Playing three games in three days is no easy task, but it’s something Carmel United’s U17s managed with aplomb this past weekend.
The Indiana-based club grabbed three wins in three days to climb the standings in the ECNL Flight A.
“I think the team did a good job this weekend,” head coach Ralph Richards told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “We certainly put ourselves in good position to finish number one or number two in the conference as we go forward.”
On Friday, the club opened up with a big 5-1 defeat of the Minnesota Thunder, before navigating through a difficult 2-1 encounter against Penn Fusion. Carmel wrapped the weekend with another 5-1 win, this time over FC Delco.
“[I’m] very pleased with their performance, their attitudes, being able to maintain a high standard of play and I think they did that this week,” Richards said.
It was a pair of comfortable wins for Sereno Soccer Club, which won both games over the weekend 4-0 over Utah Avalanche and Arsenal FC. Natalie Stephens grabbed three of the goals, while Ky Escobedo had one in each game.
This year hasn’t been the kindest to Ohio Premier’s U15s, but they did come away with a pair of wins this weekend. Madison Costner scored two and had two assists in a 5-0 defeat of FC Delco, while Abigail Demboski picked up a brace to lead them to a 3-2 win over World Class FC on Sunday.
Making a long trip from Ohio to Pennsylvania, Ohio Elite made sure it was worth the trip picking up all six points, beating World Class FC 4-0 and FC Delco 3-0. Samantha Leshnak excelled in goal, Jordan Hollmeyer and Rianna Reese stood out in central defense, and Mary Vignola scored three goals across the two games.
FC Stars of Massachusetts squeaked out a 1-0 win over rivals Scorpions FC, Rosemarie Boyd scoring the decisive goal.
Facing two tough opponents this weekend, Bethesda SC picked up four points with a win and a draw. Ana Bengoechea and Bella Blosser each scored in the second half of a 3-0 win over East Meadow. Against Albertson SC the next day, Bethesda picked up a 1-1 draw.
Freestate Soccer Alliance managed to grab a 3-2 win over Albertson SC on Saturday thanks to a brace from Eliza Harris. They followed up with a 1-1 draw against East Meadow, Imani Dorsey providing the lone goal for Freestate.
One of a handful of teams to pick up all six possible points on the weekend was FC Delco. Facing two tough Ohio teams at home, Delco took down Ohio Premier 2-1, with goals coming from Tayler Jamison and Lindsay Walder. On Sunday, FCD took down Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 2-0, with Linnea Faccenda and Kristina Zahan both hitting the back of the net.
In a battle of heated rivals, Scorpions U17s were the only side to grab a win over FC Stars across all age groups. McKenzie Meehan found the back of the net once again in a 2-0 victory, while Mikayla Williams also tallied.
Out west, SC Del Sol rattled off a pair of wins. Sydney Dooley led the way in a 4-0 defeat of Arsenal FC with a hat trick, which the club followed up with a 2-1 defeat of the Utah Avalanche.
Freestate Soccer Alliance powered its way to a big 4-0 defeat of Albertson Fury, two goals from Lindsey Lane leading the way. FSA couldn’t make it two wins out of two, drawing its second game of the weekend 1-1 against East Meadow.
Down in Texas, D’Feeters defeated FC Dallas 2-0, while the Dallas Sting and Solar Chelsea drew 1-1.
Hayey Dowd’s 26th ECNL goal this season and a tally from Corey Perrson led FC Stars of MA to a 2-0 win over Scorpions.
The San Diego Surf put in a dominant performance against the Irvine Strikers, coming away 6-0 victors. Kourtney Kutscher had two goals, while Cassandra Collins and Mackenzie Akins also got in on the act.
Slammers FC continued its strong form with two wins – a 4-0 defeat of Washington Premier, and a 2-0 victory against Crossfire. Nat Donaldson grabbed a goal and two assists in the win over Washington, while leading scorer Makenzy Doniak had a goal and an assist.
ECNL Peak Performers of the Weekend
Sydney Dooley, Forward, SC Del Sol U17: Scored a hat trick against Arsenal on the weekend to help her side to six points.
Alexa Quaranta, Defender, Freestate Soccer Alliance U18: Put in a good shift for Freestate this weekend at the back, holding the defense together against two tough opponents.
Emily Johnson, Forward, Crossfire Premier U15: It was a strong weekend for Johnson, as she lead her team with two goals and an assist in two big wins for Crossfire.
Molly Pittman, Defender, Carmel United U17: The center back was all over the field, helping her side to three wins, allowing just three goals total across those three games. Also added a pair of goals for good measure.
Ky Escobedo, Midfielder, Sereno Soccer Club U15: A goal-scoring midfielder, Escobedo’s strong year continued with a goal in each game for Sereno this weekend, which more importantly, the team won both of them.
Marisa Wolf, Forward, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy U18: It was an emphatic road trip for Ohio Elite, outscoring opponents 10-0 in two games. Wolf accounted for half of that total, with a hat trick against World Class FC and a brace against FC Delco.
Emma Heckendorn, Forward, Dallas Sting U16: Heckendorn bagged a hat trick in the Sting’s 5-0 defeat of TSC Hurricane, giving her season goal tally a real shot in the arm.
Kati Bell, Midfielder, FC Delco U16: Holding midfielders rarely get the recognition for what they do, but Bell’s ability to link the defense with the forward line played a big part in FC Delco’s two-win weekend.