WPL Roundup - Week #6 (October 19th - October 25th)

Hawks Move Top of Premier Table as Helge Boes Cup Seeding Push Heats Up; LESA FC Remain Dominant in 1st Division

Saturday 1st Division - LESA FC United makes it three convincing routs in a row while the rest of  the 1st division field steal points from each other.

Sunday Premier Division - The battle for a top four seeding for the Helge Boes Cup heats up!  Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (5-1) continue momentum from the US Open Cup to claim top of the Premier table after two solid wins, although ASA Reds United (3-1-0) have two games in hand and remain the only undefeated squad.

Saturday – First Division

Tuesday, October 20th

World Bank/City FC – 1 vs ABGC/LA U   – 3

8:45 PM KO @ Montgomery Blair High School Stadium

ABGC La U notched their first win of the season in mid-week fixture vs World Bank City FC.  La U were able to put 3 goals in on their opponents.  World Bank/City FC consolation goal was a nice one, scored by Ben Hoffman on a nice bicycle kick in the 6-yard box after a cross by Rajan Moonesinghe.

Thursday October 22nd

LESA United FC – 6 vs Duke Vikings FC – 1

8:00 PM KO @ Montgomery Blair High School Stadium

LESA FC United continued their offensive onslaught against the Saturday First Division field in a mid-week clash with Duke Vikings FC.  LESA FC notched two quick goals in the first half to get off to a quick start before Duke Vikings got back into the match.  Eriel Genevro and Gabriel Camargohad the finishes with Danny Reyes and Luciano Emilio providing the assists.  Duke Viking FC put up some resistance after falling down two goals and the game flow evened out.  Shortly into the second half, Duke Vikings looked to capitalize on their pressure when they earned a PK, but LESA FC keeper Sebastian Alastia made a stop to keep his team on a two-goal cushion.   Continuing the pressure, Vikings’ Andrew Harvey was able to pull one back off an assist by Kieran Rice.  Soon thereafter, the Vikings attempts to chase the game proved their undoing as LESA FC unleashed four goals in the last 20 minutes of the match to leave no doubt in the outcome.  Eriel Genevro put in two more to earn his hat-trick, with Donal Reyes providing both assists.  Donal Reyes assisted by his brother Danny Reyes, and Thiago Augusto Leite, assisted by Diego, rounded out the scoring for LESA FC. 

Saturday October 24th 

World Bank/City FC – 2 vs Duke Vikings FC – 2

4:30 PM KO @ Montgomery Blair High School Stadium

World Bank scored in the first 5 min. Duke Vikings pressed but could not find a goal. After Halftime, World Bank scored another goal. In the last 10 minutes, Duke Vikings got 2 goals, One by Eli Hajjar, assisted by Alex Nydal and a last minute goal by Chad Kiteassisted by Andrew Harvey, to tie the game 2-2.

 

ABGC - La U – 0 vs Cavaliers/Conquistadores – 0

4:30 PM KO @ Montgomery Blair High School Stadium

A hard fought game between two long-time rivals in the WPL Saturday Division saw ABGC La U and Cavaliers/Conquistadores play to a stalemate after 90 minutes with neither team notching a goal.  Both teams had numerous chances to break the deadlock, but the competitive match left both with a share of points in the early match at Montgomery Blair High on Saturday.

 

Sunday Premier Division

Thursday, October 22nd

Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC – 3 vs Soccerdome.Com/ICC  – 2

8:45 PM KO @ Wakefield High School

On Thursday night at Wakefield high school, the Hawks and ICC squared up for a mid-week battle that was electric from start to finish.  The Hawks carried their momentum from their US Open Cup win and started brightly in the 15 minutes, generating several quality chances and breakaways that they could not capitalize on before ICC settled into the game.  After solid back and forth play from both teams, it took a great ball from the Hawks Lance Dotzman in the 35th minute to open up the scoring.  After winning possession in the Hawks defensive third, he played a ball in over the top to Scott Larrabee who finished neatly past the ICC keeper to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead that stood until halftime. The second half started with ICC playing direct , pinning the Hawks back in their defensive end and coming close to equalizing on two occasions.  Despite pressure from ICC, the Hawks were able to add to their lead on the counter attack.  Scott Larrabee finished on the counter after David Rosenbaum played him a nice through ball in the 67th minute. ICC pulled one back in the 75th minute when Alex Lee was taken down in the box and Pat Mehlert converted the PK that followed. Three minutes later the Hawks would punish ICC on the counter yet again with Scott Larrabee turning provider to David Rosenbaum for the break-away finish.  Rosenbaum’s strike would prove the game winner as ICC would pull one back with less than a minute remaining when Alex Lee finished from close range after a cross by CJ Corey to make the final score 3-2.

Sunday, October 25th

Fighting BOBs – 3 vs Yinz United – 3

6:15 PM KO @ Long Bridge Park #1

In an early clash out at Long Bridge Park on Sunday, Yinz United and Fighting BOBs squared off with both teams looking to earn 3 points in the tightening race for the Helge Boes Cup seedings.  A see-saw exchange in the first half saw Fighting BOBs start out the scoring on a nice counter in the 15th minute when Marcus Ranney drove a pass across the box after penetration on the flanks that was slotted home by Drew Delgado with a one-time finish.  BOBs pushed to a 2-0 lead only five minutes later on a 40 yard free kick service for a header by Daniel Shuler at the far post over a defender and the keeper who came off his line.  After falling behind, Yinz poured on the pressure and pulled one back in the 30th minute off a counter-attack finished by Jonny Baron on a flick over the oncoming keeper.  Yinz found their equalizer just minutes later in the 35th off a near post header on a corner kick, and pulled ahead on a Michael Zellner free kick in the 40th minute to complete the action packed first half.  

In the second half, Fighting BOBs pushed forward for the equalizer, exposing the flanks to the Yinz counter. Despite several 2 vs 1 opportunities to add to their scoreline, Yinz could not capitalize and the score remained 3-2.  As Yinz looked to be holding on for 3 points, Fighting BOBs earned a free kick about 45 yards from goal on the flanks with three minutes left in regulation.  The free kick cross was sent high to the far post by Omar Ismail and somehow managed to elude the Yinz keeper and all players before curling into the upper 90 for the equalizer and final goal of the match. 

 

Finito FC  – 1 vs Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC – 6

6:30 PM KO @ Fairfax High School

On Sunday night, the Hawks visited Fairfax to take on Finito FC. After creating several chances in the opening 10 minutes, it took a goalkeeping error to put the Hawks on top after the Finito keeper spilled Michael Goldman's long-range effort into his own net. From that point forward, the Hawks looked to exploit the space in behind the Finito back four.  The Bucknell duo of Patrick Selwood and Chris Hennings teamed up for the second goal after a beautiful near post ball sent in by Selwood was met with a full left-footed volley by Hennings for the 2-0 lead in the 15th minute. Shortly after the Hawks twice took advantage of the Finito high defensive line with Watson Vaughan-Prather feeding David Rosenbaum for the third and Lance Dotzman finding Chris Hennings for the fourth. Striker David Rosenbaum would convert the Hawks’ fifth goal of the first half off after dispossessing a Finito defender just outside the 18 and finishing with authority. Content with the lead, the Hawks took their foot off the gas peddle in the second half.  Finito scored in the 70th minute off a defensive error, taking advantage of a mis-weighted passback to the Hawks keeper.  Watson Vaughan-Prather added a sixth goal for the Hawks off a Stephen Hauschild pass to finish out the game.  Aegean Hawks FC sit atop the Premier division table at 5-1 after 6 games and in good position to challenge for their 10th WPL League title via the Helge Boes Cup.   

 

Soccerdome/ICC – 2 vs Kamikaze Crew – 0

8:15 PM KO @ Fairfax High School

The ICC's second game of the week finally saw them get back to their winning ways after two straight defeats. In a game were possession soccer would be a priority for both sides, both teams would look to start their playoff push.

The action was hot and heavy from the first minute where the ICC would win a corner, the ensuing deliver would find Kyle Hendricks whose close range full volley would be matched by an unbelievable save. The ICC would have the majority of possession and chances in the first stanza and finally broke through 5 minutes before half. A switch of play would find Kia Sedghi wide open about 30 yards out from goal and the defender did not waste the opportunity as he unleashed a dipping full volley that found the back of the net.

After the break the ICC once again took control and looked to be heading to a win. However a couple missed chances and a lack of sharpness in possession by the ICC had the Kamikaze Crew in control of the games final 25 minutes. Pushing to score, the Kamikaze were unfortunate on a number of chances including a 75th breakaway. Pushing hard to score would be their undoing though, as a quick counter in the 85th allowed the ICC's Ricky Burke to get in behind the defense for an easy finish and wrap up a 2-0 win.

 

Capital City FC – 1 vs Washington Elite – 1

8:15 PM KO @ Long Bridge Park #1

Sunday’s game was a very competitive game until the very end. Capital City wasted many chances in the first half that should have clearly put them in the lead early on. However, Washington Elite took the lead in the 30th minute mark off a goal by Lamar Hyde assisted by Bengal Keita. Keita collected the ball from the left wing after a poor clearance by the Cap City defense and drove the ball forward to find Lamar Hyde open at the top of the box on the right wing. Hyde was easily able to collect the ball and slot a low shot past the on rushing Capital City keeper to pull his team ahead. In the second stanza, both teams had several quality chances but the score remained level until Capital City was finally able to break through in the 85th minute.  Capital City striker Bash Bangura scored on a goalmouth scramble after a corner kick by Sam Post. Both teams pushed hard in the remaining minutes, showing determination and resolve to pull ahead, but the deadlock stood at the final whistle for a share of the points. 

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