WAGS: Teams hitting the final stretch run of fall play
By Jimmy LaRoue
Vienna Youth Soccer Patriots Black, who finished 1-7-2 in Washington Area Girls Soccer League Under-12 Division 1 play in the spring and was ninth of 11 teams overall, has executed a dramatic turnaround in the fall.
This fall, VYS Patriots Black are 6-1-1 and 19 points after eight matches in U-13 Division 1 play and has given up just three goals all season while scoring 13.
With just two matches remaining in its fall WAGS season, the division race is sure to come down to the final weekend, as Freestate North Red, at 5-0-3 trails by just a point in the standings, and SAC United Premier, at 5-2-1, has 16 points. CUGI United 99 is 4-2-1 and has 13 points and is on the outside looking in, but it has an extra game to play.
The Patriots Black were finalists in this spring’s Virginia State Cup and reached the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I tournament, winning all three games in its bracket and finished as Region I finalists.
Patriots Black play Alliance SC Chili Peppers Premier Sunday at Oak Marr Park (11 a.m., Field #2) and close the season against the NVSC Jr. Majestics 99 on Oct. 28.
ASA Azzurri, at 5-0-1, meanwhile, has played one fewer game but is tied with TSC SIAFU (5-1-1) at 16 points for the top of WAGS U-14 Division 1. The two teams play Sunday (1:30 p.m., Meade HS Field C). Azzurri has two more games after that to close out its fall WAGS season.
ASA Azzurri has reached the finals of two recent tournaments, the 37th Annual WAGS Rael Vodicka Memorial Tournament and the OBGC Tournament. Azzurri was also the WAGS spring Division 1 champions with an 8-0-1 record and reached the semifinals of the 2012 Virginia State Cup this spring, as well as this spring’s Jefferson Cup.
Azzurri gave up just two goals in spring league play, and is on pace to equal that mark, having given up just one goal in six matches.
In U-15 Division 1 play, Herndon Freedom (6-0-1, 19 pts.) continues to dominate and has won its last two matches by a 14-1 margin. After its game Sunday against Maryland Rush Nike 97G (2-3-1, 7 pts.), it has remaining games against CSC Patuxent Swarm (3-1-1, 10 pts.) and FSC Xtreme (4-2-0, 12 pts.) that will likely play a part in determining the division champion.
As a U-14 team in the spring, the Freedom were Virginia State Cup champions.
In High School Division 1, Lee-Mount Verson Soccer Club Patriots leads the division with a 4-1-0 mark, while Chantilly Revolution 95 is in second with a 3-0-1 mark with four games left in the fall, including Sunday’s match against ASC Premier Gold (0-4-1).
The top two division teams face off next Sunday. Chantilly finished 1-0-2 in the recent WAGS Tournament, while LMVSC Patriots were knocked out of the U-18 Girls State Cup in the quarterfinals, falling 4-1 to Roanoke Star Elite. Chantilly was knocked out in the opening round of the U-17 Girls State Cup, falling 2-1 to SYA FC Virginia Heat.