The Orlando City women’s youth teams in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) were all in action in important conference action the weekend of Nov. 22-23. The teams traveled to Georgia to square off against league rivals. Below we summarize Orlando City’s ECNL teams fared.
Orlando City’s ECNL U-18 squad played the Atlanta Fire U-18 team on Nov. 22 and had a good afternoon, claiming a 3-1 victory. Kasey Rakauskas led all scorers, tallying two goals. Evelyn Neidert added a goal and an assist for the Lions. Christen Barney chipped in two assists. The Lions played again the next day against GSA ECNL U-18s. Orlando City struggled in this game and fell 5-0.
Orlando City sits in third place in the conference and is trying to climb into a playoff spot. City’s U-18 side will next take to the pitch against Concorde Fire U-18 on Dec. 13.
The Orlando City ECNL U-17s beat the Atlanta Fire U-17s 1-0 on Nov. 22. Payton Hamilton scored the game’s loan goal off an assist from Natalie Fouque. The Lions then faced the GSA U-17 side, and once again claimed victory, 3-0. Miranda Lucas, Marianna Shurina, and Kiana Zanganeh each found the back of the net and added an assist for Orlando in the win.
The U-17s will be in action next on Dec. 13 against the Concord Fire. City is well positioned for the playoffs in 11th spot, as 32 teams will make the cut.
First up on the weekend slate was the Atlanta Fire U-16 team. Orlando City claimed a 4-0 victory. Sarah Thrush had a great game, scoring a hat trick. The other Lions goal came from Anabella Giuliano. The assists came pouring in from three different Lions: Carolyne Davidson (2), Madison Mascheri, and Marisa Maynes. The Lions faced GSA on Sunday and won for the second time in two days. City defeated GSA, 2-0. Maynes and Thrush found the net for City, with Naomi Powell and Molly von Eschenbach each notching an assist.
The U-16 squad is on a roll, remaining undefeated through the first ten games of the season so far. The Lions are sitting atop the conference standings and are in great playoff position at this point in the season. Thrush is having a great season on the offensive end, tallying eight goals so far. The defense is the reason that City has a 15-point differential through ten games, and is anchored by Jackie Schaefer. Schaefer has been a star for the OCSC program, and earned a deserved called up to the Women’s National U-17 Team for a week of training at the beginning of November. The next time that the U-16s will play is Dec. 13 versus the Concord Fire.
The U-15s’ first of two weekend games was also against the Atlanta Fire, ending in a 0-0 draw. Orlando City came away victorious on Sunday against GSA, 2-1.
The U-15s are third in their conference right now and are playing well, winning three of four games in November. Goalkeeper Brooke Bollinger was called up to the WNT U-17 camp at the beginning of November. The call-up involved a week-long training session. Bollinger was also called up to the WNT U-17 team back in August for a couple of friendlies in South Korea. The U-15s will be back in action Dec. 13 against the Concord Fire.
First up for the U-14s was the Atlanta Fire and the two teams played to a scoreless draw. Next up was a huge match against GSA for first place in the conference. City struggled and fell, 3-1.
The U-14 ECNL side is in second place in the conference after the month of November. They are in great shape right now, down by six points to GSA, but having played two fewer games. Kristen Scott is having a good year with five goals and an assist. Amanda Crisalli is also off to a good start this season, scoring four goals and notching two assists through the first three months. The U-14s will next take to the pitch Dec 13, and, like the older teams, it will be against the Concord Fire.
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