Kristin McHugh (Quince Orchard) scored two goals and Missy Moore (Good Counsel) and Emily Sykes each added one as the Bethesda Fury defeated the Greater Boston Bolts, 4-2, in the U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 U-15 girls division championship July 6 at the University of Rhode Island.
The USYS Region 1 tournament features state champions from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia and is considered one of the best tournaments in the country.
Montgomery County sent nine teams this year, including six from the Bethesda Soccer Club. Three of those teams won titles, including the U-14 Bethesda Arsenal (boys) and U-14 Bethesda Dragons (girls).
"Winning the region is no easy task," said USYS Region 1 Director Adele Dolansky. "Most clubs are lucky to get one title. . . . For Bethesda to win three is an amazing accomplishment."
The Fury began group play with a 5-2 win over the Liverpool (N.Y.) Jaguars and a 2-2 tie with the Pittsburgh Strikers Hot Shots. The team then beat the Chantilly (Va.) Hurricanes, 3-0, to advance to the semifinals.
"We didn't play that well on Saturday, but we really turned things around on Sunday," said Fury Coach Brad Roos, whose team won the region title in 1997 and was runner-up in 1996 and 1998. "That game against Chantilly was the turning point of the tournament. That was the best game we've played in months and we built on that the rest of the tournament."
The Fury earned a spot in the final with a 3-1 win over the Nether Providence (Pa.) Nightmares. Noelle Keselica (Watkins Mill), Carolyn Ford (St. Andrew's) and Kerie Sample each scored one goal and Sydney Fleischer (Whitman) made several nice saves. Luisa Miller, Megan Barnes, Katie Greenberg, Phela Townsend, Jessica Golibart (Good Counsel), Kelly Hammond, Meghan McAuliffe, Erin Dubina and Athena Gramates also played well.
"I'm real proud of this team," said Roos, whose team placed first in the Washington Area Girls Soccer League U-17 Premier Division. "This is the most prestigious tournament around and it seemed the better the competition, the better we played. That's the mark of a true champion."
The Bethesda Dragons also turned in an impressive performance in Rhode Island. The team went 3-0 in group play with wins over the Ocean (N.J.) Shooting Stars, Kirkwood (Del.) Blaze and HBC (N.Y.) Fury and advanced to the finals with a 5-0 win over the Nether Providence (Pa.) Appaloosas.
Coach Steve Campbell's team took the title with a 3-2 win over the Braddock Road (Va.) Electra in double overtime. Ali Andrzejewski, Jessica Seedyke (Walter Johnson) and Shannon Poach each scored one goal and Chloe Beizer made several nice saves in net. Kelly Campbell (Gaithersburg), Jamie Goertler, Christina Huang (Sidwell Friends), Colleen Kelly, Ashly Kennedy, Lisa Korn (Holton-Arms), Andrea Moore, Julie Napolitano, Ryan Panaro, Sarah Sample and Jennifer Tapscott (Stone Ridge) also played well.
The Bethesda Arsenal also went 3-0 in group play, defeating Commack FC COPA, Breadling (Pa.) and South Coast (R.I.) United. The team advanced to the final with a 3-1 win over Seacoast (N.H.) United SC and captured the title with a 1-0 victory over Eastern (Conn.) FC Storm. Alexan Simon (Good Counsel) scored the game's only goal. Brian Cain, Sean Carroll, Francesco Galletto, Aviel Ginzburg, David Glaudemans, Jeremy Jacobson, Brian Joyce, Terry Knapp, Alex Landsman, Greg Latter, John Leonard, Eric Macias, Justin Mayo, Nick Noble, Arif Sisman, Scott Sowanick and Danny Waldo also played well for Coach Birandra Sinha.
Six other local teams competed in the four-day tournament. The Potomac Cougars went 1-0-2 in the U-12 boys division with an 8-2 win over Central Falls (R.I.) and ties with Rochester (N.Y.) and Richmond (Va.). The Bethesda Excel went 3-1 in the U-12 girls division, beating Rochester (4-1), Vermont Nordic Spirit (6-0) and Maine Coast United (8-0) and losing to the New Jersey Magic, 2-1, in the semifinals.
The Potomac Cougars went 1-2 in the U-13 boys division with a 3-0 win over Western United (Mass.) and losses to Oakwood (Conn.) and Syracuse (N.Y.). The Potomac Spirit went 2-1-1 in the U-16 boys division, beating the Maine Odyssey and Vermont Nordic Spirit, tying the Hewlett (N.Y.) Blue Steak and losing to the Massachusetts Crusaders, 4-2, in the semifinals.
The Bethesda Falcons went 2-1 in the U-16 girls division with a 4-1 win over the Council Rock Blast (Pa.), a 1-0 victory over the Roxbury Dynamos (N.J.) and a 3-1 loss to Windsor (Conn.). The Bethesda Scorpions went 3-1 in the U-17 girls division, beating New York's Team Germania (9-0), Virginia's Braddock Road Elite (3-1) and Delaware's Kirkwood Tigers (3-0) and losing to Pennsylvania's FC Delco Fear, 3-1.
CAPTION: The U-15 Bethesda Fury won the U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 Tournament last weekend in Rhode Island. Front row, from left: Noelle Keselica, Kristin McHugh, Emily Sykes, Megan Barnes, Luisa Miller, Athena Gramates, Kelly Hammond, Megan McAuliffe. Back row, from left: Mike Keselica, Nancy Rohrman, Missy Moore, Phela Townsend, Carolyn Ford, Kerie Sample, Jessica Golibart, Sydney Fleischer, Katie Greenberg, Erin Dubina, Brad Roos, Barney Joseph.
CAPTION: Athena Gramates, right, of the Bethesda Fury battles for a loose ball at last month's Maryland State Cup. The U-15 Fury won the USYS Region 1 title July 6 in Rhode Island.