ECNL: FC Virginia wins four of five over Richmond Strikers
By Jimmy LaRoue
Makayla Lewis scored both of FC Virginia’s goals as the club’s U-16 ECNL squad defeated the Richmond Strikers Saturday.
The win was one of four for FC Virginia in ECNL action over the Strikers. FCV’s U-14s, U-15s and U-18s also picked up wins.
After a scoreless tie in its opening match against McLean Youth Soccer, FCV’s U-16s has rolled off two straight wins–over Virginia Rush and now the Strikers. Lewis’s goals in the most recent win over the Strikers came off of assists from Kristina Diana, her second of the season, and Katherine Meckus. Madeleine Mazzola scored her second goal of the season for the Strikers in the loss. Diana also has two goals on the season.
In the U-14 matchup, Gabriella Gordon had a hat trick for FCV in a 6-0 win over the Strikers, while Alison Maliska scored her first two goals of the season in the win. Rachel Fischer and Kelsey Hamer added assists. Gordon now has four goals on the season. Kathleen Brumagim also has two goals in four games.
At 3-0-1, FCV’s U-14s, who have outscored opponents 12-2, sit in second place behind Carmel United (5-0-1).
FC Virginia’s U-15s (3-0-0) also picked up a dominant 6-0 win over the Strikers (1-2-0), as Sierra Lam picked up a brace and an assist, while Julia Phillips added two assists. Briana Alston, Kylee Moffett, Ashley SanNicolas and Jasmine Warren also scored for FCV. Kathryn Berry and Christiana Davey also had assists for FCV in the win.
In the U-18 matchup, U.S. U-17 standout Britany Basinger returned to FCV’s lineup in a 4-1 win over the Strikers, moving to 3-0-0 while outscoring opponents 15-2 in the process.
The Strikers lone win of the weekend came in the U-17 matchup, a 2-0 shutout, getting goals from Korrio Player to Watch Elizabeth Ball, her third of the season, and Kylie Hegemier. The Strikers (2-0-1) are tied with McLean (2-0-1) for first place in the Mid-Atlantic Conference standings and have yet to give up a goal through three games, scoring seven goals in the process. The loss drops FCV to 0-3-0.
In the other ECNL matchup involving area clubs over the weekend, McLean and Virginia Rush played a series of close matches, with McLean’s U-14s, U-17s and U-18s picking up wins, while the U-15s played to a 1-1 tie and Rush’s U-16s scoring a 1-0 win.
McLean’s U-14s scored a 1-0 win over Rush to move to 2-1-1. In the U-17 matchup, McLean scored a 2-0 shutout over Rush to stay tied with the Strikers at 2-1-1 for first place, and McLean’s U-18s (2-1-0) squeezed out a 2-1 win over Rush (0-3-0).
This Saturday, Richmond Strikers host Virginia Rush at West Creek, while on Sunday, FC Virginia hosts McLean at SYA Park.