After one of the hottest area summers since the Super Y-League (SYL) inception in 1999, the youngest members of the Northern Virginia girls program have nothing but fond memories heading into the fall. The U10 and U11 Northern Virginia Soccer Club (NVSC) Girls each completed perfect seasons to claim outright Mid Atlantic Division Championships in their respective age groups.
Not to be outdone in their own bracket, the U10 Majestics FTF Boys won the seven-team Mid Atlantic Division with a 9-1-1 record. The Majestics Boys scored 59 goals over their eleven game season to earn bragging rights in the U10 standings.
Led by head coach Justin O'Shell and assistant coach Nicole Schweitzer, the Northern Virginia U10 girls boasted a 8-0-0 record over a season that included four shut-out wins. The upstart NVSC offense averaged over six goals per game while backed by a stingy defense that allowed only seven goals for the year. A testament to the impressive defense and goalkeeping, the Northern Virginia U10s had only surrendered a single goal at the midpoint of the season, outscoring their opponents 26-1 at the halfway point of the summer.
Excerpts taken from SYLSoccer.com
Although Tuesday's final ultimately didn't produce the desired outcome, the U16 Northern Virginia Majestics walk away from their fourth Super Y-League (SYL) North American Finals with a tremendous sense of accomplishment. For the third year in a row, the young Majestics advanced out of the group stage of the tournament and into the playoff rounds, including two back-to-back appearances in the final match.
Led every year of their existence by head coach Jimmy Toms, the upstart squad has qualified for the SYL Championships each year since the U12 level in 2012. The U16 Majestics fell just short of the 2015 title as the Washington Spirit Academy edged them out 1-0 courtesy of a late goal in the waning moments of the match.
Northern Virginia opened the game brightly, and both Imani McGee and Samantha Gordon came close to opening the scoring early. Jackson had Washington’s first good chance in the 20th minute as she hit a turning shot from the right side of the penalty area to the near post, but the goalkeeper saved well.
For the most-part, though, the defenses remained on top. While McGee often threatened for Northern Virginia down the flank, Ella Callahan was solid in goal for Washington as she claimed numerous crosses into her penalty area, and made a good save to keep the game scoreless 10 minutes into the second half when Kristina Toms fired a shot from distance that was headed to the top-right corner.
Following another successful summer, the Northern Virginia Football Club (NOVA FC) Majestics youth teams completed the 2015 Super Y-League (SYL) season last week, playing in over 250 matches from June through the second week of August. The club earned several automatic championship spots for the SYL North American Finals to be held this December in Bradenton, Florida, by virtue of winning their respective divisions outright. Addtional Majestics boy's and girl's teams are expected to qualify for the SYL Championships based on division records and specific age group allocations in the coming weeks.
All Northern Virginia Majestics SYL team qualifications will be specifically announced here following formal United Soccer Leagues (USL) confirmation and invitation. Currently, two boy’s teams and two girl’s teams will represent Northern Virginia at the continental tournament, nabbing bids in their respective age groups from 2015 Super Y-League division titles.
The Northern Virginia FC Majestics Super Y-League program spans the Annadale United Majestics FC, the Northern Virginia Majestics, and the Virginia Majestics FTF boy's and girl's club teams.
The 2015 SYL North American Finals continues as one of the most important youth events annually, with teams once again competing for GotSoccer ranking points as individual players showcase their skills for top college coaches from throughout the country. The event also serves as an important identification opportunity for the Super Y League’s U.S. Soccer-sanctioned Regional Scouting Series program.