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Jefferson Cup Day 2 Recaps, Top Players

Article Written by Trey Messiah
Published: March 9, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. — There were games galore on day two of action at the Jefferson Cup. Here's a recap of a couple of Saturday's games.
 
MORE COVEAGE: Day 1 Highlights
 
Arlington Strikers 1 v. Cincinnati United Gold 0
 
This afternoon’s U-17 matchup featured two elite teams as the Arlington Strikers took on the Cincinnati United Gold. Eryk Williamson led the Arlington Strikers and his lone goal was the difference in a very tight game.
 
The excitement started early as Williamson and strike partner Keith Witherell had the Cincinnati back line on their toes from the opening whistle.  United goalkeeper Luke Hardwick made an impressive 6 first half saves to keep the game scoreless.
 
It was not all defensive for the Cincinnati club who held their own with standout forward Luke Treadway finding chances at goal. The best chance for United came in the opening minutes of the second half as Treadway’s shot from the right side of the 18 rattled the crossbar. With 20 minutes to go Williamson finally found the back of the net to end the scoreless tie and put Arlington ahead. The strikers improve to 2-0 on the weekend and hope to leave Richmond with a third victory tomorrow when they play Upper Freehold (NJ). 
 
Oklahoma FC 3 v. East Meadow Arsenal 0
 
The number one team from Oklahoma and arguably the hottest team in the tournament put on a thrilling performance today.  Three 2nd half goals helped propel OKFC to a 2-0 record at this years Jefferson Cup.
 
Michael Ojeda and Tristan Tippeconnic were an unstoppable duo in the midfield.
 
Oklahoma was able to wear out the East Meadow side by controlling the majority of the possession, which led to more chances on goal.
 
Oklahoma’s first goal was due to a miss communication in the back that led to a one-on-one for Munashe Raranje who slotted home a shot to the lower left corner.
 
East Meadow didn’t give up easy as their high back line was able to catch Oklahoma FC offside numerous times during the game.
 
In the end the region 3 powerhouse led by Tipperconnic were way too much for Arsenal to handle as they found the next two more times to close out a 3-0 victory. 
 
More scores from Saturday…
 
U-17 Championship Division
 
Dix Hills SC 0 FC Copa Academy 0
Lower Merion SC 0 Tennessee 0
Upper Freehold Strikers 2 Philadelphia SC 0
 
U-16 Championship Division
 
SOCA Elite 0 Empire Revolution Buffalo 1
Blackwatch Premier 1 Cincinnati United Premier 0
Real Colorado National 0 Charlotte United FC 6
Carolina Elite SA 2 FSA FC 1 
JJ Iroh (Cincinnati United) - Iroh’s crafty footwork and great pace made it difficult for the Arlington Strikers to keep up.

Luke Treadway (Cincinnati United) - The United striker was unable to find the back of the net but his relentless effort and knack for the ball is noticed everyone he steps on the pitch.

Peyton Smith (Charlotte United FC) - Smith was a big reason the United won 6-0 against Real Colorado as he scored and assisted today.

Myles Moore (Oklahoma FC) - Moore was the piece that held everything together for Oklahoma’s back line as they posted a shutout in today’s victory over East Meadow Arsenal.
 
Eryk Williamson (Arlington Strikers) - Williamson proved today he is one of the elite forwards not only in Virginia but nationally as he put on a great performance in Saturdays win over Cincinnati.  His goal was the game winner and gave Arlington a 2-0 record in the 2014 Jefferson Cup. 
 
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