ECNL: U-18 Dallas Texans keep perfect record intact with 10th straight win
By Jimmy LaRoue
The Dallas Texans kept up its perfect record in Elite Clubs National League Under-18 play, picking up its 10th straight win without a loss with a 3-1 win over Dallas Sting 3-1.
The win puts Dallas Texans at 10-0-0 and atop the Texas Conference standings with a 3.00 points-per-game average, ahead of second place Solar Chelsea Soccer Club, at 7-2-2 overall and a 2.01 points-per game average.
Two of the top three teams in the Elite Clubs National League U-18 Mid-Atlantic Conference standings picked up wins over the weekend, as Freestate Soccer Alliance beat McLean Youth Soccer 1-0 Saturday, while Ohio Elite Soccer Academy scored two wins on the weekend, 4-1 Saturday over Penn Fusion SA and 5-0 over FC Bucks.
Penn Fusion SA rallied Sunday for a 1-0 win over Ohio Premier Eagles.
OESA, 4-2-0 overall, has played just six matches of its ECNL schedule. All but two division teams have played at least five matches, with FC Virginia and McLean having played 12 matches each.
In a top-of-the-table clash, second-place Dallas Sting held off first place Dallas Texans for a 2-1 win Sunday.
Dallas Sting, at 8-2-0, has a 2.40 points-per game average, just one-tenth of a point behind Dallas Texans, who are 8-1-1. Both teams will have to keep up the pace in the division, as TSC Hurricane, at 10-3-2, has played five more matches and has a 2.13 ppg average.
In the Mid-Atlantic Conference, FC Virginia sits comfortably atop the table at 10-1-1 and didn’t play this past weekend, so it was a chance for other teams to improve their own standing.
Freestate Soccer Alliance scored a 3-1 win over McLean Youth Soccer, while Ohio Elite Soccer Academy lost twice over the weekend–5-4 to Penn Fusion SA and 2-1 to FC Bucks. In other division play, Penn Fusion SA and Ohio Premier Eagles played to a 2-2 draw.
In Mid-Atlantic Conference play, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy split its two games over the weekend, winning 1-0 against Penn Fusion SA and losing its first match of the season to FC Bucks by the same scoreline.
Ohio Elite Soccer Academy is 5-1-0 this season, with six of the nine teams in the division having played between four and seven games. Only FC Delco, with just two win in two games, has played fewer, while McLean Youth Soccer, Richmond Strikers and FC Virginia have all played 12 games.
Ohio Premier Eagles, meanwhile, picked up four points on the weekend, playing to a scoreless tie with FC Bucks and holding off Penn Fusion SA for a 2-1 win. In the other conference match, Freestate Soccer Alliance defeated McLean Youth Soccer 4-1.
In the Texas Conference, Dallas Sting and Dallas Texans tied 1-1. Sting are atop the conference with a 7-1-2 mark and a 2.30 ppg average.
FC Bucks (4-0-0) continued its unbeaten streak at the beginning of its ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference campaign, scoring two 1-0 wins over Ohio Premier Eagles and Ohio Elite Soccer Academy. Both Ohio Premier and Ohio Elite lost twice on the weekend. McLean Youth Soccer is in second place with a 8-3-1 mark and a 2.08 ppg average, taking a 5-0 win over Freestate Soccer Alliance.
In the lone Texas Conference match, first place Dallas Sting (8-1-1) shutout Dallas Texans (6-1-3), 4-0.
The Texas Conference had an active weekend, as all five of the teams that played twice in the conference, though none of them picked up maximum points. Dallas Texans and D’Feeters Soccer Club came closest, picking up four points. Those two teams tied 0-0 Saturday, and the Texans beat Dallas Sting 3-1 Sunday. D’Feeters shutout TSC Hurricane 4-0.
Challenge SC took a 5-0 win over Solar Chelsea Soccer Club, but fell to FC Dallas the next day 1-0. Solar rallied Sunday, meanwhile, for a 3-1 win over Lonestar SC, which won Saturday over FC Dallas 2-1.
FC Dallas, with a 10-2-2 mark and a 2.29 ppg average, are in first place in the conference, while Sting are in second at 8-2-2 and a 2.17 ppg average.
In Mid-Atlantic Conference play, first place FC Virginia (8-1-1, 2.50 ppg) won twice, notching a 3-0 win over McLean Youth Soccer and a 4-1 win over Freestate Soccer Alliance.