Spring WAGS season ratchets into high gear after holiday break
By Charles Boehm
Easter, Passover and school spring breaks have thoroughly interrupted the early phases of the Washington Area Girls Soccer League schedule, but many of the region’s top girls teams are back on the field in spades this weekend thanks to a busy two days of action.
In High School Division 1, Ashburn Premier Gold will look to run their record to 2-0 when they meet Herndon Sting at Bles Park in the latter team’s season opener on Sunday. Coached by Sully Hamid, Premier Gold are a skillful, if mercurial, team which has a bit of quality playing time under their belt thanks to a 2-1 record at the Jefferson Cup, while Sting won their bracket at the PWSI Icebreaker tournament.
D.C. Stoddert Blast sent the High School Division 2 season off to a roaring start with a 7-1 home win over the Crofton Kixx two weeks ago, and now face a road test against Thunder SC Magic at Alpha Ridge Park. Magic are one of five HS D2 teams pulling double duty this weekend, along with PWSI Courage ‘93 Red, CYA Hotshots ’95 Great Falls Extreme Blue and Seneca SA Eagles. Tired legs may be expected when the last two teams on that list face off at Lake Fairfax on Sunday morning.
Under-17 Division 4 kicks off with its first round of spring matches, starting with two games in two days for Arlington Blast, who host fall Division 5 champs FPYC Blue Angels on Saturday and Columbia SC Magic on Sunday. Blue Angels also play twice, with a Sunday date with VISTA BC United. Another Columbia side, CSC Explosion, opens their campaign against Seneca SA Moxie at Dunkirk District Park on Sunday.
Elsewhere, all but one of WAGS U-16 Division 4’s 11 contenders are in action this weekend, with only FC Frederick ’95 idle. Herndon Comets Black hope to cruise out to a 2-0 start as they take on Olney Cyclones Blue on Sunday, while Freedom SC Inferno, the division’s leading goalscorers so far, battle Potomac Rush in Sykesville, Md. on Saturday. Less than 24 hours later, Potomac visit Vienna Fusion at James Madison High School. Fusion also travel to start their own busy weekend as they head to Arundel, Md. to duel with the ASA Blue Flames on Saturday.
FC Frederick ‘96 have taken the early lead in U-15 Division 1 action thanks to a 1-0 win over McLean 96 Force Green on March 31, though they’re off this weekend as D.C. Stoddert Metros Blue 96 tangle with MSC Elite at the Maryland SoccerPlex on Sunday afternoon. It doesn’t get much easier for Force Green, who must travel to Ellicott City, Md. to face SAC United Kickers.
Did we miss your team or one of your club’s fellow teams? Fill us in with your news and information by leaving a comment below or using the “contact” option at the bottom of the page!