas Rush for the 16th and final North American Cup playoff spot.

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Weekend Results

Saturday, May 7
Internationals SC 1, Indiana Fire Juniors 1

Sunday, May 8
Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 2, Indiana Fire Juniors 1
Bethesda SC 1, Maryland United FC 1

U-16

No. 7 Champions League seed and Ohio Valley Division leader Indiana Fire Juniors have now gone 14 games since their only loss of the season, defeating Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 2-0 on Sunday. Indiana is now 12-1-5 overall, outscoring opponents 45-9. U.S. U-16 Girls National Team forward Cassidy Lindley drew even with Kristina Lynch for the team lead in assists, setting up Butler University 2018 commit Katherine Soderstrom and Julianna Stureman for her fifth and sixth assists. Soderstrom netted her 10th goal, which is good for second on the team behind Lindley’s 17, and Stureman’s score was her fourth of the season.

Bethesda SC got the best of in-state opponent Maryland United, winning 3-0 on Sunday at Walter Johnson High School. Tatiana Ortega was a major catalyst for the Bethesda attack, providing two assists. Midfielder Cecile McGarvey added an assist as well, as three players – Beth EllinportAlexandra Saturni and Adrienne Vaughn – each found the net.

Weekend Results

Sunday, May 8
Indiana Fire Juniors 2, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 0
Bethesda SC 3, Maryland United FC 0

U-17

No. 2 Champions League seed Indiana Fire Juniors remained unbeaten in Mid-Atlantic Conference play with a 3-0 shutout of Ohio Elite Soccer Academy on Sunday, climbing to 11-0-1 against conference opponents. On Indiana’s current eight-game winning streak, the team has outscored opponents by a combined score of 31-6.

IUPUI 2017 commit Miranda Ricks netted two goals in the victory, and University of Wisconsin 2017 commit Alexandra Rice scored her team-leading 17th goal. Alicia James and Florida Gulf Coast 2017 commit Hope Van Wagner each recorded their fifth assists of the season, and Butler 2017 commit Taylor Crowe picked up her sixth assist.

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No. 21 Champions League seed Maryland United played Bethesda SC to a scoreless draw on Sunday, as the teams remain in close contention for postseason spots. University of Maryland 2017 commit Arianna Green anchored the United back line, and William & Mary 2016 commit Katelyn Briguglio earned the clean sheet in net. United improved to 10-4-4 on the season, picking up its fifth shutout in its past eight league matches.

Weekend Results

Sunday, May 8
Bethesda SC 0, Maryland United FC 0
Indiana Fire Juniors 3, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 0