Four teams coached by Total Futbol finished off the 2015-16 season in style at the Virginian Elite Soccer Tournament and PDA Showcase over Memorial Day weekend, with three returning home as Champions and one as Finalists—most in top divisions.
Reston Cyclones '02 Continue Impressive Tournament Run
The Cyclones, coached by Total Futbol’s Matt Lee, capped their 2015-2016 year with yet another strong tournament performance, finishing as finalists in the top flight (U13 Virginia Cup) of the Virginian on May 30. The Virginian result marks the fourth consecutive major tournament at which the Cyclones have finished as finalists or champions.
In the Virginian, the Cyclone’s group-stage goal differential of +10 (12 for, 2 against) included a hard-fought 2-0 win over LMVSC Patriots Red 02, 2016 Virginia State Cup runner-up. The game saw the Cyclones at their most organized and disciplined, absorbing the Patriots’ considerable pressure until holding midfielder Tommy Parrish put the Cyclones ahead with his re-direction of a Niko Cornell corner kick, before a LMVSC own goal off of a cross by striker Carter Berg sealed the game away for good.
The Virginian final at Annandale High School pitted the Cyclones against FCV Ashburn Legends 02 Gold, 2016 State Cup semi-finalists, in a re-run of the final of the pre-season Arlington Spring Invitational, a match won 3-1 in decisive fashion by the Cyclones. This time around, 70 minutes of tight, well-organized soccer on both sides of the ball were decided 1-0 for FCV Ashburn by a single set piece, and in the end Coach Matt had nothing but praise for his boys.
“One year ago we were a solid mid-table U12 Division 5 side finishing just out of a playoff in the second flight of the Virginian,” Coach Lee said. “It’s a testament to the drive, competitiveness, and tactical understanding of the boys that today, after only three seasons together, we’re now standing toe-to-toe with some of the best teams in the state and anticipating a Division 1 placement in the fall.” (As Lee predicted, the Cyclones were subsequently placed in the NCSL’s U15 Division I for Fall 2016.)
For their part, all fourteen Cyclones players, fresh off of three days of top-level soccer, shook off any emotional let-down from the final with an all-afternoon Memorial Day pool party that host Steve Cornell described as “epic.” (Scroll to end of this article to check out that epic pool party!)
“Win or lose,” Cornell added, “the boys never forget how to have fun.”
Reston Blue '05 Cap Off Spectacular Spring Campaign
The Reston Blue 05 Girls team capped off a spectacular spring campaign by winning the U10 Premier Gold division of the 41st Virginian Elite soccer tournament. Playing in the first summer-like weekend of the year, the girls weathered the heat to go undefeated over five matches to capture the championship trophy.
Coached by Total Futbol’s Fadia Hawa, the team bested competition from BRYC, FPYC, Herndon, and Fredericksburg, outscoring their opponents 16-6 over the three-day event. From March through May 2016, Reston Blue went undefeated in WAGS league competition with eight wins and one draw, and won three tournament championships racking up 12 wins and one draw. Over the course of these 22 matches, the girls scored 92 goals, while only allowing 16. The team will relax from match competition over most of the summer before moving into U12 (2005 birth year) league and tournament competition this fall. Congratulations Reston Blue 05 on a great season!
Herndon Storm Finish as Finalists
The Herndon Storm, coached by Total Futbol Assistant Director Todd Hamlin, finished as Finalists in the top U16 flight (“Virginia Cup”) of the Virginian tournament, dropping two of their four games to eventual champions VYS Phoenix but besting other teams from Arlington and FC Virginia. The team will compete one year up, in the NCSL’s U18 Division I (NCSL combined with WAGS last year), for the 2016-17 season.
Thunder Black Prevail at PDA Showcase
Vienna Youth Soccer's Thunder Black, coached by Total Futbol Director Nadir Moumen, were Champions of Group C in the U17 Blue Division at the prestigious PDA Girls Showcase over Memorial Day weekend. Thunder Black went 2-1-0, scoring two goals and conceding two, but still topping a highly competitive group with 16 points total. The team will compete in the National Premier League for the 2016-17 season.
And Now for Something Completely Different... an Epic Cyclones '02 Pool Party