High-SchoolGirls-Soccer: FC Virginia

Hawks, Eclipse fight for first in Midwest

October, 20, 2011
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Summer GreenScott McNittSummer Green leads the Michigan Hawks with eight goals this season.
It doesn’t take much to realize the importance of this weekend’s ECNL matches between Michigan Hawks and Eclipse Select.

At the U18 level, it’s a battle between the first-place Hawks and the second-place Eclipse. For the U17s, it’s last year’s US Youth Soccer Region II Champion against last year’s best ECNL record. At U16, it’s a chance for two squads to prove themselves against a rival club. And at U15, Eclipse sits in second place with the Hawks right behind them.

From top to bottom, at every age level, this weekend’s matches will have significant implications on the Midwest Conference standings.

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McLean U18s off to a hot start in ECNL play

October, 6, 2011
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Kara WilsonMollie Maresco/ESPNHSKara Wilson of McLean Strikers runs past a pair of FC Virginia defenders during a recent ECNL match.
In its first three games in the ECNL, McLean’s U18 squad is 3-0, scoring 13 goals and allowing only one. Pretty good way to start, huh?

“We wanted to be competitive right from the get go, and we’ve accomplished that,” said head coach Clyde Watson. “We’re happy not just because of the results, but on the quality of play and how the kids are reacting.”

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Mile High rivalry heats up this weekend

September, 28, 2011
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Real ColoradoMichael HerrmannReal Colorado and Colorado Rush will clash this week with first place in the Mountain West Conference on the line in several age groups.
It’s clear where the power brokers are in the Mountain West Conference.

In all five ECNL age groups, either Real Colorado or Colorado Rush sits in first place. In four of the five, the other club sits in second. And this weekend, all of those age groups are in flux as the two clubs meet Sunday at Addenbrooke Park in Lakewood, Colo., for a handful of matches that will determine first place in literally every age group.

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