ECNL: FC Virginia U-15s maintain first place in Mid-Atlantic Conference
By Jimmy LaRoue
FC Virginia and McLean Youth Soccer had mixed success on their roadtrips to the Buckeye state over the weekend, as both were taking on Ohio Elite Soccer Academy and Carmel United.
FC Virginia (7-0-1) played to a scoreless tie against Carmel United (3-0-1) and followed that up with a 3-1 win over Ohio Elite Soccer Academy (0-2-2). McLean (1-6-2) and Ohio Elite played to a 1-1 tie Saturday, while McLean lost to Carmel United 3-0 Sunday.
FCV’s match against Ohio Elite was even for the first 25 minutes until it broke through, as Dani Kiblin followed up on a shot from Tess Sapone that was initially saved but was able to touch in.
Similar circumstances led to Kiblin’s second goal of the day in the second half, with the Ohio Elite goalkeeper saving a shot by Julia Phillips and Kiblin following up for the finish. Phillips got one of her own for FCV’s third goal of the afternoon before Ohio Elite pulled one back off of a defensive breakdown and a strong finish from Amanda Reed.
FC Virginia (4-3-2) managed just a single point from two games over the weekend, falling to Carmel United (2-1-1) 3-0 Saturday and tying first place Ohio Elite (3-0-1) 1-1 Sunday. FCV got a goal from Laura Malacane and an assist from Hannah Menard in the tie. McLean (6-2-1), meanwhile, split a pair of games, falling 1-0 to Ohio Elite while rallying Sunday for a 3-1 win over Carmel United behind goals from Kaitlyn Forsht, Mia Hoen-Beck and Sidney Tison, Forsht and Rebecca Voyack added assists for McLean. Hoen-Beck now has 10 goals on the season.
McLean (6-2-1) split a pair of games in this age group as well, going down 2-0 to Ohio Elite (3-0-1) and picking up a 2-1 win against Carmel United (1-2-1). FC Virginia (1-8-0), meanwhile, picked up its first win of the season, 3-2 over Carmel United, but fell Sunday to Ohio Elite 3-0. In the win, FCV’s Mackenzie Kick scored twice, while Ellen Gose had a goal and an assist, and Kaitlyn Dorka had an assist. Reilly Martin had a goal and an assist, and Gabrielle LaMere reached the scoresheet for Carmel United in the loss.
FC Virginia (6-3-0) split a pair of games over the weekend, falling 1-0 to Carmel United (3-0-1), but rallying nicely for a 7-0 win Sunday over Ohio Elite (1-3-0). McLean (4-5-0), meanwhile, also split a pair of games, defeating Ohio Elite 3-1, and falling to Carmel United 2-0.
In the only other match of the weekend, FC Virginia (7-1-1) got two goals and an assist from Gabriella Gordon in a 3-1 win over Freestate Soccer Alliance. Casey Kent also had a nice finish, scoring FCV’s first goal of the game and her fourth of the season, while Allison Maliska also had an assist. Freestate’s Megan Klink had her team’s lone goal, while Kori Locksley assisted on it. FCV is now in second place in the conference, while Freestate (2-6-2), is in eighth.
Gordon now has a team-high nine goals on the season.