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Tournaments Mar 10, 2012

Loudoun’s O’Hara pleased with rebound win at Jefferson Cup

Loudoun Red 95 of Virginia opened up its Jefferson Cup with a surprising 3-0 loss to Penn Fusion SA ’95 on Friday’s Day 1. Saturday on Day 2, it was a different story with the Virginia State Cup finalist rebounding to secure a 3-1 win over United 1996 FC of Kentucky in U16 Championship play.

“I was very, very happy bouncing back after yesterday’s defeat,” coach John O’Hara told The Soccer Wire afterwards today at West Creek.

“It showed good character from the boys to come back. We had a lot more energy, a lot more focus.”

Andrew Jenkins bagged a brace, while Jonathan Mackey scored another as the team was in fine form.

“Today was definitely much improved,” continued O’Hara, who is also an assistant coach at George Mason University.

“We definitely possessed the ball better. We talked after the game yesterday about our focus as a group, preparing mentally for games and just having a better approach.”

After Friday’s defeat, the Ireland-born coach attended the Maryland vs. VCU scrimmage with his players. (Editor’s note: See Charles Boehm’s match story here)

“I think that helped as well,” O’Hara said of helping his team prepare. “It showed them what it takes to get to the next level.”

Now, the coach looks to enjoy the rest of the tournament as his team aims to earn a trophy. Regardless of the results, the tactician has always enjoyed attending the competition.

“It’s been great,” he said. “My U10 boys are down here as well. I’ve been down to this tournament for the last five years, recruiting with Mason or just down here with different teams. It’s a tournament that I’ve continued to bring my teams to.

“The fields are great.”

The club will return to action Sunday at 11:20 a.m. against Arsenal F.C. Gunners from Pennsylvania at SportsQuest.

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