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Development Academy Weekend Wrap-Up (Nov. 20, 2007)


CHICAGO (Nov. 20, 2007) -- Richmond Strikers U-17/18 forward Brian Ownby scored five goals on the weekend to bring his Academy-leading total to 14 goals in six games this season. On Saturday, Ownby scored twice in the first 20 minutes to give his team a 2-0 lead over the Virginia Rush. Patrick Rush cut the Strikers’ lead to one in the 31st minute, and Morgan Kane evened the score in the 79th minute to help the Rush pick up a 2-2 draw with their intrastate rivals. The tie places Virginia Rush’s season record at 0-6-2.

Ownby kept up his frantic scoring pace on Sunday, scoring a hat trick in the Strikers’ 5-0 win over Bridge FA. Teammate Will Bates opened the scoring in the sixth minute, and Ownby scored his first less than a minute later. Both players scored a goal each before halftime, and Ownby made it a 5-0 final when he tallied in the 63rd minute. The win and tie improves the Strikers lead among active teams in the Atlantic Conference.


U-17/18
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) used three second-half goals to top the AFC Lightning in Southeast Conference play. Alex Walters opened scoring in the 52nd minute, and nine minutes later Luis Ocejo doubled IMG’s lead. First-half substitute Mikhail Moyreles rounded out the scoring with a goal in the 85th minute for the 3-0 final. The win improves IMG’s record to 4-2-0.

Chivas USA took the lead in the 12th minute and never looked back, as they topped Crossfire Premier in a convincing 4-0 win. Gerson Mayen got on the board first for Chivas, and Leopoldo Morales scored twice in four minutes in the second half, and Adrian Ruelas rounded out the scoring in the 85th minute. The loss places Crossfire at 2-2-2.

Three different goal scorers led the AFC Lightning over the Clearwater Chargers, turning a 1-0 halftime lead into a 3-0 victory. Nathan Pulliam got on the board first for the Lightning in the 22nd minute and Cameron Black made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute. Christopher Feigenbaum added the final tally in the 88th minute, while Cade Jones and his defense kept Clearwater off the board for the shutout. After splitting games over the weekend, AFC Lightning moves to 4-4-1, while the loss drops to Clearwater to 1-4-1.

An early goal from Nathan Roberts and a late goal from Jonathan Kourlesis gave the Richmond Kickers a win over Bridge FA. The Kickers took the lead in the ninth minute, and added the insurance goal in the 68th to secure the 2-0 final. The Kickers improve to 3-2-0 with the win, while Bridge falls to 1-3-4 after two losses on the weekend.

The Concorde Fire spread the scoring between three players on Sunday afternoon to top the Clearwater Chargers, 3-0. Alex Evert scored in the 14th minute. Eleven minutes later, Riley Sumpter doubled the Fire’s lead and Jamie Deal added the final goal for the 3-0 score in the 85th minute. With the win Concorde improves to 4-1-2, while Clearwater’s second loss on the weekend drops them to 1-5-1.

Kevin Day took just five minutes to get on the board for Washington Premier, but Chivas USA evened the score on an Adrian Ruelas goal eight minutes into the second half to even the score for the 1-1 final. The tie places Washington at 2-2-2 on the year, while Chivas USA’s win and tie on the weekend improves their record to 4-3-1.



U-15/16
The Richmond Strikers got on the board early against Bridge FA when Alec Schaffer tallied in the 10th minute. Robert Belair answered back quickly for Bridge, leveling the score in the 15th minute. Just three minutes later, Jake Summers took the lead back for Richmond, but it would only be temporary. Just six minutes before the end of regulation, Randall Eads tied the game back up, and in the waning seconds Michael Moore gave Bridge its first lead of the day, as they would hold on to win, 3-2.

A brace from Thomas Roehn led the Clearwater Chargers to a win over the AFC Lightning on Saturday. After a scoreless first half, Roehn opened the flood gates in the 58th minute, and just two minutes later, Wesley Sever made it 2-0. Roehn scored his second in the 67th minute and Alex Tuch made it a 4-0 final with his goal in the final minute. Clearwater stands in fourth in the Southeast Conference with a record of 5-2-1.

Jordan Boothe and Ellis Moore scored within seconds of each other to lift their Richmond Kickers over Bridge FA. Boothe broke a scoreless tie in the 54th minute, with Moore following up just seconds later. Bridge cut the lead in half with a goal from Robert Belair, but the Kickers’ lead held up, as they went on to win, 2-1. After splitting games over the weekend, Bridge remains the top active team in the Atlantic Conference with a record of 5-2-1.

The Virginia Rush hosted the Richmond Strikers on Saturday afternoon, and made a 3-0 halftime lead stand up for the win. Two goals from William Ayers in the 10th and 17th minutes gave the Rush a two-goal advantage, and Richard Diaz, Jr. made it 3-0 just minutes before halftime. Kyle LaCroix earned the shutout in goal for the Rush. After dropping two games over the weekend, the Richmond Strikers Academy record falls to 2-5-0. The Virginia Rush win improves their record to 3-4-1.

After taking a 2-0 lead in the 45th minute, Washington Premier let it slip away to Chivas USA. Dylan Gaydosh and Dalen Leverenz gave Washington the lead, but Jesus Fregoso cut the lead to one late in the second half. In the final minute, Jorge Ramirez evened the score and gave Chivas the tie on the road. The tie places Washington Premier’s record at 2-2-1.

In the U-15/16 age group’s only other draw, IMG and Concorde Fire played to a 1-1 tie on Saturday afternoon. Ariel Hughes scored for IMG in the 33rd minute, but Sean King’s goal in the 55th minute gave the Fire the tie in Southeast Conference play. With a tie on the road, the Atlanta Fire moved to 3-5-5.

A goal in each half from Nathan Holmes was all IMG Academy would need to earn a win at home over the AFC Lightning in Sunday’s action. Holmes scored in the 15th minute and added an insurance goal in the 74th to help IMG to victory. IMG improves their record to 5-1-2, improving to second place among active teams in the Southeast Conference, while AFC Lightning’s two losses on the weekend dropped their overall record to 0-8-1.

In other action, Crossfire topped Chivas USA 3-1 to improve their record to 6-0. After a loss and a tie on their Seattle road trip, Chivas USA’s overall record stands at 2-3-3.

For the complete Academy schedule and latest standings, please visit the Academy section of ussoccer.com.

U-15/16
Friday, Nov. 23
9 a.m. PT            Irvine Strikers at San Diego Surf Polo Fields – San Diego, Calif.
12:40 p.m. PT    Pateadores at Real So cal Polo Fields – San Diego, Calif.

Saturday, Nov. 24
9 a.m. PT            Pateadores at Irvine Strikers Polo Fields – San Diego, Calif.
12:40 p.m. PT    Real So Cal at San Diego Surf Polo Fields – San Diego, Calif.

U-17/18
Friday, Nov. 23
10:50 p.m. PT    Irvine Strikers at San Diego Surf Polo Fields – San Diego, Calif.
2:30 p.m. PT.      Pateadores at Real So Cal Polo Fields – San Diego, Calif.

Saturday, Nov.24
10:50 a.m. PT    Pateadores at Irvine Strikers Polo Fields – San Diego, Calif.
2:30 p.m. PT       Real So Cal at San Diego Surf Polo Fields – San Diego, Calif.

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