ECNL Weekend Recap March 16-18
Published: March 20, 2012
This past weekend’s Jefferson Cup offered a platform for several ECNL teams to play each other in one place.
FC DELCO’s U16s were one of many teams to make the trip south, and the team came away from the three days in Richmond, Virginia with a 2-0-1 record.
In the first game on Friday, set pieces were the key for Philadelphia-area side DELCO, as they scored three goals from dead balls to beat Freestate Soccer Alliance 4-3. Devyn Hannis and Tayler Jamison were among the goal scorers.
After a 1-0 win on Saturday over the Richmond Strikers – where FC DELCO shut out Richmond’s high scoring forward Elizabeth Ball and a goal from Kristina Zahan to grab the win – Tayler Jamison’s penalty snatched a draw on Sunday against FC Virginia.
“I think this weekend proves the fact that we have a lot of depth on our team,” FC DELCO head coach Nick Chrisanthon told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “Everyone getting a lot of minutes and sharing the workload is a huge difference for us. Being able to share that gives us an opportunity to be a little fresher and more consistent.”
Despite the setback on Friday, Freestate Soccer Alliance was able to bounce back the rest of the weekend, winning 2-0 over FC Virginia, and wrapping up the weekend with a big 5-1 win over the Strikers.
There was plenty of action elsewhere, as Carmel United defeated FC Milwaukee 3-0 and Sereno Soccer Club picked up a pair of wins out west, beating Las Vegas Premier 1-0 and Heat FC 3-1.
FC Virginia has the premier weekend of this age group, winning three games, and outscoring their opponents (Strikers, Freestate and FC Delco) by a total of 8-0…Freestate got its weekend off to the right start beating FC Delco on Friday 3-0, but then turned around and lost to FC Virginia and could only manage a 0-0 draw against the Strikers…Mustang SC won its two games of the weekend, a 4-1 defeat of De Anza Force and a 2-0 win over Pleasanton Rage.
One of the club’s to come away from the weekend unbeaten was FC Virginia. They started off big with a 5-0 win over Richmond Strikers, because defeating Freestate Alliance 3-1. FC Delco was the only club able to prevent FCV from grabbing a win in all three, forcing a 1-1 draw.
Murielle Turner helped pace the attack on the weekend, scoring four goals for Virginia, while Sarah Hardison and Alex Myers both chipped in a pair across the three games.
Outside of Virginia, there was plenty of action to go around. SC Del Sol picked up a pair of dominant wins, defeating Heat FC 5-0 and Las Vegas Premier 3-0…Ohio Premier Eagles snuck past Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 1-0.
The Strikers U17s bounced back after the opening day defeat, drawing 2-2 against FC Delco and winning 3-0 against Freestate. Megan Fitzsimmons, Kelly Siewers and Sydney Arnold provided the offense on the weekend, accounting for the team’s five goals, while Jenny Sinclair stood out along the back line.
FC Virginia produced a solid three-day shift in Richmond, defeating the Strikers 2-1, drawing 1-1 with Freestate and closing the weekend out with a 2-0 win over FC Delco…Real So Cal knocked off the Irvine Strikers 1-0…Crossfire Premier squeaked by instate rivals Washington Premier 1-0.