US Development Academy Teams Earn 10 out of 12 points this past weekend on the road in Virginia
SC United FC Development Academy teams traveled to Richmond, VA and VA Beach to face their first league games of the 2010-11 Academy Season.
9/18 SC United 3 Richmond Kickers 0 (Rittmeyer-44, Caronis-53, Lunceford-90) combined shutout Beebe & Shamah
9/19 SC United 2 VA Rush 0 (Rittmeyer-13, Caronis-89) shutout Beebe
9/18 SC United 1 Richmond Kickers 1 (Dunbaker-30,)
9/19 SC United 3 VA Rush 0 (Eskinazi, Dent, Epps) shutout Gause, Hunter
SC United FC players making their Academy debuts included Rex Epps, Ben Gause, Reid Hunter, Josh Jenkins, and Elijah Mboho. Returning players from last year’s Academy teams include Robbie Cook, Connor Dunbaker, Matt Sieverding, Rob Sullivan, Braeden Troyer and Luke Waechter. Emmett Lunceford, a former Columbia United FC player and former CESA player, also made his debut with the Academy.
Ben Gause made huge saves early against the Richmond Kickers game to keep the 16 team in the game. Rex Epps and Emmett Lunceford scored goals in each of their first games in Academy action. Epps scored in his first 3 minutes of action coming on as a substitute Sunday against VA Rush while Lunceford scored on a neat side scissors volley in his debut.
Connor Dunbaker tallied the only goal for the 16 team in a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Josh Jenkins started in both games for the 16 team playing at center back and in the midfield on Sunday. Elijah Mboho started his first game on Sunday and saw significant minutes Saturday in a defensive midfield role. 1997 born player Reid Hunter saw action in the nets for the final 20 minutes on Sunday against VA Rush. He may be the youngest player to play in an Academy match to date and certainly for this season. Luke Waechter’s performance over the weekend was solid and did not go unnoticed. He was singled out by US Soccer Academy Scout Chris Brewer as a player to keep an eye on for the 1994 age group. Braeden Troyer and Robbie Cook put in solid performances at center back both days leading the backline of the 18 team which did not concede a goal all weekend. Matt Sieverding was injured and Rob Sullivan was unable to make the trip this weekend but both should be back in action for Academy next matches.
October 2nd vs Concorde Fire @ Blackbaud Stadium Charleston, SC
U18 game @ 11:00am, U16 game @ 1:30pm
October 3rd vs. Birmingham United in Columbia, SC (venue TBD)
U18 game @ 10:00am, U16 game @ 12:30pm