The Chantilly Storm and Herndon Hurricanes Red both closed their season out at the NVSC Hunt Country Classic November 23-24, 2013. Strong performances by both teams allowed them to come away from the weekend with hardware to close out their seasons.
Storm competed in the Premier bracket of the tournament against a set of Loudoun based Virginia teams from Leesburg, Ashburn, and ODFC. While posing various challenges within each of the games, the Storm were able to comfortably secure a place in the championship by going undefeated in their preliminary games. They were the only team in the tournament not to be scored on in their first 3 games, and their seven goals scored were nearly double the next highest offensive output from anyone else in the Premier bracket.
The finals saw the team face off against Vienna Patriots Red, a team they had dispatched en route to their 2013 Virginian Championship 2-0. The game began with Storm putting immense pressure on the VYS back line and keeper, and were it not for a number of excellent saves and surprising misses, the game could have been out of question very early on. Credit to the opponent for hanging in, as the second half was much more balanced. Each team had a couple of quality chances to score, and it was the opponent who nicked the winner, and the first goal the Storm had conceded all weekend, just two minutes from time. It certainly wasn’t the ending the team had hoped for but overall the quality of the weekend was excellent and the girls showed excellent growth, improving their play on the field in each game.
Hurricanes Red competed in the Classic B bracket of the tournament and got off to a quick start by way of a victory over Leesburg 2-1 in the first game. Their second match was against a determined Loudoun team that jumped out to a 2-goal lead. Red found their stride as the match went on and pressured relentlessly on the Loudoun goal. They were rewarded with a pair of goals late in the match that saw them salvage a 2-2 draw after a sloppy start.
That pair of results was good enough for first place in their 3-team bracket and a semifinal pairing with the 2nd place side from the other group. The Hurricanes, wary of their slow start in their last game, wasted no time opening their account for the day with a goal just minutes into the elimination game. Their offense was flowing after this, and the girls finished the game 4-2 winners against a team that had given up just one goal the day before to advance to the Championship match. The Final pitted them in a rematch against the Leesburg team that they opened the weekend against, and the score line repeated itself as well. Turning in a strong all around performance, Hurricanes Red won 2-1 to nab the Championship win!