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Girls DA Oct 30, 2018

Girls Development Academy East Conference Recap: Oct. 27-28, 2018

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Standings continued to take shape over the weekend in the U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy East Conference, as competition continued across all divisions. Continue reading for a recap of the action in the U-15, U-16/17 and U-18/19 age groups.

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In the all-Spirit derby, Washington Spirit Academy-Maryland (5-2-1, 16 points) downed their fellow NWSL affiliate, the Washington Spirit Academy-Virginia (0-7-1, 1 point) 4-1. Cate Shepherd led all scorers with three goals (20’, 45’, 80’). Maryland’s fourth goal was scored by Rebecca Fairbanks in the 51st minute. Virginia’s lone goal came from Taylor Daly in the 60th minute.

Penn Fusion Soccer Academy (6-2-1, 19 points) remain in second place in the Atlantic after defeating Arlington Soccer Association (3-3-3, 12 points) 2-1 on Saturday. Margaret Wilde put PFA ahead with her goal in the 42nd minute, her third of the season. ASA tied it up quickly thanks to a strike from Ellie Simmons (50’). But PFA showed resolve, continuing to push Arlington’s back-line and getting the game-winning goal from Madelyn Galbus in the 59th minute. With the win, PFA extend their unbeaten run to six matches (5-0-1, 16 points).

In the Northeast, Oakwood Soccer Club (5-2-1, 16 points) got back on a winning track earning the 4-0 win over Empire United (2-6-1, 7 points). Kiley Yepes‘ hat trick (8’, 26, 66’) put Oakwood ahead in the match, stretching her season total to five goals this season. Defender Kaitlyn Murphy (74’) scored Oakwood’s fourth goal of the match. Goalkeeper Abby Colella and the back line combined for the side’s fourth shutout.

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Tophat (6-1-0, 18 points) remains atop the Southeast Division, having defeated Charlotte Soccer Academy (6-1-2, 20 points) 2-1. Eliza Rich put CSA ahead in the 15th minute with her first goal of the season. Tophat’s attack earned a goal of their own just two minutes later thanks to forward Tori DellaPeruta (17’). The two sides were locked 1-1 for the remainder of the match and appeared to be destined for a draw. But Tophat’s Isabel Smith netted the game-winning goal in the 80th to give her side all three points.

United Soccer Alliance (4-2-0, 12 points) remains in the top four of the Southeast after defeating Weston FC (2-5-1, 7 points) 2-1 on Sunday. Weston actually held the lead for most of the match after Isabella Larriu scored her seventh goal of the season in the 18th minute. But USA got two unanswered goals in the second half to put them over the top. Goals were scored by Thai Quallich (62’) and Isabella Pontieri (69’). Pontieri has 10 goals this season, which is sixth most among all players in the U-15 age bracket.


Arlington Soccer Association 1 : Penn Fusion Soccer Academy 2
Washington Spirit Academy -Virginia 1: Washington Spirit Academy-Maryland 4
Cedar Stars Academy-Monmouth : Empire United

Oakwood Soccer Club 4: Empire United 0
Cedar Stars Academy-Monmouth : Empire United

Tophat 2 : Charlotte Soccer Academy 1
United Futbol Academy : NC Courage
Weston FC 1 : United Soccer Alliance 2
West Florida Flames 4 : South Florida Football Academy 2


In the lone Atlantic Division match, Washington Spirit Academy-Maryland (1-3-1, 4 points) defeated Washington Spirit Academy-Virginia (0-8-1, 1 point) 4-2 to earn their first win of the season on Saturday. Ellie Stokes (4’ and 69’) scored twice to lead Maryland in goals on the day. Maryland also received goals from Anika Haski (45’) and Kamryn Price (65’). Virginia’s two goals came from Maddy Oliver (25’ and 48’).

Cedar Stars Academy-Monmouth (3-3-0, 9 points) defeated Empire United (0-7-1, 1 point) 7-1 to stay in fourth in the Atlantic. Monmouth’s multi-faceted attack was on full display at Capelli Sports Complex, with Lauren Bruno (15’ and 47’), Jordyn Ferraro (17’), Shae Yocum (42’), Chloe Curcio (55’) and Madison Krakower (11’ and 20’) all finding the net. Empire’s goal came from Tina Nolan in the 67th minute.

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Oakwood Soccer Club (7-2-0, 21 points) remains in second place in the Northeast Division after defeating Empire 7-0 on Saturday. Lumi Kostmayer continued her scoring tear, netting a hat trick (34’, 40’, and 55’) for Oakwood. She currently is the second-highest goalscorer in the U-16/U-17 age bracket with 14. Additional goals were scored by forwards Delaney Farinha (32’) and Imani Jenkins (10’), and midfielders Allie Raynor (59’) and Natalie Tavana (88’). Goalkeepers Jessica Kasacek and Kaelen Fabry (45 minutes each) combined to give Oakwood their fifth shutout of the season.

In a top three battle in the Southeast, third-place Tophat (4-2-1, 13 points) defeated first-place Charlotte Soccer Academy (7-1-0, 21 points) 6-0. Forward Arianna Manrique (8’ and 20’) and midfielder Amber Nguyen (28’ and 60’) each scored a brace for Tophat while solo goals were scored by Maggie Graham (44’) and Madeline Simpson (89’). Meanwhile their defense was on point with defenders Baleigh Bruster and Carolyn Calzada each playing the full 90 minutes.


Washington Spirit Academy -Virginia 2: Washington Spirit Academy-Maryland 4

Atlantic and Northeast
Cedar Stars Academy-Monmouth 7 : Empire United 0

Oakwood Soccer Club 7 : Empire United 1

Tophat 6 : Charlotte Soccer Academy 0
United Futbol Academy 3: NC Courage 5
Weston FC 4 : United Soccer Alliance 2
West Florida Flames 0 : South Florida Football Academy 0


In the lone match out of the Atlantic, Washington Spirit Academy- Maryland (4-1-0, 12 points) came back from a one-goal deficit to defeat Spirit Academy-Virginia (4-4-0, 12 points) 3-1. Anna Sisson gave Maryland the lead with her goal in the 17th minute. But the Virginia attack came storming back getting the equalizer from Leyah Hall Robinson in the 27th minute. In the second half they pulled away with goals from Taylor Carter (65’) and Jordan Canniff (72’).

Finally in the Southeast Division, fourth-place Charlotte Soccer Academy (5-4-0, 15 points) knocked off second-place Tophat (5-2-0, 15 points) 2-0 to narrow the leaderboard on Saturday. Savannah Lueck (60’ and 61’) scored both of CSA’s goals in the second half to push her season total to three. After a tough stretch in which they lost three in a row, CSA have now put together two consecutive victories.

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The NC Courage (5-2-0, 15 points) remain in second after having defeated United Futbol Academy (2-6-0, 6 points) 2-0. Camryn Dixon (8’) and Alexis Strickland (73’) supplied the goals for the Courage while their defense earned their fourth shutout of the season.

West Florida Flames (1-6-0, 3 points) earned their first win of the season on Sunday by defeating South Florida Football Academy (2-5-0, 6 points). The two sides combined for three goals in the first half with the Flames taking the 2-1 lead into halftime. Jordan Stack (17’) and Jacqueline Santibanez (32’) supplied the goals for the Flames while South Florida’s came from Jessica Camken in the 31st minute. Stack (79’) added a second for West Florida in the second half, giving them the insurance goal necessary to secure the three points. After some tough weeks finding the back of the net in the early part of the season, the West Florida attack has come alive in the last two weeks, scoring three goals in each match.


Washington Spirit Academy -Virginia 1 : Washington Spirit Academy-Maryland 3

Tophat 0 : Charlotte Soccer Academy 2
United Futbol Academy 0 : NC Courage 2
Weston FC : United Soccer Alliance
West Florida Flames 3 : South Florida Football Academy 1

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