WVFC U-16 girls net two wins
US YOUTH SOCCER EASTERN PRESIDENTS CUP
BARBOURSVILLE — Being the host state for the US Youth Soccer Eastern Presidents Cup brings a bit of pressure to the West Virginia teams to perform well.
During the first day of play Saturday, however, the WVFC 2002 Black showed they could withstand heat in a figurative and literal sense in age Girls 16-Under action. The West Virginia side used strong second-half performances in the stretch run to earn a pair of shutout victories at the Barboursville Soccer Complex.
“Two games and no goals against with some goals for us,” WVFC 2002 Black coach Kevin Long said. “I think so far, we’d call that a success. I am pleased with them and I know they were pleased with how they came out.”
WVFC 2002 Black started the day by defeating Pipeline SC 02
Black (MD), 3-0, and later came back for a 4-0 win over Hotspurs Elite 2002 (PA-W) to cap an impressive day. Both matches ended in similar fashion, with WVFC 2002 Black surging in the final minutes to turn close contests into convincing wins.
Much of the final match was hotly contested with Hotspur Elite 2002 as neither team was able to break through through the first 59 minutes However, WVFC’s Logan Ragland was able to take a ball in space and slide a shot past the Hotspur goalkeeper to open the scoring in the 60th minute.
On a day when temperatures reached near 100 degrees on the fields at Barboursville, there were mandated water breaks at the midway point of each half.
Ragland’s goal came just before the second-half water break and really served as a momentum swing in the match. Following the water break, the West Virginia side continued to apply pressure and Hotspur’s defense cracked, allowing three goals in the final five minutes in the flurry from WVFC 2002 Black.
Lindsay Carr, a defender for WVFC 2002 Black, showed her versatility in the final minutes, moving up in the action, which led to a pair of the goals.
After Sophia Aya-ay added a tally to make it 2-0 in the 75th minute, Carr made her presence felt on the rush, taking on the Hotspur defense before sending a beautiful feed across the box to Aubree Flint, who deposited the ball into the net.
Carr was rewarded for her efforts just minutes later as she again moved up in play against the dejected defenders and fired a shot into the top of the net from 18 yards out to set the final scoring.
“In the beginning, it didn’t seem like there was a big difference between the teams, but clearly at the end, we scored four goals in the last minutes,” said Long. “We’re deeper than we’ve been and we could play anyone almost anywhere, which helps us with rotating players.”
The final flurry of goals was similar to the waning minutes of the day’s first match, which saw WVFC 2002 Black get numerous opportunities before finding late results.
Emma Dotson scored in the first half to give WVFC 2002 Black a 1-0 lead at the break and play stayed in WVFC’s offensive end throughout much of the second half as well. A handball in the box led to Dotson’s second goal of the match to provide cushion, and Ragland added a tally just 30 seconds later after weaving through the Pipeline SC 02 Black defense with nifty onetouch passing between her and teammates.
With the wins, WVFC 2002 Black sets itself up in great position for Sunday’s final pool play game, which is at 9:45 a.m. on Field 7 against Princeton FC Napoli (NJ) that was also 2-0 on Saturday.
WVFC 2002 Black needs a draw or win to advance to the semifinals, which would take place later Sunday afternoon.