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U.S. Soccer Boys Development Academy Potomac Area Recap: Sept. 8-9

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It was another successful weekend for Potomac-based clubs in the U.S. Soccer Boys Development Academy. With multiple sides kicking off play against Northeast Division sides and an all Virginia derby in the U-15 age division, it was a chance for teams to show what they are made of early in this 2018-2019 campaign.

Results / Standings | Schedule

U-15

Loudoun Soccer (1-0-0, 3 points) narrowly edged in-state rival Arlington Soccer Association (0-1-0, 0 points) on Saturday by a score of 2-1. Forward Xavier O’Neil picked up Loudoun’s first goal of the season with his strike in the 11th minute. ASA responded just five minutes later with a goal of their own thanks to Abdellatif Aboukoura. While the two sides went back-and-forth for the remainder of the match, it was midfielder Augustine Rubino’s goal in the 42nd minute that proved to be the difference.

Bethesda Soccer Club (2-0-0, 6 points) started their season in the U-15 age division with a pair of strong results over the weekend. On Saturday they defeated BW Gottschee Academy (0-2-0, 0 points) 2-0 with goals from Sterling Honarkar (15’) and Samuel Delgado (34’). BSC followed Saturday’s result with an equally positive effort on Sunday, getting a 4-0 road victory over FC Westchester (0-3-0, 0 points). Honarkar (45’), Adrien Wheaton-Schopp (11’), Connor Mucchetti (55’) and Wayne Frederick II (66’) supplied the goals for BSC in the win. Goalkeeper William Brooks played the full 160 minutes for the side and earned two clean sheets in the process behind the team’s strong back line. 

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They weren’t the only side to go two-for-two on the weekend as Baltimore Armour (2-0-0, 6 points) also went unbeaten in their two matches. On Saturday, Armour made the trek up to New York and defeated FC Westchester 2-0. Midfielder Albi Ndrenika put Baltimore ahead just before halftime with his goal in the 35th minute. Looking to help his side seal a key road win early in the season, forward Christian Correa (50’) put Armour ahead for good with his goal in the second half.

As for Sunday, Armour squeaked past BW Gottschee Academy by the score of 1-0. Goalkeeper Peyton Carpenter earned his second clean sheet of the season, aided by defenders Ian McIver (80 minutes), Jeovany Gamez (80 minutes), Orlando Portillo (80 minutes), Michael Britton (71 minutes), and Alexander Hafer (7 minutes). Gamez also proved vital on the attacking side as it was his goal in the 75th minute that earned his side the three points.

RESULTS

Atlantic
Loudoun Soccer 2: Arlington Soccer Association 1 (09/08)
Philadelphia Union 3: Virginia Development Academy 0 (09/08)

Atlantic and Northeast
Bethesda SC 2: BW Gottschee Academy 0 (09/08)
Oakwood Soccer Club 3: Richmond United 0 (09/08)
FC Westchester 0: Baltimore Armour 2 (09/08)
D.C. United 1 : New England Revolution 1 (09/09)
FC Westchester 0 : Bethesda SC 4 (09/09)
BW Gottschee Academy 0: Baltimore Armour 1 (09/09)

U-16/U-17

D.C. United (2-0-0, 6 points) had another strong showing over the weekend, dispatching the New England Revolution (1-1-0, 3 points) to the tune of 6-0. Theodore Ku-DiPietro (2’), Griffin Yow (15’ and 20’), Phillip Bogdanov (73’), Ethan Fraser (78’), and Amir Acree (78’) supplied the goals for United. Goalkeeper Teddy Hutman notched his second shutout of the season behind United’s stout defensive unit. 

Richmond United (1-1-0, 3 points) earned their first victory of the season in exciting fashion, coming back from a goal down to defeat Oakwood Soccer Club (0-1-0, 0 points) 2-1. Oakwood looked like they might have Richmond’s number after Matiwos Rumley gave his side the advantage in the 33rd minute. But coach Stephan Rigaud’s team showed their resilience throughout the match, continuing to pressure Oakwood’s back line even when they weren’t finding the the net. That patience paid off when defender Jake Neal netted the equalizer in the 77th minute. Richmond earned the three points with Timothy Gordinier getting the match-winner in the 90th minute.

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Baltimore Armour (1-0-1, 4 points) earned four points from two matches over the weekend. On Saturday they defeated FC Westchester (1-2-0, 3 points) 1-0  to earn their first win of the season. Tyler Tin provided Armour’s lone goal of the match with his shot in the 60th minute. They followed Saturday’s close effort with a hard-earned draw on Sunday against BW Gottschee Academy (0-1-1, 1 point). Armour goalkeeper Joshua Wendel and his back line held their opponents off the scoreboard again, completing the weekend with 180 straight minutes of shutout soccer. 

RESULTS

Atlantic
Philadelphia Union 4 : Virginia Development Academy 0 (09/08)

Atlantic and Northeast
Bethesda SC 2: BW Gottschee Academy 0 (09/08)
Oakwood Soccer Club 1: Richmond United 2 (09/08)
FC Westchester 0: Baltimore Armour 2 (09/08)
D.C. United 6 : New England Revolution 0 (09/09)
FC Westchester 1 : Bethesda SC 0 (09/09)
BW Gottschee Academy 0 : Baltimore Armour 0 (09/09)

U-18/U-19

Bethesda SC (2-0-0, 6 points) went undefeated over the weekend in the U-18/U-19 division, getting a pair of impressive wins over their Northeast Division opponents. On Saturday they defeated BW Gottschee Academy (0-1-1, 1 point) 4-0 at the College of Staten Island. BSC wasted little time getting on the scoresheet with defender David Kimel scoring in just the second minute of the match. Forward Gabriel Segal (14’ and 15’) netted two more in a two-minute span to give the visitors the 3-0 advantage in the first 15 minutes. In the second half, midfielder Garrett Socas (86’) added a fourth to put the match away for good.

While things were a bit more bumpy on Sunday, the result was still the same for BSC, who came back twice in their 4-2 win over FC Westchester (1-2-0, 3 points). Westchester took the match to BSC early on with goals from midfielders Nicholas Toledo (32’) and Sean Traynor (44’). But the BSC attack proved they were more than up for the challenge, weathering the Westchester storm and then pulling ahead late. Forward Dennis Mensah (60’ and 85’) earned a brace for the Maryland-based side while individual goals came from Robert Beringer (40’) and Alessandro Allen (76’).

+READ: Potomac area clubs kick off 2018-2019 Boys Development Academy season

Richmond United (1-1-0, 3 points) erased a two goal deficit en route to a 4-3 win over Oakwood Soccer Club (0-1-0, 0 points) on Saturday. Richmond actually had the lead early in the match when forward Key White scored in the ninth minute. But Oakwood came back in the second half with three goals in ten minutes from Nathan Beecher (50’) and Evan Southern (53’ and 60’). It can be difficult to counter such a quick change in momentum, particularly early in the season. But Richmond showed their mettle and their determination to get their first win. White got his second of the match in the 64th minute to cut Oakwood’s lead to one. Defender Seth Dale then knocked in the equalizer just two minutes later, his first of the season. But Richmond weren’t done as defender Kwadjo Tanner secured the three points for the visitors with his goal in the 73rd minute.

Finally, D.C. United (2-0-0, 6 points) defeated the New England Revolution (1-1-0, 3 points) 5-1 in an all MLS Academy tie on Sunday afternoon. Christian Sorto gave his side the early 1-0 lead with his goal in the second minute of the match. Having already secured the lead, United’s attack worked towards securing the three points. In addition to Sorto, United’s goals were scored by Alexis Cerritos (12’), Kyle Davis (47’). Nelson Martinez (50’), and Riley Copeland (79’). New England did get one back late with a goal from midfielder Andrew White (90’). But United’s defense was too much, limiting the Revolution’s attacking chances for most of the match. Credit to goalkeeper Lorenzo Gordon (90 minutes) and defenders Michael Gaines (90 minutes) and Jack Villatorio (90 minutes) for helping lead their side to their second consecutive shutout.  

RESULTS

Atlantic
Philadelphia Union 3 : Virginia Development Academy 1 (09/08)

Atlantic and Northeast
Bethesda SC 4: BW Gottschee Academy 0 (09/08)
Oakwood Soccer Club 3: Richmond United 4 (09/08)
FC Westchester 0 : Baltimore Armour 5 (09/08)
D.C. United 5 : New England Revolution 1 (09/09)
FC Westchester 2 : Bethesda SC 4 (09/09)
BW Gottschee Academy 2 : Baltimore Armour 2 (09/09)