With league fixtures now complete for the fall 2015 regular season, various travel teams from the club took to the road to participate in area tournaments and showcases throughout the greater Washington metropolitan area - all in time to build up an "appetite" prior to the start of the Thanksgiving holiday break.
In rural Fauquier (Va.) County, the 2015 Hunt Country Classic attracted upwards of 400 club teams from the mid-Atlantic region to vie for the rights to lay claim to the HCC title in each of the Under 9 through Under 18 age groups for boys and girls. DC Stoddert Soccer was well represented at the tournament as the following teams took to the pitch:
Across the Potomac and to the north, DC Stoddert Soccer entered seven girls teams in the Bethesda Premier Cup. Coach Paul Emordi's Under 17 Blue Metros '98 competed against top Atlantic Soccer League ("ASL") club teams from Central (Va.) United SC, Pipeline (Md.) SC and Potomac Soccer Association. ASL action continued at the Under 16 and Under 15 divisions as Coach Keith Neale led the '99 Blue Metros to a second-pace finish and the '00 Blue Metros to third place. Congratulations to Coach Neale and members of both teams!
In the younger age groups, our Under 10 Red Metros, Under 10 Blue Metros, and Under 11 Blue Metros gained valuable experience playing against teams from across Regions I and II, respectively.
In the Under 13 division, Mohan Telfer's Under 13 Blue Metros marched all the way to the final and came away with the hardware as they held off a fiesty New York Soccer Club side, 2-1, to win the Freedom division of the 2015 Bethesda Premier Cup. Congratulations to all of the players, parents and Coach Telfer!
Other DC Stoddert Soccer girls' teams in action at the prestigious Bethesda Premier Cup included the '04 Blue Metros led by Coach Karen Kelser, Khaled Hamami's '05 Blue Metros and '05 Red Metros, respectively.
On the Boys' side, the Under 10 '05 Red Metros, led by Head Coach Matt Thompson, finished in fourth place at the Hunt Country Classic. Coach Thompson's lads amassed a total of 11 goals over four matches as they defeated FC Frederick and Vienna Youth Soccer. Coach Erwin Diaz led the '05 Black Metros to the finals of the classic Under 10 division while Henry Fuentes' '05 White Metros competed well against teams from Evergreen (Va.) FC and Vienna Youth Soccer.
Coach Ben Mortimer led the Under 10 '05 Blue Metros to the finals of the Under 10 Premier Division and saw his young side prevail in the final over VSA Neymar, 5-0. Mortimer's lads also defeated teams from Chantilly Youth Soccer, FC Frederick and Vienna Youth Soccer. Congrats to Coach Mortimer, his players and all of their family members for their championship success at the Hunt Country Classic!
In the Under 9 division, the '06 Blue Metros narrowly missed out on the hardware as they were defeated by Vienna Youth Soccer, 2-1, in the championship final. Coach Mortimer's team scored 12 goals in four games, amassing three wins and one loss. In the opposite bracket of the elite division, the '06 Red Metros marched into the semi-finals after a 6-1 win over Springfield Youth Club in round robin play.
Coach Henry Fuentes led the '06 White Metros to the playoffs in the Premier bracket of the Under 9 age group while Coach Erwn Diaz helped his team secure rights to the hardware in the Classic division as the '06 Black Metros overcame a slow start to reel off three consecutive victories against top teams from Fauquier County SC, Gunston SC and SYA. Congrats to Coach Diaz and members of the '06 Black Metros on their championship!
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