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.
The Maryland State Cup competition had an early start this year, opening on March 17 with competition in the Under-17 boys division. In that first game, Bethesda Real defeated FC Frederick 2-1 to move on. The first girls' game was played on March 26 between the ASA Vipers and United Premier Azzurri. The Vipers won 4-1, which kept them alive in the U-17 bracket.
The Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS) just wrapped up another round of matches this past weekend and although many games were postponed due to field conditions, the games at Franconia Park in Springfield, Va. went forward on the facility's artificial turf fields.
Under-17, Division 5: LMVS Patriots win 2-1 over SYC Monsoon
On Sunday, U-17 LMVS Patriots laced up to play against SYC Monsoon in front of a faithful crowd of parents and friends under clear, blue skies.
Due to the copious amounts of rain that fell on the region last week, many WAGS games were rescheduled this past weekend due to wet fields. However, several games were contested despite the less-than-ideal conditions, which pushed several teams to the top of their leader boards.
Division 1 Action
On an unseasonably warm afternoon, the U18 Academy teams from D.C. United and Albertson SC tied 1-1 on the campus of the University of Maryland.
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.
High School Divisions
"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.
High School Divisions
Washington, D.C. - D.C. United’s Youth Academy compiled a 4-2-2 record against the New York Cosmos and Met Oval over the past weekend in U.S. Soccer Development Academy Play.
A busy weekend in the USSF Development Academy saw a number of MLS teams
emerge as winners.
Real Salt Lake came away from four games undefeated, winning
all but one match. The U-18s got things started right by beating Santa Cruz Breakers
Academy 4-0, before the U-16s grabbed a 4-3 win of their own. The only blemish
of the weekend came when the U-18s tied De Anza Force 2-2, while the U-16s won
4-1 for their second win in two days.