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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Northern Virginia Y-League Successful at Midseason

Royals, Majestics, and NOVA FC Youth Remain Strong in South Atlantic

The Northern Virginia Royals, Northern Virginia Majestics, and NOVA FC Super Y-League teams reached the midpoint of the 2009 season with teams in either first or second in most age groups. Together, the club combined for eighteen wins, four ties, and thirteen losses the previous weekend of play against Alpharetta United, Atlanta Silverbacks, and Richmond Kickers USL teams.

The Royals and Majestics Super Y-League teams were extraordinarily successful against the Atlanta Silverbacks boys and girls teams, posting an 8-0 record on the day. Northern Virginia scored a combined total of 32 goals and did not allow Atlanta a single mark on the scoreboard, completely shutting out the visiting Silverbacks.

Alpharetta United proved a much more difficult challenge, as results were mixed across the age groups. Northern Virginia finished essentially even with Alpharetta at four wins, four losses, and three ties. United gave the U16 Royals their first loss of the season, a 3-0 result that highlighted some very strong Alpharetta forwards.

The U13 Majestics scored 10 goals in two victories over their Georgia opponents. Annah Lindberg scored all of the Majestics goals in the 4-0 win over Alpharetta and goalkeeper Arriana Reichhardt kept the Majestics slate clean, not allowing a single goal over the weekend. However, the Majestics were given a run for their money four days later by their sister team, just barely edging the U13 NOVA FC girls 1-0.

The U14 Majestics were equally triumphant, boasting a 4-1 and 5-0 pair of wins to remain atop the South Atlantic Group B bracket.

Both the U13 and U14 Majestics remain undefeated on the season.

The U16 NOVA FC Boys team shut out the Richmond kickers on Saturday, June 27, posting a dramatic 2-0 result. Tied 0-0 at the half, NOVA FC wasted little time exerting their desire to come out on top by rattling off two unanswered goals early in the second half. Combined with relentless defensive pressure throughout the game, NOVA FC brought home their first win of the season.

The Royals are currently dominant on the boys side of the South Atlantic standings, occupying the first place slot on each division and/or group table. In the U13 South Atlantic bracket, the U13 NOVA FC boys remain only a single point behind the Royals. The U17 Royals share the first place with Alpharetta United following a scoreless draw against each other last week.

Northern Virginia Football Club is comprised of the Northern Virginia Royals (male), Northern Virginia Majestics (female), and NOVA FC USL teams. The club was represented by both thirty-two players in SYL ODP Camp pool and five teams in the 2008 North American Finals. Nineteen players from the Royals and thirteen players from the Majestics Super Y-League programs comprise Northern Virginia’s 2008 representation.

2009 features the launch of the NOVA FC Super Y-League program, effectively doubling the number of youth player opportunities in the region.

Northern Virginia Super Y-League teams return to action as they travel to Georgia next weekend. The teams will face the Atlanta Fire as well as rematches against Alpharetta and the Silverbacks on their home turf.

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