The Vienna U19 boys had two wonderful weekends winning both the season ending tournament held on November 13-14 and the All-Star tournament held on November 20-21. The Vienna U19 boys, Division One team won their SFL tournament on 14 November played in Woodbridge, and then combined with the other Vienna U19 boys’ team to win the Herndon All-Star tournament on 21 November. The boys displayed excellent sportsmanship during both weekends despite the rather rough play, conceded only two goals, scoring 14, and did not loose a game either weekend! The boys deserve a warm congratulations for excellent fair play and their superb ability to juggle school commitments, SAT and ACT tests, college applications and a demanding late evening practice schedule. Well done! The team members for the Division One Vienna U19 team were – Alex Agee, Alex and Chris Batistatos (sons of the coach!), Sean Coffey, Robert Dallen, Sawyer Bodmer, Gregory Forrester, Michael Lee, Christopher Yun, Jonathon Jeon, Aaron Buzek, Enrique Campos-Lopez, Dirk Hartwick, Sean McGuffin, Ben Weis, David Yeaney, and coached by proud father Steven Martnishn.
The team members for the All-Star tournament were Alex Agee, Alex and Chris Batistatos (sons of the coach!), Francisco Juncadella, James MacDonald, Kevin Lee, Sean Coffey (Golden Boot), Robert Dallen, Sawyer Bodmer, Gregory Forrester (Golden Head), Michael Lee, Kit Zimmerman, Justin Rexroad (Golden Wings), Christopher Yun (Golden Wings II), Marshall Main, and also coached by proud father Steven Martnishn.
U10 Girls Red
The U10 girls red squad played beautifully against some tough teams! We lost our first game this morning one to zero but had a great day yesterday with two wins and two ties. All players gave everything they had and played with all their hearts. What a pleasure it is to coach such motivated skilled sportswomen. I am happy to report that we represented vys with pride and determination.
U11 Boys Red
On a nippy sunny weekend, our Vienna U11 Boys Red squad won games against Chantilly and SYC West, lost to Burke, tied with SYA on Saturday, and came back to face SYA again on Sunday and beat them to get to the championship game. Although we didn’t win in the final championship game against Sterling, and we got trophies imprinted as “Finalist”, our boys still ended up being winners. There was definitely a huge gap in terms of our team’s preparation for the tournament compared to other clubs but I believe VYS is doing it right. We don’t hold tryouts for all-star members to give some kids a chance to participate because it is the participation and the nomination to an all-star team that will last with our kids. And competing against stronger teams makes them experience a higher level of playing that will motivate them to improve their game skills in the future.
Herndon Youth Soccer club (HYS) excels in organizing their annual All-Star Cup tournament in the fall. From their pre-registration process, to their on-field support, and more importantly their games schedule makes this tournament probably the best fitted competition for our kids. There are no elimination games on Saturday and their seeding of teams using the results of the Saturday games makes the Sunday elimination round more balanced and fair.
The parents had a blast watching their kids compete at this level and win more than once. I enjoyed the loud cheers and the applause during every game. And I loved seeing the camaraderie between the players who were playing against each other just a couple of weeks ago in the house division. This is an awesome experience that should be given to everyone at VYS someday.
U10 Girls Blue
The U10 Girls Vienna Fire All-Stars played a tremendous tournament. VYS should not only be proud of the great soccer they played but also their sportsmanship and heart. In four games on Saturday, the girls went 4-0, giving up one goal on the day. We beat teams from Fairfax, Prince William, Great Falls, and SYC. Based on Saturday’s results, we were seeded 2nd out of 18 teams.
On Sunday morning, we face the Fairfax team again and controlled the game throughout, winning 2-0. We moved on to the championship game to face Braddock Road. The game was well played by both teams with Vienna getting more play at BRYC’s end but the game ended in a 0-0 tie. Since this was the finals, we moved on to penalty kicks but we were not as fortunate, falling 3-2.
I am so proud of each of the girls on this team. They are a great group to coach. Each player on the team contributed throughout the weekend. With only three practices , they came together as players and friends to represent VYS tremendously.
The team members were:
Mallory Brodnik, Heather Colbert, Abbie DeKatch, Hallie Kay Hofherr, Jane Hurley, Annabelle Lee, Ellen McCarthy, Bella Panciocco, Tayla Phillips, and Nikki Walch.
Their trophies said finalist but they played like Champions. Well done ladies. GO FIRE!!.
U10 Boys Red
My U10 Vienna Red boys,” aka “ Vienna Power” went into Sunday as the 7th seed, knowing that we had to win both games the boys stepped up & played their hearts out achieving what the set out to achieve which was to win their championship trophies. In total we scored eight goals but only conceded 2 (Go defense); I couldn’t be more proud of these youngsters. Go “Vienna Power”.
Congratulations to Vienna U11G “Red Hot Chili Peppers” for winning their All Star tournament! On Saturday the team won 1 game and tied 3 games. This result was enough to seed them in 2nd place for the Sunday playoffs. The girls had worked hard in practice and even harder during the games. Just as importantly, they were having a lot of fun. After winning the second game, the girls made a tunnel for the team they has just defeated and chanted their name. Later, the opposing coach came up to me and said he had never seen another team do that and what great sportsmanship they had. Most of the players were on the team last season when they lost the championship on penalty kicks, making it even more satisfying to finally win a tournament.
U9 Girls Blue
Great job RHCP! U9G Vienna Blue won their tournament today as well! The girls had a lot of fun, learned what it’s like to play against tough competitors, and they played their hearts out. Gillian Dumont scored the game winning goal, and Madeline Krisko did not let a single ball go past her as goalkeeper in any of today’s games. We shut out our first game of the day 4-0, and won the big game 1-0. Every player did a fantastic job and had a blast while doing it.
U11 Boys Black
The U11B Black Team did not win a championship but they played their hearts out, never quit and they were competitive in each game and they proudly represented Vienna. Everyone had an awesome time.
On Sunday, November 21st, Vienna’s U14B “Flying Burritos” convincingly defeated the top 3 seeded U14B teams to capture the Champions Trophy. Seeded 6th after Saturdays games, the Burritos hammered teams from Burke 3 - 1, Southwestern Youth Association 2 - 0 and Prince William in the finals, 3 – 1 on the way to the Championship. Zachary Fletcher led the way, scoring 6 of the Burritos 7 seven goals Sunday including an exciting Olympic goal to get the scoring started against Burke. In a very dramatic and physical Championship match, the Burritos midfield, led by Jeffrey Cox and defense anchored by Ryan Mahach stuffed a very aggressive Prince William attack. Counterattacks led to 2 first half goals by Fletcher and a third by Tihon Ivanov. The Burritos, coached by Mike Fletcher, exhibited excellent passing and toughness as they controlled the midfield play and frustrated Prince William’s attempts to dribble through the defense. At 7:30 Sunday evening, a very happy and tired group of Vienna U14B players, coaches and parents left South Run Park with hard-earned Champions trophies.
U10 Girls White
The U10G white had a very exciting and competitive weekend. We tied our first game with a goal with about 3 seconds left in the game 1-1. We than went on to win our next 2 games 1-0. We lost our last game 0-1. We ended up 6th out of 14 teams. Most of the teams we played on Saturday ended up in the top 8 teams.
On Sunday we played Prince William and out played them from the first whistle to the last whistle. A tough bounce towards the end of the game and one of our goals being taken away put us on the short end with a 2-1 lost. Our girls communicated, passed, took good shots and played awesome defense. We could not have asked for anything else.
Our Vienna U9 boys had a terrific Saturday, finishing 2-1-1 en route to the #5 seed in the upper bracket of our 14 team grouping. We beat #4 seed Springfield 2-0 in the quarterfinal to earn the right to play the top-seeded club from Burke. We got beat 6-0 by the team that went on to win the big trophies. We had 8 first-time all stars (out of 10 boys), got goals from 5 different boys, and our defenders blocked a couple dozen of shots as we gave up the fewest goals of any team in Saturday’s pool play. Great effort and good fun for the Vienna Red Hawks.
U10 Boys White
Congratulations to everyone! It sounds like Vienna was very well represented in the tournament. The U10 B Vienna White played great this past weekend as well. We were seeded in 3rd place on Sunday after winning 3 of our 4 games on Saturday. Unfortunately we lost our first game Sunday morning in PKs to a team that we dominated throughout the game. All of the boys played great and held their heads high after a tough loss. I’m so proud of them and had a great time working with them!
U9 Boys White
The U9 Boys White team (Red Devils) consisted of 3 returning all-stars and 7 all-star rookies. They worked hard with the Red Hawks for 2 weeks learning how to defend, maintain possession, and attack together as a team. At the final practice before tournament, under the lights at Madison HS, the two teams scrimmaged each other for 30 minutes to a final score of 0-0. They looked as if they had played together all season and were ready to take on any challengers. At the first game of the tournament, the Devils dominated all 25 minutes of the game, shutting out Burke 3-0. Unknown at the time, they had to face the eventual tournament champions, PWSI 2 at the second game of the tournament. PWSI played a very physical and choreographed game, but the VYS boys hung in the entire time, limiting PWSI to 2 goals. With their pride a little dinged up and suffering from a few scrapes and bruises, they faced off against Loudoun Red. They played their game well, maintaining possession the majority of the game, but gave up one goal on a breakaway and lost a heartbreaker 1-0. The final game of the day was against the Chantilly Purple (who took second place to PWSI). This team was reminiscent of the PWSI team, but the VYS boys had learned how to handle this type of play and were not about to let down. They played Chantilly hard, trading a couple of goals and getting down 2-1 in the final minutes of the game. In the final minute of the game, VYS put a corner kick into the outside of the net giving Chantilly a chance to clear the ball out of their end on a goal kick. Knowing they only had seconds left in the game, the VYS forwards crowded the line, rebounded the ball and put a stinger in the back of the net to tie up the game before the whistle blew. Saturday’s performance earned the boys a #8 seed, which meant they played the #1 seeded FPYC Gold on Sunday morning. The Devils played their game again, keeping the ball on the other side of the field the majority of the game and taking shot after shot, but went down by 2 points by the half after one of FPYC’s lighting fast forwards capitalized on the lone sweeper a couple of times. By the end of the game, the Devils were able to score 1 on a penalty shot to avoid a shut-out, but ultimately lost 3-1. The boys held their heads high knowing that they had faced some of the best teams of the tournament and given it their all…and all of them said they were ready to do it again next season!
U12 Girls White
Vienna White a.k.a. Red Dynamite had a great tournament with only 1 goal scored against us in the first 4 games. Outstanding defensive effort by midfielders Amy Halford, Sarah Marroquin, Alexa Rebibo, Sahana Bhagat, & sweepers Meredith Huffman and Olivia Barrand. We also had three shutouts by goalie Kristen Putman. On offense, goals were scored by Delaney Connolly, Eileen Wasilewski with assists from Trisha Fry and Jacqueline Clarke. On day 2, we came from behind to tie our quarter final game with a outside shot from left wing Nikki Seal. We won the shoot out scoring on 4 out of 6 kicks. The semi-final game was against tournament winner Loudon. We played them very close with Eileen Wasilewski scoring the first goal and Amy Halford scoring off a corner kick to tie the game. We ended up losing 4-2 in a very hard fought contest. We had a great group of girls and I believe all had a good time.
U9 Girls Red
U9G Vienna Red’s "Magnificent 10" Reach Finals of Herndon All-Star Cup!
Over the course of two days, U9G Vienna Red’s Magnificent 10 were truly amazing in how they played together as a team. Putting aside the game results, they could have been 0-7 and the conclusion would still be the same ---- they were phenomenal in how they, in a very short amount of time, pulled their efforts together and produced a level of play on the field that normally takes much more time and training to achieve or see. And they did this in less than a month! Communication, trust in each other on the field, and teamwork, combined with passing, were the recipes that got them to the final!
Their sportswomanship displayed this weekend will serve them well in years to come in this sport.
The Players: Allison, Meghan O. (from Coach Piazza’s team), Maya and Ruhi (from Coach Varghese’s team), Kylan (from Coach Harvey’s team), Celeste (from Coach Krisko’s team), Maggie (from Coach Wickham’s team), and Amelia, Elaina, Meghan S. (from Coach Smith’s team)
U12 Girls Blue
Vienna Blue had a great day on Saturday finishing 2-1-1. We beat Herndon and Loudoun Black with two shut-outs and tied Sterling 0-0. Our only loss came against SYA when they managed a last minute goal to beat us 1-0. It was the only regulation goal we gave up all weekend. At the end of the day the teams we played were seeded 1, 2, 6 & 10 out of 14. That is a tough draw. On Sunday we were seeded 5th and we easily beat 4th-seeded PWSI. Our next game we faced the #1 seed Sterling, again. At the end of regulation we were tied 0-0, again. Sterling beat us 1-0 in PKs and they went on to win the tournament. It was a hard-fought battle and the girls played their hearts out. We had outstanding play by all of our athletes. Our Defense was anchored by our goalies, Diana Lowther and Heather Whittaker. Our sweeper was Jenna Robbins and our fullbacks were Olivia Burke, Page Murray and Eva Varghese. Tashi Poe and Surya Mehta played midfield and our forwards were Stefany Melgar, Abigail Porterfield, Katie Villota & Campbell Wilson. The coaches, Tom Burke, Will Murray and John Varghese, are honored to have had the opportunity to work with a group of such amazing athletes.