SOCA Travel teams completed an unprecedented sweep of league play championships this spring season, by winning over-all club titles at the Elite, Premier and Classic levels. This remarkable achievement is the result of consistently high quality throughout the club’s Travel teams, across all levels of play.
In the Elite level Club Champions League, the over-all club championship is determined by points allocated for the final standing of all teams, U12 to U18/19. The points are accumulated over the course of the entire soccer year. CCL is composed of 16 of the highest level clubs in Virginia, DC and Maryland, making it a nationally recognized regional league. More league info and standings here: https://clubchampionsleague.com/
The Skyline Club Soccer League, home to SOCA’s Premier and Classic teams, uses a point accumulation system similar to the CCL to determine the club champion at both the Premier and Classic level. The Skyline league serves the west central portion of Virginia, providing the highest level of competition at the Premier and Classic levels. Find more league info and standings here: https://www.socaspot.org/skyline-league/
Elite Win CCL
Three SOCA teams claimed division titles to lead the charge to the top in this highly competitive competition: Girls U15 Elite (undefeated, untied), U14 Boys Elite and U18/19 Boys Elite. In total, SOCA nudged out the nearest club competitor by four points to earn the overall crown. SOCA teams were remarkably consistent in their performance and the club has earned a reputation for high quality, skillful play and savvy coaching.
Charlottesville Premier Co-Champs in SCSL
The SOCA-Charlottesville Premier teams are co-champions with New River United for the spring 2019 season. Charlottesville and NRU are tied on 62 championship points each. SOCA-Charlottesville U13 Boys are division champions with a perfect 10-0-0 record, while the SOCA-Augusta U12 Girls also had an unblemished 10-0-0 record to lead SOCA-Augusta to an overall third place finish in the league standings.
Charlottesville Classic Tops in SCSL
Both the U12 Girls and the U14 Girls White squads were division winners, helping SOCA-Charlottesville outdistance the nearest club rival by 15 league points.
The comprehensive performance speaks to the success of the club mission, says Bill Mueller, SOCA’s Director of Soccer. “We have an intentional plan to provide quality soccer programming to all our participants, at every level. These recent club-wide successes are an indicator of SOCA’s commitment to that plan. The successes are a function of careful planning and long-term building, to be sure. They are also very definitely the result of talented players, thoughtful coaches, and supportive families. We’re grateful to all the people who commit themselves every day to supporting their child, their team and their club.”
With the conclusion of the 2018/2019 season, the focus now turns to planning and developing players in the next annual soccer cycle. “Each year presents new opportunity and new challenges. We have a restructured Skyline League to compete in, and new challenges in the CCL to face. We’re eager to develop our players to take on these new tests,” says Mueller.
SOCA Travel teams hit the road over the Memorial Day weekend, with different groups headed to destinations around the mid-Atlantic, making big impacts wherever the SOCA colors were represented. The holiday weekend is the traditional end-of-season test for the U11-U15 age groups, as they wrap up their campaign. Club wide results are impressive, showing a depth of talent and commitment throughout the organization.
The Elite teams headed to south eastern Pennsylvania, competing in the FC Delco Players Cup, measuring themselves against new opponents from more northerly locations. Over the weekend SOCA teams amassed 25 wins and four draws against only nine losses. Both the U12 Girls Apprentice and the U15 Girls Elite were champions, with the U12 Boys Apprentice and U14 Boys Elite reaching the semi-finals. Check all the results here: http://events.gotsport.com/events/Default.aspx?eventid=68305
The Virginia Cannon Cup in northern Virginia was the destination for this group, with eight teams making the trek and putting together 21 wins and four draws and only 12 losses. The U15 Girls Premier were champions while the U14 Girls, U15 Boys, U13 Boys and U12 Boys all claimed second place in their group. See all results here: https://events.gotsport.com/events/Default.aspx?EventID=71528
Seven Augusta Premier squads also headed to northern Virginia to compete in the long-established SYC Virginian Elite Soccer Tournament. The U12 Girls Premier were finalists and the U12 Boys Premier claimed the silver spot in a round robin format. Find all the results here: http://events.gotsport.com/events/Default.aspx?eventid=70206
Twelve local Classic teams journeyed east to compete in the Williamsburg Invitational, where they piled up 21 wins and five draws over 13 losses in tight competition. Both the U13 Girls Classic Blue and the U13 Boys Classic Blue went undefeated, each with perfect 4-0-0 records as they claimed championship titles in their groups. Check all the results here: http://events.gotsport.com/events/Default.aspx?eventid=67459
Over the Memorial Day weekend, 49 SOCA Recreation and Challenge teams battled for local bragging rights at the club’s annual Sunburn Tournament, held at South Fork Soccer Park and Charlottesville High School.
Nearly 700 players were involved in the traditional season-ending event, capping off a fine spring season with some hot action on the holiday weekend. Warm temperatures throughout both days made demanding conditions for the hard-working players, yet there was no lack of energetic enthusiasm on the soccer fields.
A real cross-section of the club was present; with 37 boys and 12 girls teams, in age groups U19-U10 representing both the Charlottesville and Augusta regions. It was a true soccer celebration with joyful sounds heard all across the playing fields.
South Fork Soccer Park hosted the U10 and U12 games, while the U15 and U19 groups played their matches on the Charlottesville High School fields. Both sites were abuzz as local kids showed off their developing skills.
Champions were crowned in ten divisions. To view all the standings and results, follow this link: https://events.gotsport.com/events/default.aspx?EventID=71234
On Saturday, May 4, both the girls and boys SOCA U13 Elite teams booked their passage to the VYSA State Cup semi-final round, with convincing quarter-final wins at home.
Starting the day in the 11:00 am match at South Fork Soccer Park, were the U13 Boys, who jumped to an early lead, and ended with a comfortable 3-1 win over Arlington. Led by coach Matt Rowe, the SOCA squad scored and generated several additional good scoring opportunities in the first half, before putting the game out of reach in the second stanza. Jamey Williamson, Ronan MacDonald, and Avi Shreves all notched goals for SOCA.
The SOCA U13 Boys Elite will face Alexandria in the semi-final match, at 10:00 am on Field #1 at the Virginia Soccer Training Center (VSTC).
Guided by long-serving coach Fran Lavin, the SOCA U13 Girls Elite team put on a dominating display over Alexandria later in the day in the friendly comfort of South Fork Soccer Park and posted a 5-0 win over the visitors. Two goals each from Reese Mattern and Natalie Johnson and a solo mark from Reese Coggeshall stamped the locals’ authority on the match.
The girls will face NVSC in a 12:00 noon kick off at the VSTC Field #1.
All semi-final matches are scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at the VSTC, with the winners advancing to the championship matches on Sunday, May 19 at the same venue.
For complete State Cup bracket information, follow this link: https://www.vysa.com/Default.aspx?tabid=2519875