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!

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)

  • Burgers. Beer. Bourbon (38%, 6 Votes)
  • Uncle Julio's Mexican (31%, 5 Votes)
  • Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro (25%, 4 Votes)
  • Pazzo Pomodoro (6%, 1 Votes)
  • Copperwood Tavern (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Cheesecake Factory (0%, 0 Votes)
  • PF Chang's (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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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?

  • Frederick Courtyard Marriott (67%, 2 Votes)
  • Family or friends (33%, 1 Votes)
  • Other Hotel (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 3

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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.