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ECNL Sep 13, 2016

ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference Recap: September 10-11, 2016

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It was a busy weekend of early season action in the ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference, as play in the Chesapeake Division was in full swing across all age groups. Continue reading for a full recap of the U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-18/19 levels.

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U-14

Richmond United has taken an early lead in the Chesapeake Division with a 2-0-0 record, six goals scored and only one allowed. United had a strong opening weekend, edging out FC Virginia 2-1 to open the season on Saturday before trouncing McLean Youth Soccer 4-0 on Sunday.

CASL shut down McLean 2-0 in a season-opening victory on Saturday, kicking off a weekend highlighted by outstanding defensive performances for the North Carolina side. Goalkeeper Mackenzie Smith and the CASL defense continued to dominate on Sunday against FC Virginia in a scoreless draw. FCV goalkeeper Nadia Stupec had an outstanding game in the defensive battle, holding CASL scoreless while racking up 15 saves.

Another Carolina team, Charlotte Soccer Academy, took a season-opening 2-0 clean sheet win over in-state opponent NC Fusion on Saturday.

In the Ohio Valley Division, Internationals SC took charge with a pair of shutout victories against Ohio Elite Soccer Academy and Indiana Fire.

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Results

Saturday, September 10
Richmond United 2, FC Virginia 1
Charlotte Soccer Academy 2, NC Fusion 0
CASL 2, McLean Youth Soccer 0
Internationals SC 1, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 0
Indiana Fire 3, Ohio Premier 1

Sunday, September 11
Richmond United 4, McLean Youth Soccer 0
Internationals SC 3, Indiana Fire 0
CASL 0, FC Virginia 0
Ohio Premier 1, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 1

U-15

Charlotte Soccer Academy improved to a perfect 3-0-0 to take an early lead in the Chesapeake Division, defeating NC Fusion 2-1 on Saturday. Asha Means netted both goals in the win, scoring on assists from Morgan Hart and Ayden Yates.

Three different players – Anna Viscovich, Carrie McIntire and Isabella Unrath – found the net for FC Virginia in a 3-0 victory over Richmond United on Saturday, and the team remained unbeaten following a 1-1 draw against CASL on Sunday. Anna Sisson set up Livia Sabloff for FCV’s goal in the tie. Goalkeeper Jordan Phillips and the FCV back line held their opponents to a combined one goal in the two matches.

CASL earned four of six available points on the weekend as well, edging out McLean 1-0 on Saturday as Tyler Wheeler provided the game-winning goal. Defender Emily Agar assisted Ani Khachadourian for CASL’s goal against FCV, while goalkeeper Emily Allen continued hers strong start to the season between the posts.

Jordan Felton recorded a brace for McLean in the team’s first win of the season on Sunday against Richmond United, while goalkeeper Reilly Furr and the back line limited United to just one score.

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Results

Saturday, September 10
CASL 1, McLean Youth Soccer 0
FC Virginia 3, Richmond United 0
Charlotte Soccer Academy 2, NC Fusion 1

Sunday, September 11
McLean Youth Soccer 2, Richmond United 1
FC Virginia 1, CASL 1

U-16

McLean picked up back-to-back wins to climb to the top of the Chesapeake Division, netting seven goals over the course of 3-2 and 4-0 wins over CASL and Richmond United. A Leyah Hall-Robinson brace and another goal by Rebekah Myers was enough to edge out CASL on Saturday, and the McLean attack ramped up even more on Sunday as four different players found the net. Myers had another strong outing with a goal and and assist, while Angela CaloiaDanielle Soto and Nora O’Connor scored a goal each. Julia Leas also notched an assist, and goalkeeper Cayla White recorded the clean sheet behind a strong effort by the McLean back line.

FC Virginia earned a pair of shutout wins as well to remain unbeaten at 2-0-1, blanking Richmond United 2-0 and CASL 1-0. Midfielder Alexis Theoret and defender Nicole Sellers provided assists on goals by Kenna Zier and Savannah Berry in Saturday’s victory over Richmond, and defender Olivia Migli set up Theoret for the only goal of the match against CASL. Migli, Sellers and the rest of the FCV back line helped goalkeeper Ella Gantman earn two clean sheets on the weekend.

Charlotte Soccer Academy is also 2-0-1 at the top of the Chesapeake Division alongside McLean and FCV at the conclusion of the weekend, following a 2-0 shutout of NC Fusion.  Faith Adams scored one goal and assisted defender Megan Frost on the other goal for Charlotte, which has allowed only two goals through three matches so far this season.

Results

Saturday, September 10
McLean Youth Soccer 3, CASL 2
FC Virginia 2, Richmond United 0
Charlotte Soccer Academy 2, NC Fusion 0

Sunday, September 11
McLean Youth Soccer 4, Richmond United 0
FC Virginia 1, CASL 0

U-17

McLean had a breakout weekend with a pair of three-goal victories, downing CASL 3-0 and Richmond United 4-1. The McLean attack showed its depth as six different players recorded either a goal or an assist over the course of the two games. Abbey Duncan (2 goals, 1 assist), Aleigh Gambone (1 goal, 2 assists) and Caitlin Moon (1 goal, 1 assist) each had a hand in multiple goals, while midfielder Makenzie DePriest-Kessler also added a goal. Defenders Kimberly Zhou (1 assist) and Jillian Gonzales (1 goal) contributed to the attack and helped McLean limit its opponents to just one goal over the course of the two games. McLean is now 3-0-0 on the season with 13 goals scored and only two allowed.

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FC Virginia picked up its first win of the season on Saturday, defeating Richmond United 2-1 behind a goal and an assist from Victoria PowellCassidy Brown set up Powell’s score, and Sarah Philip finished off a feed from Powell in the victory for the host side at Park View High School. FCV went on to play CASL to a 2-2 draw on Sunday, finishing off the weekend with four of six available points.

Results

Saturday, September 10
FC Virginia 2, Richmond United 1
McLean Youth Soccer 3, CASL 0

Sunday, September 11
McLean Youth Soccer 4, Richmond United 1
FC Virginia 2, CASL 2

U-18/19

McLean improved to a perfect 3-0-0 to start the season, downing CASL 4-3 and Richmond United 2-0. Courtney Miles scored two goals and assisted two others on the weekend to lead the attack, and defender Claire Constant was efficient on both ends of the pitch with a pair of assists. Alexandra AddingtonMegan FisherGrace Sklopan and Isabella Ponzi each found the net as well, while Lindie Gibbs and Tracey Mills contributed assists for the balanced McLean attack. Goalkeeper Tailor Gammons notched the shutout between the posts on Sunday against Richmond.

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CASL rebounded from the loss to McLean with a 4-0 rout of FC Virginia, finishing the weekend with seven goals. Robin Pollard (3 goals), Kendall Augsburg (1 goal, 2 assists), Morgan Nanni (2 goals), Sydney Spruill (1 goal, 1 assist) and Claire Griffiths (2 assists) each had a hand in multiple goals in the strong pair of outings for the CASL offense.

FCV picked up its first victory on Saturday over Richmond, as three different players found the net in the 3-1 decision.

Results

Saturday, September 10
FC Virginia 3, Richmond United 1
McLean Youth Soccer 4, CASL 3

Sunday, September 11
CASL 4, FC Virginia 0
McLean Youth Soccer 2, Richmond United 0

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