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Development Academy Weekend Wrap-Up (Nov. 6, 2007)

CHICAGO (Nov. 6, 2007) – Top offensive weapons demonstrated their prowess and multiple lead changes highlighted a full slate of Development Academy action on the weekend of November 3-4.

In a back and forth affair, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) came from behind to pick up a win over the Atlanta Fire. The Fire got on the board first with a strike from Rury Alvarez in the 16th minute, but Gabriel Bagot answered back just five minutes later for IMG. Just before halftime, the Fire regained the lead with Alassane Kane’s fifth goal of the season.

Shortly after the break, Joel Mitchell evened the score, and three minutes later Bagot’s second goal of the day gave IMG its first lead of the day, which would hold up for the final score of 3-2.

In other U-17/18 action, two first-half goals from Jonathan Koulesis were all the Richmond Kickers needed to defeat the Virgina Rush (Virginia Beach, Va.) on the road. Koulesis opened the scoring in the 14th minute, and tallied again just minutes before halftime. The Rush would get a goal back in the 69th minute when Taylor Brittan found the back of the net, but it wouldn’t be enough, and the Kickers would hold on for the 2-1 win.

Two goals from Karol Chorak, 11 minutes apart in the first half, were enough to give Schulz Academy (Boca Raton, Fla.) a tie against the Concorde Fire in Marrietta, Ga. The Fire got one goal early from Connor Barbaree and added another in the 86th minute from Cameron Cooksey to earn the draw.

Esteban Reyes was the offensive hero for Crossfire (Redmond, Wash.) in a 1-0 win over cross-state rival Washington Premier. Reyes 65th minute goal held up as the game winner, while Brooks Hopp recorded a shutout.

Schulz Academy traveled to Fayetteville, Ga. to take on the AFC Lightning in a Southeast Conference battle, coming away with a 4-2 win. Kyle Adams and Ryan Pugh each tallied for AFC, but it was not enough to counter Hasani Sinclair’s two-goals. Jesse Chang and Reginald Phelps added goals for Schulz in the win.

Rounding out the U-17/18 slate was Nomads (San Diego, Calif.) topping Chivas USA (Carson, Calif.), 2-1.

In the younger age group, Schulz Academy traveled to play the Concorde Fire on Saturday, and came away with a 5-1 victory. Hasani Sinclair tallied twice in the first 22 minutes, and his brother Sekani Sinclair added a goal in the 24th to put Schulz up quickly. Just two minutes into the second half, Steven Saballos made it a four-goal lead, and Sekani Sinclair’s second goal of the afternoon rounded out the scoring for Schulz. Berisa Yeuva scored a consolation goal for Concorde in the 76th minute to make the final score 5-1.

On Sunday, the AFC Lightning jumped out to a quick lead in the first minute, but Schulz Academy battled back, tying the game in the 28th minute on a Jabari Garibaldi goal and taking the lead on a strike from Sekani Sinclair. Hasani Sinclair scored his fifth goal of the weekend in three games, and Daniel Gallardo added a second half goal of his own, and Schulz came away with the 4-1 win.

After a scoreless first half in Tacoma, Wash., visiting Crossfire Premier got on the board first against Washington Premier in the 44th minute on a goal by Cody Snyder, tying him for the Academy lead with eight goals on the season. In the 69th minute, Dalen Leverenz evened the score for Washington, but just three minutes later second-half substitute Kodey Eley hit the game winner to give Crossfire the 2-1 win.

The Clearwater Chargers hosted Birmingham United in Southeast Conference action and came away with a 3-1 win. It took Elliot Krueger just three minutes to put Clearwater on the board, but just four minutes before halftime, a Norris Howze goal leveled the score. The teams battled in the second half, and it wasn’t until the 71st minute that Clearwater’s Thomas Roehn broke the tie, and Max Rockwell scored an insurance goal in the last minute for the 3-1 final.

IMG Academy hosted the Atlanta Fire on Sunday, and got on the board in the 14th minute on a goal from Devon Usher. Just before halftime, Patrick Otto made it 2-0, but the Fire, who had a man-advantage following a 56th minute ejection of an IMG player, kept pressing. In the 66th minute, Peter Kurowski’s made it a one-goal game and Eric Carrion tied the game ten minutes later for the final score of 2-2.

The Clearwater Chargers scored early and often in a 6-0 victory against the visiting Atlanta Fire. Nicolas Jones opened the scoring in the seventh minute, and Shane Wixted made it 2-0 in the 26th. Just before halftime Welsey Saver tallied and Anthony Bauman added a goal 13 minutes into the second half. Second-half substitute Charles Lynch added two goals, in the 69th and 74th minutes, to round out the scoring.

Birmingham United visited IMG Academy on Saturday afternoon and fell, 2-1, after going down to 10 men in the 72nd minute. William Bibb put Birmingham up in the 22nd minute, but Ariel Hughes evened the score in the 61st minute. IMG took advantage of their man-up situation, and Patrick Otte put away the game winner in the final minute.

William Martin scored the game’s only goal for the Virginia Rush in their win against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday afternoon in Virginia Beach. Kyle LaCroix is credited with the shutout in goal for Richmond, turning away every shot from their intrastate foe.

Chivas USA topped the Nomads, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon.

Upcoming Development Academy Schedule
Saturday, Nov. 10
10 a.m. ET      IMG Academy at Atlanta Fire                            Scott Hudgens Park – Duluth, Ga.
12 p.m. ET      VA Rush at Bridge FA                                        First Baptist Field – Charleston, S.C.
12 p.m. ET      Richmond Kickers at Richmond Strikers     Striker Park - Glen Allen, Va.
1 p.m. ET        AFC Lightning at Concorde Fire                     Georgia Soccer Park – Marietta, Ga.
6 p.m. PT        DeAnza Fore at Crossfire                                Starfire Sports Complex – Redmond, Wash.

Sunday, Nov. 11
10 a.m. PT       Premier FC at Washington Premier            WPFC Complex – Tacoma, Wash.
1 p.m. ET         Atlanta Fire at Concorde Fire                         Georgia Soccer Park – Marietta, Ga.
3 p.m. PT         Chivas USA at San Diego Surf                      San Diego Polo Fields – Carlsbad, Calif.

Saturday, Nov. 10
10 a.m. ET       IMG Academy at Atlanta Fire                           Scott Hudgens Park – Duluth, Ga.
11a.m. ET        AFC Lightning at Concorde Fire                    Georgia Soccer Park – Marietta, Ga.
2 p.m. ET         VA Rush at Bridge FA                                       First Baptist Field – Charleston, S.C.
2 p.m. ET         Richmond Kickers at Richmond Strikers    Striker Park - Glen Allen, Va.
8 p.m. PT         DeAnza Fore at Crossfire                                Starfire Sports Complex – Redmond, Wash.

Sunday, Nov. 11
12 p.m. PT      Premier FC at Washington Premier              WPFC Complex – Tacoma, Wash.
3 p.m. ET        Atlanta Fire at Concorde Fire                           Georgia Soccer Park – Marietta, Ga.
3 p.m. PT        Chivas USA at San Diego Surf                        San Diego Polo Fields – Carlsbad, Calif.