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Monday, May 27
The Eagles closed our their 2012-3 year with a dominant win at the Columbia Invitational, winning in the finals over Pipeline SC 2-0, giving the seven Eagles seniors a nice present in their last game. Fittingly, a senior, Sarah, opened the scoring on a breakaway with a chip over the keeper after she came off her line. The score was still 1-0 at the half, and Ali gave the Eagles an earful as Pipeline had a decided edge in winning balls out of the air. In the second half the Eagles picked it up a notch. Anna added an insurance goal on a header off a perfect serve from Brittney on a corner kick. The defense was spotless: they gave Tori a clean sheet and a very boring day in the net, especially in the second half when the only time she touched the ball was on goal kicks. The Eagles won all four games in the tournament by a combined score of 11-1. Click here for a gallery of photos.
The medal ceremony was a bit bittersweet for the 6 seniors present. Sarah, Simona, Samara, Lex, Brianna, Jenny and Danielle will be missed in the 2013-4 campaign. Click here and here for team photos of the champions.
It was an outstanding campaign for the 2012-3 edition of the Eagles. They were 18-2-1 in tournaments since last year’s Columbia Invitational tournament and including the 2013 State Cup. They outscored those opponents by a combined score of 55-13. During that time they won their bracket in every tournament. They were Semi-finalists once, finalists twice, and champions in five times and claimed the Maryland State Cup Silver Medal. Even more important, they grew and improved as athletes, soccer players, teammates, and young women. They rallied around each other after the difficult loss in the State Cup Finals and played some of their best soccer just a week later. The Eagles and Coach Ali represent all that is right with youth sports. This reporter is glad that his daughter had the chance to be a part of it. He is sorry that her time with the team is over, but is confident that she is well prepared for the future.
Sunday, May 26
The Eagles advanced to the finals of the Championship Flight of the Columbia Invitational with two dominant wins. In the opener they faced the FC Copa Sting. Sarah started the scoring when she drew and finished a PK early in the game. Anna scored when she took a through ball from Bri and it to the corner. Sarah bookended Anna's goal with a second PK on a foul on the keeper.
After eating lunch in the food court at Columbia Town Center the Eagles convened for a second meal of the Connecticut New England Comets Black. Despite good solid team play from the Eagles, neither team could get on the board in the opening half. Julia M opened the scoring in the second half as the Eagles played with the wind at their backs when she put back in a ball that the Comets failed to clear one of the many corner kicks earned by the Eagles. Anna added the second goal on a breakaway after a nice feed from Bri. The defense including Samara, Lex, Shannon, Ashley, and Brittney were so dominant on defense that Tori touched the ball fewer than 3 times in the half.
The Eagles were dominant all over the field. The mids including the Julias, Brittney, Meagan, Bri, Leah, Simona, Marcella, and Sarah did a great job of winning punts, goal kicks and 50-50 balls. The defenders, Samara, Lex, Shannon, Ashley, and Brittney, did a great job of putting pressure on the ball, covering for each other, and working the ball to the midfield. The forwards, Sarah, Julia W, and Anna, literally ran the opponents ragged. Everyone was hustling, talking, and playing like a team. Things look good for tomorrow's championship game and season finale against Pipeline SC at noon at Covenant Field.
Saturday, May 25
The Eagles were firing on all cylinders against the NYE FC Sting in their opener in the Championship Flight of the Columbia Invitational at Covenant Fields. Julia W started the scoring with a shot from just inside the box. Meagan added the second on a breakaway down the left wing. Anna scored the third on Brittney's serve on a corner by crashing the goal and heading the ball authoritatively past the keeper. The Sting made it a little closer on a long shot from the side that was just out of Tori's reach. Not long after Anna beat a Sting defender to a long ball and fired a shot that the keeper saved but couldn't control. Anna beat her to the loose ball, and the second chance was all it took to give the Eagles their 4th and final goal. Tomorrow they play the FC Copa Ventura from Jersey at 10:40 then the Connecticut #8 New England Comets Black at 2:40.
Sunday, May 19
The Eagles built a commanding 2-0 lead over the Freestate Strikers in the finals of the Maryland State Cup, but it wasn't enough. The Eagles goals were distributed over the two halves with Jenny netting the first on a rebound of a shot by Julia W. The second came when Julia W beat the keeper after a through-ball from Sarah. Unfortunately, the Strikers tied the game on a pair of free kicks late in the second half with the final blow coming at the end of extra time. In the overtime periods the Eagles came close several times. They hit a crossbar and were just wide on a few other opportunities while the Strikers failed to mount a real threat. Still, after 110 minutes of action the game was knotted at 2-2 leaving the shootout to decide the winner but not necessarily the better team. In the shootout the Eagle's couldn't find the net and the Strikers seemed to have a ball-magnet in the corner of the goal as the shootout went to the Strikers 3-0. There were tears aplenty after the game as the Eagles felt the pain of coming so close. Ali gave an emotional post-game speech as she handed out the hard-earned silver medals and promised to be back next year.
Sunday, April 28
The Eagles advanced to their first State Cup Final with a 2-0 victory over Bethesda Threat. The Threat gave up an own goal and Anna added the second, both in the first half as this reporter anxiously awaited reports from halfway around the world. The Eagles defense, headed by Tori, shut out the Bethesda offense. The march to the finals has been convincingl with 5-1, 3-1, and 2-0 victories. They will battle the Freestate Strikers on May 19 at 2:30 on SoccerPlex #9 for the State Cup title. Click here to see the full bracket.
Saturday, March 30
The Eagles won the weekend opener against Empire Revolution Academy on a forfeit when Acadmey's coach didn't arrive for over an hour after the scheduled game time. The players and parents were sorry not to play the game, but were glad to have more rest for the two games on Saturday and not to have to try to warm up a second time.
The two Saturday games didn't go well for the Eagles as they lost both 1-0. In the first game they were brutalized by NJ #3 and National #7 Match Fit Chelsea United, suffering 2 head injuries. Despite the physicality of the game, the Eagles gave up only a long shot and had opportunities to score. An album of pictures is here. In the second game the Eagles again fell 1-0 to NJ #3 and National #10 PDA Ginga. Once again the Eagles had chances but suffered a bit from being short players due to the injuries in the first game. An album of pictures is here.
Saturday, April 20
The Eagles grabbed a spot in the State Cup Semifinals with a 3-1 victory over MD Nike Rush Excel on a sunny but cool and windy day at the SoccerPlex. Leah opened the scoring with a long range shot, giving the Eagles an early lead. Sarah added one not much later with a header goal on a free kick as the keeper came off her line but failed to get the ball. The Excel pulled within 1 in extra time in the first half, leaving the score 2-1 at the midpoint. The Eagles struggled through a bought of individual soccer, according to Coach Ali, but pulled together as Anna added a blast just inside the far post and the Eagles held off Excel for the 3-1 win. An album of photos is here. The Eagles play in the semis in the SoccerPlex Stadium on April 28th.
Sunday, March 24
The Eagles cruised to an easy victory in their opener of the 2013 State Cup Tournament by beating FC Frederick 5-1 at the SoccerPlex. An album of pictures from the game is here. Their next game is against MD Nike Rush Excel on April 20th, again at the SoccerPlex.
Sunday, March 17
The Eagles won their bracket in the APC Spring Girls Showcase, taking 2 of three games. They were finalists based on points. The Eagles started slowly, loosing to the Thunder SC Extreme 2-1. The second game was at 8:00 a.m. the following morning, quick turnaround given that it was a 1.5 hour drive. Despite the early hour, the Eagles were wide awake and pounded the Herndon Youth Soccer Heat 5-0 with Sarah getting a hat trick and Tori and the defense keeping a clean sheet. In the third game the Eagles defeated the Rage SC '96 2-1. Three teams tied the bracket with 6 points, but the Eagles claimed the title and Finalist honors based on goal differential.
Saturday, March 2
The Eagles showed a bit of rust in their opening action of the Region 1 Premier League. In the first game the Eagles fell to defending Virginia #1 and defending National Champions BRYC Elite 7-0. In the second game the Eagles fell 4-0 to the Virginia #4 and Nationally #16 PWSI Courage.
Wednesday, December 19
The Eagles will participate in the Region 1 Premier League in Spring 2013. Based on the results from last Fall's tournaments it looks like the Eagles will improve on their #7 finish in 2012.
Monday, December 3
The Eagles went 2-0-1 at the GSA Adidas College Women's Showcase to claim the championship of the U17 Girls Red I bracket. All the hard fitness work of the previous weeks was clearly evident as the Eagles looked fit and strong in all 3 games, despite being short 3 players due to injuries and SAT testing.
The tournmanent started with a 1-1 tie on Friday of SC United 95 Elite (#3 in South Carolina). The Eagles grabbed the lead in the first half on a goal by Sarah and dominated possession before surrendering a goal with 3 minutes left to play.
The second game was against the Lady Lobos 96 Rush Blue (#6 in Tennessee). The Lobos were well coached and well organized, but the Eagles possessed well through the midfield, were solid on defense, and capitalized on their offensive opportunities. The Eagles got a goal in each half from Sarah, the second on a nice cross from Meagan, and held the Lobos scoreless to record a 2-0 win.
In the finale on Sunday the Eagles faced the SSA Chelsea 96 Elite (#7 in Georgia). Again the Eagles scratched first with Julia M drilling a free kick from 25 yards just under the crossbar. Shorly thereafter a nice run by Julia W led to an own goal by SSA, giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead. SSA got one back on a corner when the center referree ruled that Britt's clear off the line was a goal. The Eagles held firm for the rest of a hard fought and physical game against a talented team to claim a 2-1 win and the championship.
The win closed out a very successful fall campaign for the Eagles, who finished 4-0-2 and bracket winners at the WAGS, Bethesda, and GSA Adidas Showcase tournaments.
Saturday, November 10
The Eagles were successful at their second Fall tournament, going 2-0-1 and claiming the Atlantic Division Championship. The schedule was changed and the level of competition somewhat reduced as the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy caused teams from New Jersey and New York to cancel. Friday the Eagles faced the Fredericksburg Area Soccer Association Impact Elite (VA #16) and claimed a 3-2 win. Saturday the Eagles continued with a barrage of goals, recording a 3-1 victory over Loudon 95G Black (VA #19) (pictures here). On Sunday the Eagles played an international match against the St. Catharine's (Canada) Jets (pictures here).
Wednesday, October 10
The Eagles opened the 2012 WAGS Tournament with a convincing win over Pinecrest Premier, #24 ranked in Florida. Coach Ali has the Eagles clicking on all cylinders as the Eagles dominated possesion, gave up few shots, connected on crisp passes and hustled to the ball all day long. Anna tallied two goals in the first half and Julia M added one in the second. Tori did a great job of coming off her line, and the defense was stifling. Click here to see gallery of photos.
In game 2 on Sunday the Eagles played the New Jersey #10 Thunder Wildcats. They started fast, jumping off to a 2-0 lead on two quick goals. The Wildcats moved to a 4-3-3 and it took the Eagles a while to adjust. During that time Wildcats picked up a goal. After the half the Eagles were back to their run and gun selves, dominating posession and pressuring the Wildcats all over the field. They added one leaving the final score 3-1. Click here to see photos from the game.
On Monday in the third game the Eagles faced the New York East #14 Albertson SC Celtic Fury. Despite an early barrage, the score was knotted at 0-0 after 40 minutes. The Eagles were frustrated by the small field and the 4-3-3 formation played by the Fury that gave them no openings in the middle and no space to work on the outside. The score remained knotted for the first 20 minutes or so of the second half, again despite numerous good looks and a few good saves from the Fury keeper. At that point Ali switched the Eagles to a 4-3-3. Whether it was that switch or a turn of the fickle finger of soccer fate, the Eagles scored twice in short order, one from Anna and the other from Marilyn. From their they cruised to a 2-0 victory. Pictues are here..
On the weekend the Eagles got 3 dominant wins and and are off to a great start for the Fall campaign. The Eagles ended up tied with 9 points with the winners of 4 other brackets. Based on goal differential they claimed the 3rd spot, good enough to claim 500 GotSoccer points as semifinalists. They grabbed another 462 bonus points for defeating teams with more points and climbed to #6 in Maryland. With performances like the ones this weekend it seems likely that the Eagles will continue to soar during the rest of 2012 season.
Tuesday, May 29
The eagles picked up their first tournament championship under Coach Ali oover the Memorial Day weekend with a win inat the Columbia Invitational. The Eagles opened the game with a victory over the Dix Hills Soccer Club Hornets, from New York, 2-1. On Saturday and Sunday they put up a barrage of goals, beating PA Crew Academy 3-0 and burying QickStrike FC 6-0 behind 5 goals from Anna, claiming a spot in the Monday championship game. In the championship against Empire United Select (NYW) they dominated play with controlled passing and smothering defense. They got the only goal they needed early in the second half as Julia walked in a ball from Anna. A picture of the happy Eagles is below.
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Sunday, November 13
The Eagles finished their weekend on a high note winning there last two games following a disappointing loss in the opener on a beautiful fall weekend at the SoccerPlex.
ON Saturday the Eagles opened strong against the NY East #8 Rush Patriots, getting numerous shots on goal in the first half. However, none of them would fall. In the second half the Eagles were fighting against the wind. The Patriots opened the scoring with a goal on a free kick on what looked to be a bad call. Tori got a hand on the shot, but it went in giving the Patriots a 1-0 lead. Not long after the Eagles got a chance at the equalizer when Jayme was taken down in the box. Unfortunately, the Patriots’ goalkeeper came up with the save on the PK. Shortly after a defensive miscue gave the Patriots their second goal. They added a third goal late in the game as the Eagles sent numbers forward trying to get on the board. Photos are here .
The second game on Saturday was against Lebanon Valley United, the #9 team in Eastern Pennsylvania. The Eagles got the first goal early in the second half on a perfect touch shot from Brittany from the right side, over the keeper into the net. Fifteen minutes later the Eagles got some breathing room as Sarah sent a ball through to Anna who broke free and beat the keeper to the far post . The score held and the Eagles got the win. Unfortunately, the Patriots beat Lebanon Valley, so the Eagles claimed second place and a spot against the New York East #9 Smithfield Kickers Revolution in the consolation round. Photos of the game are here
On Sunday the Eagles started strong against Smithfield. At about 10 minutes a breakaway by Kuensey won a corner. Sarah sent the corner into the wind and it fell short, but Julia lofted it across the face of the goal and Kuensey touched the ball in at the far post, giving the Eagles a 1-0 advantage. About 5 minutes later Smithfield pulled even with a touch from the left side that went just over Tori’s hands and into the net . Anna gave the Eagles the lead again with a nice run and goal late in the corner, giving the Eagles a 2-1 lead at the break. In the second half the Eagles had to fight hard for opportunities as the wind turned from a crosswind into a strong headwind. Despite that, the Eagles scored again when Kuensey sent in cross, Anna and the keeper collided, and the ball escaped to Sarah who one-touched it into the goal, giving the Eagles a 3-1 lead. Smithfield got one back later on a free kick from the 20. Tori made an acrobatic diving save on the well-struck kick, but Smithfield was faster off the line and pounced on the rebound. Smithfield got a few other opportunities, but good play by the Eagles’ defense, including a butt save by Julia, preserved the 3-2 win for the Eagles.
After the game the Eagles chilled while draining their legs after a good weekend of soccer, looking forward to next weekend’s trip to the CASL tournament.
2004 Overlea Cup Silver Champions
2004 Fallston Cup Champions
2004 BGMSL Champions2005 CMSA Champions
2005 BGMSL Champions
2005 Chesapeake Cup U-9A Champions
2005 Overlea Cup u-10A Champion
2005 August Cup U-10A Champion
2005 Bethesda U-10A Finalist
2006 WAGS Spring Champion
2006 Crabknocker U-10A Champion
2007 Valentines Day tournament Champions
2007 Battlefield Classic Finalist
2007 EASL OPEN U-12 GOLD Champions
2008 St Patrick indoor semi-finalist
2008 Jefferson Cup Premier Champions
2008 Pro Soccer Kicks Champions
2008 Freestate Indoor Premier Champions
2008 Hershey Division 1 Finalists
2009 Maryland Sports Arena Premier League Champions
2009 MSA Valentines Tournament Champions
2009 Baltimore March Madness Finalist
2009 WAGS Division 2 Spring Champions
2009 Hershey Division 1 Champions
2009 August Cup A Flight Champions
2009 WAGS Tournament B Flight Quarterfinalist
2010 Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament Chesapeake Division Champions
2010 Disney Showcase Copa Division Finalist
2011 Jefferson Cup Classic Division Finalist
2011 BBSL Spring League Champion
2012 Region 1 Premier League #7
2012 Columbia Mermorial Day Elite G16 Champions
2012 WAGS G17 Showcase II Semifinalists (Bracket Winners)
2012 Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament G17 Atlantic Division Champions
2012 GSA Adidas College Women's Showcase Red I Champions
2013 Annandale Premier Cup Girls Spring Showcase Finalists (Bracket Winners)
2013 Maryland State Cup Silver Medalists
Wednesday, September 7
2011-12 Eagles Team Photo at August Cup
Wednesday, September 7
The Eagles hired a new coach and trainer, Ali Andrzejewski. Ali played in college at Maryland and Loyola and professionally with the Washington Freedom. She gives private and team lessons through Champions Soccer Training and serves as the Program Director for the Premier Soccer Club. Many thanks to Sam Udeme, who will serve as assistant coach and general manager. Alyson Gabor will serve as the team manager.
Wednesday, September 7
The Parkville Soccer Club renamed itself the Premier Soccer Club in order to be more relfective of the club's focus on high level soccer beyond the Parkville area.
Wednesday, September 7
The Eagles opened the 2011 edition of the August Cup with a 7-0 win over the Alexandria Freedom. The second Eagles played the second game to a 0-0 draw against the Middletown Knightmares in the early wind and rain of Hurricane Irene. The remainder of the tournament was cancelled due to the hurricane.
Tuesday, October 11
The Eagles finished 1-2-0 at the WAGS Tournament this weekend, but still finished second in their division based on goal differential.
In the first game against AC Premier (#12 in NJ) they fell behind in the first 5 minutes, giving up an early goal on a corner. The hole was deeper after 15 minutes as the Eagles surrendered another goal on a counter. However, they adjusted to the turf and pulled even on two goals by Anna. Unfortunately, AC Premier added a third goal on a counter to take the game 3-2. Despite losing in their first game under new Coach Ali Andrjeweski, they played well, implementing the possession game they have been working on in practice and fighting hard for balls as they always do. Click Here for pictures.
In the second game against HBC Stars United (#11 in NYE) they fell behind 3-1 at half, with their only score coming off a header by Anna on a cross by Kuensey. At halftime Coach Ali admonished the Eagles for their lackluster play. Whatever she said worked. Julia opened the second half scoring with a goal on a perfectly placed free kick. Then the Eagles unleashed a barrage of shots, dominating possession, finding open players, changing fields, and fighting through frustrating no-calls, to score 5 more goals in short order and take a 7-3 lead. Anna, Kuensey, Jamie, Bri, Julia, and Leah all contributed a goals. The Eagles surrendered one last meaningless goal near the end of the game to take an impressive 7-4 win. Click Here for pictures.
The final game was against the Richmond Kickers (Va #4) on Monday morning at 8 a.m. The Eagles, playing with only 1 substitute due to injuries and high school team obligations, fell behind on a PK, but got it back on their own PK by Julia when Jamie was hauled down in the box. The Kickers pulled ahead 2-1 on a header off a restart. The Eagles looked like they scored the equalizer as the net shook after a Kicker’s defender cleared the ball out of the goal, but the referee ruled otherwise, and the Eagles went down 2-1 to the flight champion. The Kickers would have retained the flight championship even with a tie as a result of their two previous wins.
Overall, the Eagles demonstrated excellent possession and passing, improved in each game as they progressed through an increasingly tough field, shook off the rust of having not played together since August, and adjusted to the turf fields. However, they will need to tighten things up on defense in order to have better results at the upcoming Bethesda, CASL and Disney showcase tournaments.