Girls Development Academy East Conference Recap: Nov. 10-11, 2018
Club across the U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy East Conference continued their November schedules over the weekend, as several division leaders extended their leads across the U-15, U-16/17 and U-18/19 age groups.
FC Virginia (7-0-3, 24 points) remain in first place after holding off Arlington Soccer Association (5-4-3, 18 points) by a score of 5-2. ASA took the lead early with a goal from Alyssa Kenealy in the 18th minute. But Virginia went on a three-goal tear, with scores coming from midfielder Ella Carter (20’ and 29’) and midfielder Madison Moon. Ellie Simmons made it a one-goal game in the 52nd minute for ASA. But Virginia closed the door on the match with a second brace coming from Lauren Cundey (70’ and 75’).
Things were better on Sunday for ASA, who ended the weekend by defeating Washington Spirit Academy-Virginia (0-9-1, 1 point) 1-0. Kenealy scored her second of the weekend in dramatic fashion, giving her side the game-winning goal in the 76th minute. She leads the team with six goals.
Hot on the heels of FC Virginia in the Atlantic is Penn Fusion Soccer Academy (8-2-1, 25 points), who earned a 4-1 road win over Washington Spirit Academy-Maryland (5-3-2, 17 points). PFA’s attack was on point early, getting four goals from Ava Minnier (18’ and 38’), Reese Kershner (26’), and Margaret Wilde (41’). Taylor Jendrek got one back for the Spirit with his goal in the 71st minute. But the PFA defense held firm in the final minutes of the match and earned their fourth consecutive win.
In a battle of the top four in the Northeast, Oakwood SC (7-2-1, 22 points) defeated Seacoast United (5-5-0, 15 points) 1-0. Oakwood scored early with defender Kaitlyn Murphy hitting the back of the net in the eighth minute. Goalkeeper Abby Colella and the back line earned their side’s fifth shutout of the season.
FC Fury NY (2-6-1, 7 points) got their second win of the season by defeating NEFC (7-3-0, 21 points) 2-0. Hailey Hnis (10’ and 20’) scored twice for the Fury, pushing her season total to eight on the season. Defenders Madison Hnis, Fiona Killian and Alexa Weiner worked in concert with goalkeepers Shae McGinty (40 minutes) and Sofia DeVito (40 minutes) to help limit NEFC’s talented attack.
Tophat (8-1-0, 24 points) were the big winners in the Southeast Division over the weekend, earning a pair of victories to retain their hold on the top spot. On Saturday they defeated Weston FC (3-6-1, 10 points) 7-0 with goals from Tori DellaPeruta (38’, 68’, and 73’), Kiera Staude (32’), Sarah Sirdah (30’ and 50’) and Evelyn Shores (60’). They followed that result up with an equally impressive effort, a 7-0 win over South Florida Football Academy (0-9-0, 0 points). DellaPeruta (21’), Isabel Thomas (14’), Ansley Elizalde (30’ and 44’), Regan Lundstedt (61’), Rhonda Ojongmboh (78’) and Delaney Thomas (73’) provided the goals for Tophat. With her four goals over the weekend, DellaPeruta increased her season total to 13, which is tied for third most among all U-15 players in the USSDA.
Not far behind Tophat is IMG Academy (7-1-1, 22 points), who defeated the West Florida Flames (2-7-0, 6 points) 4-1. Kayla Reed (19’ and 42’) scored twice to extend her league-best goal scoring mark to 18. Enasia Colon (55’) and Dolce Villaflor (65’) each scored insurance goals for IMG. West Florida’s lone goal came from Isabella Maldonado in the 56th minute.
Washington Spirit Academy-Maryland 1: Penn Fusion Soccer Academy 4
FC Virginia 5 : Arlington Soccer Association 2
Arlington Soccer Association 1: Washington Spirit Academy-Virginia 0
PA Classics 2: Long Island SC 2
FC Fury NY 2: NEFC 0
Sky Blue-NYSC : Empire United
Seacoast United 0 : Oakwood Soccer Club 1
New York City FC 3 : Albertson Fury FC 0
New York City FC : Empire United
Weston FC 0 : Tophat 7
South Florida Football Academy : United Futbol Academy
South Florida Football Academy 0 : Tophat 7
Weston FC : United Futbol Academy
West Florida Flames 1: IMG Academy 4
In the only Atlantic Division match on the weekend, Penn Fusion Soccer Academy (8-1-0, 24 points) defeated Washington Spirit Academy-Maryland (0-9-1, 1 point) 4-0. Forward Chloe Adler (10’ and 39’) struck twice for PFA while Kelly Hutton and Susanna Soderman added goals in the 47th and 71st minutes, respectively. Goalkeepers Mia Reed (45 minutes) and Audrey Brown (45 minutes) combined with the back line to help their side earn their sixth shutout.
New York City FC (8-1-1, 25 points) earned six more points over the weekend, staying in first place in the Northeast Division. On Saturday, NYCFC defeated Albertson Fury (1-6-1, 4 points) 6-2 with goals from Kelly Monaco (17’), Isabella Gomez (58’), Luciano Latino (88’), Elizabeth Jensen (72’ and 90’) and Bella Sember (61’). The Fury’s goals were scored by midfielders Kiara Guadalupe (23’) and Chiara Greco (31’).
NYCFC followed that performance up with an equally impressive effort, an 8-0 win over Empire United (0-10-1, 1 point). Latino (17’ and 52’) and Sember (38’, 73’, and 81’) added to their weekend haul while the club received additional goals from Caroline Flynn (26’ and 47’) and Ashley Blaka (34’). Goalkeeper Megan Sical earned the clean sheet, working with the NYCFC back line to earn the team’s fourth shutout.
Oakwood SC (9-2-0, 27 points) earned their third consecutive win by defeating Seacoast United (3-6-1, 10 points) 3-1. Lumi Kostmayer (4’), Autumn Skowrenski (77’) and Natalie Tavana (26’) supplied the goals for Oakwood, while Seacoast’s came from Daisy Granholm in the 23rd minute. Oakwood has scored 49 goals this season, which is the second most among all teams in the USSDA U-16/U-17 age bracket.
Tophat (6-2-1, 19 points) are in third place in the Southeast Division after winning twice over the weekend. On Saturday they faced a tough test against Weston FC (1-8-2, 5 points), narrowly defeating their opponent’s 3-2. Weston actually led for most of the first half, getting a brace from Carina Lageyre (8’ and 40’) against a goal by Tophat forward Danielle Lewin in the 19th minute. In the second half, Tophat pulled away with a brace of their own, coming from substitute Alexis Wright (54’ and 88’).
Tophat had a little more breathing room on Sunday, earning a 3-1 win over South Florida Football Academy (2-3-4, 10 points). Wright added another two goals to her weekend total while Arianna Manrique added a third in the 77th minute. Manrique has seven goals on the season which is the most on the team. Blaire Pressley scored the lone goal for South Florida in the 25th minute.
Washington Spirit Academy-Maryland 0: Penn Fusion Soccer Academy 4
FC Fury NY 1: NEFC 3
Sky Blue-NYSC 6 : Empire United 1
Seacoast United 1: Oakwood Soccer Club 3
New York City FC 6: Albertson Fury FC 2
New York City FC 8 : Empire United 0
Weston FC 2: Tophat 3
South Florida Football Academy 0: United Futbol Academy 4
South Florida Football Academy 1 : Tophat 3
Weston FC 1: United Futbol Academy 5
West Florida Flames 2 : IMG Academy 1
FC Virginia (9-0-1, 28 points) remain undefeated after defeating PA Classics (0-5-0, 0 points) 5-0. Midfielder Alexis Theoret (11’ and 76’) and forward Ellis Wheeler (18’ and 83’) each scored twice for Virginia, while forward Carrie McIntire added a goal in the 71st minute. Virginia’s defense once again showed their mettle, limiting Classics’ opportunities in the final third. Defenders Sydney Ash, Kristen Guiney, Victoria Haugen and Nicole Seller comprised the back line in the shutout.
Washington Spirit Academy-Virginia (5-5-0, 15 points) edged closer to third place after posting a 4-0 win over Cedar Stars Academy-Monmouth (0-5-0, 0 points). Caitlin Sutton (16’ and 45’), Jasmine Hamid (33’) and Maddy Oliver (56’) all scored for the Spirit, giving them their second-largest margin of victory on the season (their highest margin is five from their 7-2 win over Classics back in October).
Spirit Academy-Virginia were helped out in their hopes of gaining a top three spot after Spirit Academy-Maryland (4-3-0, 12 point) lost to Penn Fusion Soccer Academy (6-1-1, 19 points) 5-1. Elle Kershner (44’ and 66’), Emma Roesing (21’), Catherine DeRosa (57’) and Elizabeth Lawton (81’) all scored for PFA. Spirit Academy-Maryland’s lone goal came from Leyah Hall-Robinson in the 61st minute.
In the Northeast, New York City FC (2-4-3, 9 points) gained some ground on idle Oakwood SC (4-1-2, 14 points) by defeating FC Albertson Fury (0-5-0, 0 points) 4-1. Ellie Johnson (29’ and 57’) and Kailey Brenner (60’ and 82’) each had a brace for NYCFC while the club’s lone blemish came in the form of an own goal in the 34th minute. After a difficult 8-0 loss to NEFC in October, NYCFC have bounced back winning three of their last four matches (3-0-1, 10 points).
Finally in the Southeast Division, IMG Academy (3-6-0, 9 points) got ahead early and never looked back, defeating West Florida Flames (2-7-0, 6 points) 1-0. Renee Berak put IMG ahead with her strike in the 23rd minute. The win gives IMG their third in five matches (3-2-0, 9 points).
Washington Spirit-Maryland 1: Penn Fusion Soccer Academy 5
Washington Spirit Academy-Virginia 4 : Cedar Stars Academy-Monmouth 0
PA Classics 0 : FC Virginia 5
FC Fury NY 0: NEFC 5
New York City FC 4: Albertson Fury FC 1
Weston FC 0 : Tophat 4
South Florida Football Academy 2: United Futbol Academy 2
South Florida Football Academy 1: Tophat 3
Weston FC : United Futbol Academy
West Florida Flames 0: IMG Academy 1