Aug 31, 2012

Brittany Basinger, Andi Sullivan Named to 2012 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup Roster

Midfielder Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.) and defender Brittany Basinger (FC Virginia; Purcellville, Va.) have both been named to the roster for the upcoming 2012 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup.

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USA to Face France, Gambia and Korea DPR in Group Play 
CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2012) - U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team head coach Albertin Montoya has named the 21 players who will represent the United States at the 2012 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup being held in Azerbaijan from Sept. 22 through Oct. 13.

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The U.S. opens the tournament against France on Sept. 22 at Lankaran Stadium in Lankaran at 1 p.m. local (4 a.m. ET) before traveling to the capital city of Baku, where the remaining two Group B matches will be played. The USA will continue first round action against Gambia at Dalga Arena on Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. local (8 a.m. ET) and finish group play on Sept. 29 against Korea DPR (5 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET), the country that defeated the USA in the championship game of the inaugural U-17 Women's World Cup in 2008 in New Zealand. The USA-North Korea clash will take place at Bayil Stadium.

Montoya named the squad after a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from Aug. 19-26, at which the USA defeated the China U-17 Women's National Team in two friendly matches by 2-1 and 5-1 scores.

The U.S. U-17s have compiled an overall record of 22-5-6 over 2010 and 2011 heading into the Women's World Cup, including a 13-1-4 mark in international games. All 21 players on the roster were born in 1995, the year that the second-ever FIFA Women's World Cup was staged in Sweden.

Most of the 21 players named are relatively experienced at the U-17 level as the U.S. team has played 14 internationals this year prior to traveling to Azerbaijan. Forward Summer Green leads the way in both U-17 caps and goals with 21 and 17 respectively, but she is surrounded by some talented teammates.

The core of this U.S. team has risen through the ranks together in the U.S. youth national teams, starting at the U.S. Under-14 Identification Camp in 2009. In fact, 16 players on the Women's World Cup roster attended that U-14 I.D. Camp staged in Pomona, Calif. Most of these players were just 13 years old when the USA participated in the first FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in 2008.

The USA has a talented and diverse group of attacking players led by Green, who set a U.S. record for most goals scored in a CONCACAF qualifying tournament at any level when she amassed 12 in just five games to help the USA win the regional title in Guatemala and earn a berth to Azerbaijan. The USA features players with size, speed, strength and craftiness on the front line in Green, Emily Bruder, Margaret "Midge" Purce, Amber Munerlyn and Darian Jenkins. The combination of these players can give the USA various looks against different opponents. The U.S. has scored a combined 33 international goals at the U-17 level.
The USA also has depth in the midfield, which is anchored by team captain Morgan Andrews, whose sophisticated game belies her youth. Andrews is joined by several players with the ability to contribute on both sides of the ball. Morgan Stanton, Lauren Kaskie, Joanna Boyles, Andi Sullivan and Toni Payne have been effective players whether they are in the first 11 or coming off the bench, and all have shown the ability to impact the game striking on goal from midfield.

The U.S. defense, which did not allow a goal during qualifying, is led by center back and co-captain Maddie Bauer, a player who is smooth on the ball and gritty in the tackle. Her usual partner in the center defense is the physically dominating Mandy Freeman. Gabbi Miranda provides composure and a sweet left foot at left back while Brittany Basinger, a relatively late call-up during this cycle, is a thundering right back who can attack down the flank, as well. Adding depth to the defense will be Lizzy Raben, usually a center back, and Morgan Reid, usually a flank defender, as well as Claire Wagner, who made a late run to make the final roster.

In goal, the USA has one of the best in the world at her position in Jane Campbell. Athletic and tall at 5-foot-9, Campbell is a rare specimen at the U-17 level. She will be joined by two other talented and tall net-minders in the 6-foot Cassie Miller and the 5-foot-10 Morgan Stearns.
Additional Notes:
  • The USA will head into the Women's World Cup having compiled a record of 12-0-2 this year in international matches.
  • The two ties came against the England U-19s and the China U-20s.
  • The age cut-off date for this Women's World Cup is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1995. All of the players on the roster were born in 1995 with Darian Jenkins being the oldest with a Jan. 5 birthday.
  • The youngest player is Andi Sullivan, who has a Dec. 20 birthday.
  • Twenty of the 21 players are still in high school. The exception is Summer Green, who graduated a year early and is enrolled at the University of North Carolina.
  • Seventeen different youth clubs from 14 states are represented on the roster with the Chelsea Ladies out of North Carolina and the Colorado Rush leading the way with three players each.
  • At the U-17 level, each confederation (outside of the smallest Oceania) gets three berths to the World Cup tournament. Just nine countries return from the 2010 tournament and that does not include defending champion Korea Republic.
  • The USA will hold a pre-tournament training camp in Cyprus and will depart for Europe on Sept. 12.
  • The 16 nations competing in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup are: host Azerbaijan; two additional teams from Europe in France and Germany; three Asian teams in Japan, Korea DPR and China PR; three from Africa in Nigeria, Ghana and Gambia; the USA, Canada and Mexico from CONCACAF; Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay from South America; and New Zealand from Oceania.

Lancers host Liberty Saturday


FARMVILLE, Va. – The Longwood University men’s soccer team will host Liberty University in the Lancers’ first-ever home Big South Conference contest on Saturday, September 1 at 7 p.m. at the Athletics Complex in Farmville. Admission is free for all of Longwood’s fall sports home contests.

In an effort to honor all of the student-athletes, coaches and staff that helped Longwood attain Big South affiliation, the men’s soccer team will celebrate the past, as well as look forward to the future, with a ceremonial coin flip before Saturday’s match. Former Longwood standout Shane Johnson, who is now playing for the Richmond Kickers, will serve as the representative for the hundreds of student-athletes who led the way towards this milestone game. The official will be flipping a “challenge coin,” which was used to prove affiliation with ones unit during World War II.

Longwood Notes
·      Longwood is searching for its first win of the 2012 season following a 4-0 loss at No. 17 Coastal Carolina on August 24, and a 2-1 double-overtime loss at Presbyterian on August 28.
·      The Lancers return four starters among 15 letterwinners from last season.
·      Eight true freshmen have logged time for the Lancers so far in 2012. Longwood has 18 underclassmen (11 freshmen, 7 sophomores) on their 26-man roster this season.
·      Six of Longwood’s first seven games are against Big South opponents.
·      Freshman Philip van Berkom leads the Lancers with one goal for two points.
·      Freshman goalkeeper Carl Carpenter has a team-high 12 saves through two games. Carpenter, who came off the bench against Coastal, played the entire 100+ minutes in front of the net for Longwood at Presbyterian.

Scouting Liberty
·      Liberty is 0-1 on the season after dropping a 2-0 decision to North Carolina State.
·      Through one game, Sachem Wilson has a team-high five shots, while Tim Haribson has registered three of his own.
·      Goalkeeper Sam Chappell played all 90 minutes against N.C. State, making three saves and allowing two goals.

Series History
·      Saturday’s match will mark the 18th meeting all-time between Longwood and Liberty. The Lancers defeated the Flames, 3-1, when they last met a year ago, but Liberty holds a 10-4-3 advantage in the all-time series.

Richmond Kicker Nozomi Hiroyama to Retire

Former J. League and Japanese National Team Midfielder Ends Career in Richmond

RICHMOND, VA – (Friday, August 31, 2012) – Richmond Kickers midfielder, Nozomi Hiroyama, officially announced his retirement from professional soccer Thursday.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to finish my career in Richmond,” commented Hiroyama.  “Although I have played 17 seasons as a professional player, I was still able to acquire valuable experience over these last two seasons and winning U.S. Open Cup games against Major League Soccer Teams was one of the highlights of my career.  I wish the Richmond Kickers all the best in the future and am truly grateful to my teammates, coaches, front office staff and fans that support this top-class organization.”  

The Japanese international made 47 appearances with the Kickers over two seasons, en route to the historic run to the U.S. Open Cup Semifinals in 2011.  Logging nearly 2,000 minutes in a Kickers uniform, he posted two goals and two assists.

Hiroyama joined the Kickers prior to the 2011 season after an extensive playing career that spanned four continents over 15 years.  Entering the J. League in 1996, at the age of 18, the native of Chiba, Japan made 146 appearances with JEF United Ichihara.  In 2001, Hiroyama was transferred to Paraguayan side Cerro Porteño, where he became the first Japanese player ever to score a goal in a Copa Libertadores match. 

The following season, he made 10 appearances with Sporting Braga in Portugal before signing with Montpelier HSC of France’s Ligue 1.  He continued to set milestones, becoming the first Japanese player to appear in France’s top division, having achieved the same distinction in Portugal. 

After a one-year stint in France, Hiroyama returned to the J. League where he made 79 appearances with Tokyo Verdy 1969 and 15 appearances with Cerezo Osaka over five seasons.  Most recently, the Japanese international played in 73 games with J. League Division 2 side Thespa Kusatsu.

Representing his country as a member of the U18, U19 and U20 National Teams, Hiroyama earned a pair of caps with the full Japanese National team in 2001 and 2003.  

Tribe Women Shutout Spiders 3-0

Three Second-Half Goals Power Tribe Past Spiders

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary women's soccer team defeated Richmond, 3-0, Wednesday night at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field.  In second-half action, W&M netted three goals in the span of 10 minutes as it distanced itself from the visiting Spiders.  Senior Erin Liberatore broke the scoreless affair with a goal in the 80th minute, while junior Dani Rutter and senior Mallory Schaffer put through the Tribe's last two scores.  The Green and Gold improves to 2-2 on the season, while Richmond falls to 0-4.  

In the first 15 minutes of action, Richmond threatened on multiple occasions.  In the fifth minute, UR's sophomore Ashley Williams generated a quality shot on goal but was turned away by freshman keeper Caroline Casey.  For the remainder of the first-half, the College controlled the momentum, registering 11 shots, two shots on goal and five corner kicks.

Early in the second frame, the Tribe made its presence known as it generated multiple scoring opportunities.  For the half, the Green and Gold fired 14 shots with eight coming on frame.   W&M's opportunities were abundant in the last 45 minutes, but Richmond withstood every attack, as the match was scoreless with 20 minutes left to play.  In the 80th minute, Liberatore took possession on the top left of the 18, dribbling through multiple defenders, the Midlothian, Va., native created a clean look just right of center and fired a shot into the bottom right netting of frame for W&M's first score.

Moments later, in front of the mouth of goal, junior Dani Rutter put the contest out of reach as she punched in a pass from freshman Barbara Platenberg for her first goal of the season.  The assist marked the first career point for Platenberg.  Senior Mallory Schaffer netted the College's third and final score of the night.  In the waning moments of the contest, Schaffer headed in a corner from Rutter for the Tribe's third goal of the evening.  It was Schaffer's team-leading third goal of the season.  

For the match, the Green and Gold outshot the Spiders, 25-10. The College held the edge in shots on goal, 10-2, and corner kicks, 9-1.  Casey recorded two saves and played all 90 minutes between the posts for the Tribe, posting her first career shutout.

Tribe soccer returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 2, as it travels to Auburn for a 1 p.m. (ET) showdown with the Tigers.  Fans can follow the action online at with live stats.  Live video of the contest will be provided courtesy of Auburn athletics at a fee of $9.95.

No. 7 UVA Women Away at Texas Friday

Virginia Opens Road Schedule Friday at Texas
Cavaliers and Longhorns play on first day of Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational

CHARLOTTESVILLEThe No. 7 Virginia women’s soccer team makes its first road trip of the season this weekend as it heads to Austin, Texas, for the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational. The Cavaliers open the tournament on Friday as they play host Texas at 7:30 p.m. CT (8:30 p.m. ET) and the game will be televised live on the Longhorn Network.

The Cavaliers concluded a season-opening four-game homestand with a 3-1 record. Following a 3-1 loss to No. 8 Penn State in the season opener, Virginia has posted three straight shutout victories over Radford (5-0), Liberty (3-0) and UNC Wilmington (2-0). 

Texas enters the weekend with a 2-2 record. The Longhorns split a pair of home games last week, falling 1-0 to NC State on Friday and defeating Toledo 3-0 on Sunday.

Virginia is led offensively by first-year Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.), who leads the ACC with five goals and 12 points. The reigning National Player of the Week became the first Cavalier to score in each of the first four games of a season. Sophomore midfielder Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.) has added two goals off the bench as six different players have scored a goal for Virginia during the first four games.

Friday’s game is the second all-time meeting between the schools. The Cavaliers downed the Longhorns 4-0 during the 2010 Virginia Nike Soccer Classic in Charlottesville. Current Cavaliers Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.), Julia Roberts (Frederick, Md.) and Kate Norbo (Roanoke, Va.) all scored against Texas in the meeting two years ago.  

The Cavaliers conclude play at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational on Sunday as they meet SMU. Game time is 11 a.m. CT (noon ET) in Austin. The teams have not met in 20 years since Virginia won three of the four previous meetings from 1989-92.

Aug 29, 2012

Touting the Tribe: Senior Men's Soccer Player Ben Anderson previews student-athletes for the 2012-13 season and for men's soccer it is senior midfielder Ben Anderson.

Tribe Men lose 2-0 to VCU

Tribe Men's Soccer Falls at VCU

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Richmond, Va. - The William and Mary men's soccer team fell at VCU, 2-0, Sunday night from Sports Backers Stadium. Even though the College held the advantage in shots, shots on goal and corner kicks, it was unable to put through multiple scoring opportunities on the evening.  The Tribe falls to 0-1-1 on the year, while VCU improves to 1-0-1 on the season.

"Although we are disappointed with the result, we are happy with the performance," stated head coach Chris Norris. "We were much bolder tonight in terms of our attacking choices and our execution was better in the second half. I really like this group and as long as we can keep an even keel and focus on our performance, we will be fine."

In first half action, W&M threatened early, but didn't capitalize on its early chances.  With in the fist 10 minutes of action, W&M took two corner kicks and recorded a shot on frame.  However, it was the Rams who struck first with a goal from freshman Devon Fisher in the fourth minute.  For the rest of the half, the Green and Gold pushed the issue, taking five shots, three of which coming on goal, but the half ended with VCU leading, 1-0.  For the half, W&M's sophomore Marcus Luster registered two shots on frame coming in the 16th and the 24th minutes.

As the second half started, the College was on the verge of tying the affair at, 1-1.   Junior Roshan Patel got a good look on frame in the 46th minute, but his shot sailed just high of goal.  Minutes later, junior Will Smith had his shot on frame deflected, and in the 54th minute sophomore Chris Albiston fired a shot that was narrowly wide of goal.  For the remainder of the dispute, the Tribe took three more shots on goal but were turned away each time.  The Rams added an insurance goal late in the 88th minute.

Sophomore Bennett Jones played all 90 minutes in frame for the College, tallying four saves on the night.
For the match, the College outshot VCU, 18-13.  W&M also owned the advantage in shots on goal, 7-6, and corner kicks, 6-3.  

The College returns to action Saturday, Sept. 1, as it plays host to Richmond at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field in a 7 p.m. affair.  For all the latest on Tribe soccer go to 

Tribe Women Shutout Akron 4-0

Women's Soccer Dominant in 4-0 Win Over Akron


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Behind three first-half goals, the William and Mary women's soccer team cruised past Akron, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon in its final game of the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic.  Senior Cortlyn Bristol scored twice and recorded an assist in the College's first victory of the 2012 season.  The win improves W&M 's ledger to 1-2, while Akron suffered its first lost of the year, falling to a record of 2-1.

"We put together strong attacks, we created good opportunities and scored some quality goals," stated head coach John Daly. "On our first goal, (Dani) Rutter and (Kiersten) Harpe assisted to (Cortlyn) Bristol with a good header.  On the second score, the corner kick was cleared back to Bristol as she found (Mallory) Schaffer for a strong header. The thrid goal came on a neat finish by Bristol as she took advantage of the situation.  Our final goal, came off a cross from (Erin) Liberatore as (Audrey) Barry placed it into the far corner with the header."

In the opening half, the Tribe wasted no time in jumping out in front of the Zips.  In the 14th minute, Bristol netted the College's first score of the afternoon off assists from junior Dani Rutter and senior Kiersten Harpe.  For the score, Bristol elevated over the Akron defense as she headed the ball into the bottom left corner of frame.   The Green and Gold pushed its advantage to 2-0 in the 20th minute.  From just inside six yards, senior Mallory Schaffer headed in her second goal of the year off a cross from just outside the 18 on a free kick from Bristol.  

The half's trifecta came from Bristol in the 29th minute, as a Zips defender deflected in her attempted shot on frame for W&M's third score of the half.  In the opening 45 minutes, the College totaled 16 shots with six on goal.  Behind a stout backline and the play of freshman keeper Caroline Casey, the Tribe kept Akron off the scoreboard.     

In the second half, W&M kept its foot on the pedal as it generated frequent scoring opportunities.  The College capitalized in the 82nd minute when junior Audrey Barry netter her first score of the year with the assist coming from senior Erin Liberatore

For the match, the College outshot Akron, 27-8.  W&M also held the edge in shots on goal, 9-5, and corner kicks, 8-1.  Senior goalie Carla Manger tallied five saves as she maintained the frame for the Tribe in the second-half.

The College returns to Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daily Filed to host Richmond on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m.   For all the latest on Tribe soccer go to

De Rosario to be named 2012 D.C. Sportsperson of the Year at upcoming SneakerBall IX

D.C. Sportsperson of the Year Presented by Arent Fox: Dwayne De Rosario
Signature Charity Event Celebrates MLS Most Valuable Player

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Greater Washington Sports Alliance announced today that the recipient of the 2012 D.C. Sportsperson of the Year Presented by Arent Fox will be star D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario. This award will be presented to De Rosario at SneakerBall IX Presented by DMI, Washington D.C.’s only black tie and sneakers gala, held at the National Building Museum on September 11, 2012.

The D.C. Sportsperson of the Year award was created to recognize and honor the Greater Washington region’s most outstanding individual in sport in the past year. Past recipients of this award include Redskins’ Chris Cooley, UMD’s Grievis Vasquez, and Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin.

“We are very excited to acknowledge De Rosario’s athletic achievements at this year’s event,” said Robert Sweeney, President of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. “His outstanding dedication and performance on the field this past year has proven him to be a tremendous athlete and a true leader in Washington D.C. sports.”

Dwayne De Rosario serves as the captain for D.C. United, one of nineteen teams in Major League Soccer.  Last November, De Rosario was officially named the MLS Volkswagen Most Valuable Player for the 2011 Season. Additionally, he won the MLS Golden Boot for leading the league in goals scored during the regular season.  He finished last season with an impressive 16 goals and 12 assists.  De Rosario was also a part of the 2011 and 2012 MLS All-Star teams. This year, he leads MLS with 10 assists, and has D.C. United in position to make the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in four seasons. 

“Dwayne has not only proven himself as the best player in MLS, but has also become the centerpiece for our team both on and off the field,” said Kevin Payne, President and CEO of D.C. United.  “We are proud of his great accomplishments and are grateful for this recognition by the sports community.”

Proceeds from SneakerBall IX will support the Greater Washington Sports Alliance Collaborative, the non-profit arm of the Sports Alliance that uses the philanthropic generosity of individual and corporate donors to make strategic investments in emerging non-profits that use sports to enhance children's lives.

The 9th annual SneakerBall Gala will be held on September 11, 2012. For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact Dani Brand at

About Greater Washington Sports Alliance:
Established in 2003, The Greater Washington Sports Alliance (GWSA) is a regional non-profit sports commission created to foster economic development and civic pride through the power of sports. GWSA’s mission encompasses the attraction of sporting events to the region;, the promotion of the regional professional, collegiate and amateur franchises;, the support of youth investment organizations; and the branding of Washington, D.C. as a world class sports destination. For more information on GWSA, visit

D.C. United Open Practice and Coaches Clinic

First-Team Practice and Coaches Clinic

Come watch D.C. United practice on the main field at RFK Stadium as they prepare to take on the Portland Timbers. Coaches will have the opportunity to see how Head Coach Ben Olsen leads his team in a training session. D.C. United practices are typically not open to the public. Following the first team practice, Ben Olsen, Chad Ashton and Pat Onstad will run a coaching clinic teaching basic training fundamentals youth coaches can bring back to their clubs.

Aug 28, 2012

No. 7 UVA Women Shutout UNCW 2-0

Women’s Soccer Tops UNCW 2-0 For Third Straight Win
Cavaliers conclude homestand with a 3-1 record

CHARLOTTESVILLE The No. 8 Virginia women’s soccer team concluded its season-opening homestand with a 2-0 victory over UNC Wilmington on Sunday in front of a season-high 1,129 fans at Klöckner Stadium. Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.) scored second half goals to lead the Cavaliers (3-1) past the Seahawks (0-2-1).

“It was a good team victory as we had a good effort all around,” said assistant coach Ron Raab. “We played some great soccer in the first half, but were not rewarded with a goal. We continued to pressure them in the second half and got a couple of good finishes by players who have been playing well for us all year long.”

The Cavaliers dominated the first half, outshooting the Seahawks 12-1, but couldn’t get one past UNCW goalkeeper Caitlin Hunter, who had eight first-half saves. One of Virginia’s best chances came in the 15th minute. Gloria Douglas (Fayetteville, N.C.) beat Hunter to a loose ball at the top of the box and tried to dribble around the keeper. The ball deflected wide to Kaili Torres (Fleming Island, Fla.), who placed a shot towards the vacated net that was saved off the line by a sliding defender.   

Virginia finally broke through in the 56th minute to take the lead. Molly Menchel (Arlington, Va.) sent a cross into the box that Doniak controlled before pounding into the net for her fifth goal of the season. Colaprico doubled the lead in the 67th minute as she intercepted a clearance and fired a shot from the top of the box into the upper corner for her second goal of the season.

Doniak’s goal made her the first player in school history to score in each of the first four games of a season. Her goal was also the first career game-winning goal for the freshman.

“It has been really exciting,” said Doniak. “I wanted to come in and make an impact. I have been fortunate to do so, whether that has been scoring or just providing some energy on the field. I have been fortunate that my teammates have set up a lot of chances for me that I have been able to finish.”  

Virginia outshot UNCW 27-3 in the contest and had a 7-2 corner kick edge. Churchill O’Connell (McLean, Va) made one save in net for the Cavaliers as she and Danielle DeLisle (Baltimore, Md.) combined for Virginia’s third consecutive shutout. Hunter finished with 13 saves in goal for the Seahawks.

The Cavaliers make their first road trip of the regular season next week as they head to Texas for the Longhorn Invitational. Virginia meets host Texas on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. CT) in a contest that will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network.

#8 Virginia 2, UNC Wilmington 0

UNC Wilmington (0-2-1)                        0            0     -            0
#8 Virginia (3-1)                                      0            2     -            2

Scoring Summary
1. UVa. Makenzy Doniak 5 (Molly Menchel 1) 56’
2. UVa. Danielle Colaprico 2 (unassisted) 67’

Shots: UVa 27, UNCW 3
Corners: UVa 7, UNCW 2
Saves: UVa 1 (Danielle DeLisle 0, Churchill O’Connell 1), UNCW 14 (Caitlin Hunter 13, Team 1)
Fouls: UVa 9, UNCW 6

Kickers fall to Hammerheads in USLPRO Playoffs

RICHMOND, VA – (Saturday, August 25, 2012) – The Richmond Kickers were knocked out of the USLPRO playoffs Saturday night in a thrilling five-goal encounter with the visiting Wilmington Hammerheads.

Richmond dominated the early stages of the match, with Matthew Delicâte hitting the crossbar with his headed effort in the third minute. Wilmington’s starting goalkeeper Alex Horwath picked up a hamstring injury in the 7th minute, and backup keeper Troy Hernandez entered the game to earn his first minutes of the season. Delicâte earned a free kick just outside the box in the 11th minute, and Sascha Goerres provided the first test of the night for Hernandez with a curling strike around the wall. The Wilmington keeper got a hand to it, but it deflected straight to Jason Yeisley inside the six-yard box. The Richmond forward slotted his shot into the empty net to give the Kickers the early lead.

Wilmington came into the game following the goal and nearly scored with a dangerous free kick of their own in the 13th minute, but Ronnie Pascale was able to make the save. Yeisley nearly scored another goal for Richmond in the 28th minute, but his powerful header was cleared off the line by the Wilmington defense. Hagop Chirishian put a 35th minute Wilmington free kick on target, but Pascale was able to punch the shot over the bar to safety.

The Hammerheads started the second half brightly, with striker Andres Cuero testing Pascale from close range in the 47th minute, but the shot stopper was equal to the task. Edson Elcock replaced Stanley Nyazamba for the Kickers in the 54th minute, and the pacy forward nearly doubled Richmond’s lead with his 68th minute individual effort. 

Wilmington countered quickly following the shot by Elcock. Substitute Steven Perry played a ball to Troy Cole at the penalty spot, and the midfielder blasted a low shot under the diving Pascale to tie the score at one apiece. Perry added a goal of his own three minutes later when Chirishian’s corner kick skipped through the crowd of players in front of the goal to the back post, where the midfielder tucked his shot into the bottom corner of the net.

The Kickers introduced Mike Burke, Nozomi Hiroyama and Christopher Agorsor after Wilmington took the 2-1 lead, and the substitutes made a positive impact in the final third for Richmond. Mike Burke curled a ball to the near post from a 79th minute corner kick, and fellow substitute Elcock snapped a header into the top corner to level the score again.

Wilmington pushed  forward in waves in the final ten minutes of the match and Richmond escaped going behind in the 89th minute when Hertzog turned his shot over the crossbar from close range. Richmond appeared to have escaped the onslaught when they cleared the ball in the final minute of stoppage time, but Wilmington defender Tom Parratt kept the ball in play along the touchline. Parratt swung in a deep cross from the right side that floated over the head of Pascale and nestled into the side netting on the far side to give the Hammerheads the 3-2 victory and a place in the semi-finals. The Hammerheads will face Orlando City next Friday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Box Score                 First Half                Second Half                           Final
Richmond                        1                        1                            2                       
Wilmington                         0                        3                            3

Scoring Summary
12th minute: Yeisley (Goerres)
69th minute: Cole (Perry)
72nd: Perry (Chirishian)
79th: Elcock (Burke)
90th: Parratt

Starting Lineups
Kickers:  GK Ronnie Pascale, Shane Johnson, Yomby William, Henry Kalungi, Jason Yeisley, Gerson dos Santos (Nozomi Hiroyama 74’), Luke Vercollone, Stanley Nyazamba (Edson Elcock 55’), Sascha Goerres, Ryan Heins (Mike Burke 74’), Matthew Delicâte (Christopher Agorsor 74’)

Hammerheads:  GK Alex Horwath (Troy Hernandez 6’), Tom Parratt, Gareth Evans, Tyler Lassiter, Yahaya Musa (Dylan Riley 85’), Bryce Taylor (Cody Arnoux 70’), Troy Cole, Mark Briggs (Manny Guzman 61’), Hagop Chirishian, Andres Cuero (Steven Perry 51’), Corey Hertzog

Shots                                    Saves                                    Fouls                                    Corners
Hammerheads:            12            Hammerheads:            5            Hammerheads:            13            Hammerheads:            6
Kickers:                        12            Kickers:                        5            Kickers:                        11            Kickers:                        7

57th minute: Briggs (Wilmington)
90th minute: Guzman (Wilmington)


Referee:                                                  Charles Carson
Assistant Referees:                                      Robert Velbis, Dean Fairweather
Fourth Official:                                                  Matthew Franz
Attendance:                                                  1,441
Weather:                                                  Rain
Stadium:                                                  Richmond City Stadium

UVA's Doniak Named Player of the Week by

Doniak Named Player of the Week
First-year Cavalier forward receives first national accolade

CHARLOTTESVILLE Virginia women’s soccer first-year forward Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) was named the Women’s College Player of the Week. Doniak received the national award after scoring three goals in wins over Liberty and UNC Wilmington last week.

Doniak scored twice in Virginia’s 3-0 win over Liberty on Wednesday and had the game-winning goal in Sunday’s 2-0 win over UNCW. She is the leading scorer in the ACC with five goals this season.

The first-year forward has come off the bench and scored in each game this year, becoming the first Cavalier to score in the first four games of a season. She has either scored or assisted on seven of Virginia’s 11 goals this year.

Doniak is the third Cavalier to receive the award, joining Caroline Miller (Sept. 1, 2009) and Meghan Lenczyk (Aug. 23, 2010).

The Cavaliers (3-1) make their first road trip of the regular season next week as they head to Austin for the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational. Virginia meets host Texas on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. CT) in a contest that will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network.

Lancers beat Howard 1-0

Longwood Senior keeper Kyra Byron
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Longwood University took a 1-0 non-conference women’s soccer shutout victory on the road past Howard University of the Great West Conference Monday night in Washington, D.C.  Freshman Haylea Witz|Chesapeake (Grassfield) scored the game-winning goal unassisted in the 69th minute for the Lancers (3-1), who won their second-straight match, while senior keeper Kyra Byron|Richmond (Mills. E. Godwin) posted the shutout.  Longwood will play again on Sunday afternoon, September 2, at Appalachian State University of the Southern Conference in Boone, North Carolina beginning at 12 p.m.
“It’s always hard to come here and get a result against Howard,” said 19th year head coach Todd Dyer ‘93.  “Their very well organized and very stubborn on defensive.  Offensively, we were dangerous and created chances, and all it takes is one and we got that.  Defensively, we’re on the road and we earned a shutout ... it’s always tough at Howard.” 

Longwood and Howard battled scoreless through the first 45 minutes, and through about half of the second half before Witz collected a deflected shot on the far post and beat the keeper to the top left corner at 68:16.  The Lancers had missed on a penalty kick opportunity about five minutes earlier in the 64th minute after a player was dragged down in the box.
Longwood took a 17-6 advantage in shots, including 5-1 in attempts on goal, and the Lancers had a 7-1 edge in corner kicks too.  Junior Kelsey Pardue|Henrico (Hermitage) had seven shots, one on goal, and senior Nikki Glisson|Mechanicsville (Hanover) had her three shots, one on goal for Longwood.  Byron played the duration in front of the net for the Lancers with one save for her ninth career shutout.
Nia Walcott had two shots, one on goal, to lead Howard while Kyra Dickinson played the duration for the Bison with four saves.
Longwood and Howard were playing for the 13th time in the sport of women’s soccer, and the Lancers lead the series, 11-2.

Virginia Colleges In National Top 25 Rankings

Soccer America Top 25
Top 25

Soccer America Men's Top 25 (Aug. 27)

11. Old Dominion (1-0-0) 12

Soccer America Women's Preseason Top 25 (Aug. 28)

7. Virginia (3-1-0) 8
17. Virginia Tech (3-0-0) 22

NSCAA Top 25
Top 25 - 7th Poll

NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's - National - Poll 1 - August 28, 2012

19. Old Dominion

*Also receiving votes: UVA, JMU

NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women's - National - Poll 2 - August 28, 2012

10. Virginia
13. Virginia Tech

Aug 25, 2012

Longwood Women beat Richmond in Double OT 2-1

Lindsey Ottavio, photo credit: Red Rocket Photos

Longwood University took a 2-1 non-conference women’s soccer double-overtime home victory past the visiting University of Richmond from the Atlantic 10 Conference Friday night at the Athletics Complex in Farmville.  Senior captain Lindsey Ottavio|Fairfax (W.T. Woodson) scored both goals unassisted for the Lancers (2-1), including the exciting game-winner just 50-seconds into the second extra period.  Ottavio scored her first goal in the 65th minute after the hosts and Spiders (0-3) were scoreless at the intermission.  Longwood will play again on Monday night, August 27, at Howard University of the Great West Conference in Washington, D.C. beginning at 7 p.m.
“It’s always exciting to win on a golden goal and to do it against Richmond, one of the strongest teams we face all year, makes it that much more special,” said 19th year head coach Todd Dyer ‘93.  “The first half was relatively even, though we definitely had to weather the storm defensively in the second half.  But even with all of their possession, it took a set piece for them to break us down.
“Otto was an absolute force tonight on both goals, and simply would not be denied.  She deserves her hero status for the night.”
Longwood and Richmond battled scoreless through the first 45 minutes, and through nearly 20 minutes of the second half before Ottavio took the ball through the middle of the box while beating a defender and the keeper with a shot to the left side of the net at 64:35.  The Spiders, however, controlled most of the action for the remainder of the period and finally moved the net on a header by Ashley Williams from a corner kick by Natalie LeClair in the 78th minute.  It was 1-1 following 90 minutes of regulation, and it remained that way after the first 10-minute overtime session.  Ottaviofinally ended the well-played match successfully for the Lancers at 100:50 when she took a loose ball in the box and once again beat the keeper with a hard shot to the left side for the sudden victory.
Richmond took a 17-8 advantage in shots, including 10-5 in attempts on goal, and the Spiders had an 8-3 edge in corner kicks too.  Junior Kelsey Pardue|Henrico (Hermitage) had three shots, two on goal, and Ottavio had her two shots, on goal for Longwood.  Senior keeper Kyra Byron|Richmond (Mills. E. Godwin) played the duration in front of the net for the Lancers with nine saves.
LeClair had four shots, three on goal, to lead Richmond while Andrea Young played the duration for the Spiders with three saves.
Longwood and Richmond were playing for the seventh time in the sport of women’s soccer, and the Spiders still lead the close series, 3-2-2.

Tribe Lose to Tennessee in double OT

Knoxville, Tenn. - The William and Mary women's soccer team dropped a hard fought, 1-0, overtime match Friday night to the Tennessee Lady Volunteers.  After 90 minutes of action, the two teams needed extra time to settle the dispute.  In the 107th minute of the second overtime, Tennessee netted the deciding goal on a penalty kick.  The Tribe falls to 0-2 on the year, while UT improves to 3-0 on the season.

"We battled hard," stated head coach John Daly. "Our possession needed to be better tonight but with that being said, Caroline Casey was outstanding in goal and our defense played well."

After withstanding an early Tennessee attack in the opening minutes of the match, sophomore Aly Shaughnessy countered for the Tribe with a shot on goal in the 13th minute.  For the remainder of the half, W&M kept the Lady Vols scoreless as freshman keeper Caroline Casey recorded three saves.

As the second half started, the Green and Gold wasted little time in getting off to an opportunistic start.  Senior Cortlyn Bristol fired a shot on goal in the 48th minute, but was turned away by Tennessee sophomore keeper Julie Eckel.  After getting an early shot on frame, W&M fended off multiple UT charges until regulation ended in a scoreless tie.

The College turned up the pressure in the first overtime period, taking two shots on goal and a total of three shots in the span of four minutes.  In the 92nd minute, Bristol launched a shot on goal and moments later the Chantilly, Va., native fired another quality shot on frame, but was turned back on consecutive attempts.

Tennessee came out applying the pressure in the second overtime period.  The Vols mounted numerous attacks on goal, but were denied each time by Casey.  For the match, Casey tallied a career-high nine saves.  With under four minutes remaining in the contest, Tennessee's junior Caroline Brown scored the game-winner on a penalty kick.

The College concludes play in the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic on Sunday, Aug. 26, against the Akron Zips in a match slated for 12:30 p.m.  Fans can follow the action at with live stats.

Longwood Shutout by No. 17 Coastal Carolina to begin season


CONWAY, S.C. -- The Longwood University men’s soccer team was defeated by #17 Coastal Carolina University, 4-0, in the Lancers’ 2012 season opener and first-ever Big South Conference matchup at CCU Soccer Field in Conway, S.C. on Friday evening. The Chanticleers (1-0) outshot the Lancers (0-1), 24-2, en route to earning the victory in what turned out to be a very physical outing. Longwood returns to action on Tuesday, August 28 at 5 p.m. when the squad travels to Presbyterian College for its second of three-straight conference contests beginning at 5 p.m.

“We came up against a seasoned team tonight and while we didn’t back down, we just couldn’t match their quality,” said head coach Jon Atkinson. “It would have been nice to not have gifted their opening goals, as we felt the longer the game wore on, the better our chances would have been, but we give Coastal their credit. We saw a caliber team this evening and last year’s Big South Conference champs and it has showed our team the level they must achieve to become a player at this level. We will regroup and prepare for what will be a quick turnaround and a good opportunity to bounce back on Tuesday at Presbyterian.”

The teams battled through 27 minutes of scoreless play before Coastal Carolina took a 1-0 lead in the 28thminute of play, as Justin Portillo received a pass from Ashton Bennett and made two touches to beat sophomore goalkeeper Paul Hegedus|Ashburn (Broad Run) to the right post.

Just over a minute later, Coastal sent a cross in front of the net that was deflected off the head of a Longwood defender for an own goal, making it a 2-0 game.  

Bennett sealed the victory for the Chanticleers with two goals in the second half. His first came in the 74th minute of play, when he dribbled to the left side of the box and fired a shot hard and low past freshman goalkeeper Carl Carpenter|Charlottesville (St. Anne’s Belfield). Less than ten minutes later, Bennett struck again, this time finding the back of the net off a pass from Shawn McClaws.

Vinnie Llana|Raleigh, N.C. (Broughton) and Anthony Ugorji|Washington, D.C. (Archbishop Carroll) tallied one shot apiece for the Lancers. Ugorji notched Longwood’s lone shot on goal of the outing. Bennett led all players with a game-high seven shots, including four on goal.

Carpenter registered eight saves in his collegiate debut, seeing 53:42 minutes of action after coming off the bench in the first half. Hegedus notched one save in 36:18 minutes in front of the net.

Friday’s match marked the second meeting all-time between Longwood and Coastal Carolina, with the Chanticleers tying the series at one a side.