Dulles National Soccer Tournament, August 23-24, 2008
In its first test of the fall 2008 season, VYS Premier Black played in the 2008 Dulles National Soccer Tournament. Black entered the tournament missing its usual goalkeeper, and had several other roster changes from the spring season. Despite some inconsistent play, they performed well overall and won their age group with a 4-0 record. In the first game against the Herndon Mavericks, Black got out to a somewhat sluggish start but managed to break the near-deadlock with a breakaway goal and a 1-0 win. The second game against Loudoun 96B Silver had a similar 1-0 finish. Despite controlling the field most of the game, Black was only able to put one in the net and was fortunate to come away with the win. On Sunday, Black put away a good Alexandria Titans Red team with another narrow 1-0 victory. Black played better in this game and seemed to be in control, but the margin of victory was narrow enough to cause some concern for the fans. In the final game, Black beat a very tough Loudoun 96B White team on a hot August day. It looked as if Loudoun had the upper hand most of the game, but Black managed to keep them scoreless due to some outstanding defense and goalkeeping. Black generated just enough offense, however, to sneak in one goal against the Loudoun team, and that was the difference. Despite the nail-biting victories, the 4-0 finish was a great morale boost to the team and got us some special recognition at the September 13 D.C. United game. The tournament was also a great tune-up for the fall ODSL season, and got us some much-needed time playing as a team with the new members on the roster.
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HERN Mavericks, September 7, 2008
In a near repeat of our first game at the Dulles tournament two weeks earlier, Black played a familar opponent in the Herndon Mavericks. Like the earlier fall meeting, the game was played very evenly, with both teams moving the ball well and getting plenty of scoring opportunities. Toward the middle of the second half, Black seemed to be getting the upper hand and finally put one in the net with a pretty cross-and-volley by Josh and Michael. Some outstanding late saves by Stephen in the goal preserved the advantage for Vienna, and we came away with the 1-0 win.
MCLN McLean AC, September 14, 2008
VYS Premier Black came out for a repeat of their dramatic finishing game of the spring season against McLean AC. Just like the spring game, the intense heat was again a factor, with the 90+ degree late afternoon sun beating down on the field. McLean was just as big, strong, and well-coached as we remembered from the spring. They were quicker to the ball and put relentless pressure on our goal in the first half, but Steven performed admirably in holding them off. Then Nate showed us his fantastic breakaway speed, as he flew past a McLean defender and scored in a dramatic 1-on-1 with the McLean goalkeeper. Unfortunately, however, the McLean offensive pressure eventually began to take effect, as McLean scored on a corner kick and a breakaway. Black rallied late in the game and played toe-to-toe with the very physical McLean squad, but their defense was too strong and we were unable to even up the score.
LOUD 96B White, September 21, 2008
VYS Premier Black was excited about the opportunity to take on the spring ODSL Division 1 champions, Loudoun 96B White, whom Black narrowly defeated in the preseason Dulles tournament. On its home turf, Black battled the very talented Loudoun team to a near deadlock in the early going. White scored first, but Black responded, tying the score at 1-1. The passing and ball movement was very sharp all around, but White seemed to take better advantage of their opportunities in the second half. First Loudoun scored on a defensive miscue that left a 1-on-1 with the Vienna goalie, then scored again in a scrum after a corner kick to put the game away. Despite some furious offensive pressure and some great late saves from our goalkeeper to keep it close, Vienna was unable to narrow the gap, and Loudoun came away with the win.
ARL Strikers Red, September 28, 2008
Vienna thoroughly dominated an outmatched Arlington team in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. After giving Steven an early scare in the goal with blast that narrowly went wide, the Strikers never again got close to scoring. Vienna sent an early goal into the net, however, but were unable to extend the lead despite outplaying the Strikers on both ends of the field. Finally, Matt got an opening in front the goal and ripped a pretty shot into the back of the net. The crowd cheered with exhilaration that Vienna finally broke its one-goal-per-game curse and put multiples in the GF column. Let’s hope the trend continues!
MCLN MPS Fire Gold, October 5, 2008
In another impressive performance, Premier Black thoroughly defeated an outgunned McLean MPS Fire Gold team, a team which finished second in ODSL Division 1 in the spring. Black finally came out of its offensive shell and put on a scoring explosion, scoring almost as many goals as their first four games combined! In a show of total domination, Black led 3-0 at the half and probably had a 2:1 advantage in time of possesion. Had it not been for a blown offsides call, Black might have preserved the shutout. But Vienna persevered through a second half McLean rally by putting on an impressive show of ball control and teamwork. Despite a furious effort, McLean had no weapons against the Vienna defense and was powerless against the Vienna attack, almost seeming outnumbered by the Vienna players on the field. Overall, it was a great game to watch and a great time to be a Vienna fan. GO BLACK!!!