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ECNL Recap: Goal scorer nets a baker’s dozen

Article Written by J.R. Eskilson
Published: May 14, 2013


Michigan Hawks finished the regular season as the champions of the Midwest Conference after posting a pair of victories over the weekend. On Saturday, Hawks were able to overcome goals from Sporting Blue Valley’s Shelby Lierz and Macy Trujillo on the way to a 4-2 victory. Hawks capped the weekend with a 3-0 win on Sunday over Minnesota Thunder Academy. Alexxis Lipsey, Alexandra Tu, and Abby Willerer had the goals in the shutout victory.

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FC Bucks ended PDA’s bid for a perfect conference season with a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Heading into the game, PDA had won 13 straight conference games and only given up three goals. Bucks’ Lindsay Weiss nabbed the lone goal that left the teams splitting the points. Laura Ensminger also had a strong performance for the Bucks. PDA did bounce back on Sunday with a 2-0 win over FC Delco. The New Jersey club is comfortably at the top of the conference with two games remaining.

The battle at the top of the SoCal Conference is coming down to the wire between West Coast FC and San Diego Surf. West Coast notched the first real victory of the calendar year a couple of weeks back when it defeated Surf in the USSF Futsal Event final at the Home Depot Center.

FC Virginia played two games in Ohio this weekend and left the state with six points. The 4-0 win over Ohio Premier on Saturday helped the Virginia side to remain on top of the Midatlantic Conference, thanks to goals scored by Allison Maliska, Kaitlyn Small, Casey Peterson and Gabriella Gordon. On Sunday FCV followed up with a gritty 2-1 win against Internationals. Kaitlyn Small scored for FC Virginia in the first half with the Internationals following up with a tying goal before half making it 1-1. In the second half FC Virginia scored the game winning goal to make it 2-1 off of the Gordon Twin duo. Center back Isabella Gordon placed a direct kick over the Internationals defense while her twin sister Gabriella Gordon was able to score off of a header. With four games left in the season the FC Virginia team is poised to make the National Championship Series with a win or a tie in this coming weekend’s game with Bethesda.

Thanks to 13 goals in the last two weeks from Catarina Macario, San Diego Surf has surged past West Coast FC in the ECNL standings with only two games left on the schedule. The Brazilian-American striker had seven goals over the weekend with three coming on Saturday in a 4-2 win over Real So Cal. Macario capped the weekend with a four-goal performance on Sunday in a 4-1 win over Arsenal FC. While Surf remained red-hot, West Coast FC could only manage a scoreless draw against Eagles SC, which opened the door for its southern neighbors to take over the top spot in the conference.


After a six-point weekend in Northern California, Crossfire Premier is still very much in the conversation to grab the Northwest Conference title. Crossfire defeated Mustang SC 2-0 on Saturday thanks to goals from Megan McCaughey and Holly Rothering. Kimberly Hazlett provided an assist on the day.

Crossfire finished the weekend with a 2-1 win over De Anza Force, which is the fifth win in a row for the Seattle team. While Crossfire gobbled up all the points, conference leaders Santa Rosa United dropped points in a 2-2 draw against Pleasanton Rage. U.S. U15 Girls National Team midfielder Taylor Ziemer had a goal and an assist.

SC Del Sol ended the regular season with a pair of victories over the weekend against the Las Vegas clubs. On Saturday, Reece Benally scored twice for SC Del Sol in a 2-1 win over Las Vegas Premier SC. Shelbie O’Connor and Jenna Parkhurst had the assists. Carmen Brown and O’Connor had the goals on Sunday in a 2-1 win over Heat FC.

Freestate Soccer Alliance kept rolling in the Midatlantic Conference with a pair of wins over the weekend. Freestate’s Sarah Osborne scored twice on Saturday in a 3-2 win over Carmel United. Allison Higgs was the star on Sunday with a pair of goals in a 4-0 win over Ohio Elite Soccer Academy.


Natalie Stephens ended her weekend with two goals, four assists, and two wins, as the forward helped Sereno Soccer Club claim all the points against Heat FC and Las Vegas Premier SC. Stephens leads her team in scoring with eight goals and nine assists on the season. Sereno ended the season as the second place team in the Mountain West Conference.

Recent Washington commit Jessica Udovich scored her second goal of the season on Saturday in a 2-0 win for Washington Premier over De Anza Force. Udovich is a center back, so the goal scoring is an added bonus. The future Husky also helped the Washington Premier pick up another shutout on Sunday in a 3-0 win over Mustang SC.


PDA kept its top spot in the national standings thanks to a pair of wins over the weekend. Colby Ciarrocca and Anna Conklin scored on Saturday in a 2-0 win for PDA over FC Bucks. Carolina Chagares, Lauren Jankowski, and Ciarrocca scored on Sunday in a 3-0 win over FC Delco.

Solar Chelsea Soccer Club’s push for a playoff spot looks like it was too little, too late. Solar ended its regular season campaign on Sunday with 3-0 win over TSC Hurricane, which ran its unbeaten run to 10 games.

The last defeat Solar suffered was on December 16 to FC Dallas. However, the poor start to the season for Solar doomed the team from the opening gates. Solar ends its regular season the PDA National Event in two weeks.


Leslie Ramirez scored the game-winner off an assist from Hannah Lichtenstein and Real So Cal picked up another three points in conference play with a 1-0 win over San Diego Surf on Saturday. Real So Cal ends the regular season on Saturday with a game against Strikers FC. 

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