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Au Revoir, Gavin

Our awesome teammate, Gavin Appel, leaves us this Summer for a temporary, new home in Canberra, Australia. Gavin’s father has been chosen for a much sought after position in the capital city and the family will be living there for three years. We’ll miss Gavin’s goal scoring and strong play, but especially his friendship and leadership. His love for the game is evident and it was infectious. He’s sure to continue his soccer development Down Under and we sincerely hope to see him back with us in a few years time. Bon voyage, Gavin and family!

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U12BX Year End Summary

In their first year of the State Cup competition, our boys made it to the VYSA round of 8 before losing to Alexandria in northern Virginia.

In CCL league play, U12B Apprentice finished a respectable fifth (tied with Beach FC) with a 9-4-3 (W-L-T) record and 30 points. SYA won the age group with 39 points. However, the top 5 finish contributed to SOCA winning the overall CCL Club title for boys and girls combined.

The FC Delco Cup tournament at the end of the Spring season saw the team putting together exciting, high effort play. They won their bracket with a 3-0 record, including a breathtaking, come from behind victory over a very good New Jersey team. SOCA was down 4-1 with only about 15 minutes to play. The last three goals came in the last 5 minutes to pull out the 5-4 win. In the semifinals, the ball just didn’t bounce their way and they lost 2-1 to another Virginia team (Braddock Road).

We thank Coach Matt and Andy Wilson for shepherding the boys through the season and look forward to another year under their leadership.

Upcoming: Virginia State Cup

VYSA has posted the brackets for the State Cup and since we’re the number 8 seed, we had a bye on 6 April and got through to the sweet 16 without playing a game. Five matches were played in the round of 32 between the lowest ten seeds.  We’ll play our first game on 27 April at home against Loudoun 07B Red, the number 9 seed. Time of the game at South Fork Soccer Park is TBD. Loudoun is currently 7-3-1 and just behind SOCA in the CCL standings with 22 points. We’ll also play them later in May. If we win, we’ll play the winner of Alexandria and Premier AC Elite 07 Navy in the quarterfinals the following weekend.

Home Cooking

The SOCA U12 Apprentice boys chalked up another win at home against a tough Potomac team. SOCA was ahead the entire game after Gavin gave them a 1-0 lead and were ahead by as many as three goals in the second half, powered by Michael’s hat trick. But the visitors from the north kept coming back and cut it to a single goal deficit twice. After closing to within 5-4 with about 10 minutes to go, Connor came up with the insurance goal at the 64 minute mark, fed by a nice, long pitch from Gavin. A more detailed recap of all the scoring, plus video is available on the match page. Next up is a trip to the beach to face a Beach FC team who is tied with SOCA in the CCL table.

Spring CCL Opener

The SOCA U12 boys had a successful start to the Spring CCL season with a complete, team victory over FC Frederick, 9-0. Gavin led the scoring with a whopping five goals, two of which were unassisted. Connor poured in three goals in a span of only three and a half minutes halfway through the first half. Defense was sound throughout and Anders was on point to stop every chance Frederick had. Next up is a rain makeup from the Fall season versus Potomac at South Fork.

Game Summary

2019 Spring Tournament Information

Information you’ll need for booking the end-of-season tournament:

Tournament Homepage

Dates: 25-27 May 2019
There appears to be a possibility of a Monday game, hence the three day span. Will get clarification as the dates near.

Playing Field Location (subject to change):
The Proving Grounds
707 Conshohocken Road
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Match page with map

Tournament housing web site
Tournament name: FC Delco Player’s Cup
Hotel Search Location (for filtering): Area B or C

Hotels nearest our playing fields, as they stand today:
Residence Inn by Marriott Philadelphia Conshohocken (5 minute drive)
Philadelphia Marriott West (6 minute drive)

Jefferson Cup Summary

The SOCA U12 Boys Apprentice team went 2-1 at the Spring 2019 pre-season tournament this past weekend. It was cold, wet, and muddy out at Striker Park in Richmond. The boys improved their play as the games progressed.

They eeked out a win with a late Ilias goal in game one v the Richmond Kickers Elite Black, 3-2. Henry L. and Spencer rounded out the scoring, with some excellent goalkeeping from Anders.

Then, they had a rematch with the tough eastern Pennsylvania team, Yardley-Makefield, to decide who would go to the semi-finals. They came up short again and lost 3-1, despite having the early lead with a Gavin goal. Yardley-Makefield went on to win in the Finals and only had three goals scored on them the entire tournament. Looking back, SOCA missed on a couple good chances and Yardley scored on an amazing free kick from distance.

The final, consolation match was against FC Richmond Magic, who SOCA U12BX defeated earlier in Fall CCL league play, 1-0. This one was exciting and finished 3-2 on Michael’s game winner from a tight angle at close range. SOCA scoring opened on a Connor goal from a Matthew assist on a nice through ball. But SOCA went down 2-1 in the second half before they tied it on a Leonidas header from a James’ corner. Anders kept this close throughout and the boys went home on a high note.

Saturday Night Team Dinner

Not sure how many are commuting to the tournament both days, but wanted to arrange for a team dinner for those staying Saturday night.

There are lots of options in the Short Pump area, but this is a really big tournament and dining with large groups could be a challenge. Hoping to get a reservation somewhere and avoid the waiting like we had at the Fall tournament. Another option is to go somewhere like Mezeh that is walk-up service.

Let’s try the poll thing again. Select your top two preferences below and I’ll tally the numbers. Links to restaurant home pages are listed below the poll. Please feel free to write in another suggestion in the comments section. And if your party is more than 2-3 people or you are NOT staying Saturday night, please leave a comment below. Please vote before Friday evening to allow time for reserving.

Saturday Night Dinner Options (links below)

  • Capital Ale House (50%, 1 Votes)
  • Chuy's Tex Mex (50%, 1 Votes)
  • Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mellow Mushroom (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Cheesecake Factory (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mezeh Mediterranean Grill (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Other (please suggest in comments) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 1

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Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue
Capital Ale House
Mellow Mushroom
Chuy’s Tex Mex
Cheesecake Factory
Mezeh Mediterranean Grill
Other (please suggest in comments)

Fall Season is a Wrap

The Bethesda Premier Cup concluded the Fall season for the U12 Boys. They went into the tournament shorthanded (minus Connor) but played very competitive matches against some very good teams from the northeast. We all look forward to  the team’s continued improvement in the Winter-Spring season. We have some photos posted from the last game at the tournament on the game summary page here.

We also have individual stats available via a link at the bottom of this page. Very unofficial and just for fun.

I know that Coach Matt hopes to see them playing together in indoor leagues over the Winter or at open gym or technical sessions with Coach Dion. If anyone is willing to facilitate an indoor team (or two), please feel free to use TeamSnap or the parents group email link at the bottom of this page for communicating.

Regular practice sessions will probably begin around mid-February. We will be in contact with everyone before then.

Until then, Happy Holidays!