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ECNL Oct 31, 2016

ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference Recap: October 29-30, 2016

ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference clubs Maryland United FC, Bethesda SC, FC Virginia, McLean Youth Soccer, Richmond United, CASL, Charlotte Soccer Academy, NC Fusion, Indiana Fire, Ohio Premier, Ohio Elite and Internationals SC were all in action over the weekend.

Continue reading for a recap of the action.

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Maryland United FC (4-3-2) earned a pair of division wins over Ohio Premier and Internationals SC over the weekend, playing on its home field at McDonogh School. On Saturday, United blanked Ohio Premier 2-0, behind goals from Aria Bilal and Taylor Smith. Goalkeeper Caroline Duffy earned the clean sheet in net, and defender Alyssa Clearfield contributed an assist while also aiding in the shutout effort. Bilal and Alayna Lynchard both found the net in Sunday’s 2-1 victory against Internationals SC, as Danielle Campbell notched an assist and Duffy earned another win between the posts.

Prior to the loss on Sunday, Internationals SC (4-2-1) opened the weekend with a 2-0 shutout of Bethesda SC to maintain its hold on first place in the Ohio Valley Division. Goalkeeper Anna Ostrander and the Internationals back line combined to earn the team’s second clean sheet of the season.

Ohio Premier (4-2-1) rebounded on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Bethesda SC, as Alexei Whittaker netted the game-winning goal and the defense notched its third shutout of the season.

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Chesapeake Division leader Charlotte Soccer Academy (7-1-1) earned four of six possible points, hosting CASL and Richmond United at the Orthocarolina Sportsplex. Charlotte downed in-state foe CASL 5-0 on Saturday behind a balanced attacking effort, as five different players found the net. Ella JoaquinEmma SextonKatie Bengough, Kelly Poole and Savanna Riggs scored a goal each, behind two assists apiece from Emily Morris and Madelyn Baucom, and another assist from Riggs. Sexton and Baucom assisted Elizabeth Herrmann and Madeline Eastman on Charlotte’s goals in a 2-2 draw against Richmond United on Sunday.

CASL (4-1-2) bounced back to remain in second place in the Chesapeake Division with a 2-0 win over NC Fusion on Sunday. Braelynn Francher and Tori Holt providing the scoring, and Makenzie Lipscomb notched an assist.

Richmond United (3-0-4) and NC Fusion (2-5-2) opened the weekend with a scoreless draw, in a match that featured dominating efforts by the back lines and clean sheet efforts by goalkeepers Olivia Pratapas and Talley Applewhite.

FC Virginia (3-3-3) earned a 3-0 win over McLean Youth Soccer on Sunday at Lewinsville Park, behind the team’s fourth shutout effort of the season through its first nine matches.


Saturday, October 29
Indiana Fire 2, Ohio Elite SA 1
Maryland United FC 2, Ohio Premier 0
NC Fusion 0, Richmond United 0
Charlotte Soccer Academy 5, CASL 0
Internationals SC 2, Bethesda SC 0

Sunday, October 30
Charlotte Soccer Academy 2, Richmond United 2
CASL 2, NC Fusion 0
FC Virginia 3, McLean Youth Soccer 0
Ohio Premier 1, Bethesda SC 0
Maryland United FC 2, Internationals SC 1


Chesapeake Division leader Charlotte Soccer Academy (6-0-2) extended its season-opening unbeaten streak to eight over the weekend, earning a 1-1 draw against CASL and a 5-0 win over Richmond United. Cameron Grainger set up Caileen Almeida for Charlotte’s goal on Saturday, while an Annabelle Abbott strike put CASL on the board.

On Sunday, three Charlotte players – Asha Means (1 goal, 2 assist), Ayden Yates (2 goals) and Bentley Settin (1 goal, 1 assist) – had a hand in multiple goals, as Morgan Hart also found the net, and Almeida and Grace Joaquin contributed an assist each. Goalkeepers Paige Nurkin and Amy Joyner split time between the posts in both games, allowing a total of one goal on the weekend.

CASL (4-2-3) maintains possession of second place in the Chesapeake Division following a win and a draw on the weekend. After playing Charlotte to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, CASL edged NC Fusion 2-1 on Sunday behind goals from Adelyn Lowry and Ani Khachadourian, and an assist from Corbin Reifschneider. Fusion’s Karlee Easter set up Sophia Faircloth for the team’s lone goal. Fusion did earn a point over the weekend as well, earning a 0-0 draw against Richmond United on Saturday.

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Saturday, October 29
Charlotte Soccer Academy 1, CASL 1
NC Fusion 0, Richmond United 0

Sunday, October 30
CASL 2, NC Fusion 1
Charlotte Soccer Academy 5, Richmond United 0


Charlotte Soccer Academy (4-1-3) picked up four of six possible points, defeating CASL 2-0 before playing Richmond United to a 2-2 draw. The results extended Charlotte’s current unbeaten streak to four. Claire Broderdorp and Rachel Schleicher each found the net in Saturday’s win over CASL, and Faith Adams recorded a brace for Charlotte in Sunday’s draw against Richmond United.

Richmond United (2-6-1) also earned four points, opening the weekend with a 4-0 rout of NC Fusion prior to Sunday’s draw against Charlotte.

CASL (3-4-2) blanked NC Fusion 1-0 on Sunday, shutting out an opponent for the third time this season. Peyton Goldthwaite scored the game’s only goal, while CASL goalkeeper Felicity Baker and the back line held strong throughout the match.

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Saturday, October 29
Richmond United 4, NC Fusion 0
Charlotte Soccer Academy 2, CASL 0

Sunday, October 30
CASL 1, NC Fusion 0
Charlotte Soccer Academy 2, Richmond United 2


CASL (6-2-1) claimed 2-1 and 5-0 victories over in-state opponents Charlotte Soccer Academy and NC Fusion, climbing to the No. 15 seed in the Champions League playoff standings. Against Charlotte, Maggie Pierce fed Tori Hansen for a header goal to open the scoring, and Mattie Murphy scored the game-winner on a long strike off the post and in.

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Against NC Fusion, CASL spread the scoring around as Murphy assisted an Izzy Brown goal, then scored one of her own on a feed from Emily Moxley. Pierce added to the total with a goal on an assist from Haleigh Stackpole, after some good work in the midfield by Lyndon Wood. Emmy Duerr scored the fourth with a feed from Grace Wagner, before Stackpole finished the scoring on a play in the box set up by Moxley and Lexi Strickland.

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Richmond United (1-6-2) recorded a draw and a win, playing NC Fusion to a 2-2 decision prior to a 3-0 victory over Charlotte Soccer Academy on Sunday. U.S. Youth National Team forward Jordan Canniff had a goal and two assists on the weekend, and Natalie Maurer netted a goal in each match. Indiah Hunter and Patricia Ward both added a goal, while Alisha Holcombe and Savyon Hammond notched an assist each.

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Saturday, October 29
NC Fusion 2, Richmond United 2
CASL 2, Charlotte Soccer Academy 1

Sunday, October 30
Richmond United 3, Charlotte Soccer Academy 0
CASL 5, NC Fusion 0


CASL (6-1-2) remains at the top of the Chesapeake Division following a win and a draw over the weekend. The team played Charlotte Soccer Academy to a 2-2 stalemate on Saturday before rallying for a 4-2 win over NC Fusion on Sunday. CASL is now unbeaten in its last six matches. Brianna Pinto led the attack with three goals over the two games, as Morgan NanniIsabella Crabtree and Sydney Spruill netted one each. Claire GriffithsLaura Sparling and Brianna Morris each recorded an assist.

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Richmond United (4-4-1) split the weekend results on a road trip to North Carolina, bouncing back from a 2-1 loss to NC Fusion on Saturday with a 5-2 win over Charlotte Soccer Academy on Sunday. Morgan Hall racked up two goals and two assists on the weekend, while Whitney Edwards-Roberson also contributed to multiple scores with a goal and an assist. Amanda WigboldyLaurel Ness and Riley Cook netted one goal each, as Lyndsey Gutzmer and Paige Franks notched assists for United’s well-rounded attack.


Saturday, October 29
NC Fusion 2, Richmond United 1
Charlotte Soccer Academy 2, CASL 2

Sunday, October 30
Richmond United 5, Charlotte Soccer Academy 2
CASL 4, NC Fusion 2

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