* Under-14 boys -- After an even first half, the Fairfax Fire took control with two goals early in the second half and went on to defeat FC Columbia, 3-0, Sunday.
Stopper Lars Berg and midfielder Robbie Curtis played strong games for FC Columbia, a SAC under-14 travel team that competes in Division I of the National Capital Soccer League.
* Under-14 girls -- Fit to be tied? That's an apt description for the Soccer Association of Columbia Heracanes.
The Heracanes entered Sunday's game against the Prince William Dazzle with four ties in their first four games this season.
Make it five in a row.
Columbia remained unbeaten -- and winless -- after playing host Prince William to a scoreless tie in Washington Area Girls Soccer League Division III play in Woodbridge, Va.
In Sunday's game goalie Siri Worthington made 16 saves to preserve the tie. Also playing well for Columbia were forwards Courtney Graham, Jessica Shamoo, Andrea Donovan and Kristen Arnold, fullbacks Kate Hubschman, Liana Kaufman and Kristin Mutolo, sweeper Jessica Grether and midfielder Emily Brown.
The Heracanes will try to break into the win column and extend their unbeaten streak this weekend at the Washington Area Girls Soccer League Columbus Day Tournament.
* Under-12 boys -- Stingy defense was the difference as the Columbia Santos blanked the Great Falls Blazers, 2-0, over the weekend.
Columbia's Max Markotic, Rory Peters, Kalil Hall, James Graham and Mike Malloy played nearly flawless defense, not allowing a single shot on goal.
The Santos got both their goals on penalty kicks by Daniel Triman and David Jaques. Solid play by Landry Honza and Georgia Phillips also contributed to the win.
Goalies Brett Rajala and Andrew Essey got credit for the shutout.
* Under-10 girls -- A goal by Melissa Workman lifted the Soccer Association of Columbia Dynamo over Bethesda, 1-0, on Sunday.
Kaitlin Porter, Rebecca Valle, Ashley Pollock and Caitlin Jenkins led the offense, showering Bethesda's goal with shots throughout the game.
Becky Ward distributed the ball well and Tori Parris played solid defense for the victors.
* Under-13 girls -- For the Columbia Connection, two out of three wasn't bad last week.
After beating the Freestate Soccer Club, 4-1, and the Southwestern Youth Association, 3-1, the Connection dropped a decision to the Glyndon Hot Shots.
Kristen Dinsio scored twice and Shauna Gleason, Michelle Jenkins, Cindy Dagley, Michelle Kinkaid and Jevne Reid scored one each to lead Columbia's offense.
Reid and Gleason also chipped in with assists.
* 6-7 boys -- Ryan Newnan, Gregg Latimer and Josh Casto combined for a shutout in goal as the Bays blanked the Strikers, 3-0, on Saturday in the Western Howard County Youth Soccer League.
Teamwork on offense led to two goals by Kyle Goldman and another by Newnan. Taylor Dellestrato and Derick Gordan were standouts for the Strikers.
Timmy Mullinix and Joe Marsiglia scored for the Stars in a 2-0 win over the Rowdies. Richard Selfridge led the defense for the victors, while Matt Nicola and Ryan Krause led the Rowdies' defense.
John D'Angelo's four goals were the difference as the Soccers outlasted the Wings, 4-3.
Jordan Martin led the Soccers' defense, which gave up goals to the Wings' Ryan Oltjen, Collin Fadrowski and Jared Britcher.
A first-quarter goal by Billy Dodd stood up as the game-winner as the Cosmos outlasted the Crunch, 1-0, in a defensive struggle. Goalie Josh Issacs keyed the shutout for the Cosmos, making three sprawling saves late in the game. Rory McKenzie and Charlie Spedden played well for the Crunch, while Ben Shuey and Paul Marcotte gave a solid effort in goal despite the loss.
Greg Hanson scored both goals, and Ross Chilcoate, Doug Wheat and Eric Wolven provided clutch defense as the LeManics shut out the Sting, 2-0. Joe Batista and Eric Spector stood out for the Sting.
* 8-9 boys -- Joseph McDonald and Ashwin Mallya scored for the Sockers and Zach Burford and Robby Brookfield tallied for the Royals as their teams played to a 2-2 tie on Saturday in the Western Howard County Youth Soccer League.
Aggressive line play by Danny Bowring and two goals by Justin Orr helped the Sting pull out a 2-2 tie with the Rowdies.
Joey DiMarco and Devon Jaworski scored for the Rowdies. Rowdies goalie Mick Soule stopped the potential game-winner with seconds left.
A goal by David Potocek and a penalty kick by Jonathan Menz made the difference in a 2-1 Strikers' victory over the Crunch. Ben Adams and Robby Marsh controlled the midfield for the Strikers. Brent Terry scored the lone goal for the Crunch and Brendan McDermond stood out on defense.
Jeff Smoll played strong both ways, and teammates Stephen Britcher and Mark Beverungen scored as the Wings defeated the Kicks, 2-1.
The Kicks' Jack Bothwell scored his team's goal on a deflection and Ricky Brenton and Michael Dauberman contributed hustling play.
Chad Gillenwater's goal and great hustle by Rob Krieder and Greg Sinon helped the Blast pull out a 1-1 tie with the LeManics. Erik Hill scored for the LeManics and Matt Baker played well in goal.
Rich Thompson scored his first goal and Daniel Cantor added another as the Stars won a 2-1 thriller over the Bays. Steven Crivelli and Peter Ressler led a tough Bays defense.
* 10-11 boys -- -- Sean Todd scored a hat trick and Craig Haughton added two goals as the Stars defeated the Bays, 5-1, on Saturday in the Western Howard County Youth Soccer League.
Stars goalie Casey Matthews made two acrobatic saves, despite giving up a goal to Tommy Kleindinst. Luke Buchler stood out on defense for the Bays.
Tommy Mazerski scored three goals, Brad Hanyock scored two and Earl Crehan added another as the LeManics beat the Blast, 6-1.
Jason Barker had four assists for the victors.
Paul Norris scored for the Blast and Malcolm Jones played well on defense.
Nick Willet's hat trick and another goal from Kenny Hatfield led the Rowdies over the Wings, 4-1. Hatfield also teamed with Brendon Degner to provide an excellent effort in goal. Andy French provided the lone tally for the Wings and Zachary and Jonathan Pund played tight defense.
* 12-14 boys -- Justin Barrow stopped two penalty shots in goal to help the Cosmos defeat the Crunch, 4-1, Saturday in the Western Howard County Youth Soccer League.
Jeff Hardesty, Eric Cannon, Jason McGinnis and Barrow scored for the victors and Justin Ewing scored for the Crunch. John Marcarro played well in goal despite the loss.
Billy Parker and Adam Cascioli pitched a shutout in goal and Howie Baker, Brandon Sines and Matt Thrasher all scored as the Sting blanked the Lazers, 3-0.
Aaron and Jonathan Hull and Geordie Duffy had standout performances for the Lazers.
* Over-30 men -- The Columbia Cardinals only had four hits in their game against the Lawmen Rangers last Wednesday, but they made good use of them.
The Cardinals got two RBI from Kevin Young, and one apiece from Mike Briel, Bill Kolarek and Tom O'Neill in a 5-1 victory at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans, improving their record to 4-0 in the Chesapeake Men's Senior Baseball League.
Starter Scott Porter picked up the win for Columbia, pitching six shutout innings before handing the ball to Briel, who earned the save.
John Canterna, Joe Lomascolo, Kolarek and O'Neill had hits for the Cardinals, but five walks also helped their cause. Young drove in two runs without the benefit of a hit, using a ground out and sacrifice fly to do all his damage.
Next up for the Cardinals is a meeting with the Baltimore Juniors Thursday at Joe Cannon Stadium.
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