Virginia State Cup review: Opening weekend
Despite many cancellations across the state thanks to the rain this past weekend, Virginia State Cup action kicked off on Saturday. After two days of intense play, many teams moved on to the next round, and many more went home empty-handed.
In the girls' division, 15 games kicked off, and 15 teams moved on to next weekends round of play. While VSA Heat Blue, ranked first coming into the competition, had a bye weekend, they will face REST Real Force next week, who just defeated the KIC Richmond Kickers 2-1. The biggest margin of victory this weekend was the 9-0 romp by MCLN MPS Force Green, though many of the games were decided by one goal.
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Number-one ranked HERN Boca Juniors justified their position in the bracket when they defeated VYS Premier White 7-1 this weekend. Several other high-scoring games included NRUS Rapids Blue's 8-2 win over VBTS Beach FC Black and PWSI Courage Red's 7-0 win over FASA Hotspur Elite.
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Only a handful of U-13 games were played this weekend, with some of the lower-ranked squads trying to qualify for the next rounds. MCLN MPS Legend green defeated VSA Heat White 3-0, the HERN Red Devils won 8-0 against CVU White, and LMVS Patriots won 5-0 over CUSC Fury.
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No U-13 girls games were played.
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The lower-ranked teams competed in the U-12 boys division again this weekend, with VAR Academy Black defeating HERN Rovers East 3-2, NVSC Jr Royals Blue winning 6-0 against the RSK Richmond Strikers Elite and SOC Boys Express winning 8-4 against the CUSC Monarchs.
[ + U-12B bracket ]
On the girls' side, BYRC Elite defeated FCR Mystix 4-0. Elite will face number-one-ranked ABGC Xtreme White next weekend. PWSI Courage Red won 2-0 against Jefferson Cup champs LOUD 98G Red, who are now out of the tournament.
[ + U-12G bracket ]