Another beautiful weekend allowed all the games to kick off in WAGS, and many teams are now closing in on a divisional title. With only three weekends of regular season play left, it’s time for teams to really step up their game if they are in striking distance of the lead.
U-19s and High School
The Seneca Eagles were leading U-19 Division 3 before the weekend with ten points, and had a match against the DSC Freedom on Sunday. However, none of the scores from the weekend have been posted yet.
Fredericksburg Hotspur is experiencing a baptism by fire so far in its inaugural season in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League, and Sunday’s 4-0 loss to the West Virginia Chaos in their home opener at the University of Mary Washington’s Battleground Athletic Complex was a strong example.
Most of Hotspur's team has been playing together for a matter of days, and head coach Carl Gray said it showed against a seasoned West Virginia side.
Fredericksburg Hotspur, one of the Premier Development League’s newest entrants, held a “meet the team” event at a local restaurant on Thursday night in preparation for their home opener, a 2:00 pm match against the West Virginia Chaos at the University of Mary Washington on Sunday.
Another weekend of games awaits the area as we head into the sixth week of WAGS play. At this point, many of the divisions have clear leaders, but several of them still remain a tightly contested race to the finish.
U-19 and High School
The McLean Fusion have High School Division 1 locked up by now, as the squad is undefeated in seven games. Their closest challenger is the Crofton Wolves, and considering they only have 11 points in six games, they're hardly a threat. The Fusion play the LMVS Patriots on Saturday and the DSC Sparks on Sunday, and should remain undefeated.
Luis Rendon of Cosby High School in Midlothian, Va. has been selected as the 2010-11 Gatorade Virginia Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Rendon as Virginia’s best high school boys soccer player.
Eight-year-old Charlie Jackson, from Washington, D.C., has been awarded the Degree® Cool and Confident Kid Award and will receive a special skills clinic for his team hosted by Dax McCarty, team captain of D.C. United Thursday, May 5. The national program encouraged US Youth Soccer Players between the ages of eight through 12 to share their moments of success, and the many ways they inspire themselves and others to kick it into gear. D.C.
Beautiful spring weather across the Washington, D.C. region allowed dozens of teams to take part in WAGS action this weekend, and all of Sunday's matches were played in honor of Mavis Derflinger, one of the league's co-founders.
Some teams are dominating their groups at this point, while other divisions still remain tightly packed.
This weekend marks an important turning point for many teams in the Washington Area Girls Soccer League, as it's the halfway mark of the season. Of course, thanks to the weather, the majority of the squads are still trying to make up games, but the race for top honors is fully underway across the divisions.
Sunday also marks Mavis Derflinger Appreciation Day, and every team in action this weekend will be wearing black armbands in honor of the league's legendary co-founder.
With U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 Premier League regular-season games in the books, several local teams have found themselves moving on to the knockout rounds in the league.
PWSI Courage Red (Va.) finished in a tie for second with a 3-1-3 record in the Under-14 South division, and they move on to play the PDA Clash on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. VSA Heat Blue (Va.) are tied for third with 11 points.
On Thursday morning, U.S. Soccer confirmed the news that many observers have been expecting since April 6, when the highly-rated U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team failed to qualify for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup: after nearly a decade at the post, head coach Thomas Rongen will no longer lead the squad.