12/22/11 - Congratulations to Beach FC alumna Holley Beasley on her recent honors! Beasley was one of three Washington & Lee players selected to the 2011 NCAA Division III Women's All-South Atlantic team! (To read the article on the W&L website click here.) Beasley was also one of four Washington & Lee players selected to the 2011 VaSID College Division Women's Soccer All-State team! (To read the complete article on the Washington & Lee website click here.)
College news...Nicole Moore(Univ of Central Florida) finished the 2008 Fall by being selected to the Conference-USA 2nd Team All Conference and to the NSCAA All-Southeast Region 1st Team.
Michels High School All-American; Simeone All-South selection...Bittany Michels, a former All-Tidewater girls soccer players of the year, has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America team for the second year.
Michels, a forward who piled up 25 goals and six assists at Kellam last spring, was The Pilot’s 2008 player of the year. She is playing at Virginia Tech, where she started nine games on the Hokies’ NCAA tournament team this year.
Another local joined Michels and on the NSCAA’s All-South squad: First Colonial defender Meagan Simeone who was a senior last spring earned her 2nd All-South selection. Simeone is curretly a freshman for the UNC Wilmington Seahawks.
Several area programs also received Academic Awards from the NSCAA for achieving grade point averages of 3.35 or higher: Both the boys and girls teams from Ocean Lakes and Cox and the First Colonial girls team earned the awards.
College News - Former Club Players...Radford University, Junior defender Caitlyn Roan (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam H.S.) was named the Big South Conference tournament MVP. Radford won the Big South Conference to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Caitlin was also selected Big South All-Conference First Team.
Junior Robin Chidester, Sophomore Jessica Varela and Freshman Brittany Michels competed in the ACC tournament Championship match for for Virginia Tech. This was Va. Tech first trip to the ACC Championship final. Tech has advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Univ of Tampa Freshman goalkeeper Kendall Bourdon received honorable mention All Conference. Univ of Tampa is the defending Div:11 National Champions. Tampa has advanced to the NCAA Div II national championships.
Lynchburg College Sophomore, Shawn Jackson, won the ODAC conference championships and advanced to the NCAA Div III National Tournament. Lynchburg College is ranked # 2 in the NCAA Div III National Rankings.
VA Wesleyan Junior Samantha Tyner, Competed in the ODAC Conference championship final. VA Wesleyan has advanced to the NCAA Div III National Tournament. VA Wesleyan is #13 in the NCAA Div III National Rankings.
Former Beach FC star Hucles scores to lead U.S. past Japan in Olympic semi-final match...BEIJING -- Angela Hucles scored a goal in each half to lead the United States to a 4-2 soccer win over Japan and another Olympic final against Brazil. Hucles now leads the U.S in scoring with 4 goals.
The U.S. had to rally from an early deficit after Japan's Yukari Kinga opened the scoring in the 16th minute, but Hucles netted the equalizer from the six-meter (yard) line in the 41st and Lori Chalupny put the Americans ahead after beating two defenders in the 44th.
Heather O'Reilly added to the lead with a long-range shot in the 70th, and Hucles closed the scoring Monday in the 80th with a crossing shot that caught Japan goalkeeper Miho Fukumoto by surprise.
Corey Ashe felt small at the Major League Soccer SuperDraft in January. For a 5-foot-4 player like Ashe, that didn’t come as a surprise. But this was a different kind of small. The Virginia Beach native said he was humbled and a bit overwhelmed by the ESPN camera crews that had set up in Indianapolis, the site of the draft. That feeling quickly evaporated, however, when Ashe heard his name called in the second round, No. 26 overall. “When Houston picked me, it became this great experience,” Ashe said by phone from Houston, where he is in his rookie season and preparing for tonight’s game at the Chicago Fire. “I felt a lot better, one of the best experiences of my life.”
His young career got better last month, when he debuted with the Dynamo. His promotion from the team’s senior developmental squad made Ashe the third Beach native to play in the MLS. And the Dynamo have been nearly untouchable since Ashe joined the once injury-decimated club. They are 7-2-1 in MLS since the midfielder’s call-up, allowing Houston to rise from the cellar to first place in the Western Conference. All the while, the 21-yearold Ashe is trying to keep a level head and chip in where he can. That’s difficult to do while playing for the defending league champions. It’s also difficult to do from the sideline. After netting 22 goals at North Carolina, Ashe has one assist through 10 games with the Dynamo in limited playing time.
Ashe is confident his game will come around with more time on the field. “For now, I understand that I’m the guy who comes in for 10 minutes to give other guys a breather,” Ashe said, “but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to be a goal scorer. I just have to let everything work itself out.” That time may yet come for Ashe, a former standout on the United States under-17 national team. One of his Houston teammates, Wade Barrett, said it could be sooner than Ashe thinks. Barrett has seen flashes of Ashe’s potential in practice, where the rookie’s full-throttle style of play is most visible. “He’s been a positive-impact player for us and that’s tough for a first-year player who’s just trying to get acclimated,” Barrett said. “I know he’s won over a couple of the veterans with his speed and his attitude in practice.”
The second-shortest player selected in this year’s draft, Ashe knows he needs to be swift to stay competitive. The Dynamo generously list him at 5-6.
Beach FC Alum. Wade Barrett Gains 2nd Career Cap (National Team Appearance) V. Guatemala - Barrett, Mullan Added to US Roster...US National Team head coach Bob Bradley added Houston Dynamo defender Wade Barrett and midfielder Brian Mullen to his 24-man roster on Monday.
The duo from the reigning MLS Cup champions replaces Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark (sprained LCL) and Chicago Fire striker Chris Rolfe (sprained knee).
The Americans started training on Monday at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to prepare for friendlies against Ecuador on Sunday in Tampa, Fla., and Guatemala on March 28 in Frisco, Texas.
Beach FC graduates/College soccer...The ultimate goal with our players is to provide an opportunity for our players to play college soccer if they choose. There is considerable opportunity available in our country for our female soccer players. As the Director of coaching for Beach FC, my primary purpose is to maximize opportunities for our players; although, everyone may not choose to play at the college level. However, with that goal in place for everyone, it allows our Beach FC teams to become successful and creates opportunity for each player regardless of their ultimate decision.
Below are players over the last year who have accepted some form of athletic scholarship to college/universities to play. The level of scholarships for these players range from 60% to 100% and in most cases the players not on full scholarships also received additional monies based on their academic achievements in the classroom.
For the players who have received scholarships, regardless of whether they needed the scholarship or not, it has always been a huge sense of pride and personal accomplishment.
June Hartman - Virginia Commonwealth University
Cara Howard - Virginia Commonwealth University
Megan Masch - East Tenn. State Univ.
Robin Chidester - Virginia Tech
Chichi Nweke - University of Illinois - All Conference/ All Freshman team/ Conference Freshman of the year
Jodi Knoroski - Old Dominion University
Chika Umejai - Old Dominion University
Nicole Moore - University of Central Florida - All Conference/All Freshman team ( invited to national camp)
Caitlin Roan - Radford University
Carey Young - Naval Academy
Liza Woodward - 2006 Virginia high School Player of the Year ( Cox High School ) opted not to play college soccer..JMU
Genna Brand - Ohio State University (2007 National camp)
Lauren Hollandsworth - Indiana University
Jessica Huntington - East Tennessee State University
Ashley Kukura - Old Dominion University
Sabrina Lukasik - North Carolina State University
Elizabeth Payne - Elon University
Peyton Tata - Dartmouth College
Chelsea Webb - Radford University
Kelsey Williams - Old Dominion University
Alanna Winsper - Elon University
Katy Winsper - College of William and Mary
Tiffany Gloshen - North Carolina State
- Currently playing up an age group
Brittany Michels - Virginia Tech ( National camp)
Meagan Simeone - University of North Carolina Wilmington
Former William and Mary standout Steve Jolley announced his retirement from professional soccer recently. The 10-year Major League Soccer veteran played for three teams during his tenure in the league, finishing his career with the New York Red Bulls this past season.
According to the Red Bulls’ Web site, Jolley said he will enroll in graduate school at Columbia University. He also accepted a position with the investment firm Merrill Lynch's Global Private Client division in New York.
Jolley was the ninth overall pick overall in the 1997 MLS Draft by the Los Angeles Galaxy. He spent three years with the Galaxy before being traded to the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, where he spent four seasons. Jolley spent the 2004 and 2005 season playing for FC Dallas, before returning to New York to play for the Red Bulls (formally the MetroStars) in his final season. He was selected in one MLS All-Star game in 2001 and played the entire second half in a 6-6 draw.
During his MLS career, Jolley played in 227 games, making 206 starts. He also finished with 12 goals and 11 assists. During his time in New York, Jolley played in 120 games, which ranks as the third most in the franchise’s history.
Jolley was heavily involved in charitable work during his MLS career. He and his wife, Pilar, raised $11,000 in a soccer fundraiser in Dec. 2001 to help families in their New Jersey neighborhood, who suffered personal and financial hardships as a result of the Sept. 11 attacks. The Jolley’s launched Just Jolley Charitable Foundation (justjolley.com), to support America SCORES, a soccer and writing program in U.S. urban areas, in July 2002. The foundation has raised over $20,000. For his efforts, Jolley garnered the MLS Humanitarian of the Year honor in 2002.
During his tenure with the Tribe, Jolley earned numerous accolades. He was a four-time All-CAA selection, including a two-time first-team honoree. As a freshman in 1993, Jolley earned CAA Rookie of the Year honors and was selected to the Soccer America Freshman All-America team. He was a three-time NSCAA All-South Region choice and played for the United States’ Under-20 National Team in 1994 and 1995.
Jolley ended his W&M career ranked among the school’s all-time leaders in points, goals and assists. He still ranks second on the Tribe’s career assists list with 37, while ranking fifth in points (109) and goals (36). Jolley also had seven game-winning goals during his career.
W&M advanced to the NCAA Tournament during three of Jolley’s four seasons and won CAA Championships in 1995 and 1996. During the 1996 season, the Tribe won a school-record 20 matches on its way to the NCAA Quarterfinals, before falling to eventual national champion St. John’s. During Jolley’s four seasons with W&M went a combined 68-17-5, including a 23-4-3 CAA mark.
W&M head coach Chris Norris played with Jolley during his freshman and sophomore seasons at W&M in 1993 and 1994. During the 1993 season, W&M went 12-5-3 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The following season, the Tribe went 18-3-1 and despite being ranked as high as No. 5 and finishing the season ranked No. 14, the Tribe did not garner a NCAA Tournament invitation.
CHICAGO (January 15, 2007) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has named the 20-player roster for the 2007 Four Nations Tournament in Guangzhou, China, taking place from Jan. 26-30. The U.S. will face Germany (Jan. 26), England (Jan. 28) and China (Jan. 30) in the annual competition that brings together four of the world’s top women’s soccer teams. All the matches will be played at Guangdong Olympic Stadium in Guangzhou.
Ryan chose the roster after a five-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., that featured 28 players. This will be the sixth time the USA has traveled to China in January for the Four Nations tournament. The USA also participated in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006, taking top honors four times, winning in every year but 2002.
Without several veterans, the U.S. will bring a young roster to the tournament, but several experienced players will still lead the way. Defender Kate Markgraf, who will captain the U.S. team in the absence of Kristine Lilly, has 153 caps and four world championship tournaments on her resume. In addition to Markgraf, Ryan named six other players who were members of the 2004 Olympic Team in goalkeeper Briana Scurry, defenders Cat Whitehill and Heather Mitts, midfielder Angela Hucles and forwards Lindsay Tarpley and Heather O’Reilly. Hope Solo, who started 18 of the USA’s 22 matches last year, earning 13 shutouts, joins Scurry as the two goalkeepers on the roster.
For Whitehill, her first match at the Four Nations Tournament will be her 100th career cap. Should she play against Germany in the USA’s first match of the competition, at 24 years, 350 days, she would become the fifth youngest player and 19th overall to earn a 100th cap for the USA. Only Cindy Parlow, Mia Hamm, Lorrie Fair and Lilly (in that order) would have been younger.
This will be one of the youngest rosters the USA has ever taken into a major tournament, with 14 of the 20 players aged 24 or under. Ryan named three uncapped players to the roster in 2006 ACC Offensive Player of the Year Yael Averbuch, 20, from UNC, Lauren Cheney, 19, who scored 19 goals as a freshman at UCLA last season, and Casey Nogueira,l 17, who played a major role at the 2006 Final Four, scoring in both the semifinal and championship game to help the Tar Heels to the NCAA title. Averbuch was a member of the U.S. team that played in the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand while Cheney and Nogueira were members of the U.S. team that played in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia. Ryan also named Florida State star India Trotter, who earned her first and thus far only career cap at the Four Nations last year.
As all four teams at the Four Nations will be participating in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the tournament will serve as a simulated run-through of a Women’s World Cup group, giving each team valuable experience in the country that will host the Women’s World Cup in a little less than eight months.
- Coached at UNC by Elmar Bolowhich
- Second-team All-ACC (2004)
- ACC All-Freshman Team (2003)
- Two-time ACC Player of the Week
- High School: Edison Academy, FL
- Earned Parade All-American honors (2002)
- Earned All-America accolades from adidas (2001)
- Nominee for Chevrolet Youth Athlete of the Year (2003)
- Club/National Team
- Member of the U.S. Under-17 National Team since 2001
- Represented the U.S. at the FIFA Under-17 World Championships in Finland (2003)
- Played for Beach FC Impact, serving as the club team's captain for three years
Genna and Nicole attended an inter-regional event at the Home Depot Center (U.S. Training Center) at which U.S. National Team coaches were in attendance evaluating players for the National Team pool.
USA Wins CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup with 2-1 OT Victory vs. Canada; Kristine Lilly Penalty Kick Wins Game for USA in Final Minute of Overtime; USA Finishes 2006 with 18-0-4 Record and 32-Game Unbeaten Streak Intact...CARSON, Calif. (November 26, 2006) – The U.S. Women's National Team earned a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory against Canada to claim their third CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup championship on Sunday evening at The Home Depot Center. The USA victory came courtesy of a stoppage time penalty kick from team captain Kristine Lilly in the game's 120th minute after midfielder Carli Lloyd was fouled in the area by Canadian defender Robyn Gayle.
The USA is now a perfect three-for-three in CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup championships, beating Canada in overtime by an identical score in 2002 and winning the inaugural tournament in 2000. More importantly, though, the team's results this week qualify the United States for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China and extend the USA's record unbeaten streak to 32 games dating back the final match of 2004. The U.S. defeated Mexico, 2-0, on Wednesday in Carson to clinch their 2007 WWC berth.
For the United States, the eventual game-winner was well-earned as the team dominated the 30-minute overtime session by out-shooting Canada 10 to 1. For the match, the U.S. out-shot their northern neighbors 25-7.
"If you look at the stats, (like) corner kicks and shots, we had more of the game, but I think Canada played great and they deserve a lot of credit for staying in the game with us for 120 minutes," said U.S. head coach Greg Ryan. "You're always fortunate when a ref makes a decision like that late in the game. That's a tough call for a ref to make…Their 'keeper was playing well, but I thought one of them was going to get in. I'm just happy with the way it ended."
The U.S. benefited from an early goal in just the sixth minute through a 15-yard strike from defensive midfielder Leslie Osborne. On the goal, defender Cat Whitehill sent a free kick into the penalty area that was eventually headed down by Canada's Martina Franco. Osborne pounced on the loose ball in the right side of the penalty area and shot through traffic and into the net with her left foot. It was the second career goal of Osborne's young career.
It took most of the first 45 minutes, but Canada was finally able to answer the U.S. goal with a solid strike from Randee Hermus on the stroke of halftime. After a foul by defender Heather Mitts on the right flank, Canada's Melanie Booth sent a free kick into the area that landed on the head of U.S. defensive midfielder Marci Miller before dropping to the penalty spot for Hermus. The Canadian defender made no mistake in sending her half-volley from nine yards out over leaping U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who managed to get a hand on the shot but could not turn it over the goal as it hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down into the net.
The goal was the first for Canada against the USA since the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup third-place match (also played at The Home Depot Center), a span of six matches.
"I'm elated we could come away with a win,” said U.S. forward Abby Wambach. “If it goes to PKs you never know how that is going to turn out. Obviously we had the run of play in overtime, and mostly the whole game we had the better chances. As a forward, we need to do a better job of putting those goals away. This is a championship game and if we want to be a championship team we need to put those goals away."
For the USA, Miller's diving header from close range off a cross from second-half substitute Aly Wagner was brilliantly turned away by Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod with a sprawling save her right. The save came during a stretch of intense pressure from the United States, and just four minutes before, McLeod was called upon to snuff out a breakaway from Natasha Kai. On that effort, some excellent combination play in the midfield saw Wagner slide a perfect pass into the area for the Hawaiian forward who couldn't beat McLeod on two scrambling attempts at the top of the penalty area.
Following the 86th minute dismissal of Canadian head coach Even Pellerud by Mexican referee Virginia Tovar, Canada nearly won the game in the 91st minute through captain Christine Sinclair. After U.S. defender Kate Markgraf miss-collected a ball in the penalty area, Canada's star striker pounced on the loose ball, but blasted her shot into the side netting from a good angle just 12 yards from goal.
In overtime, the USA's dominance was complete and began with a couple of substitutions. Mitts moved from left back to right back to make way for substitute Stephanie Lopez, who came on for Markgraf. Mitts' superior fitness level helped contribute to a number of U.S. attacks in the final 30 minutes, as did the extra space created in the midfield by the addition of the fresh legs of Carli Lloyd, who replaced goal-scorer Osborne at the start of overtime.
The U.S. defense was dominant for the majority of the match, doing well to keep Sinclair away from dangerous areas, but Canada did have its chances. When the Canadians threatened, Solo played a stellar game in the U.S. net, catching several tough crosses and coming out of her goal twice to snuff chances at the feet of Canadian attackers.
In the 105th minute, Wagner played yet another excellent ball into space for a streaking Kai behind the Canadian defense, but despite taking an excellent touch toward goal, the forward's left-footed shot slid just wide of the right post from 16 yards out.
In the opening minute of the second overtime period, Wambach made a fantastic run to the end line on the left side and turned the corner around a Canadian defender, but then just missed setting up Kristine Lilly at the top of the six-yard box as the ball was poked clear for one of the USA's seven corner kicks of the evening.
Lilly had two more good chances in the final 10 minutes, firing high from 25 yards out in the 111th minute, and almost produced a moment of magic in the left side of the penalty area with a number of jukes and cutbacks only to stab her eight-yard attempt just high in the 118th minute.
Lilly would eventually get the winner though, sending McLeod the wrong way on her professionally taken penalty kick into the lower right corner of the goal in stoppage time of the second overtime period. The penalty was set-up by a long U.S. throw-in from Reddick into the penalty area. With Lloyd crashing the net, Gayle tried to gain inside position on her, but instead crashed into her from behind and was whistled for the foul by Tovar.
The exhausted U.S. team ended the tournament on another high-note with Lilly earning Tournament MVP honors, the USA winning the Fair Play Trophy and Wambach sharing the award for the tournament's high scorer with two goals. Lilly's goal in the championship game was the 117th of her legendary career.
"(Kristine Lilly) just played fantastic out there,” said Ryan. “She has a big heart and she never gives up. She has so much confidence to take players on and she's a great finisher. When she stepped up there I had no doubt."
The victory against Canada was the third of the year for the United States (and the third in the last four months) as the team improved their all-time record in the series to 32-3-3. Under head coach Greg Ryan, the USA remains undefeated in regulation time over the past two years and closes out 2006 with an 18-0-4 record. Following the victory, the USA now has the rest of the year off and will not come together again until mid-January to start its 2007 schedule leading up to the FIFA Women's World Cup.
In the third-place match on Sunday night, Mexico scored three goals in the first half and cruised to a 3-0 victory over Jamaica, earning a spot in a two-game playoff against Japan for the final Women's World Cup berth. With Argentina and Brazil qualifying this week, there are only two berths still available for China, the winner of the Mexico-Japan playoff and the winner of the Oceania qualification tournament to be held in June. Those teams will join host China, Australia and North Korea from Asia; Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and England from Europe; Nigeria and Ghana from Africa; the USA and Canada from CONCACAF; and Brazil and Argentina from South America. The 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup will be stage from Sept. 10-30 in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu and Tianjin.
#15 Illini Head to Round of 16 with 4-1 Win; Illinois Hands SLU 1st Home Loss Since 2005; Faces Florida State in Sweet 16...ST. LOUIS - Third-seeded and 15th-ranked Illinois pulled out to a two-goal halftime lead and got out of a tense stretch after halftime with a pair of goals as the Illini downed Saint Louis 4-1 to advance to a Sweet Sixteen match at second-seeded Florida State next weekend. Chichi Nweke spurred the Illini attack in the first half, scoring a goal and notching an assist in just 29 minutes of action, and the loss was the Billikens' first at home since Sept. 11, 2005, while Illinois advances to the Sweet 16 for the second time in three seasons.
"We have so many weapons that we can utilize," Illinois coach Janet Rayfield said of the Illini's four different goal-scorers against SLU. "Today, the pieces came together for us and that's what we've been striving for and that's what we'll keep trying to do going forward."
Illinois started strong, earning a couple of scoring chances early, but wasn't able to put them in the net. But in the 19th minute, the Illini scored off a scrum in the box when Kristy Weeks' attempted pass bounced off a Billiken defender and back off her thigh, where it ricocheted to the foot of Chichi Nweke . Nweke wound up and put a shot off another SLU defender and past SLU goalkeeper Hannah Koesterer for Illinois ' first goal of the game.
"Chichi is a natural goal-scorer, so she's one of those people who doesn't even really remember what happens because it just happens and she puts the ball in," Rayfield said. "We put her in the game because we were getting chances and we had somebody on our bench who's pretty good at finishing in all sorts of different ways. The ball bounced her way in the box and she probably didn't even realize what happened until after it was over and the ball's in because it's just a natural instinct."
Two minutes and three seconds later, Nweke dribbled the ball up the left flank and found Masar just to the left of the top of the 18. She bounced a ball through two SLU defenders, turned and fired a rocket off the right post and into the goal from 14 yards, putting Illinois up 2-0 in the 20th minute. The goal also moved Masar atop the all-time Illinois NCAA Tournament scoring list with six points.
"We figured they had watched our tape and figured out what we were trying to do, so we came at them a little bit differently and tried to play someone high on their deep sweeper and see if that could give us some space to play and some problems to cause," Rayfield said. "I think that paid off early. As they were trying to deal with our high person, we were able to find different things and get opportunities in the box."
Nine minutes into the second period, the Billikens drew within a goal when Julia Bradenburg got to the end line and served across an empty net, where Dee Guempel pounded it in to the net from two yards out, making the score 2-1 in Illinois' favor.
Seconds later, Illinois drew three consecutive corner kicks but was unable to convert on any of them as SLU repeatedly averted danger. The closest call came on the second corner when Brittany Garrett's serve bent past the keeper, who was playing toward the near post, but a SLU defender knocked it out and over the goal.
Two minutes later, the Illini again drew a corner kick, with Kristy Weeks taking the serve. Weeks bent a ball to the head of Kara Gostisha , who redirected it to Strickland. Strickland then powered in a shot far post from six yards on the left side at 60:47, putting Illinois back up by two goals, 3-1.
Twice in the 75th minute, Lindsey Carstens proved her mettle with leaping punch-saves over the top of the crossbar. SLU sent in a high shot at 74:03 that Carstens stayed on her line for before popping it over the goal, and at 75:20, she punched another over the crossbar to stifle a Billiken scoring chance.
In the 79th minute, Brittany Garrett sent in a deep throw from the right sideline and possessed the ball after a SLU defender headed it out of the box. She then sliced through a couple of Billikens and scored near post from the corner of the six-yard box for her first career goal, posting the Illini to a 4-1 lead.
The ODU women pulled it out tonight by defeating 11th ranked William & Mary in penalty kicks. It was tied 1-1 thru two 10 minute overtimes. It came down to PK's ; 6-5. Jodi Knoroski was the second ODU player to shoot on goal. She made it without hesitation. They play in the CAA finals this Saturday at 4 PM at the Va Beach Sportsplex.
RADFORD, Va. – Radford had four players named All-Conference, including junior defender Paul Caruso ( Charlotte , N.C. ), who was named to the All-Academic Team along with his Second Team All-Conference honors. The Big South Conference announced the awards Wednesday evening at the League's annual men's soccer awards banquet held in Muse Hall on the campus of Radford University.
Senior Taylor Rowe ( Clemson , S.C. ) and junior Franklin Elimbi ( Buea , Cameroon ) were named First Team All-Conference. It marks the second consecutive year Rowe was named First Team All-Conference.
Additionally, freshmen Daryn Patricio ( Johannesburg , South Africa ) and Justin Zimmer ( Chesapeake , Va. ) were awarded Big South All-Freshman honors.
Nweke (Virginia Beach , Va.), a top-75 national recruit, has provided the Illini with a counterpart to Masar and an immediate scoring presence. On the season, she has six goals and three assists for 15 points, third-best on the team and sixth-most by a freshman in Illinois history. She scored a pair of goals and notched two assists in Big Ten play, including the Illini's first goal against Penn State . However, her most prolific match was against then-No. 12 Utah , when she scored a hat trick in a 32-minute span of the second half. She was named to the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week for her effort. Nweke is Illinois' first Freshman of the Year
Freshman defender Nikki Moore ( Virginia Beach , Va . / Cape Henry Collegiate School) were named to the all-conference second team. Moore was also selected to the all-freshman team. Moore played in all of the team's 18 matches, missing only one start, and helped anchor a UCF defense that earned five shutouts and posted a 1.02 GAA. She notched her first collegiate point as an assist on Wilde's goal at Houston.
Navy is ranked in three national soccer polls...ANNAPOLIS, Md. - For the first time in program history, Navy is ranked in three national soccer polls -- Soccer America, Soccer Times and Soccer Buzz. The Mids have turned in nine-straight shutout victories and have won a program-record 18 games. Navy also owns the nation's longest unbeaten streak, winning 18 in a row.
Mazzoccone assists VWC to eighth straight win...VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Virginia Wesleyan College - Nikki Mazzoccone's generous play on Sunday not only led to a victory for Virginia Wesleyan College's women's soccer team, but it also put the rookie forward in the Marlins record book. It was actually a day of multiples for several VWC players, as rookie Sam Tyner/Virginia Beach (Bayside) recorded her first two assists of the season. Read more >>
#24 Illinois Overcomes Slow Start to Down MSU 3-0...EAST LANSING, Mich. - Two first half goals, one each by speedy forwards Ella Masar and Chichi Nweke, helped lift Illinois to a 3-0 win over Michigan State in Big Ten action at Old College Field, on a blustery, cold and drizzling Friday afternoon. The loss drops the Spartans to 5-8-1 overall and 1-5 in Big Ten action while Illinois, ranked 24th in the latest NSCAA poll, improves to 9-5 and 5-1 in Big Ten play. Read more >>
Tiffany Crane Posts Hat-Trick...FARMVILLE, Va. - Longwood University senior Tiffany Crane/Virginia Beach (Kellam) posted the first hat-trick of her collegiate career as the Lancers took a 5-1 women’s soccer home victory past visiting Mount St. Mary’s University Tuesday at the Athletics Complex in Farmville. It was the third-straight win, and fifth in six matches for Longwood who improved to 8-4-2, while the Mountaineers dropped to 3-10. Longwood will remain home this week to host United Soccer Conference rival Howard University on Friday, October 13, at the Athletics Complex in Farmville beginning at 4 p.m.
Beach FC Alums., Justin Zimmer and Anthony Hernandez, Score First Career College Goals...Zimmer Leads Radford Past VMI...Anthony Hernandez Scores First Career Goal For Chowan University V. Mt. Olive...LEXINGTON, Va. – Freshman Justin Zimmer’s (Chesapeake, Va.) second half goal gave Radford a 1-0 Big South Conference men’s soccer win Wednesday night at VMI. The victory moves the Highlanders to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in Big South play, the second straight year RU has won its first two Conference games. VMI, who has never beaten RU in Big South Conference play, fall to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in the Big South. The win was Radford's third straight. The teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first half, with Radford holding a 9-2 edge in shots, forcing VMI keeper John Sollock to make two saves. The Highlanders’ aggressive play paid off eight minutes into the second half. Zimmer (pictured) took a pass from senior Jon Smith (Virginia Beach, Va.) and headed the ball past Sollock and into the net for the score. The goal, the only one of the game, was Zimmer’s first career marker. Radford’s sophomore keeper, Zach Roszel (Marshall, Va.) secured his second shutout of the season by making four saves to Sollock’s five. The Highlanders led the total shots 21-11 and corer kicks 10-8.
- RYAN GILLESPIE – WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
- BO GURKIN – TUSCULUM UNIVERSITY
- KELVIN SEALY – VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE
- JOHN SPEAR – AIR FORCE ACADEMY
- JUSTIN ZIMMMER – RADFORD UNIVERSITY
- MICHAEL BARNES – FERRUM COLLEGE
- JEREMY KROFT -- CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY
- TYLER HELD – CATAWBA UNIVERSITY
- TONY NWEKE – VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE
- MATT WEIMER – JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
- SHAWN BENDER – LYNCHBURG COLLEGE
- GEORGE BONSALL – FERRUM COLLEGE
- ANTHONY HERNANDEZ – CHOWAN COLLEGE
- MATT SASSONE – RANDOLPH MACON COLLEGE
- WILL SMITH – BARTON COLLEGE
- AARON KLANSEK – UVA (TRACK AND FIELD)
- NICOLE MOORE – UNIV. CENTRAL FLORIDA
- CHIKA UMEJEI – ODU
- CARA HOWARD – VCU
- ROBIN CHIDESTER – VIRGINIA TECH
- JODI KNOROSKI – ODU
- ASHELY BRADFORD – CHOWAN
- JUNE HARTMAN – VCU
- CHICHI NWEKE – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
- MEGAN MASCH – EAST TENNESSE STATE UNIV
- MARY JOCELYN – RANDOLPH MACON COLLEGE
- MEGAN REED – BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE
- CAITLIN ROAN – RADFORD UNIVERSITY
- SAM TYNER – VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE
- BRITTANY GLOSHEN – BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE
Beach FC’s Aaron Klansek wins track scholarship to the University of Virginia…Aaron Klansek, an original member of the Beach FC Hurricanes, received a track scholarship to attend the University of Virginia this fall. Aaron joined the Hurricanes his U10 year and remained with the team until he moved from the area after his U17 season. He also earned spots on the Super Y teams during his U16 and U17 years. Aaron began high jumping during the spring, when his high school, Greenbrier Christian Academy, did not offer boys soccer. He credits the discipline, training, and competition learned on the soccer field for much of his success in track. While attending GCA, Aaron was the two time state high jump champion in the Virginia Independent Schools.
Beach FC Alum, Leigh Davis, will play for Army in fall 2006...Beach FC Alum, Leigh Davis, who participated in the Virginia ODP, was a four-year letter winner at Floyd Kellam H.S. in Virginia Beach, Va. will play for Army starting in fall 2006. Davis has international experience, having played in Spain and Japan. He should compete for playing time either in the midfield or as a forward, Davis played competitive club soccer for Beach FC. Davis spent last year at the United States Military Academy Prep School (USMAPS).
Navy did a spring scrimmage with Penn yesterday and with an ODP team. I watched both and Midshipman Cary Young performed really well. She played an outside mid and was perhaps the most mobile player on the field. Against Penn's underclassmen, Cary got a wonderful assist 5 minutes in - won a ball at the central midfield from her left outside mid position, dribbled it outside to the right with impatient teammates screaming at her to pass, then, when she was good and ready, knocked a gnat out of the air on the far side - just slipping a long bending service in behind the last defender and onto the foot of a well timed run to the left wing. Within 5 minutes she broke through and served the 2nd assist of the game across the goal mouth and navy went into halftime leading 3-0. Final: 3-1.
They also handled the U-17 ODP team for Eastern PA pretty handily. Spring fitness at the academy is undoubtedly a cut above most of the rest of the college spring break returnees in the nation, but Cary played especially intelligently also, making smart runs that helped them get the better of the possession time against equally or perhaps slightly better skilled opponents. She stood out as a freshman on the Navy squad. Good job to the coaches that helped refine the athlete within!
- Matchday 9 of Final Round Qualifying Kicks Off at 7 p.m. MT in San Jose;
- Match to Be Broadcast on a One-Hour Delay on ESPN2 Beginning at 10 p.m. ET;
- Fans Can Follow Live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker
MIAMI (October 3, 2005) - U.S. Men's National Team Manager Bruce Arena has selected 18 players to prepare for the penultimate World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on Saturday, October 8 in San Jose, Costa Rica. Kickoff at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa is set for 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast on a one-hour tape delay on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips, beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
The U.S. sits in first place in the final round hexagonal with a 6-1-1 record, becoming the first team in CONCACAF to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup after defeating Mexico 2-0 on Sept. 3 in Columbus, Ohio. Costa Rica, currently in third place and five points ahead of Guatemala, can secure their place in the World Cup with a victory against the United States. (For a complete look at 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region, visit the competitions page at ussoccer.com.) "Obviously our main goal has been accomplished, which was qualifying for the 2006 World Cup," said Arena, who saw the U.S. qualify first from their region for the first time in 71 years. "However, the last two games in this round are extremely important, not only from a competitive aspect, but also in evaluating players as we look towards the vital preparations for the 2006 World Cup."
Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard will make his first appearance for the United States in the final round hexagonal, as well as his first for the team in 2005. The 2003 English Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year has one qualifying cap to his credit, earning his fifth career shutout for the MNT in the 2-0 win against El Salvador on Sept. 4, 2004, in Foxboro, Mass.
The roster features four starters from the USA's last meeting against Costa Rica, a 3-0 U.S. win on June 4 in Salt Lake City, Utah, led by PSV Eindhoven midfielder DaMarcus Beasley. The 22-year old is the leading capwinner in 2006 qualifying on the roster, having started 12 matches and scoring four goals. He continues to add to his career-best scoring tally in a single year with the full team, having recorded four goals and four assists. Veteran defender Eddie Pope returns to the U.S. fold after missing the last three qualifiers, and with 72 appearances to his credit, ranks as the USA's most experienced player in the squad. Carlos Bocanegra and Bobby Convey have both become regulars for the first XI at Fulham and Reading, respectively.
Two other veterans called into the match are defender Oguchi Onyewu of Standard de Liege in Belgium and midfielder Pablo Mastroeni of the Colorado Rapids. Surprisingly, Onyewu will be looking for just his 11th all-time cap this weekend following his sparkling performance in the team's victory over Mexico last month. Mastroeni has 42 caps to his credit and wore the captain's armband for the U.S. in their goalless draw in Guatemala on Sept. 7.
The U.S. roster boasts Major League Soccer's leading marksman in striker Taylor Twellman, whose 16 goals top the MLS scoring table. The San Jose Earthquakes contribute the largest contingent, sending four players to Miami. Brian Ching is back in the squad, already with four qualifying appearances under his belt and two goals, including the game-tying finish in the 89th minute of the 1-1 draw against Jamaica on Aug. 18, 2004. Defenders Wade Barrett and Danny Califf also make their return, while Ricardo Clark is the only player on the U.S. roster yet to receive his first cap with the full team.
The U.S. has a lifetime record of 11-9-4 against Costa Rica, but has never won on the road and holds a 0-5-1 record in six qualifying appearances in Costa Rica. In their last 10 meetings, the U.S. holds a 6-3-1 advantage against the Ticos, with all six wins coming in the U.S. and all three losses coming in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The U.S. team began training Monday morning in Miami. After the Costa Rica match on Oct. 8, the team will depart directly for Boston in advance of their final World Cup qualifier against Panama (tickets). That match takes place Wednesday, October 12 in Foxboro, Mass. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
October 8, 2005
FIFA World Cup Qualifier
|5||Albright, Chris||D||6'1"||185||16/1||Philadelphia, Pa.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|3||Barrett, Wade||D||5'8"||150||1/0||Virginia Beach, Va.||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|17||Beasley, DaMarcus||M||5'8"||145||52/12||Ft. Wayne, Ind.||PSV Eindhoven (Holland)|
|4||Bocanegra, Carlos||D||6'0"||170||36/6||Alto Loma, Calif.||Fulham FC (England)|
|12||Califf, Dan||D||6'1"||175||12/1||Orange, Calif.||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|9||Ching, Brian||F||6'1"||195||8/2||Haleiwa, Hawaii||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|13||Clark, Ricardo||M||5'10"||150||0/0||Jonesboro, Ga.||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|15||Convey, Bobby||M||5'8"||150||33/1||Philadelphia, Pa||Reading FC (England)|
|24||Hartman, Kevin||GK||6'1"||175||3/0||Palos Verdes, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|1||Howard, Tim||GK||6'3"||210||12/0||North Brunswick, N.J.||Manchester United (England)|
|7||Lewis, Eddie||D||5'10"||155||66/8||Cerritos, Calif.||Leeds United (England)|
|10||Martino, Kyle||M||5'10"||145||5/0||Westport, Conn.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|25||Mastroeni, Pablo||M||5'10"||170||42/0||Phoenix, Ariz.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|22||Onyewu, Oguchi||D||6'4"||210||10/1||Olney, Md.||Standard de Liege (Belgium)|
|23||Pope, Eddie||D||6'1"||180||72/6||High Point, N.C.||Real Salt Lake (MLS)|
|21||Quaranta, Santino||F||6'1"||185||6/0||Baltimore, Md.||D.C. United (MLS)|
|8||Spector, Jonathan||D||6'0"||180||1/0||Arlington Heights, Ill.||Charlton Athletic (England)|
|13||Twellman, Taylor||F||5'11"||170||11/0||St. Louis, Mo.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
Defenders (8) - Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Wade Barrett (San Jose Earthquakes), Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Dan Califf (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Lewis (Leeds United), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake), Jonathan Spector (Charlton Athletic)
Midfielders (5) - DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven), Ricardo Clark (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Kyle Martino (Columbus Crew), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
|Head Coach:||Bruce Arena (Fairfax, Va.)|
|Assistant Coach:||Glenn Myernick (Denver)|
|Assistant Coach:||Curt Onalfo (Fairfax, Va.)|
|Goalkeeper Coaches:||Milutin Soskic (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Phil Wheddon (Monroe, Conn.)|
|Fitness Coach:||Pierre Barrieu (Charlottesville, Va.)|
|General Manager:||Pam Perkins (Los Angeles)|
|Trainers:||Jim Hashimoto (Wilmington, Del.), Bruce Snell (Seattle)|
|Doctor:||Bert Mandlebaum (Los Angeles)|
|Chiropractor:||George Billauer (Los Angeles)|
|Equipment Manager:||Ryan Maxfield (Los Angeles)|
|Press Officer:||Michael Kammarman (Chicago)|
September 2005 - Ashe Named Carolina Performer of the Week - The junior scored two of UNC's three goals in a pair of shutout wins over the weekend...Corey Ashe scored the only goal in Carolina's 1-0 win over Rutgers and added the insurance goal in Sunday's 2-0 shutout over South Carolina and is the Tar Heel Performer of the Week for September 5-11, 2005.
Ashe, a junior forward from Virginia Beach, Va., scored in the ninth minute of play on an assist from Scott Campbell for his second straight game-winning goal. Sunday, he put the match away against South Carolina with a rebound goal in the 68th minute. Ashe, who leads the Tar Heels with three goals this season, has scored in three straight games.
Longwood University took a 3-2 women s soccer victory past visiting Big South Conference member Radford University Sunday afternoon in its 2005 home-opener at Lancer Field. The Lancers improved to 1-1 this season as freshman Cassie Lynn/Virginia Beach (Kellam) scored the game-winning goal at 76:45, while Radford dropped to 0-2. Longwood will play again on Saturday, September 3, at The Citadel of the Southern Conference in Charleston, South Carolina.
Against Radford, Longwood took an early 1-0 advantage when junior Anna Gravely/Virginia Beach (Frank W. Cox) took a loose ball and dropped it over the head of the Highlanders keeper into the back of the net at 20:31. Radford came right back, though, to tie the match at 1-1 when Megan Horan scored on a penalty-kick opportunity at 23:40. The score remained deadlocked 1-1 at the intermission.
Longwood took control again at 53:15 when sophomore Aynsley Birkner/Virginia Beach (First Colonial) scored on a corner-kick opportunity, assisted by junior Tiffany Crane/Virginia Beach (Kellam). The Lancers increased their margin at 76:45 when Lynn scored her first collegiate goal and the eventual game-winner, unassisted, on a breakaway that she deposited into the near-post net. Radford did manage to trim the deficit to 3-2 on a late goal from Lisa Channon at 80:36, assisted on a cross to the middle from McKenzie Vergara.
Longwood and Radford each took nine shots, though the Lancers had a 6-4 advantage in corner-kicks. Junior keeper Heather Storrie/Spring Grove, Pa. (Spring Grove) played the entire contest in front of the net, allowing the two goals with two saves for the Lancers. Tara Oleartchick played the full 90 minutes in goal for the Highlanders as well, yielding the three goals with two saves.
High school and personal: Lettered in soccer all four years, also lettered in basketball, swimming and volleyball ... as a captain of her soccer team for three years, racked up 93 career goals leading her to the school record ... also set the record for goals in a season with 29 ... Named first team all-conference in 2002 and 2003, was second team in 2001 ... First team Norfolk Cup and was a member of the all-tournament team in 2000-01 ... Honored as Norfolk Christian's 2002 Best Offensive Player and was the 2003 Norfolk Christian Most Valuable Player ... In addition, participated on the Virginia State team as part of the Olympic Development Program in 2002 and has been a member of the Beach FC Fury team since 2000, while serving as captain ... Also served as captain of the Norfolk FC Heracanes in 1999 and 2000.
|1996||Kelly Sisley||Brevard College|
|Kristen Cholewa||West Virginia Univ.|
|Carrie Evans||William and Mary|
|Katie Roman||George Washington|
|Tara Refo||Naval Academy|
|1997||Erika Webb||William and Mary|
|Sarah Willis||Old Dominion Univ.|
|Lauren Rafal||Old Dominion Univ.|
|Johannah Thompson||Old Dominion Univ.|
|1998||Jen Ackerman||James Madison|
|Emily Becker||Old Dominion Univ.|
|Megan Cathcart||Old Dominion Univ.|
|Brenna Santoro||Old Dominion Univ.|
|Sarah Hirst||William and Mary|
|Christine Aulicino||Old Dominion Univ.|
|Katie Johnson||Wake Forest|
|Avery Willis||William And Mary|
|2000||Kasey Johnson||Old Dominion Univ.|
|Michelle Harrison||Old Dominion Univ.|
|Amy Caddes||South Carolina|
|Tiffany Blaine||Virginia Commonwealth Univ.|
|Kathy Holdsworth||Virginia Tech|
|Katie Wilson||Virginia Tech|
|Blair Eason||Virginia Tech|
|Lindsey Vanderspiegel||William and Mary|
|Diane Baucom||Old Dominion Univ.|
|Julia Green||Virginia Wesleyan|
|Kristen Costello||Appalachian State|
|Jen Leonard||East Carolina|
|Melissa Futrell||Old Dominion Univ.|
|Jamie Varela||Old Dominion Univ.|
|Kim Sawyer||Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County|
|Desiree Kelly||University of Navada Las Vegas|
|Mimi Chandler||Southern Methodist University|
|Janie Learned||Air Force Academy|
|Erika Globke||East Carolina|
|Becca McLain||Old Dominion Univ.|
|Mary Platz||William and Mary|
|Leeanna Woodworth||Gardner- Webb|
|Tiffany Killion||James Madison|
|Lydia McBath||North Carolina State|
|Meg Pittman||Univ. of Pennsylvania|
|Jen Barr||Univ. of North Carolina- Wilmington|
|Shannon Poach||Virginia Tech|
|Caitlin Weaver||Virginia Tech|
|Kathleen Belk||William and Mary|
|Amanda Swaider||San Diego State Univ.|
|2003||Kristine Kingsbury||Coastal Carolina|
|Jasyn Sayre||James Madison|
|Megan Sadler||North Carolina State|
|Erin Lambert||Univ. of North Carolina- Wilmington|
|Carrie Williams||Coastal Carolina|
|Abby Devnew||Old Dominion Univ.|
|Rebecca Cohn||Washington and Lee|
|2004||Katie O'Bryan||East Tennessee State|
|Keri Dusch||East Tennessee State|
|Kristen Furlough||James Madison|
|Megan Deaver||James Madison|
|Julie Harrison||George Washington Univ.|
|Laura Walsh||Air Force Academy|
|Vicky Mahoney||Roanoke College|
January 30, 2005 - Congratulations to Beach FC Alumni, junior Amanda Swiader earned second- team honors in the Mountain West Conference. Amanda plays for San Diego State University. Congratulations to Beach FC Alumni Leanna Woodworth the leading vote-getter on the North Carolina all-state team, voted by North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information. Association. Leanna plays for Gardner-Webb.
October 2004 - Meg Pittman, former Beach FC alumni and now college player at Univ. of Penn conducted clinics for kids in the Dominican Republic last summer.
February 2004 - From alumnist Andrew Walker:
"Here is a picture of myself playing against William & Mary in the CAA championships. JMU won 2-0! Thanks and good luck to all the teams."
December 19, 2003 -
"Just thought I would let you all know that I played for the Beach FC Fury and graduated in 2003 from Norfolk Academy. I am now playing at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Hope the club is doing well this year!"
- Paige Harrison
November 21, 2003 - Scott Kelsey, 2002 Graduate of Ocean Lakes High School - Alumni of Beach FC United Now Playing at the College of William and Mary
September 22, 2003 - Beach FC Alunmni: Kristine Kingsbury Graduated from Kempsville High School in 2003 Now Playing for Coastal Carolina University.