Our Crew Juniors Boys and Girls teams traveled to Raleigh, NC the past two weekends to play in one of the country’s top tournaments, the CASL Shootout. It was a great start to the 2009-10 season for our older teams.
The Crew Juniors U15 Boys Gold Team played in the highest division at CASL . This was the first time the team was together since spring and Lindsey Thompson stepped in to coach. Our first match against Freestate Red Devils (MD) was a well-played matched over-all with the Crew scoring two quality goals and winning 2-0. Goalie Grant Coffman saved a PK in the 2nd half. We identified improvements we needed to make for the next game, in particular getting the ball wide and using the play to the corners for a cross. Both goals, scored by Alex Crognale and Ian Keller were executed with a cross from the corner.
In the second game, our opponent was a very physical Calverton SC Revolution (MD). We came out and scored early with a pass from Albert Miller to Derrick Skillman. Our opponent came back scoring two, one of the goals a PK. Down 1-2, we were awarded a PK which Roshun Sankaran put in the lower right corner of the net to tie the match. With more than 5 yellow cards given during the game, our boys stepped-up and continued to play quality, possession soccer, scoring two more goals in the 2nd half for a decisive 4-2 victory. Charlie Reymann took a corner kick and found Alex Crognale for a beautiful header and Derrick Skillman executed a crisp pass to the outside for a quality goal by Ian Keller.
Advancing to the semi-finals on a very raining Sunday, we played the United 1996 (KY), our MRL competitors. Both teams had quality chances and our keepers, Grant Coffman and Matt Parthun played exceptional. With the score 1-1 after OT (both goals on corner kicks), we went to PKS. We lost the shoot-out 3-1 with Albert Miller making our lone goal. Our team played very well and the boys should be proud of their accomplishments. Many thanks to Lindsey for providing the excellent coaching throughout the weekend!
The Crew Juniors U16 Boys Gold Team played two very good teams this past weekend.The first match was against the State Champions from Virginia in a very competitive match. It was 0-0 at half-time and the Annandale team was able to score two goals in the 2nd half to earn a 2-0 victory.Trailing by two goals, we switched to a 4-3-3 during the last ten minutes butunfortunately were unable to score even though we created good pressure and a couple of chances. The second game of the day was against a very good TFC Club out of Dallas, Texas.We came out strong and jumped to an early 2-0 lead which we held at half-time. In the second half TFC scored an impressive but a bit lucky goal from around 45 yards out and soon tied the game 2-2.We created a third goal from a corner and then TFC tied us 3-3 late in the game.On the final play of the game, TFC scored a diving header goal off a cross, to steal a 4-3 win.
The U16s played very well for having little training time together and were bolstered by several guest players from the U16 Black team who all did a very nice job and helped in our competitive showing. The 16 Gold should become a solid team this spring from winter training and spending more time together as a group.
The Crew Juniors U17 Boys Gold team played two good teams over the weekend at the CASL Showcase in Raleigh, NC.
Game #1 against FC Stars of Massachusetts saw a wet and slippery field become a factor in the game. While we came out trying to play a more controlling style, we were ultimately forced to be a bit more direct. We were able to hit the post and crossbar throughout the game, but were not able to finish. After giving up a goal just before half and playing the second half in our opponents end, we were unable to put one away.
Game #2 was against DFW Tejanos out of Texas, a well organized and controlling style team. While the fields were again sloppy, DFW played well and we were never really able to get everything clicking at the same time. DFW ended up getting two goals, and after switching to a more attacking formation we were not able to do the same.
Our third game was cancelled due to the weather.
The Crew Juniors U18 Boys Gold team played three top five state ranked teams over the weekend at the CASL Showcase in Raleigh, NC.
Game #1 against Arsenal FC from Minnesota was an overall good first game. We out played Arsenal throughout, but a breakdown in the second half was all Arsenal needed to put one away. We were able to generate good offense, some quality opportunities but were unable to score.In the end we felt good walking away with our performance.
Game #2 was against the tournament host, CASL 91 Elite. We came out strong and were in control of the game throughout. After putting away three goals, defensively we kept everything intact and walked away with a good performance.
Game #3 with COBB FC out of Georgia was shortened to 20 minutes halves due to the weather. Similar to the first game, we were able to play pretty well but were not able to find the back of the net. Overall it was a good showing for 18s, something we can build on moving into winter training.