Jefferson Cup U10-U15 Boys Weekend: Day 1 Recap
Richmond, Va. – The 2019 Jefferson Cup kicked off Saturday with the start of the U10-U15 Boys Weekend, featuring 408 elite level teams from throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Continue reading for a Day 1 recap of the top brackets…
U-10 Championship Division
Sitting in first in Group A is Where Kicks Live (2-0-0, 19 points) who are undefeated through their first two matches. They defeated Richmond Strikers 09 Elite 5-1 and JIYSC B2009 RED 8-0 on Saturday. Their 13 goals scored is the most among all sides in the U-10 age division.
FC Transylvania Barca 09 Red (2-0-0, 18 points) are right behind them in Group A having defeated JIYSC 3-1 and the Strikers 6-3. They will face the Kicks tomorrow at 11:40 AM at Striker Park Field #09 with a spot in the Finals likely on the line.
In Group B, Wake FC 09 Chelsea JRS (2-0-0, 18 points) lead the pack having won twice in the first day of action. They started the morning off on a high note, defeating Arlington SA 2009B Red 5-1 at Striker Park Field #09. They followed that up with a 4-2 result over Concorde Fire U10 Central Black. Chelsea can seal their spot in the finals in their Group B finale against SCS United Black ‘09 (11:40AM, Striker Park #09).
Where Kicks Live 5: 1 Richmond Strikers 09 Elite
JIYSC B2009 RED 1: 3 FC Transylvania Barca 09 Red
JIYSC B2009 RED 0: 8 Where Kicks Live
Richmond Strikers 09 Elite 3: 6 FC Transylvania Barca 09 Red
Concorde Fire U10 Central Black 4: 2 SCS United Black ‘09
Wake FC ‘09 Chelsea JRS 5: 1 Arlington SA 2009B Red
Arlington SA 2009B Red 3: 1 SCS United Black ‘09
Concorde Fire U10 Central Black 2: 4 Wake FC ‘09 Chelsea JRS
Moving on from Group A is Wake FC 08 Blue (2-0-0, 17 points). They defeated GPS MA Metro 2008 Elite Boys 4-1 to kick off league play and followed it up with a tough 1-0 win over Arlington 2008B Red. They will face Foundation 2008 Red (1-0-1, 14 points) in the semifinals on Sunday (8am, River City Back #11A). Foundation, who play in the EDP Futures League, started Saturday out with a tough 2-2 draw against LMVSC Patriots 2008 Boys Red. But they earned the full points in the second match, defeating North Carolina FC 08 Pre-DA South 2-0 to advance.
In the other semi finals Nationals Oakland 08 Boys Black (1-0-1, 13 points) will face United Futbol Academy 0B Forsyth Premier (1-0-1, 13 points) after both sides advanced from Groups B and C respectively (8am, River City Back #11B). Oakland drew 1-1 with North Carolina FC Pre-DA North but finished off group play in fine form, defeating Richmond Strikers 08 Elite 3-1. UFA meanwhile started off group play strong, knocking off Torpedoes SC Red Team 1-0. Although they didn’t get the victory in their second match, drawing 2-2 with Baltimore Union Elite 08 2-2, it was enough to get them into the knockout stage.
GPS MA Metro 2008 Elite Boys 1: 4 Wake FC 08 Blue
Arlington 2008B Red 0: 1 Wake FC 08 Blue
GPS MA Metro 2008 Elite Boys 3: 3 Arlington 2008B Red
Nationals Oakland 08 Boys Black 1: 1 North Carolina FC 08 Pre-DA North 1
Richmond Strikers 08 Elite 2:0 North Carolina FC 08 Pre-DA North
Nationals Oakland 08 Boys Black 3: Richmond Strikers 08 Elite 1
Torpedoes SC Red Team 0: 1 United Futbol Academy 0B Forsyth Premier
Baltimore Union Elite 08 2 : 2 United Futbol Academy 0B Forsyth Premier
Torpedoes SC Red Team 5: 1 Baltimore Union Elite 08
Foundation 2008 Red 2: 2 LMVSC Patriots 2008 Boys Red
LMVSC Patriots 2008 Boys Red 1: 3 North Carolina FC 08 Pre-DA South
Foundation 2008 Red 2: 0 North Carolina FC 08 Pre-DA South
U-12 Championship Division
After two matches apiece SYC Lions 07 Blue (1-0-1, 13 points) and FC Europa ‘07 Elite (1-0-1, 13 points) are still tied and will face-off in a penalty kick shootout on Sunday. The two sides drew 0-0 in their first match and both defeated North Carolina FC 07 Gold N 4-1. The shootout will take place at 7:30am at River City Back Field #12A.
The winning side will go on to face Wake FC 07 Blue (2-0-0, 20 points) who advanced in Group B after going undefeated. They beat Arsenal Soccer Schools Academy 4-0 and Arlington SA 2007B Red 6-0. The semifinal match will take place at 8am River City Back Field #12A.
Also moving on from Group D play is STA-MUSC 2007B NPL (2-0-0, 19 points) who narrowly defeated SAC Premier Blue 07 5-4 and GPA MA Elite Red 07 Boys 6-0. At this point their Group C opponent is unknown as NY Stars Premier Galaxy (1-0-1, 14 points) and Penn Fusion SA Elite 2007 ( (1-0-1, 14 points) who are tied. The shootout will take place at 7:30am at River City Back Field #12B with the winner taking on STA at 8am at the same field.
SYC Lions 07 Blue 0: 0 FC Europa ‘07 Elite
North Carolina FC 07 Gold N 1: 4 SYC Lions 07 Blue
North Carolina FC 07 Gold N 1: 4 FC Europa ‘07 Elite
Wake FC 07 Blue 4: 0 Arsenal Soccer Schools Academy
Arlington SA 2007B Red 1: 2 Arsenal Soccer Schools Academy
Wake FC 07 Blue 6: Arlington SA 2007B Red 0
North Carolina FC 07 Gold S 1: 4 Penn Fusion SA Elite 2007 (
NY Stars Premier Gravity 2: 2 Penn Fusion SA Elite 2007 (
North Carolina FC 07 Gold S 1: NY Stars Premier Gravity 4
GPS MA Elite Red 07 Boys 0: 4 SAC Premier Blue 07
STA-MUSC 2007B NPL 5: 4 SAC Premier Blue 07
GPS MA Elite Red 07 Boys 0 : 6 STA-MUSC 2007B NPL
U-13 Championship Division
STA-MUSC 2006B NPL (1-0-1, 15 points) find themselves at the top of Group A. Although they started off play with a 2-2 draw against North Carolina FC 2006 ECNL, they ended the day with a strong 3-0 win over DUSC B2006 BLUE. Right behind them are GSA 06B ECNL (1-0-1, 13 points) who drew 2-2 with DUSC and gutted out a 1-0 win over North Carolina to wrap up Group A play on matchday one. GSA and STA will face-off with a spot in the finals on the line on Sunday at 9am River City Field #3.
In Group B Carolina Elite 06B ECNL (2-0-0, 19 points) have a lead over the rest of the pack with one match left. They defeated FC Europa ‘06 Elite 3-2 and then dispatched SYC Lions 06 Blue 8-0. They can wrap up their spot in the finals with a positive result over Watchung Hills NJ Elite 2006B Litamen.
GSA 06B ECNL 2: 2 DUSC B2006 BLUE
North Carolina FC 2006 ECNL 2: 2 STA-MUSC 2006B NPL
STA-MUSC 2006B NPL 3: 0 DUSC B2006 BLUE
GSA 06B ECNL 1: 0 North Carolina FC 2006 ECNL
SYC Lions 06 Blue 1: 0 Watchung Hills NJ Elite 2006B Litamen
Carolina Elite 06B ECNL 3: 2 FC Europa ‘06 Elite
Carolina Elite 06B ECNL 8 : 0 SYC Lions 06 Blue
Watchung Hills NJ Elite 2006B Litamen 1 : FC Europa ‘06 Elite 6
U-14 Championship Division
It is never easy starting off a big spring tournament. There’s always the pre-match jitters, shaking off the winter rust, and let’s not forget the bitter, bitter cold. But if a team can get a big result it could set one up for a big season. Despite the frigid conditions Carolina Elite 05B ECNL have started their 2019 Jefferson Cup campaign off in fine form defeating STA-MUSC 2005B NPL 5-0.
Although there was some back-and-forth early Carolina took control of the match relatively quickly. The side, which sits at the top of the ECNL Mid-Atlantic Standings, likes to hit opponents on the outside first, using their speed to force defenders out of position and create space on the inside. Midfielder Codrin Robu and forward Brayden Gunnels worked in tandem to break down the STA-MUSC defense with Robu netting a brace and Gunnels scoring a hat trick.
In the second half the Carolina defense took over, limiting STA’s attacking chances in the final third. Defenders Reeves Dobson and Ayden Grzybowski cleared away multiple dangerous balls into the box while goalkeeper Luke Bramlett made several key saves late to retain the clean sheet.
Although Carolina weren’t as successful in their second match of the afternoon, losing 3-1 to Manhattan SC Freedom (2-0-0, 17 points), they are still very much in the hunt for a spot in the finals. Although they will need a little bit of help from STA, who face the Freedom on Sunday, a positive result on that end plus a win over GPS MA Elite Red 05 Boys (0-1-1, 7 points) could see them through.
In Group B action GPS ME Phoenix 05B NPL (2-0-0, 19 points)are in the pole position after winning both of their matches on Saturday. They defeated PA Dominion FC 05 4-0 in their first match and capped off the day with a 3-2 win over SOCA Elite 05 U14 Boys. To punch their spot in the finals they will need to put away FSA FC Boys 05 ECNL (1-0-1, 12 points), who defeated SOCA 2-1 and drew with Dominion 1-1. Phoenix and FSA will face off at 9:40 AM on Sunday at River City Field #04.
STA-MUSC 2005B NPL 0 : 5 Carolina Elite 05B ECNL
GPS MA Elite Red 05 Boys 1: 2 Manhattan SC Freedom
Carolina Elite 05B ECNL : Manhattan SC Freedom
GPS MA Elite Red 05 Boys 3: 3 STA-MUSC 2005B NPL
SOCA Elite 05 U14 Boys 1: 2 FSA FC BOYS ECNL
GPS ME Phoenix 05B NPL 4: 0 PA Dominion FC 05
FSA FC BOYS ECNL 1 : 1 PA Dominion FC 05
GPS ME Phoenix 05B NPL 3:SOCA Elite 05 U14 Boys 2
U-14 Elite Division
In Group A, Ives Estate Thunder Premier are at the top of the table after winning both of their matches on Saturday. They defeated Richmond Kickers Elite Black ‘05 2-0 and followed that up with a 2-1 result over GPS MA West Elite 2005 Black. Pulling in right behind them after two matches is the Kickers (1-1-0, 8 points) who under the lights defeated Southern Chester County SA Dragons ‘05 1-0. The Kickers still have a chance but will need to score a few goals against GPS MA West Elite 2005 Black when they face them on Sunday at 8am.
As for Group B North Carolina FC 05 ECNL (1-0-1, 12 points) are sitting in first after a pair of positive results on Saturday. They defeated Virginia Legacy 05 ECNL 2-1 before drawing 1-1 with Woodbridge Strikers 2005 OPDL. While the Strikers are tied with NCFC 05 on points they trail in the Goals Scored tiebreaker (three to two) with their 1-0 Washington Capital FC 05B Blue proving to be the difference. NCFC will face Capital tomorrow while the Strikers get the Legacy with all four sides kicking off play at 8am.
Southern Chester County SA Dragons ‘05 0 : 0 GPS MA West Elite 2005 Black
Richmond Kickers Elite Black ‘05 0: 2 Ives Estate Thunder Premier Black 2005
GPS MA West Elite 2005 Black 1: 2 Ives Estate Thunder Premier Black 2005
Richmond Kickers Elite Black ‘05 1: 0 Southern Chester County SA Dragons ‘05
Washington Capital FC 05B Blue 0 : 1 Woodbridge Strikers 2005 OPDL
Virginia Legacy 05 CCL 1: 2 North Carolina FC 05 ECNL
Woodbridge Strikers 2005 OPDL : North Carolina FC 05 ECNL
Virginia Legacy 05 CCL : Washington Capital FC 05B Blue
U-15 Championship Division
Tournament hosts Richmond Strikers 04 Elite (2-0-0, 17 points) find themselves at the top of the mountain in Group A. While the tournament saw plenty of goals across all of the different age brackets the Strikers defense perhaps were the big story of matchday one, blanking NY Stars Premier Galaxy 1-0 and GPS MA Elite Red 04 Boys 2-0. To earn their spot in the finals they will need another strong effort on Sunday in their Group A finale against Brausa United FC 2004 Blue (8:00AM, River City Field #01).
Group B is a three horse race with PA Dominion FC 04 (1-0-1, 15 points), Carolina Elite 04B ECNL (1-0-1, 14 points), and SUSA EDP B04 (1-1-0, 10 points) all still in it with a match to go. On Sunday SUSA will take on Carolina while Dominion will face LMVSC Patriots 2004 Boys Red. Keep an eye on goals scored as Dominion currently have the lead (six) over Carolina (five), and SUSA (three).
GPS MA Elite Red 04 Boys 2: 1 BRAUSA United FC 2004 Blue
Richmond Strikers 04 Elite 1:0 NY Stars Premier Galaxy
GPS MA Elite Red 04 Boys 0: Richmond Strikers 04 Elite 2
NY Stars Premier Galaxy: BRAUSA United FC 2004 Blue
LMVSC Patriots 2004 Boys Red 0 : 3 SUSA EDP B04
Carolina Elite 04B ECNL 2: 2 PA Dominion FC 04
Carolina Elite 04B ECNL 3: 1 LMVSC Patriots 2004 Boys Red
SUSA EDP B04 0 : 4 PA Dominion FC 04
U-15 Elite Division
Some matches are a tight defensive battle while others are a goal-fest. Saturday’s contest between Manhattan SC Thunder and Virginia Legacy 04 CCL was clearly a case of the former as the two combined for ten goals in a 6-4 win for Manhattan.
While Virginia took the lead early the match thanks in part to their ability to build from the back. Led by Joseph Summerfield and Jackson Underwood the Legacy used their precision passing to move North and South through the midfield and deep into Manhattan territory, leading to the first goal of the match.
But Manhattan more than showed they could match their Group A opponents, using their speed on the counter-attack to force the Legacy defense out of position. After drawing a foul in the 19th minute Manhattan’s Tomas Gutierrez laced a free kick just past Virginia goalkeeper Theodore Rogan to level the score at one. Manhattan would another after a Luc Goble strike gave his side the 2-1 lead in the 40th minute.
Although it appeared as if Manhattan might go into the half with the lead a costly foul inside of the penalty would give them the chance late to equalize in injury time. Summerfield would make the most of chance, cooly slotting his shot into the back of the net to make it 2-2.
In the second half the Legacy seemed to have things under control after Isaiah Chisolm (49’) and Summerfield (52’) each capitalized on goalkeeper errors to put their side up 4-2. But a pair of goals by Nicolas Olbrys (53’ and 63’) put Manhattan right back into the match. From there they would put the pedal to the gas, using their speed to break through the Manhattan defense. In the 71st minute they would take the lead after Braeden Smith finished off a pass from Goble to make it 5-4. While Virginia pressed late for an equalizer a volley from Russell Koshkan in the 80th minute would put the match away for Manhattan.
With the win Manhattan (2-0-0, 17 points) moved to the top of Group A. They defeated STA-MUSC 2004B NPL 2-1 earlier in the day setting up a big match against the side currently in second place, Woodbridge Strikers 2004 OP (1-0-1, 12 points). Woodbridge drew 1-1 with the Legacy and defeated STA 2-1.
In Group B North Carolina FC 04 ECNL defeated Arlington SA 2004B 1-0 defensive to start both sides 2019 Jefferson Cup. While both sides had their respective attacking moments North Carolina FC carried the best chances early on with midfielders Britton Fischer, Jacob Viau and Drew Ludwig building plays via an intricate series passes both on the inside and outside peripheries of the pitch. But Arlington defender Sean Kelsay kept his linemates organized and making decisive clears to end any attacking chances.
North Carolina appeared to have the game’s first goal of the match when Joshua Murray broke free of the Arlington press in the 16th, hitting his shot into the back of the net. However, he was ruled offside by the linesman ending the attacking chance.
They would have another chance in the 34th minute when midfielder Luke Lillis corner found Ethan Sthole inside of the box. Sthole’s header had the keeper beat but it would end up just wide of the mark.
Arlington would not be so lucky in the 36th minute. After a drawing a foul inside of Arlington’s penalty area, Lills would knock home the go-ahead and eventual game-winning goal.
In the second half, North Carolina head coach Douglas Prewett brought in goalkeeper Nicolas Pucci to help close out the match. The young keeper was tested on more than one occasion but showed he was more than up for the challenge, making several key stops including a timely clear on a scoring chance in the 72nd minute. NCFC was also a bit lucky as a shot by ASA late would get past Pucci but hit the post and go out of play.
With the win North Carolina sit at the top of Group B, having defeated Arlington SA 2004B Red earlier in the day 1-0. They will face PDA Hibernian Modric (0-0-2, 8 points) on Sunday.
Woodbridge Strikers 2004 OPDL 0: 1 Virginia Legacy 04 CCL
STA-MUSC 2004B NPL 1: 2 Manhattan SC Thunder
Virginia Legacy 04 CCL 4 : 6 Manhattan SC Thunder
STA-MUSC 2004B NPL 1 : 2 Woodbridge Strikers 2004 OPDL
Arlington SA 2004B Red 0 : 1 North Carolina FC 04 ECNL
PDA Hibernian Modric 0 : 0 Philadelphia SC Coppa Gunners
North Carolina FC 04 ECNL 7 : 0 Philadelphia SC Coppa Gunners
PDA Hibernian Modric 0 : 0 Arlington SA 2004B Red