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ECNL weekend preview: March 9-11

Published: March 8, 2012

The Ohio Premier Eagles ECNL U17 has its first true road test of the season this weekend, and it is going to be a very challenging assessment.  

The Eagles head east to Virginia for conference games against the Richmond Strikers and FC Virginia, who finished third at Nationals last season and is off to a hot start this year.

“You look at FC Virginia and they’re sitting at the top of the conference, they’ve already got 12 games under their belt in the conference and they’re 10-1-1,” Ohio Premier Eagles U17 head coach Chris King told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “[FC Virginia is] obviously a very good opponent.

“FC Virginia’s record speaks for itself. I’ve heard a lot about them, very good group, very talented, so I think that’s going to be a really good test for us leading up to San Diego.”

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Ohio Premier Eagles is no slouch either, King’s team finished 11th in the nation last year. But the Eagles have been a mixed bag of results this season with a 2-1-2 record early in the run.

The Eagles will have their hands full with this road trip. What other games are on deck for this weekend?

Charlotte Soccer Academy takes its perfect 10-0-0 record in the Southeast Conference on the road over the weekend with games against CASL Chelsea Ladies and Virginia Rush Soccer Club. Charlotte is led by the high-flying attack of Maggie Wadsworth and Shayna Passantino who have 17 goals this season between the two of them.

In the Midatlantic Conference, there is a showdown between the top two teams, FC Virginia and Ohio Premier Eagles on Sunday. FC Virginia is 8-1-1 on the season, while the Eagles are undefeated at 5-2-0. Sierra Lam tops the scoring charts for FC Virginia with seven goals.

West Coast FC returns to play after the break for high school soccer with a fixture against Eagles Soccer Club on Saturday. WCFC is undefeated this season with six wins and two draws in SoCal Conference play. Christina Settles leads the team in scoring with seven goals.

In the Northeast Conference, Connecticut FC and East Meadow, both undefeated in conference play to start the season, meet on Saturday.

The second and third place teams in the Midwest Conference, Vardar and Minnesota Thunder, square off in an important clash for both conference and National Flight B standings on Saturday. Hannah Cady leads the way for Vardar with nine goals in 16 games this season.

Richmond Strikers face a difficult challenge this weekend with Ohio Elite Soccer Academy coming into town. Ohio Elite is second in the Midatlantic after six games played, and sixth in the National Flight A standings. U.S. Youth National Team player Maddie Huster highlights the Ohio Elite roster.

Sereno SC returns from high school soccer with two games in Utah over the weekend. Jorian Baucom has been the standout offensively for Sereno with eight goals in seven games played.

Bethesda SC hosts FC Bucks on Saturday in a game between the third and fourth place teams in the Midatlantic Conference. FC Bucks is off to a good start this season with an undefeated 2-1-0 record. Bethesda, on the other hand, is 4-1-2.

Ohio Elite Soccer Academy travels to FC Virginia on Saturday in a game between new rivals in the Midatlantic. FC Virginia would overtake Ohio Elite for the third spot in the Midatlantic Conference with a win.

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