November 24, 2020
Two Total Futbol teams competed in the Virginia Youth Soccer Association State Cup this past weekend, taking home hardware in both the U17 and U18 age groups.
The Herndon 03 Hurricanes Black battled Gunston early on Saturday in the U18 Championship, netting three goals before the half. Kyleah Adesioye got on the scoreboard first with a left-footed goal, followed by teammate Olivia DuHaime who put away a breakaway off a through ball. Before the half ended, Izzy DiLandro headed one into the back of the net off a corner — not the first header goal for the center midfielder. Asia Hubbard started in goal for the Hurricanes, switching with Xanthe Bergel at the half.
As the second half began, Gunston scored to make it 3-1 but DuHaime answered just minutes later after pressuring the keeper and scoring off her own rebounded shot. The game ended at 4-1 and the Hurricanes were crowned champions.
This result is quite the feat for the group who have never been able to make it to the State Cup Finals — they fell to SOCA in the Final Four last year. They will move on to the USYS East Regional Championships in the summer of 2021, which are currently set to take place in New Jersey.
Coach Matt Lee took over this fall for the Hurricanes after winning the U18 State Cup Championship with 02 Thunder Black last year. The Hurricanes have yet to lose a CCL matchup for the fall 2020 season.
The Hurricanes graduate nine players in 2021. Currently, Kasie Kilmer and Kayla Jenkins (not pictured) are committed to continue their careers at Shenandoah University.
From left to right: Izzy DiLandro, Asia Hubbard, Kyleah Adesioye, Kasie Kilmer, Hannah Arnett, Kiley Vaughan, Alexa King, Nina Marchione.
The Herndon 04 Crush battled through a tough game versus SOCA later in the afternoon for the U17 Championship. The two teams play often as CCL opponents, and most recently at the Bethesda Premier Showcase earlier this month.
The game was highly competitive and back and forth throughout the first half, but Crush were on the scoreboard first with a stellar left-footed upper-90 goal by Ella Valente. Kylie Fischer in goal made several saves throughout the 45 minutes of play but SOCA was able to answer before the half making it 1-1.
Just minutes into the second half, a Crush injury held up the game for some time. After play finally resumed, both groups again were battling back and forth. SOCA was able to eventually penetrate Crush’s defense and put up two goals before the final whistle.
Though a disappointing result, this was also Crush’s first time in the State Cup Final after being knocked out in the Final Four in 2019. Again with Coach Tina Valente and Matt Lee, they are on track to bring home gold in their U18 year like other Total Futbol teams in the past.
The 04 Crush were Finalists in the U17 division of the VYSA State Cup.