The Braddock Road Bluebelles, playing with only 10 players, relied on the goalkeeping of Barbara Wickstrand to register a 2-0 victory over the Springfield Golden Eagles in the girls 1966 division of the Journal's National Capitol Invitational Soccer tournament yesterday at Rolling Valley West Park in Springfield.
Sean Ritchie scored twice to lead the Braddock Road Eagles to an easy 3-1 win over Key Biscayne (Fla.) in the boys 1965 division.
The Bluebelles, who were forced to play minus a forward when not enough players showed up, took a 1-0 halftime lead on Stephanie Stetson's goal.
After intermission, Braddock Road settled into a defensive game, with Wickstand controlling the goal area whenever the Golden Eagles threatened. The Bluebelles managed just two clean scoring opportunities in the second half. On the second shot, Beth Shaver led Megan McCarthy with a beautiful pass from midfield. McCarthy outmaneuvered the Springfield goalie to score with just over three minutes left in the game.
In the boys feature game, the Eagles dominated first-half play and led, 2-0, at intermission with scores from Ritchie and Steve Alonge.
In the boys 1966 division Kevin Vandewater's goal with less than three minutes left capped a second-half comeback that gave the Hamilton (N.J.) 66ers a 3-2 decision over the Annandale Rockets.
Down, 2-0 at the half, Hamilton scored its first goal on a shot by Dan Donigan and tied the game on Lloyd Jacobs' goal with just under 12 minutes to go.
Annandale had taken its lead when John Schmidtlien scored five minutes into the game and Charlie Raphael scored 10 minutes later.
Second-half goals by George Maroulis and Brian Baker gave the Annandale Sabres a 2-1 win over the Annandale Red Rams in the boys 1967 division. Dave Robinson scored for the Red Rams.
The Raleigh (N.C.) Stars got two goals apiece from Clark Brisson and Bobby Martin to score a 4-1 triumph over the Vienna Cougars in the boys 1969 division. Mike Lattig's second-half goal from midfield was Vienna's lone score.
In the girls 1967 division Beth Wolff took a header from Kirsten Lindberg and put it in the net just three minutes into the game to give the Braddock Road Hotshots a 1-0 victory over the Cow Harbor (N.Y.) Invaders.
Shootout goals by Barry Johnson, Russell Locklear and Brian Hall gave the Reston Raiders a 1-0 win over the Annandale Redhawks in the boys 1968 division.
The Springfield Roadrunners scored shootout goals from Suzanne Shelton, Janean Wargo and Julie Waller to claim a 1-0 win over the Braddock Road Galaxies in the girls 1968 division. The Roadrunners won the shootout, 3-2.
In other games, the Reston Strikers beat the Wheaton Bears, 2-1, for the boys 1970 title and the Wheaton Wolves beat the Springfield Sting, 2-1, to claim the boys 1971 championship.