Congratulations to all the VYS teams that participated in the All Stars Tournament this past weekend. Read the exciting highlights from each game. It was a weekend full of close matches, hard-fought battles, and very proud coaches and families. Great job to all the Vienna players!
VYS U8 Boys Team Goes Undefeated in All Star Tournament. The VYS U8 Boys Team, "The Destroyers", lived up to their name in the Herndon All Star Tournament, recording a perfect 7-0-0 record this weekend.
The Destroyers won with a combination of timely and sometimes frequent scoring, posting three shutouts, and outscoring their opponents 28-8.
The tournament began under sunny, but cold conditions. The Destroyers, however, came out hot, and shutout SYC South 4-0. After a narrow 2-1 victory over Gunston Arsenal, the team finished Saturday with a decisive 4-2 win over Herndon.
A defensive battle opened the action on Sunday, with the Destroyers pitching a 1-0 shutout against Sterling. The boys then found their stride, racking up impressive victories to finish the tournament: 7-3 over Reston, 5-0 against BRYC, and 5-2 versus Burke.
Coaches and parents alike were proud of the hard work, smart play, and good sportsmanship the Destroyers put on display!
Bottom row (L-R): K. Rice, W. Simpson, E. Caldwell, Middle row (L-R): M. Ciccone, T. Bush, K. Coffey, E. Helmstetter, J. Minella, Top row (coaches, L-R): Ian Caldwell, John Coffey
U8B Amani Ninjas
What a fantastic experience this was for these boys, many of whom experienced playing at this higher level for the first time! Our VYS U8 Boys (Amani Ninjas) went undefeated at 6 - 0 - 1 at Coates Elementary! The boys played really well, demonstrated incredible sportsmanship, and had a chance to share something very special with their friends and families.
We beat the other undefeated team in our last game using a tip I received last night from one of the other VYS coaches on email - that you can shoot on the goal from the kick-off as a direct kick. We used that twice to surprise this team and win 4-2!!!
We received compliments on how well-behaved the boys were, how impressive the VYS jersies were, and how smart our boys were playing in positions and covering for each other!
A big thanks to our parents for persevering through two cold morning starts and being extra supportive during this short but very sweet season. I think our parents and coaches enjoyed it just as much as the kids did.
VYS Strikers U8boys All Stars led by Coach Eric Farnsworth went 7-0-0 at the Herndon All Star Cup.
They were the only team in the division to go undefeated, but more importantly, they made good friends and had a blast.
U10B Vienna Red
One of the VYS U10 Boys All Star teams just completed a great all-star tournament. They finished the first day 2-2-0 to earn their way into the championship side of the bracket. The boys displayed all of those things that VYS stands for: teamwork, creative play, good technique, and absolutely outstanding attitude.
We faced a very good (and physically big) team in the knockout round, had some great scoring opportunities and survived some shots off our own goalpost. The game ended in a 0-0 tie. The ensuing penalty kick shootout was a nail-biter, going all the way to the 7th kick before their keeper saved a win. A heartwrenching way to finish what was a great experience for all the players.
They became great friends and teammates, played at a higher level, and are even more attached to the wonderful game of soccer.
Front Left-Right: J. Yoon, A. McGlynn, T. DeSouza, E. Kumar, T. Morehouse, R. Nahigan
Back Left-Right: G. Woodhouse, T. Johnson, K. Obaidi, V. Tsourekas, J. Morse
U10B Vienna White
The U10B Vienna White team and families had a great experience this past weekend. After a tough and long day of mini games on Saturday, we ended the day 1 - 3 and came out being seeded 7 out of 8 teams for Sunday’s single elimination games. The boys showed a lot of character and came together as a team on Sunday beating the #2 seeded team by a score of 2 - 0 for our first game. We then headed into the semi final round against the #3 seed and ended the game in regulation with a 1 - 1 tie. We went into PK’s and won the match (on the final kick by Vienna) with a PK tally of 3 - 2. It was pure exhilaration by coaches, parents and especially the boys after the winning penalty kick. Even the other team’s coach congratulated our team on a well played game and good luck in the finals.
Vienna White went into the championship game against the #1 seeded team and fought hard and played tough, but lost a very close game by a margin of 1 - 0. Knowing we lost to the same team during Saturday’s mini games by a score of 3 - 0 and the #1 team not losing any games during the whole weekend, Vienna White represented VYS very well with how hard they played as a team during the game. The # 1 seeded team that we played had not lost a match the whole weekend and won most of their games by a wide margin. Our team played them very tough the whole game and gave them their only goal on a fluke play. Very proud of how well they played as a team and how hard they fought during our games.
Back row: Coach Matt Troy, N. Kong, B. Morrissey, D. Guzman-Kern, T. Best, C. DeWispelaere, K. Leogue, Coach Chol Kong
Front row: N. Suryabudi, Austin, Hegedus, M.Troy, P. Huffman, J. Guandolo
U11B Vienna White
We had a fantastic weekend of soccer! The weather was perfect - the atmosphere great - the games on time and in the main well officiated. Yesterday we got off to a good start with a 2-1 win against SYA1. Then a 0-0 tie with FPYC Gold. We had a really close game with McLean Green - a literally last minute goal from McLean meant a 0-1 loss. Then we got hit by Herndon Red who had all the appearences of a well drilled travel team who came out deserved 3-1 winners.
This morning an even better start for us with a 3-0 win against Burke2. Then on to the semi final this afternoon - only to meet FPYC Gold again! We went 1-0 down in the first half but the boys did not give up and we broke back to 1-1, hit the bar and had a blatant trip in the penalty area on our left winger go un-noticed by the ref. So 1-1 at full time and the agony of the penalty shootout which we lost. Nevertheless, the boys had a great time, it was a hugely rewarding experience for them - and for me! The boys acquited themselves with great sportsmanship and determination - even in the face of some harsh physical provocation from the opposition at times. All the coaches I played against behaved well were sporting and there were no altercations that I am aware of. VYS can be proud. I am proud to represent VYS and to have been able to coach a super bunch of boys who gave 110% (one of whom suffered a bone chip in his hand this morning - he was back from hospital this afternoon supporting his team mates!) and who can ask for more?
U12B Vienna Red
I don’t know where to start, WOW, I have never felt so proud of a group of Boys, they played their heart out.
On Saturday, we won 2 and tied 2 under very cold weather. We were seeded #1 so we played semi-finals directly (by-game), both teams - and overall dominance from Vienna Red U12B - 1 to 1 it had to be defined in penalty shots; the opponent team had better fortune than us and fell proudly and honorably in PKs.
I am sorry we could not bring a cup home, but those kids did have a great experience for their life’s story.
- Coach Carlos
U12B Vienna White
AWESOME weekend, I don’t know if there is something in the water in Vienna but our boys fought tooth and nail for every ball and were extremely competitive in what turned out to be a very close and tough group.
On Saturday we managed two wins, a draw and a 1-0 close match lose and were seeded #6 in the upper bracket. We then played our Sunday game against a very good Sterling team and got up by one goal in the first half and they fought back scoring two in the 2nd half but our boys didn’t give up until the last 5 minutes when we got the tying goal and forced penalty kicks which did not go our way but I’m so proud of these 12 year old (YOUNG MEN)who showed a lot of passion, commitment, fire and character, even in defeat.
U8G Vienna Red
The girls did Vienna proud on and off the field with great sportsmanship and skills. They won 6 of their 7 mini games and tied the other so a great record!!
But honestly the girls will forget about the scores quickly but they will always remember the team leap frog game, shooting on one of the player’s Dad and brother in goal in between games, a U8 group dinner at Bertucci’s of nearly 100 people, getting other team patches, getting medals, and hanging around under the tent trying to stay warm!
Friendships were forged here!
A truly positive experience for all and I think we have lit the soccer fire in each and every one of the girls and their families.
U8G Vienna White
The U8 Vienna White team had a great tournament. They played very well against some great competition from FPYC and BRYC, along with Reston, Old Dominion, NVSA, SYA.
They went 2-1-4. Unlike most of the teams, our girls played every position at least twice. We had 3 goal line saves, and had 5 of the 8 girls scoring goals! They strung together 4 passes on a horrible field and managed to only have 2 throw-ins called back. Very impressive for a first tournament where the rules were enforced. (That said, we all know that they will remember playing in the tent together, rolling down the hills, trading patches and having dinner with their friends.)
I couldn’t have been prouder, not only of the girls but of our entire club. As U8 Girls Commissioner I am so lucky to have so many amazing coaches.
All of the hard work and time paid off, as these girls had an experience that they will soon not forget. In fact, 3 of them asked me before we left after the final game if we could do it again next weekend. :)
U8G Vienna Blue Lightning
The U8G Vienna Blue Lightning truly enjoyed their first all-star experience at the Herndon All-Star Tournament. They finished with the best record in the U8G Gold Division, with a 6-1 record, including five shutouts, against some very tough competition. They scored a total of 29 goals over the weekend, with every member of the team contributing at least one goal and playing every position at least once. What was most remarkable, however, was the sheer joy with which they played the “beautiful game” together as a team.
Their coaches and parents could not have been more proud of the girls, the sportsmanship they exhibited, and the way they represented VYS in the tournament more generally. When we first convened as a team, we said that “when we think of the picture we would like taken at the end of the tournament, we imagine a group of girls with big smiles on their faces and arms around each other laughing and having a good time with their new soccer friends. That is how we will define success.” Mission accomplished.
Picture (L-R): G. Kopp, M. Dearing, A. Dalakis, A. Paruti, K. O’Donnell, C. Yantiss, L. Phair, H. Rosenberg and Coaches Ryan Phair, Jeramie Kopp, and Mike Paruti.
U10G Vienna Blue
After four hard-fought games on Saturday in which the U10 Girls Vienna Blue went 3-1, we entered the tournament in the second seed.
The first Sunday game was a squeaker that ended in a 1-0 victory.
In the final, which was played against an undefeated team from SOTH (the number 1 seed), our girls found themselves down 1-0. However, in the second half, Vienna Blue came back to tie it 1-1. In a nail-biting shootout, we recorded the victory 2-1.
The photo shows the elated girls holding up their trophies in triumph.
Shown left to right are E. McNiff, S. Doutrich, C. Dumais, coach Valenti, E. Epstein, M. Valenti, N. Collins, coach McNiff, G. Thomas, E. Frederick, I. Villota, and J. Hazer.
U11G Red Flash
With just 10 hours of practice time together, the Red Flash made the improbable possible by reaching the finals and playing a hard-fought, see-saw game with SYC West for the championship.
The Red Flash showed real heart and determination in their championship game and stayed in it from start to finish.
It was 2-2 at halftime but SYC West manufactured two goals in the 2nd half to pull out the victory.
Congratulations to Brooke, Charlotte, Chloe, Elaina, Gabbie, Halla, Kaleigh, Katherine, Maddie, Meghan, Rachel and Sammi for their individual and collective efforts in taking the team to the finals!
U13G Vienna White (Vienna Diamonds)
We began the two weeks with a new formation the girls had never played before. 3-6-1. They thought I was crazy. We stumbled for the first few practices but then the light bulb went off. We figured we were in for a long day so we brought a grill, tent, blankets and food to the field. All of the girls stayed the entire day including most of the parents. We even threw left over pasta from the team dinner on the grill.
The first 4 mini games U13 G Vienna White (they called themselves Vienna Diamonds) allowed only one goal and received 9 points. They finished forth seed for the elimination round. They should of earned a three seed if not for a poor offsides call with the ball in the back of the net that was called back. The only one on the field who thought it was off sides was the side judge and the ref. Even the starters table located next to the field and he opposing coach said it was a blown call. With that the girls played on.
First game on Sunday morning, the temp was 38 degree with a heavy frost on the field. The girls arrived 40 minutes early to get ready and boy did they. They scored 4 goals to none against a team we tied 1-1 the last game on Saturday. In between games the girls and parents ventured to I-Hop for a warm breakfast while we waited for the next game. Next was Chantilly, the number one seed, with 15 points coming out of Saturday. They were faster and bigger. At the end on the first 1/2 we were 0-0. They scored there only goal about 6 minutes into the 2nd half off the finger tips of our out stretch keeper. We battled them hard holding the ball on there side of the field for the last 4 minutes of the game and with 20 seconds left Alanis sent a rocket that was just wide of the left post. They finished proud and left nothing on the field. We had goals from: K. Taylor, B. Inglese, A. Comiotto, A. Schmitz.
Overall what came out of the weekend was a bond, a will, confidence and trust in one another. Their is no way to script it. It just happened.
Team Picture, Right to Left: R. Rezaie, S. Courson, S. Eastman, K. Holec, M. McCants, C. DeViney, A. Summers, . Rasty, G. Axelrad, A. Schmitz, M. Jenkins, B. Inglese, A. Polymeropoulos, A. Comiotto, and K. Cohen (not in picture.) Coaches, Marco Barnes (right) Joe Jenkins (left).
U14G Vienna Red
The Vienna Youth Soccer (VYS) U14G All Star team reached the championship match of the 12th Annual Herndon All Star Cup played on November 17 & 18, 2012.
This was a very competitive tournament with 15 teams participating in the U14G age group. The U14G All Stars were undefeated on Saturday with 3 wins and 1 tie. The winning record earned the team a spot into the semi-finals in the premier draw.
VYS prevailed in the semi-final match 1-0 against Northern Virginia Soccer Club and they advanced into the championship match facing Arlington. During the final, both teams fought hard and it was a very intense game. VYS took far more shots on goal but couldn’t connect. Unfortunately the VYS All Stars were edged out by Arlington who scored in the second half. Everyone was proud of the strong performance and outstanding efforts by VYS and each of the girls was awarded a finalist trophy!
These superior VYS U14G All Stars are: S. Bhagat, S. Cole, S. Franklin, A. Halford, H. Hibbs, L. Kadonoff, A. Lightkep, C. Maroney, K. O’Brien, S. Prescott, I. Sexton, Y. Sprague, C. Turner, L. Tillman, B. Thornberry, and A. Williams. These great girls were coached by Neeraj Bhagat and Jill Maroney.
U14G Vienna White
Strong Defensive Performance by U14G Vienna White in Herndon All-Star Cup.
Vienna White made the strongest defensive showing within the U14G age bracket, allowing 0 goals in regulation through 6 games on Sat and Sun. Vienna White tied all 4 games on Sat with a score of 0-0 against SYC, NVSC Gold, Herndon, and Loudoun and placed 9th overall. This set up Vienna White to make a run for the championship in the lower bracket, while it’s sister team, Vienna Red took 1st overall and was placed in the upper bracket.
On Sun Vienna White came out strong and apparently had a bunch of goals saved up from the prior day, defeating SYC 4-0 in their first game of the day with goals scored by K. Villota, S. Marroquin, A. Edgar, and K. Dicson. In their semi-final game on Sun Vienna White again held an opponent to a 0-0 tie against SYA. Despite some great saves by S. Dornfeld in goal, SYA had better fortunes during the penalty kick tie-breaker and won the game 4-3 to go on to the tournament championship.
Players (rear left to rear right) - A. Porterfield, E. Walker, K. Villota, S. Cordelli, K. Dicson, E. Wasilewski, A. Leogue, L. Kassilke, S. Dornfeld.
Players (front left to front right) - G. Brandt, A. Edgar, M. Marshall, S. Marroquin, P. Atherton, A. Garcia-Soler, C. Polis. Coach: Bill Edgar