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Soccer Association of Columbia
The SAC United Premier II (U-11 boys) completed their seventh National Capital Soccer League match by defeating the VSA Heat, 9-1. The team stayed connected with fullbacks getting involved in the attack to provide numbers. The fast passing and movement off the ball has continued to improve and provided great offensive build ups setting up goals for Justin Harris, Chase King, Chima Okoro, Brennan Reamer (two), Ryan Saunderson, Alex Smedley (two) and William Vasilios. Assists were by Okoro (two), King (two), Vasilios and Aaron Kaplan.
Goalkeeper Nicholas Lara closed three long-ball counter-attacks.
Columbia Soccer Club
On Sunday, the CSC Storm Runners (U-16 girls) reached the halfway point in the fall Baltimore Beltway Soccer League season with a dominating 4-0 victory over the Nike Rush Swoosh at Dickinson Park. The scoring chances came early and often for the Storm Runners as the front line of Jenny Haynes, Christina Kochanski, Jonae Queen and the Chin twins (Natalie and Selena) passed, moved and danced around the Swoosh defense, whose physical tactics were no match for the quickness and skill of the Storm Runner playmakers.
The scoring started midway through the first half when Natalie Chin finished off a series of combination passes with a shot to the lower left corner of the Swoosh goal that easily beat their diving keeper. The second goal was the result of beautiful give and go passing between Haynes and Kochanski down the left flank that ended with Haynes hitting a low liner to the far post that left the Swoosh keeper helplessly standing on her line.
It was more of the same in the second half. The Chins teamed up for the third goal with Natalie notching the tally after receiving a perfect feed from her sister and again sliding a low shot under the prone keeper and into the back of the net.
The final tally came off the foot of Queen who was the recipient of a wonderful bit of individual play from midfielder Carley Noppinger. Noppinger gathered the ball in the defensive end and then dashed and darted 70 yards down the left wing, all the while beating several defenders until she finally turned the corner at the end line and then made a perfect cross to Queen who then one timed the ball into the empty net.
Noppinger's play was emblematic of the Storm Runners' midfield throughout the match. She, along with Kate Harkleroad, Erica Sadler and Katherine MacKie controlled the pace of play, won almost every ball in the midfield and worked well to keep relentless pressure on the Swoosh defense and create opportunities for the offense.
The Storm Runners, however, are a team that builds its base at the back. Through four games, the team has yet to yield a goal — a statistic that speaks volumes as to the strength and quality of the back line and goalkeeper of the team. Maddie Jones and Becca Riley controlled the middle of the defense and played every minute of the match — meeting every Swoosh foray into the Storm Runner end with determination, skill and a willingness to sacrifice for the good of the team.
Erica Noppinger and Tory LaFemina controlled the flanks and never allowed the Swoosh to gain any traction down the wings. They also kick-started the offense on numerous occasions with well timed and perfectly executed overlap runs that quickly transitioned the play from the Storm Runners' end of the field to the Swoosh box. Goalkeeper Elaina Quinn is the anchor in the back. Every shot she faced was saved calmly and confidently — including a penalty kick in the waning moments where she not only saved the initial attempt but also grabbed the rebound from the onrushing Swoosh forward.
The Storm Runners go into the second half of their season at the top of the standings in the BBSL ready to face the strong competition that awaits it on the road to the division championship.
Howard County Junior Striders
The Howard County Junior Striders went in two different directions on Sunday. While 13 competed in a youth cross country race in Olney, 60 competed at a meet in Pikesville.
Conner Croft won his race in Olney; Jackie Esquivel, Hayley Glassburn, Camren Kovach, Benjamin Oldhouser, Kara Taylor and Corey Hamilton won their races in Pikesville.
Junior Strider results at Pikesville: