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Girls DA Oct 31, 2017

USSDA Girls East Conference Recap: October 28-29, 2017

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U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy teams throughout the East Conference closed out their October schedules over the weekend with regional competition across the Northeast, Atlantic and Southeast Divisions. Continue reading for a recap of the U-15, U-16/17 and U-18/19 age groups.

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U-15

In the Atlantic Division, Penn Fusion Soccer Academy (6-1-1, 19 points) earned their first win in three matches on Saturday with a 2-0 victory against Virginia Development Academy (3-4-3, 12 points). Midfielder Margaret Thornton (12’) and forward Margaret Schutter (31’) each scored in the first half to give Penn Fusion the lead heading into halftime. In the second half goalkeeper Whitney Tracy made several key stops to preserve the shutout, her sixth clean sheet on the season.

PA Classics (3-4-0, 9 points) were able to snap a two game winless run of their own with a close 2-1 win over Cedar Stars Academy-Monmouth (4-4-2, 14 points). Kaiden Cardell put Classics ahead early with her goal in the third minute. But Cedar Stars continued to press the PA Classics back line and in the 68th minute they found their equalizer courtesy of Lily Frick. In the en, PA Classics took three points on the day with Jane Bowen providing the match-winner in the 77th minute.

Meanwhile in the Northeast, Boston Breakers Academy (1-5-1, 4 points) and Oakwood Soccer Club (5-2-1, 16 points) battled to a 1-1 draw. Following a scoreless first half, the intensity picked up in the second half with Oakwood forward Samantha Forrest giving her side the lead in the 55th minute. Hayley Houston of the Breakers equalized in the 79th minute, giving Boston their first road point on the season.

FC Stars (5-3-2, 17 points) earned their first win in three matches on Saturday with a close 1-0 win over FC Fury (8-2-0, 24 points). Megan Putvinski put the Stars ahead in the first half with a strike in the 29th minute. In the second half, the Stars defense held back one of the top attacking sides in the Northeast Division with defenders Juliana Chiarella, Samantha Mulder and Brooke Samborski making several key clears late in the match.

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In the Southeast Division, Charlotte Soccer Academy (5-2-1, 16 points) held on to third place in the standings with a decisive 3-0 win over Boca United Football Club (1-4-0, 3 points). Boca held their own in the first half, but Charlotte pulled away after the intermission thanks to goals from Emily Morris (55’), Sidney Minarik (67’), and Savana Riggs (75’).

The Orlando Pride were the big winners on Saturday with a 5-3 win over the West Florida Flames. West Florida took an early lead thanks to an own goal from Orlando in the sixth minute, and goals by Daniella Guerrero (58’) and Alyssa Thomassy (69’). The Pride came storming back with goals from defenders Blaire Pressely (67’ and 74’) and Ana Solovjov (35’), midfielder Avery Jericho (71’), and forward Ava Rice (77’). Orlando earned their second consecutive win and third in five matches.

On Sunday, NTH Tophat claimed a 2-0 clean sheet win over West Florida Flames. Sarah Sirdah (12’) and Regan Lundstedt (80’) each found the net for NTH. Sunday’s win, coupled with a 16-0 win over IMG Academy, keeps the Georgia-based side at the top of the Southeast Division standings (6-0-1, 19 points).

Atlantic
Virginia Development Academy 0 : Penn Fusion Soccer Academy 2 (10/28)
Washington Spirit Academy-Virginia 1 : Washington Spirit Academy-Baltimore Armour 2(10/28)
Cedar Stars Academy -Monmouth 1 : PA Classics 2 (10/28)
FC Virginia 0 : Sky Blue -PDA 1 (10/28)

Northeast
Empire United :New York City FC (10/28)
Oakwood Soccer Club 1: Boston Breakers Academy 1 (10/28)
FC Fury 0 : FC Stars 1 (10/28)

Southeast
Concorde Fire: United Soccer Alliance  (10/28)
NC Courage 1 : Weston FC 0 (10/28)
Charlotte Soccer Academy 3: Boca United Football Club 0 (10/28)
IMG Academy 0: NTH Tophat 16  (10/28)
West Florida Flames 3: Orlando Pride 5 (10/28)
West Florida Flames 0 : NTH Tophat 2(10/29)
Charlotte Soccer Academy 1 :Weston FC 0 (10/29)
NC Courage : Boca United Football Club (10/29)

U-16/U-17

It was an all-Spirit derby in the Atlantic with Spirit Academy – Virginia (6-1-2, 20 points) pulling off the 2-0 win at home over Spirit Academy – Baltimore Armour (3-6-0, 9 points). Lauren Teuschel scored her second goal in as many matches with a strike in the 34th minute. Virginia added an insurance goal in the second half courtesy of Gabrielle Robinson in the 72nd minute. The win was Virginia’s fifth in a row and extends their unbeaten run to eight matches. As for the Armour the loss means that they have been unable to pick up points in four of their last five matches.

FC Virginia (5-3-2, 17 points) topped Sky Blue-PDA (7-3-0, 21 points) 2-0 to stay within three points of Spirit Academy-Virginia for third place in the Atlantic Division standings..  Carrie McIntire got things started for Virginia with a goal in the 23rd minute, her fourth on the season. In the second, FCV pulled away from Sky Blue with Olivia Migli once again hitting the back of the net. Her goal in the 88th minute was her sixth on the season. 

The Northeast featured only two matches on the weekend but both turned out to be exceptional matches. The Division kicked off Boston Breakers Academy (5-3-0, 15 points) gaining sole possession of third place with a 4-1 win over Oakwood Soccer Club (3-5-0, 9 points). Eleanor Fisher provided the Breakers lone goal in the first half a strike in the 13th minute to give them the 1-0 advantage. In the second half, the Breakers attack came alive with Kylie Chin (50’) and Margaret Rabbitt (62’ and 65’) extending their lead. Oakwood’s lone goal came courtesy of forward Lumi Kostmayer in the 77th minute.

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With the Breakers hot on their heels, New York City FC Academy gave themselves a little bit of space with a 2-0 win over Empire United. Remi White (14’ and 74’) scored twice for NYCFC  to push her total on the season to five. As for their defense, it was their second clean sheet on the season and their first since blanking the Breakers 3-0 last month.

In the Southeast, the Orlando Pride earned their first on the season with an emphatic 4-0 win over the West Florida Flames. Serena Ahmed (77’ and 78’), Madison Jones (87’), and Karina Groff (90’) each scored for the Pride, giving them not only their first win on the season but also their first multiple goal game as well.

After a difficult showing two weeks ago, Weston FC (2-2-2, 8 points) got back on the right track with two quality draws against NC Courage and Charlotte Soccer Academy. On Saturday, the South Florida-based side came back late to pull off a 2-2 draw. Alexis Hiltunen (42’) and Daniel Correa (84’) scored for Weston while NC Courage’s would come courtesy of Bayleigh Humbert (44’) and Alexandra Kerr (62’). In Sunday’s match against Charlotte, Correa scored on a penalty kick in the 86th minute to put Weston on top, but Charlotte salvaged a point on the road late with a stoppage time goal from Laughlin Ryan (90’).

Atlantic
Virginia Development Academy 0 : Penn Fusion Soccer Academy 6  (10/28)
Washington Spirit Academy-Virginia 2: Washington Spirit Academy-Baltimore Armour 0 (10/28)
Cedar Stars Academy -Monmouth 0 : PA Classics 3 (10/28)
FC Virginia 2: Sky Blue -PDA 0 (10/28)

Northeast
Empire United 0 :New York City FC 2
Oakwood Soccer Club 1: Boston Breakers Academy 4

Southeast
Concorde Fire 1: United Soccer Alliance 0  (10/28)
NC Courage 2 : Weston FC  2 (10/28)
Charlotte Soccer Academy 0: Boca United Football Club 3 (10/28)
IMG Academy 1 : NTH Tophat 2  (10/28)
West Florida Flames 0: Orlando Pride 4 (10/28)
West Florida Flames 0 : NTH Tophat 6 (10/29)
Charlotte Soccer Academy 1 :Weston FC 1 (10/29)
NC Courage 1: Boca United Football Club 0 (10/29)

U-18/U-19

PA Classics (1-5-1, 4 points) earned their first win on the season in dramatic style on Saturday defeating Cedar Stars-Monmouth (3-6-0, 9 points)  in a tight 2-1 battle. Sierra Reed (48’) and Elizabeth Levy (83’) would provide the goals for PA while Cedar Stars goal would come courtesy of Victoria Napolitano in the 85th minute. Saturday’s match was also the first time that the Classics have conceded under two goals in a match, another positive sign for a club that has had tough times to start the season.

In a battle of first versus second in the Atlantic on Saturday FC Virginia narrowed their gap to the top spot by earning a 2-0 win over Sky Blue PDA. Jenna Butler (35’) and Victoria Powell (41’) provided the goals for Virginia in the first half while in the second half their defense took over, stifling a Sky Blue side that had scored 29 goals prior to this weekend’s encounter. With the win Virginia (6-1-0, 18 points) not only moved to within six points of Sky Blue (9-1-0, 27 points) for first place but also removed them their first loss on the season.

Mia Otero was the star of the weekend for the Boston Breakers Academy (5-3-0, 15 points) on Saturday as her two goals were enough to earn a 2-1 win over Oakwood Soccer Club (3-4-1, 10 points). Otero got her first goal in the 40th minute to give Boston the 1-0 advantage. Oakwood would come back though just three minutes later with a goal of  their own from forward Leah Barbieri. But Otero and the Breakers would bag another in the second half, a 52nd minute strike to earn their second consecutive win.

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Finally in the Southeast, Charlotte Soccer Academy had a big weekend with two big wins against Boca United Football Club and Weston FC. On Saturday Charlotte put eight past Boca to earn a decisive 8-0 win. Goals were scored Brooklyn Berry (25’ and 31’), Claire Broderdorp (26’ and 45’), Sutton Jones (81’), and Mary McCabe (75’ and 89’). They would follow Saturday’s effort with a 3-0 win over Weston with goals coming once again from Broderdorp (11’ and 21’) and McCabe (70’). While Charlotte’s eleven goals were impressive their defensive work also merits mentioning. Coming into the weekend CSA had just pulled off just one shutout on the season and had allowed 17 goals. With their two wins CSA ends the weekend on 11 eleven points and in fifth place in the Southeast.

CSA weren’t the only side to earn six points on the weekend as NTH Tophat also put away two wins over IMG Academy and the West Florida Flames. On Saturday NTH would hit IMG early and often with goals from Sofia Black (5’), Cameron Hall (25’ and 81’), Olivia Dedels (39’), Pace Stephenson (46’), and Kylie Gazza (49’). Tophat would find similar fortunes in the attacking third against West Florida on Sunday with Ciara Whitley (10’), Charlotte Teeter (11’ and 49’), and Raegan Kelley (36’ and 62’) providing the goals. The two wins preserves Tophat’s unbeaten run (6-0-1, 19 points) with two matches to play before the winter break.

Atlantic
Virginia Development Academy 0: Penn Fusion Soccer Academy 5  (10/28)
Washington Spirit Academy-Virginia : Washington Spirit Academy-Baltimore Armour (10/28)
Cedar Stars Academy -Monmouth 1 : PA Classics 2 (10/28)
FC Virginia 2: Sky Blue -PDA 0 (10/28)

Northeast
Empire United  :New York City FC
Oakwood Soccer Club 1: Boston Breakers Academy 2

Southeast
Concorde Fire : United Soccer Alliance   (10/28)
NC Courage 7 : Weston FC 0  (10/28)
Charlotte Soccer Academy 8: Boca United Football Club 0 (10/28)
IMG Academy 0 : NTH Tophat 6  (10/28)
West Florida Flames 1: Orlando Pride 4 (10/28)
West Florida Flames 0 : NTH Tophat 5(10/29)
Charlotte Soccer Academy 3 :Weston FC 0 (10/29)
NC Courage : Boca United Football Club  (10/29)

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