ECNL Preview: No time for a break
RICHMOND, Va. (November 21, 2014) – For complete coverage go to topdrawersoccer.com
Colorado Rush takes on Real Colorado on Saturday in a battle between the top two teams in the Colorado Division. Rush holds the top spot with a 5-1 record. The Rush defense and goalkeeper Cameryn McKinnell have only allowed three goals this season. Grayson Lynch paces the Real attack with five goals in seven games.
GSA hosts West Florida Flames and Orlando City this weekend in Southeast Conference action. GSA is in second in the conference and trying to close the gap on Orlando City prior to the break for Thanksgiving. GSA leads the conference in goals scored with Kristi Jones, Macy Douglas, Clara Whitely, Lillian Babalola, and Nieva Gaither combining to score 25 of the team’s 28 goals this season. Atlanta Fire is also playing hosts to the same two teams over the weekend.
Eclipse Select Soccer Club hosts affiliate FC Wisconsin Eclipse on Saturday at Oak Brook Park. FC Wisconsin Eclipse beat Eclipse Select 2-1 on Nov. 8 in the first meeting of the season between the clubs.
Michigan Hawks take on rival Vardar on Saturday. Hawks sit in first place in the Midwest Conference after an 8-0-2 start to the season. Goalkeepers Alexandra DeRuvo and Julia Lower have combined to only let in six goals this season. They’ll be tested on Saturday against a strong Vardar attack. Rachel Rasins and Gabriala Jodzis have scored 13 goals between them this season.
The Midwest Conference is also home for the SLSG-MO and Sporting Blue Valley showdown on Saturday. The two clubs sit in third and fourth respectively in the standings heading into the weekend. SLSG-MO forward Emily Groark leads the attack with five goals and six assists.
Richmond United hosts Indiana Fire Juniors and Ohio Elite Soccer Academy this weekend. Richmond is 2-1-4 on the season and looking to pick up some wins. Meanwhile, Ohio Elite and Indiana’s trip to play Richmond and FC Virginia are the first games of the season for the Ohio Valley Division foes. Paige Franks leads the Richmond attack with 10 goals this season.
CASL hosts Ohio Premier and Internationals over the weekend. CASL is in first place in the Mid-Atlantic Conference with a 5-1-1 record. The North Carolina team is looking to rebound after going 0-3 at National Event in Phoenix. Ohio Premier and Internationals are playing their first games of the season this weekend against CASL and NC Fusion.
Sockers FC takes on SLSG-IL this weekend in a Midwest Conference matchup. Sockers sit in third in the conference standings with an 8-3-1 record. SLSG-IL is looking for its second win of the season.
FC Dallas hosts Dallas Texans on Sunday in an important Texas Conference showdown. FC Dallas sits in third in the standings while Dallas Texans occupy the second spot. FC Dallas is riding high after a perfect 3-0 showing at the event in Phoenix. Dallas Texans went 1-0-2 at the event.
Eclipse Select’s rematch with FC Wisconsin Eclipse is an enticing affair on the docket this weekend. FC Wisconsin Eclipse is the only team to hold Eclipse Select to one goal scored this season in their earlier meeting on Nov. 8. Foster Ignoffo scored the lone goal in that game off an assist from Tatumn Milazzo.
Dallas Sting takes on Challenge SC and Texas Rush this weekend in Texas Conference action. Sting is top of the table with an 8-0-1 record and a plus-29 goal differential.
November 21, 2014 by J.R. Eskilson, TopDrawerSoccer.com
About Elite Clubs National League: The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for the U.S. Soccer youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.