There's plenty of elite girls' soccer action to watch around the Washington D.C. area this weekend, as the majority of the Washington Area Girls Soccer League squads have matches on Saturday and Sunday.
After last weekend's opening play, several teams have put themselves at the top of their brackets, but many other divisions remain wide open for the taking. It's a long season, however, so even the early leaders will have to keep their best foot forward to retain their positions.
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"You just live each day like it's the last day of your life," said Ty Lewis during an interview for NBC Washington on February 13, 2011. "Play each game like it's the last you'll ever play."
Lewis, the head coach of the Reston Knights FC, a South Lakes High School alumnus and a prominent figure in northern Virginia's youth soccer scene, passed away on Saturday after battling colon cancer for over three years. He was 44.
The first weekend of WAGS (Washington Area Girls' Soccer League) games kicked off this past weekend, with dozens of teams from around the area competing for an early advantage on the divisional scoreboard. Even after only two days of play, clear early leaders emerged in many of the age groups, while other divisions will remain battles until the final games in June.
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Dan Borislow has become something akin to a man of mystery for soccer fans since he purchased a controlling interest in the Washington Freedom of Women’s Professional Soccer from John and Maureen Hendricks last November.
A telecommunications magnate known primarily for his company’s magicTalk and magicJack products, which enable computer-based phone calls via the internet, Borislow’s acquisition of the Freedom effectively saved both the club and the entire league from ruin amid a savage offseason during which several clubs shut down due to major financial losses.
Two days of dreary skies and gray weather gave way to sunshine at the Jefferson Cup on Sunday, and as the wind picked up, so did the action. At West Creek, a marquee matchup in the U17 Championship division pitted the talk of the tournament, Aztecs FC of San Diego, against the always-solid Herndon FC of Virginia.
Having downed Georgia's Cobb FC with a late winner on Saturday, coach Hector Diaz and his Aztecs might have been looking for something a little more comfortable against Herndon. But the white-clad Virginians refused to cooperate.
The Beautiful West Creek facility in Richmond was the sight of some of the highest leves of youth soccer in the country on Saturday.
Down on the turf fields of SportsQuest, the second day of Jefferson Cup action was extremely busy as top sides across several age groups competed for a chance to keep their hopes for a Sunday final appearance.
RICHMOND, Va. – Only cloudy and gray skies hung over SportsQuest Complex on the first day of Jefferson Cup action following torrential downpours the night before. It was the third year in a row heavy rains preceded Jefferson Cup boys action, but with 25 synthetic turf fields available to organizers, Richmond Strikers, only needed some pre-planned re-scheduling to get Friday's showcase age groups started on track.
The Atlantic Soccer League will wrap up their regular season schedule in Richmond, Virginia this weekend as part of the prestigious Jefferson Cup tournament. As one of the top events in the country, the Jefferson Cup will play host to the 15 ASL clubs providing quality competition, great facilities and top level exposure for its players, teams and clubs.
How far would you go to fulfill your child’s soccer dreams?
Millions of parents across the United States spend large sums of money, and drive thousands of miles, in order for their kids to take part in elite club leagues, Olympic Development Program and the like. Bill Moravek was once one of them, driving his young sons William (age eight) and Michael (age seven) from Winchester, Va. to Bethesda, Md. several times a week for practices and games with Bethesda Soccer Club, where Moravek also coached.