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With the 2015 Rael Vodicka WAGS Tournament quickly approaching, SoccerWire.com has started an article series previewing the top divisions for the showcase age groups. See below for a look at the U-15 Cup Flight.
(Schedules posted on September 25)
Commack SC Academy 2000 Gold (NY-E)
Coach: Moussa Sy
No team has dominated the Eastern Development Program (EDP) quite like Commack SC in their respective age group over the past year. The 2000 Gold squad won the EDP 1st Division North in Fall 2014 and placed second in Spring 2015, while also winning the 2015 EDP Open Cup over some of the best competition from the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Tri-State area. The Eastern New York State Cup semifinalists are also coming off a run to the Championship Division final at the Spirit United Kickoff Classic, earning an impressive 3-2 win over ECNL side Council Rock United FC Bucks in the semifinal before falling by the same score to Continental FC DELCO ECNL in the title match.
FC Virginia 00 ECNL (VA)
Coach: Christian Cziommer
Coming off a second place finish in the ECNL Chesapeake Division during the 2014-15 season, FC Virginia is poised for another strong season in 2015-16 as they enter their U-15 campaign. The FCV attack was the strongest in the division and second out of 11 teams in the Mid-Atlantic Conference with 40 goals scored in 2014-15, led by forward Abbey Duncan‘s 13 goals and 5 assists. Duncan’s running mate, Victoria Powell, added 9 goals and 3 assists while playmakers Rebecca Bartosh, Anjalia May and Holly Weber combined for 15 assists out of the midfield. FCV is also coming off a 2015 Jefferson Cup Championship Division title and a run to the finals at the Columbia Invitational Memorial Day Tournament.
SAC Ajax Premier (MD)
Coach: Norman Van Order
After winning Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS) U-14 Division 1 in Fall 2014, SAC went on to have a breakout Spring 2015 season with championships at the Jefferson Cup (Platinum Black Division) and March in Cups Tournament (Premier Division), and a run to the finals of the Premier Division at the Columbia Invitational Memorial Day Tournament. SAC also reached the semifinals at the ASL Spring Showcase and placed third in the Region I Champions League (Division 2 White). Megan Snyder was named to the Atlantic Soccer League (ASL) All-Tournament Teams at both the 2014 Bethesda Tournament and TFCA Friendlies, along with teammates Danielle Satola (Bethesda Tournament) and defender Delaney Ensor (TFCA Friendlies).
Lower Merion SC Storm (PA-E)
Coach: Pete Gangl
One of Eastern Pennsylvania’s strongest squads enters Fall 2015 looking to build on a notable spring season where they reached the finals of the Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup and the Jefferson Cup Elite White Division. Lower Merion placed fourth in the highly competitive EDP League 1st Division Central in Fall 2014 and fifth in the 2015 Region I Champions League (Division 1 Red).
Premier SC Strikers (MD)
Coach: Jimmy Canoles
One year ago, Premier Strikers advanced through a tough Bracket 3 and semifinal round at the WAGS Tournament, but lost a thrilling 2-1 match in the U-14 Cup Flight final to national powerhouse and Florida State Cup champion Sunrise Sting 00/01. Since then, Premier Strikers have won titles at the Annandale Premier Cup and Maryland State Cup, and reached the semifinals of the Jefferson Cup (Championship Division) and US Youth Soccer Region I Championships. The Strikers roster is stacked with Region I ODP players including midfielders Phoebe Canoles and Jenna Snead, defender Kara Poole and goalkeeper Alyssa Minnick.
Triangle Futbol Alliance TFCA 00 (NC)
Coach: Tom Misuraca
Reigning North Carolina State Cup champion TFCA returns to the WAGS Tournament looking to repeat as a division winner, having won the A Flight in 2014. The team did not allow a single goal in its run to the title while scoring 9 en route to a perfect 5-0-0 record on the weekend. The girls followed up the strong showing with a run to the finals of the CASL Girls Shootout (Elite Black Division) and a division title in the ASL group at the Generation Adidas Bethesda Tournament where they went 3-0-0 netting 8 goals and once again holding their opponents scoreless. TFCA has qualified for the 2015-16 US Youth Soccer National League which kicks off in December in their home state. A few of the team’s key contributors include 2015-16 Region III ODP players Alexa Wojnovich (Defender), Mackenzie Roach (Defender) and Sara Moushegian (Forward).
AZ Arsenal 01 Premier Teal (AZ)
Coach: Matthew Smith
Making the trip East for the 2015 WAGS Tournament is AZ Arsenal, coming off a run to the Arizona State Cup semifinals. Over the course of the last year, Arsenal has been crowned champions of the Kick for the Cure 2014 event, reached the finals of the 2014 Arsenal Challenge and 2015 CCV Shoot for the Stars Tournament, and the semifinals of the Desert Classic 2015 and Carlsbad Cup 2015. Earlier this summer, midfielder Elisabeth Kessler was invited to represent the club at the Region IV ODP Camp in McMinnville, Oregon.
BRYC 00 Elite (VA)
Coach: Thomas Hopkins
Club Champions League and US Youth Soccer National League representative BRYC 00 Elite broke out in a big way over Memorial Day weekend at the 16th annual FC DELCO Players Cup in Downington, Pennsylvania, beating Albertson SC 00 Fury ECNL 3-1 in the title match to claim the Elite Division. Midfielder Cara Norlin was recently named to the 2015-16 Region I ODP roster pool. Along with Norlin, Carole Miller, Maggie Basse and Eliza Radoll found the net in National League play during the 2014-15 season.
NJ Wildcats Fury (NJ)
Coach: John Hernandez
EDP juggernaut NJ Wildcats Fury had a successful 2014-15 campaign, winning the EDP Cup 2014 Fall event and reaching the finals of the Spring 2015 event. Wildcats also reached the semifinals of the 2015 New Jersey Cup U-14 Super Group and 2014 National Elite Women’s Soccer Showcase (NEWSS) while placing third in the EDP League Fall 2014 (1st Division Central).
FC Westchester Quickstrike FC Elite (NY-E)
Coach: Carlos Mejia
Competing in one of the deepest US Club Soccer regions in the country, this revamped FC Westchester Quickstrike FC Elite side has consistently been at or near the top of the New York Club Soccer League (NYCSL) NPL and EDP League over the last two years. Most recently, the squad placed second in the New York NPL during the Spring 2015 season. They emerged through stout competition at the NEWSS Showcase in November 2014 to win the Showcase White division, outscoring opponents 8-2. Westchester/Quickstrike defeated two ECNL teams at the event, knocking off Albertson SC Fury in group play and Connecticut FC Arsenal ECNL 1-0 in the final. The team also won the 2014 EDP Fall League 2nd Division North, moving up to the 1st Division North in the spring and finishing sixth.
Calvert Rangers White (MD)
Coach: Will Morris
Last spring was a major breakout season for Calvert Rangers White in the EDP League 1st Division South. After finishing fourth in the fall, Rangers went unbeaten with a 6-0-2 record in the spring, outscoring opponents 12-5. They also reached the semifinals of the EDP Open Cup, defeating New Jersey powerhouse NJ Wildcats 1-0 in the quarterfinals before falling to South Jersey Elite Barons 00 in the semis. Rangers and Wildcats will meet once again at the WAGS Tournament as they have been paired up in Bracket 3.
NVSC Jr. Majestics ’00 (VA)
Coach: Chris Jones
The reigning Virginia State Cup champions and Region I finalists made a run to the WAGS Tournament A Flight semis in 2014, and will look to improve on that result this year following their most impressive season to date. Class of 2020 forward Morgan Bynum scored the third-most goals among all players at the 2015 US Youth Soccer Region I Championships with four. One of the team’s top players, midfielder Chloe Olson, was recently named to the Region I 2000 Girls ODP pool for the 2015-16 season.
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