Capital Fall Classic: Trophies hoisted as boys’ weekend culminates on championship Sunday
RICHMOND, Va. – Hundreds of young players shook off tired legs and reached for glory at the Capital Fall Classic on Sunday, as the tournament’s boys weekend concluded with division championships at fields complexes across the central Virginia region.
The second day of the weekend was blessed by another sunny day with relatively mild temperatures, allowing some players to ditch their baselayers and wear short sleeves in November, weather that was surely welcomed by the surprisingly large crowds of spectators at many venues.
There was drama in most divisions as championship finals were contested, especially were penalty-kick shootouts were required to determine a winner, and that added to the challenges posed by teams’ fourth match in a two-day span.
The highest incidences of nail-biting and nerves were found at Premier division venues, where bracket championships reaped not only trophies and medals, but also coveted slots at the Jefferson Cup, the massive showcase event also hosted by the Richmond Strikers.
Whether teams were hunting for the chance to give their college-pursuing players that priceless exposure or simply put their newer or lesser-known clubs on the map, there was plenty to play for and emotions ran high as the afternoon sun dropped towards the horizon.
Congratulations are due to the following teams, who reached the summit of their respective divisions. Check back to SoccerWire.com all week for further in-depth reporting from the Capital Fall Classic, which resumes on Saturday with the onset of girls’ weekend.
2013 CAPITAL FALL CLASSIC PREMIER DIVISION CHAMPIONS
Champions: Richmond Strikers Elite
Runners-up: Old Dominion SC Azzurri
U-17 Premier Orange
Champions: Triad Elite Red (N.C.)
Runners-up: Reston SA 96 Internationals Blue
U-17 Premier Black
Champions: Chantilly CYA Cesena USA 96
Runners-up: FSCI Phoenix Orange
Champions: Richmond Strikers U-16 Elite
Runners-up: Fuquay-Varina AA Flash Red U16 (N.C.)
Champions: Lee-Mt. Vernon Patriots
Runners-up: Virginia Rush U15B
Champions: FC Richmond Magic ’99
Runners-up: Herndon FC Hawks
Champions: Great Falls Everton
Runners-up: FC Richmond ’00 Magic
Champions: Richmond Strikers U12 Arsenal (pictured at right)
Runners-up: FC Richmond Magic ’01
Champions: Richmond Strikers U11 Arsenal (pictured at right)
Runners-up: FC Richmond Magic ’02
Champions: Richmond Kickers Galaxy
Runners-up: Richmond Strikers Wilshere
Champions: FASA U9 Elite
Runners-up: Premier AC Elite 04 N