I’m proud to announce that our Skyline Elite U14 Boys took the crown in the Richmond Capital Fall Classic last weekend. It was a great way to conclude the 2020 Fall Season. The team, led by Coach Eri and Assistant Coach Drew, outscored their four opponents in the Premier Division by a 21-2 score. Thanks to SOCA and all involved for getting us through the season by following protocols during these unprecedented times. They were able to provide a positive outlet for all of the kids who have had a lot taken away from them over the past year and we are thankful for that. Happy holidays!
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.
Six members of the U12BX team took part in the 2018 Richmond Strikers 3v3 Tournament over the weekend. It was a fun and exciting tournament for both the players and the spectators.
Day one went well as the boys won all three games and made it to the winners bracket for day two.
Day two included the semi-final and finals. In the semis, the boys won 9-5 against a Richmond Striker team to make into to the finals undefeated.
In the finals, the boys were upset by another Richmond Striker team, 6-5, in a hard-fought game. They had beaten the same team the day before in a low-scoring match 4-2. They brought home the Silver medal in the end.
Everyone was proud of the boys’ fight and effort. You can find complete results for the U12 division here.
Thank you to Aaron Laufer for being the driving force in setting up our participation in the tournament – registration, recruiting players, and game-day coaching. And to Roy Slater for coaching assistance.
Also, a sincere thanks to Coach Matt for spending extra time after practice last Friday to go over 3v3 strategies with the boys. It certainly helped. And participation in this tournament format will make the players better in their soccer future.