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Girls DA Apr 11, 2018

Girls Development Academy East Conference Recap: Spring Showcase 2018

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The U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy Spring Showcase, featuring over 200 teams from 67 clubs around the country, was held from April 6-10 in North Carolina. Continue reading for a look at some of the top performances by East Conference teams.

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U-15

On Friday, the best in the Northeast met the best in Southeast as New York City FC (14-6-1,43 points) took on NTH Tophat (17-1-5, 56 points). While one might expect a match-up of two sides that have combined to score 158 goals to feature a tallies on the scoresheet, it was their defenses that took center stage. NYCFC goalkeeper Megan Sical and the back line were able to hold off Tophat’s dynamic duo of Danielle Lewin and Alexis Wright (17 goals this season) in the 0-0 result. 

Tophat were more successful on Sunday, defeating SoCal Blues Soccer Club (20-5-3, 63 points) 5-1. Arianna Manrique of Tophat provide the game’s first goal in the 30th minute. The goal was her 14th on the season. After being held scoreless by NYCFC on Friday, Lewin also found her scoring stroke, netting four goals for her side (34’, 38’, 60’, and 66’). So Cal got a goal of their own from Riley Gleason in the 40th minute, but it wasn’t for the top side in the Southwest Division on the day.

On Tuesday, Tophat ended the showcase undefeated, beating the Central Division’s second-place side Michigan Hawks (12-3-7, 43 points) 4-0. Lewin (11′), Manrique (57′), and Wright (70′) all once again found the back of the net for Tophat, with Evelyn Shores adding the fourth goal in the 71st minute. Lewin’s goal was her 21st of the season, which puts her in fifth place among all goal-scorers in the U-15 division.

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Charlotte Soccer Academy (15-6-3, 48 points) ended their showcase on a high note, defeating FC Fury NY (12-7-1, 37 points) 3-0. Defender Ainslee McMahon put CSA up 1-0 with a goal in the 40th minute. In the second half, Emma Sexton put the match away with a pair of goals (45′ and 80′) that gave her side the win against the second place side in the Northeast Division. She has 16 goals on the season, sixth most among all players in the U-15 East Conference.

In all East Conference battle on Saturday, United Futbol Academy (10-11-3, 33 points) in the Southeast Division defeated Washington Spirit Academy-Baltimore Armour (5-16-0, 15 points) 5-1. Midfielders Smith Cathey (10’), Nicole Sensing (23’), Liliane Markey (34’), and forwards Kara Simons (44’ and 55’) and Jolie St. Louis (63’) provided the goals for UFA. Armour’s Ellie Stokes hit the back of the net for her side in the 59th minute.

UFA continued their winning ways on the weekend after they defeated PA Classics (6-11-1, 19 points) of the Atlantic Division 5-1 on Sunday. Smith and St. Louis each earned their second goals on the weekend, with their strikes in the 23rd and 28th minutes. Caroline Coggin (40’), Hailey Cliche (55’), and Carly Lantz (62’) notched their first goals of the Spring Showcase and helped their side to the victory. St. Louis and Lantz lead the team in scoring with 11 and 8 goals apiece. PA’s lone goal came from midfielder Kaitlyn Nguyen in the 65th minute.

+READ: Girls Development Academy East Conf. Recap | March 31 – April 1

They would make it a perfect three-for-three on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over Pateadores (8-15-4, 28 points) of the Southwest. While UFA’s attack had been the story during the first two matches, on Tuesday it was all about the defense. Goalkeeper Livi Ellington earned her first clean sheet of the tournament, aided by defenders Madeleine Barre (80 minutes), Naomi Moleka (80 minutes), Morgan Hill (80 minutes) and Kayla Sensing (29 minutes). Their lone goal came courtesy of Isabella Munoz in the eighth minute, her second on the season. UFA’s three wins on the weekend extends their unbeaten run to eight games (6-0-2, 20 points).

Oakwood Soccer Club (11-8-2, 35 points) improved their Wild Card chances on Friday with a 1-0 win against the Southeast’s NC Courage (13-8-3, 45 points). Oakwood goalkeeper Kaelen Fabry and the back line secured the clean sheet, while the game-winning goal came from Madison Carroll in the 53rd minute.

RESULTS

Atlantic

4/7
Crossfire Premier 0-Penn Fusion Soccer Academy 0
Sky Blue: PDA 0- Reign Academy 2
Washington Spirit Academy: Virginia 0-Houston Dash 5
Cedar Stars Academy: Monmouth 0-LA Slammers 4
FC Virginia 0-La Roca Futbol Club 2
PA Classics 4-PSV Union Football Club 3
United Futbol Academy 6-Washington Spirit Academy: Baltimore Armour 1
Virginia Development Academy 2-West Coast Futbol Club 2
IMG Academy 0-Arlington Soccer Association 3

4/8
FC Virginia 1-California Thorns 2
PA Classics 1-United Futbol Academy 5
Sky Blue: PDA 2- Solar Soccer Club 0
FC United Soccer Club 3-Virginia Development Academy 1
Penn Fusion Soccer Academy 0-Beach Futbol Club 4
Washington Spirit Academy: Baltimore Armour 5-Boca United Futbol Club 3
Long Island SC 0-Arlington Soccer Association 1

4/9
Cedar Stars Academy: Monmouth 0-Real So Cal 1
Washington Spirit Academy: Virginia 2-IMG Academy 3

4/10
Beach Futbol Club 1-Sky Blue: PDA 0
Boca United Futbol Club 0-Cedar Stars Academy:Monmouth 2
Portland Thorns FC 4-Washington Spirit Academy: Virginia 0
Albion SC 0-FC Virginia 0Arlington Soccer Association-Shattuck: Saint Mary’s
Eagles Soccer Club 1-PA Classics 2
Penn Fusion Soccer Academy 2-FC Dallas 5
Real So Cal 2-Washington Spirit Academy: Baltimore Armour 0
Virginia Development Academy 1-SPORTING Blue Valley 4

Northeast

4/7
NC Courage 0-Oakwood Soccer Club 1
SC del Sol 1-FC Stars 5
New York City FC 0-NTH Tophat 0
Shattuck: Saint Mary’s 4-Empire United 1
Solar Soccer Club 8-FC Fury NY 0
Colorado Rush 4-Long Island SC 1
Boston Breakers Academy 5-Los Angeles Premier Football Club 0
Sky Blue: NYSC 3-Real So Cal 2

4/8
LA Galaxy 1-FC Stars 1
Long Island SC 0-Arlington Soccer Association 1

4/9
Empire United 0-PSV Union  Football Club 3
FC Fury NY 1-Eclipse Select Soccer Club 2
Pateadores 1-Boston Breakers Academy 1
SPORTING Blue Valley 2-Sky Blue: NYSC 1
Legends FC 4-NYCFC 0
Oakwood Soccer Club 0-LA Galaxy San Diego 2

4/10
FC Stars 0-Placer United SC 0
Los Angeles Premier Futbol Club 2-Empire United 0
Midwest United FC 2-Sky Blue: NYSC  0
Oakwood Soccer Club 2-Crossfire Premier 3
So Cal Blues Soccer Club 6-New York City FC 1
Charlotte Soccer Academy 3-FC Fury NY 0
IMG Academy 2-Long Island SC 2
West Florida Flames 0-Boston Breakers Academy 1

Southeast

4/7
Boca United Football Club 0-Midwest United FC 4
Lamorinda Soccer Club 2-Orlando Pride 1
NC Courage 0-Oakwood Soccer Club 1
Concorde Fire 4-California Thorns 0
New York City FC 0-NTH Tophat 0
United Futbol Academy 6-Washington Spirit Academy:Baltimore Armour 1
Charlotte Soccer Academy 0-San Diego Surf 3
United Soccer Alliance 0-Eagles Soccer Club 1
West Florida Flames 0-Portland Thorns 1
Weston FC 1-San Jose Earthquakes 3
IMG Academy 0-Arlington Soccer Association 3

4/8
PA Classics 1-United Futbol Academy 5
La Roca Football Club 4-Weston FC 0
Washington Spirit Academy: Baltimore Armour 5-Boca United Futbol Club 3
Cincinnati Development Academy 3-Charlotte Soccer Academy 1
Shattuck: Saint Mary’s 0-West Florida Flames 1
Sockers FC 2-Orlando Pride 1

4/9
NTH Tophat 5-So Cal Blues Soccer Club 1
Portland Thorns 2-United Soccer Alliance 3
Concorde Fire 2-SC del Sol 2
San Jose Earthquakes 1-NC Courage 0
Washington Spirit Academy: Virginia 2-IMG Academy 3

4/10
Boca United Football Club 0-Cedar Stars Academy: Monmouth 2
Pateadores 0- United Futbol Academy 1
San Diego Surf 2-Concorde Fire 0
Lamorinda Soccer Club 0-West0n FC 2
Orlando Pride 1 -LA Galaxy 3
Charlotte Soccer Academy 3-FC Fury NY 0
Dallas Texans 2-NC Courage 0
IMG Academy 2-Long Island SC 2
Michigan Hawks 0-NTH Tophat 4
United Soccer Alliance 1-Colorado Rush 5
West Florida Flames 0-Boston Breakers Academy 1

U-16/U-17

Penn Fusion Soccer Academy (17-3-2, 53 points) finished the Spring Showcase with a near perfect record, getting results against three of the top sides in the U-16/17 age bracket. On Friday, PFA drew 1-1 with FC Dallas (18-1-5, 59 points). Dallas, who are currently first in the Central Division, took the lead just before halftime with a goal from midfielder Reyna Reyes in the 42nd minute. But PFA would respond in the second half, with Emma Misal finding the equalizer in the 50th minute. The goal was Misal’s third on the season.

PFA followed Friday’s quality effort with another result on Sunday, this time defeating Midwest United FC (14-7-0, 42 points) of the Central Division 3-1. The PFA attack was sparked by forward Giovani Vicari (50′) and midfielder Catherine De Rosa (70′), whose goals gave them the 2-0 advantage. Vicari’s goal was her first on the season while De Rosa has six. Midwest would get one back thanks to a goal from Stephanie Currie in the 86th minute. But it was too little, too late as PFA goalkeepers Mia Reed and Natalie Neumann combined with the back line for a strong defensive performance in the victory.

On Tuesday, PFA defeated NTH Tophat 3-1 to finish the event undefeated. Tophat took the lead early thanks to a goal from Madeline Simpson in the 26th minute. The goal was her fifth on the season. But PFA came storming back, with Anna Salvucci giving them the 2-1 advantage, her second and third goals on the season. While their defense was tested against one of the top scoring sides in the U-16/U-17 age group (66 goals scored), a late strike from forward Claire Pinnie in the 90th minute put the match out of reach. With their two wins and one draw on the weekend, PFA stretched their unbeaten run to six matches.

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As for Tophat, while Friday (a 3-1 loss to the LA Slammers) and Tuesday were not the ideal results, they did manage to leave the weekend with one positive result: a 5-0 win over Dallas. While the first half was close, the Tophat attack found their groove in the second half. Simpson recorded a brace (49′ and 60′) while individual goals were scored by Sofia Black (51′), Maggie Graham (74′), and Jolie Baltzegar (89′).

Sky Blue PDA (16-5-1, 49 points) got two wins on the weekend, first defeating Real Colorado (15-5-4, 49 points) 2-0. Madison Pilla (48′) and Ranya Senhaji (80′) provided the goals for Sky Blue against the third-place side from the Frontier Division. While their result on Sunday was less than desirable (a 4-1 loss to the LAFC Slammers) they did end the Showcase on a high note, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes (19-4-1, 58 points) 2-0. Sky Blue earned a penalty kick opportunity in the second minute, converted by midfielder Julianne Leskauskas would convert, giving her side the 1-0 advantage and her sixth goal of the season.

Goalkeeper Mia Justus and the Sky Blue back line held off the Earthquakes attack and preserved the advantage, while PDA added another goal in the 74th minute from Senhaji. It was her eighth goal on the season and the insurance necessary to give their side a statement victory.

FC Fury NY (13-5-1, 40 points) gritted out a tough 4-3 result over Cincinnati Development Academy (13-5-1, 40 points). CDA jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a goal from Alison Gessner (2′). While the Fury would make 1-1 with a Victoria Minda in the eighth minute, CDA took the lead again thanks to a strike from Kaitlyn Dudukovich (9′). The Fury attack continued to find space to operate in CDA’s defense third, which would in turn lead to goals. Minda (40′), Kayleigh Goodrich (45′), would give the Fury the 3-2 lead late into the match. Gessner made things level again at 3-3 with her goal in the 69th minute. But Julie Hannon would slam the door shut on CDA with her goal in the 74th minute.

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Keeping up pace in the Northeast the Boston Breakers Academy (13-7-0, 39 points) would pull off three wins on the weekend. On Friday, they defeated Beach Futbol Club (13-12-3, 42 points) 2-0. Charlotte Hill (74′) and Mia Otero (83′) provided the goals for the Breakers. They followed that result up on Sunday with a 5-1 win over Lamorinda Soccer Club (11-12-3, 36 points), receiving goals from Otero (34′ and 50′), Hill (89′), Serena Sink (15′), and Charlotte Huang (43′). Lamorinda’s lone goal came from Jordan Goularte in the seventh minute.

The Breakers capped their undefeated run through the Spring Showcase with a 4-1 win over LA Galaxy San Diego (12-8-7, 43 points). Hill (12′ and 28′) and Otero (11′) once again provided the lion’s share of goals for the Breakers, with Claire Grover adding a fourth in the 86th minute. Skylar Enge gave the Galaxy their lone goal in the 89th minute. With the three wins on the weekend, the Breakers extended their unbeaten run in the USSDA to six matches.

Atlantic

4/7
PA Classics 3-Albion SC 0
Penn Fusion Soccer Academy 1-FC Dallas 1
Portland Thorns 1-FC Virginia 2
Sky Blue: PDA 2-Real Colorado 0
Virginia Development Academy 0-Boca United Football Club 2
Washington Spirit Academy: Baltimore Armour 2-Orlando Pride 1
West Coast Futbol Club 0-Washington Spirit Academy:Virginia 2
Cedar Stars Academy: Monmouth 3-Houston Dash 4

4/8
Albion SC 3-Virginia Development Academy 1
SC del Sol 2-Washington Spirit Academy: Baltimore Armour 2
LAFC Slammers 4-Sky Blue: PDA 1
Washington Spirit Academy:Virginia 0-Reign Academy 4
Penn Fusion Soccer Academy 2-Midwest United FC 1

4/9
FC Virginia 0-Real So Cal 1
Sockers FC 1-PA Classics 1
United Futbol Academy 1-Cedar Stars Academy: Monmouth 1

4/10
FC Virginia 4-Lamorinda Soccer Club 0
PA Classics 7-PSV Union Football Club 0
Sky Blue: PDA 2-San Jose Earthquakes 0
Virginia Development Academy 0-United Futbol Academy 6
Washington Spirit Academy: Virginia 1-Beach Futbol Club 0
West Florida Flames 1-Cedar Stars Academy 0
NTH Tophat 1-Penn Fusion Soccer Academy 3
Washington Spirit Academy: Baltimore Armour 3-So Cal Blues Soccer Club 0

Northeast

4/7
Concorde Fire 3-Oakwood Soccer Club 2
FC Stars 1-LA Galaxy 1
Long Island SC 1-Pateadores 5
Michigan Hawks 1-NYCFC 1
Sockers FC 3-Sky Blue:NYSC 3
Boston Breakers Academy 2-Beach Futbol Club 0
Empire United 0-West Florida Flames 11
FC Fury NY 0-Crossfire Premier 2

4/8
Charlotte Soccer Academy 7-Long Island SC 0
Empire United 1-PSV Union Football Club 3
Lamorinda Soccer Club 0-Boston Breakers Academy 5
Sky Blue: NYSC 1-Boca United Football Club 3

4/9
FC Stars 0-Orlando Pride 2
New York City FC 1-San Jose Earthquakes 4
Oakwood Soccer Club 3-Placer United SC 1
Cincinnati Development Academy 3-FC Fury NY 4

4/10
Boca United Football Club 0-FC Stars 1
Houston Dash 5-Empire United 1
LA Galaxy San Diego 1-Boston Breakers Academy 4
Oakwood Soccer Club 2-Los Angeles Premier Fubtol Club 1
Sky Blue: NYSC 1-Albion SC 0
FC Fury NY 0-LAFC Slammers 5
Legends FC 4-NYCFC 0
Shattuck: Saint Mary’s 1-Long Island SC 1

Southeast
4/7
La Roca Futbol Club 1-IMG Academy 2
NC Courage 5-Placer United SC 3
Shattuck: Saint Mary’s 0-Charlotte Soccer Academy 10
Virginia Development Academy 0-Boca United Football Club 2
Washington Spirit Academy: Baltimore Armour 2-Orlando Pride 1
Charlotte Soccer Academy 1-Eagles Soccer Club 2
LAFC Slammers 2-NTH Tophat 1
Weston FC 0-LA Galaxy San Diego 4
Empire United 0-West Florida Flames 11
PSV Union Football Club 1-United Futbol Academy 2
United Soccer Alliance 3- Real So Cal 4

4/8
Charlotte Soccer Academy 7-Long Island SC 0
Houston Dash-West Florida Flames
IMG Academy-West Coast Football Club
FC Dallas-NTH Tophat
Sky Blue: NYSC-Boca United Futbol Club

4/9
Beach Futbol Club 1-Concorde Fire 1
Crossfire Premier 2-United Soccer Alliance 0
FC Stars 0-Orlando Pride 2
Legends FC 1- Weston FC 4
Los Angeles Premier Futbol Club 1-NC Courage 4
United Futbol Academy 1-Cedar Stars Academy: Monmouth 1
So Cal Blues Soccer Club 1-Charlotte Soccer Academy 5

4/10
Boca United Football Club 0-FC Stars 1
IMG Academy 0-San Diego Surf 1
Placer United SC 0-Concorde Fire 6
Real Colorado 1-United Soccer Alliance 3
Virginia Development Academy 0-United Futbol Academy 6
West Florida Flames 1-Cedar Stars Academy: Monmouth 0
Eclipse Select Soccer Club 2-Charlotte Soccer Academy 2
La Roca Futbol Club 2-Weston FC 1
NTH Tophat 1-Penn Fusion Soccer Academy 3
Orlando Pride 3-LA Galaxy 3
California Thorns 0-NC Courage 1

U-18/U-19

Charlotte Soccer Academy (12-5-4, 40 points) held on to their fourth place spot in the Southeast Division with a pair of positive results on the weekend against IMG Academy (2-19-1, 7 points). On Saturday at home, CSA’s potent attack hit the IMG attack early and often to the tune of a 4-0 win. Robin Jackson scored twice (4′ and 60′) while Laughlin Ryan (29′) and Megan Bornkamp (55′) added two more to give CSA the win.

IMG exacted some measure of revenge on their Southeast foes on Sunday, earning the 2-2 draw to prevent CSA from earning the full six points on the weekend. CSA took the lead twice thanks to goals from Sarah McHale (14′) and MaKayla Garner (66′). But IMG matced them blow-for-blow with goals of their own from Renee Berak (54′) and Brianna Stevens (81′).

RESULTS
Charlotte Soccer Academy 4-IMG Academy 0 (4/06)
IMG Academy 2-Charlotte Soccer Academy 2 (04/08)

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