* Under-15 1/2 girls -- The Columbia Cougars won four games before losing in the semifinals of last weekend's 1993 Washington Area Girls Soccer League Rael Vodicka Memorial Tournament in Fort Belvoir, Va.
In that game, a 2-1 loss to the Medford Strikers, the Cougars rallied from a 2-0 deficit with a goal by Paige Young off Angie Jefferson's cross, and continued to pressure their opponent's goal until time expired.
Up to that point in the tournament, however, it was all Cougars.
The team began with a 2-1 victory over the Reston Wildfires. Carolyn Flowers scored off Lee Custer's corner kick and Young finished the Columbia scoring off a pass from Custer.
The Cougars then beat Cobb Union (Ga.), 2-0, with Flowers scoring off an assist by Amy Richter and Kate Macfarlane scoring off a pass from Michele Osterberger.
Their next victim was the Annandale Flame. Marissa Catalano's goal off a corner kick by Carrie Winkler was the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win.
In the quarterfinals, the Cougars topped Valley Stream (N.Y.), 1-0, on a goal by Osterberger on a free kick from 30 yards out.
The Cougars had strong play throughout the tournament from Emily Bielefeld, Monica Dodd and Angela Trancucci.
* 10-11 girls -- The Centennial Blasters defeated the Pumas, 2-1, over the weekend, improving their record to 4-0 in the Soccer Association of Columbia A League.
After the Pumas' Kelsey Cronin put her team ahead, 1-0, the Blasters answered with a goal from Maggie Via assisted by Talia Morrison. Centennial's Tricia Guarneri then notched the game-winner off of a corner kick from Shelly Sinclair.
Tara Molesky, Jenny Zonarich and Laura Chwirut contributed with solid play on offense for the Blasters, and Talia Morrison, Cindy Briggs and Megan Houck were strong on defense.
For the Pumas, Ashley Hudak had a strong game in goal, and Laura Barry and Heather Crouse led the defense.
* Under-11 girls -- The Columbia Fury advanced to the finals of the 1993 Washington Area Girls Soccer League Rael Vodicka Memorial Tournament last weekend before falling to the Greensboro (N.C.) Twisters, 2-0, in the finals.
The Fury opened the tournament on Saturday with a 5-0 win over the Severna Park Hotfeet. Nicole Roy-Harrison scored three goals, with Emily Knapp and Katie Nelson adding single goals.
Later in the day the Columbia team continued its dominance with a 3-0 win over the Vienna Victory. Roy-Harrison, Nelson and Jessica Coulson scored.
The team then defeated the Virginia Beach FC, 2-0, on Sunday, on two goals by Molly Sunderdick. In the quarterfinals, also on Sunday, the team edged the Vista Magic, 3-2, on goals by Ashley Evans, Roy-Harrison and Sheena Alavi.
The Fury then recorded its fourth shutout of the weekend in the semifinal round, defeating the PWSI Flames, 3-0. Sunderdick, Evans and Zhonia Bulawka scored for the victors.
* Under-13 boys -- The Columbia Blaze competed in the annual Parsippany (N.J.) Pride Invitational Tournament last weekend, finishing second in their division even though only 13 team members were able to attend.
The tournament began on a sour note for the Blaze. After dominating the Long Valley (N.J.) Strikers for most of the way, they had to settle for a scoreless tie. The Blaze then dug a deeper hole with a 1-0 loss to the Mount Olive Arsenal, after the Arsenal took the lead late in the game.
The Blaze's offense finally came alive in their third game, a 6-2 win over the Ramapo Wildcats. Danny Dworkin, assisted by Kenny Roberts, opened the scoring frenzy early in the first half, and Mike Martin followed soon after with another goal, tapping in Dworkin's shot that bounced off the post.
After the Wildcats tied the game at 2-2, goals by Patrick Thomas, assisted by Jeff Ebaugh, and Ebaugh, assisted by T. J. Clay, gave the Blaze a 4-2 lead. Danny Liparini, from McKinley, and Ebaugh, from Liparini, finished off the scoring in the second half.
In their final game, the Blaze got a goal from Liparini, off a pass from Chris Hemerlien, to defeat the Bethlehem Steel Power, 1-0. Columbia's Andy Hekimian, Terrell Gary, Robby Falk and Matt Wallace, in goal, played solidly on defense, shutting down the Power's attack.
* Under-14 girls -- The Soccer Association of Columbia Heracanes won one and lost two last weekend in the "B" Flight of the 1993 Washington Area Girls Soccer League Rael Vodicka Memorial Tournament.
The team defeated the Midlothian (Va.) Blast and lost to the Fairfax (Va.) Storm and the Beechmont (Ohio) Explosion.
The Heracanes opened tournament play Saturday with a 3-0 loss to the Storm. Cynthia Maxfield, Courtney Graham, Kristen Arnold and Rachael Sanford played well in defeat.
Later that day, however, the Columbia team picked up its only win, a 4-1 triumph over the Blast. Graham, Jessica Shamoo, Anna Goldstein and Andrea Donovan each scored a goal, while Donovan, Goldstein and Amanda Wagener chipped in with assists.
Jessica Grether, Kate Hubschman, Natalia Policelli and Kristin Mutolo also played well for the victors.
But the tournament ended on a disappointing note for the Heracanes, as in cold and rainy conditions they dropped a 5-0 decision to the Explosion.
The Explosion scored on four of its first eight shots and coasted to the victory. Emily Brown and Wagener played well, and goalie Siri Worthington made 13 saves.
This weekend, the Heracanes return to Washington Area Girls Soccer League Division III play, where they remain unbeaten, for a noon game against the McLean Lightning at Worthington Elementary School.
* 6-7 boys -- A hat trick by Conor Frantzen and excellent teamwork propelled the Lazers over the Strikers, 3-1, Saturday in the Western Howard County Youth Soccer League.
A. J. Lesheir and Kevin Bryant also played well on offense for the victors, while George Courpes and Jeromy Ceron led the defense and Randall Mazzario, Derek Ger and Nathan Hull gave solid efforts in goal. Marco Aguiniga, Kevin Connors and Will Hahn led the Strikers' effort.
Gary Amburn scored two goals, and Kevin Cannon and Brad Robbins added one apiece as the Crunch blanked the Wings, 4-0. Stephan Lloyd and Jimmy McQuilken led the Crunch defense, while defenders Quinn Flannery, Carey Dean, Kyle Hasty and Jared Britcher played well for the Wings, who dressed only eight players.
Timmy Mullinix scored the hat trick and also played goalie as the Stars shut out the Sting, 3-0. Jordan Jacobs and brothers Chris and Justin Passero were relentless in defending and attacking. For the Sting, Brian Behe was a standout on offense and also handled goalie duties for part of the game. Matthew Surgeon, Sean Kain, Stephen Brookfield and Chris Kennedy keyed the defense.
Bays forward Scott Purdum scored three goals to lift his team to a 3-0 victory over the Soccers. Nifty dribbling by Adam Reis, Chris MacNutt and Kyle Goldman led the offense, while Josh Casto played well in goal to preserve the shutout. Brandon Koyle and Jordan Martin played well in the loss.
Michael Down scored two goals, and Ricky Wilson, Jordan Dellostretto and Steven Crivelli added one each as the Bays beat the Strikers, 5-0. Greg Koffel and Tim Phelps recorded the shutout in goal and got defensive help from Andy James and Zak Porta. Daniel Ennis and Matthew Ferrero were defensive standouts for the Strikers.
Dave Marquart scored the only goal as the Rowdies edged the Kicks, 1-0. Marquart also played in goal with Mike Ryan, and got help from Ryan Krause and the defense. For the Kicks, Brendan Fitzpatrick played well on offense while Kyle Sullivan led the defense.
* 8-9 boys -- Lance Kerwin had a strong game on defense and teammates Eric Hill and Derek Banks scored goals as the LeManics claimed a 2-1 win over the Cosmos Saturday in the Western Howard County Youth Soccer League.
Jacob Hartman and Greg Boston added offensive support for the victors, while Kenny Gilliam supplied the Cosmos' only goal and Matt Magan led their defense.
Breakaway goals by J.L. Feeney and Brandon Mellott were the difference in the Stars' 2-0 win over the Wings. Matt Shants played well on defense and Brad Janoske got the shutout in goal for the Stars. For the Wings, Sean Stevens and Eric Moyle kept constant pressure on the Wings' defense.
Playing shorthanded, the Soccers got scores from Ryan Barnoski and Joseph McDonald in a 2-0 win over the Kicks. Chris Pickett forced the play on offense, and Drew Caldwell and Charles Greely led the defense for the victors. Stephen Cornelius had a number of booming kicks in goal for the Kicks.
Jake Orndorff's goal and stingy goaltending by Chris Sheridan led the Lazers to a 1-0 win over the Sting. Brandon Compher and Connor Nixon played tight defense for the winners, while Jon Durant and Michael Bowerman controlled the midfield for the Sting.
The Rowdies and Crunch played to a 1-1 tie. Nick Dankanich scored for the Rowdies, while Todd Clevenger, Ed Smith and Dave McMahon provided tight defense. Josh Walters tallied the Crunch's only goal, with offensive assistance from Mike Matzner.
* 10-11 boys -- Scoring standout Tommy Mazerski had four goals and Josh Hough added another as the LeManics downed the Bays, 5-1, Saturday in the Western Howard County Youth Soccer League.
Steve Farino came up with four saves in goal and Joey Piekarski stood out on defense for the victors. Tommy Klinedinst scored the Bays' only goal.
Brian Buckus had four assists, and the Soccers controlled the midfield en route to a 6-0 blanking of the Rowdies. Fullbacks Frank Shaulis and Andrew Spies, and halfback Jordan Garbis led the Soccers' effort. George Osterom and David Sharpe led the Rowdies' offense.
John Honeig scored the only goal, and the Strikers held on for a 1-0 victory over the Stars. Goalie Joey Daxo earned the shutout with help from defender Mike Crosen. Casey Williams and Patrick Scible provided solid efforts in goal for the Stars.
* 12-14 boys -- Goalie Kevin Layman stopped a penalty shot to preserve the shutout in the Kicks' 4-0 win over the Crunch on Saturday in the Western Howard County Youth Soccer League.
Brett Cohen scored two goals, and Chris Durant and Joey Wicker added one each for the victors. For the Crunch, Chris Toll and goalie John Marcarro played well.
The Sting outlasted the Cosmos, 1-0, on a goal by Philip Down. Billy Parker and Adam Cascioli got the shutout in goal with solid defensive help from Justin Walker and Robert Dalvano. Justin Barrow and Todd Buckus gave strong efforts in goal for the Cosmos, with help from defenders David Adler and Paul Baluck.
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