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!

Post-Game Dinner Options

This is only for Saturday night.

Since last time we were up in northern Virginia, the Team Manager (me) failed to secure a dinner reservation for the group, here’s hoping this might avoid that.

There are a variety of choices right off Rt 7 and close to the Springhill Suites, where many of us are staying. The first four listed below are at the One Loudoun complex right across Rt 7 from the hotel. The others are a short drive up Rt 7. Links for each eatery’s web site is below the poll. We tried to represent various cuisine styles.

You can vote for up to two and we’ll make reservations at the one with the most votes by Saturday morning….unless there’s another, unnamed option that is preferred. You can write in candidates using the Comments section.

Post Game Dinner Options (Saturday)

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Uncle Julio’s Mexican
Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro
Burgers. Beer. Bourbon.
Copperwood Tavern
Pazzo Pomodoro
Cheesecake Factory
PF Chang’s

Bethesda Premier Cup Accommodations

We’re trying to get a count of how many families have booked at the tournament-recommended hotel: the Frederick Courtyard Marriott. This is for the purpose of possibly changing to a hotel nearer to the playing fields, since venues are to be changed due to playing conditions. For those that booked using the agent, it could be possible and we’ll look into it.

Please let us know in the Comments section below where you have booked or if you’re staying elsewhere or with family or friends in the area. And if you are open to changing your reservation to reduce your commute to the playing fields (and from home).

Also, if you don’t mind, take the poll below. All this info can come in handy for organizing socially before and after the games as well.

Where are you staying on Bethesda Premier Cup weekend?

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Moving Up

Three points for the win at home against a good Virginia Legacy team moves the SOCA U12 Boys into a three-way tie for 5th in the CCL. Three teams have 16 points, one of which will be SOCA’s next opponent – Arlington. Game summary is here.


Weekend Split

The SOCA U12 boys traveled up to Maryland and northern Virginia  for two CCL matches over the weekend.

The first was on Saturday at the Maryland SoccerPlex  versus DC Stoddert.  They held on for the 4-3 win after squandering a 4-1 lead late in the game. Photos from DC Stoddert are on the match page here.

Sunday’s game in Herndon was cold and blustery and disappointing only in the final result because the effort  and teamwork was there. The ball just did not find the net for SOCA, while Herndon had a deflected goal and another on a PK that gave them a 2-1 victory. Photos are posted to the Herndon match page here.



U12 Apprentice Back in Action

Finally back on the pitch for only the third CCL game of the season, the boys stayed undefeated with a tight 1-0 win over FC Richmond at home. Gavin A. scored what ended up being the game-winner within the first 10 minutes. The rest of the game was hard fought and there were several shots on goal that either hit posts or were saved by good goalkeeping. On to Maryland and Northern Virginia next weekend for two CCL games against DC Stoddert and Herndon. Check out photos from the game at the match page here.


SOCA U12 Boys Win at Roanoke

The apprentice squad looked good in their return to competitive play after a three week hiatus due to weather cancellations. This one was played in wet and drizzly conditions, but the boys defeated VBR Star 7-2 to stay undefeated in CCL play (1-0-1). Photos from the game will be uploaded later this week and posted to the game page here.