FPYC Fathers Day All-Stars Tournament
June 2013

The VYS U8B Fireballs proudly finished the FPYC Father’s Day tournament with a 4-0 record. 

Early goals and strong defense combined for a narrow 2-1 win over Annandale on Saturday morning, then became the team’s signature for the rest of the weekend.  Three early scores and three quarters of almost perfect D lifted them past a physical Prince William team, 4-1.  Sunday opened with two quick scores and a late goal to seal a 3-1 victory over a relentless Burke squad, before the Fireballs finished with a decisive victory over a gutsy but overmatched VSA team. 

Outscoring their opponents by a combined 17-5, the Fireballs never trailed during the tournament, but kept their coaches and parents on their toes! They particularly enjoyed sharing the Lanier Middle School fields with the other VYS U8B teams, who often warmed up together and watched each other’s games.  We’re proud of our boys and proud of our club!  Go VYS Fireballs! 

Bottom row (l-r): A. Alegre, W. Simpson, J. Minella, M. Ciccone. Middle row: E. Caldwell, J. Medina, E. Helmstetter, R. Heflin. Coaches: Ian Caldwell and John Minella


The U8G Vienna Victory had a spectacular performance this weekend - going 3-1 and out scoring their opponents 25 to 12.

Every Victory team member played all positions throughout the tournament, with every player scoring or assisting on multiple goals. They played a team style of soccer, stringing together multiple passes and defending as a unified front, frustrating their opponents.

They cheered on their sister U8 Girls teams, showed great sportsmanship on and off the field, made new friends and embodied what it means to be VYS all-stars. They also gave a great SHOUT OUT to their amazing dads who celebrated Father’s Day by spending time with their daughters. Great Job Victory!


The Vienna Red Lightning did an amazing job during the FPYC Father’s Day tournament. They went 3-1 against very strong opponents. All of the girls were very eager to play, begging to get back in the game whenever they were out for a break. Great job Genevieve K., Miya W., Kayla D., Hunter R., Christine H., Sophia B., Madelyn D. and Adeline S.




VYS Red U9B (Barcelona)
made it to the finals in the BU9 tournament with a tie 3-3 against Annandale Boys and Girls Club, a 5-3 win over Great Falls Blue and a 7-2 win over Southwestern Youth Association. We ended up winning our bracket with 7 points and (our win over Great Falls Blue broke our tie with them) sending us to the finals against Braddock Road Youth Club. VYS Red Barcelona fought with all their heart in this very physical and defensive game but just missed on several last minute attempts and we ended up losing to the Braddock Road Youth Club. That’s soccer! Coach Pete Meyer and I are very proud of VYS Red Barcelona’s finalist finish and we really hope to see everyone back again next season.

The U9 Boys Vienna Vipers had a fantastic two weeks! We always figured a way to practice on those rainy days, even playing Futsol in a neighborhood court once. The Vipers loved playing in any conditions! The ONLY bad news was they were matched up with the eventual Champions in their first game (NVSC), and actually gave them their toughest match. After that, they shut out Chantilly 2-0...and then won against PWSI in an epic game, coming back from 1-0 to score 2 in the last 12 minutes and get the W!

Their coaches and parents were proud of their spirit and fight, and also impressed with how much skill and teamwork they displayed. They all left with a big smile on their faces! 
Front Row (L to R): R. Maasri, D. Poe, D. Meginley, G. Willson, Z. Carr
Standing (L to R): I. Velthuis, L. Nguyen, B. Coward, C. Popolier, O. Dyson
Coaches (L to R):
Rod Hines, John Meginley

vienna red u10Vienna Red U10G faced some tough competition with the first three games, but took all three to go 3-0 in the bracket play.  The girls had to fight back for two of the three games as they were down in the second half in these contests.  Despite being down by as much as two goals, they fought back and won all three.  The championship game was a nail-biter with a 0-0 first half.  Unfortunately, the game ended in a 2-0 loss to a very impressive Loudoun Red team.  Everyone was very proud of the performance of the team and the second place finish.

Pictured from left to right are: T. Gaffney., Coach McNiff, E. McNiff., I. Williamson, L. Epstein, N. Collins, C. Dumais, M. Valenti, E. Mercer, N. Chinna, N. Masri., and Coach Valenti.


VYS U10G White, aka the "Mighty Salsa,"
played very well in the round-robin stage, winning two of three while conceding only 2 goals. 

The girls advanced on a head-to-head tie-breaker to the championship game to face a tough Sterling team that had won all three of its previous games by a combined score of 8-0.  After going down 1-0 early on a penalty kick, the girls fought back in a tight and physical game to score a late equalizer.  After two overtime periods, the girls eventually prevailed 4-3 on penalty kicks to earn their championship. 

Throughout the tournament these girls represented VYS extremely well, displaying great passing, dribbling, defense, hustle, determination and good sportsmanship.  Coaches and parents are very proud of our girls!
Front Row, Left to Right:  L. Smith, T. Uman, S. Olechna, V. Subramanian, I. Grim
Back Row, Left to Right:  N. Ruiz, L. Bowman, B. Villota, R. Miller, C. O’Brien
Coaches, Left to Right:  Head Coach Will Bowman, Assistant Coach Dave Grim


U13/14 Girls Edgar team played their three games undefeated, winning each one, but bad luck (three teams finished 3-0) and arcane tie breakers prevented them from playing in the finals.

U13/14 Girls The Bragaw team played great all weekend, dominating the first three games. They scored at a hurried pace. The championship game was a great game. Bragaw scored early on a beautiful cross and one-timer. Chantilly tied it early in the second half and they both hung on until overtime. In the overtime, Vienna struck first again and then as time was running out Chantilly scored on the unlikeliest of goals. The ball was struck down and bounced way in the air, rainbowing into the top of the net (a little gust of wind would have been nice). Unfortunately it came to PK’s and Chantilly won out.

VYS U14G “Bonfire” Victorious in the FPYC Father’s Day Tourney! The Vienna Youth Soccer (VYS) U14G “Bonfire" were triumphant in the recent FPYC Father’s Day All Star Tournament. 

The team defeated Herndon and NVSC on Saturday with two big shut outs and tied PWSI Sunday morning to earn a spot into the title match.  VYS Bonfire faced off against a powerful Loudoun team in the final Sunday (Father’s Day) evening. Early in championship game, the VYS Bonfire went up 1-0 thanks to a well-placed shot by left striker Lauren Tillman.  But Loudoun wasn’t done and continued their strong counter attacks.  However the tough VYS Bonfire defense held up and continued to regain possession putting their team back on the attack.  Loudoun rallied late in the second half but netminder Maya El-Hage had several crucial saves and preserved the shut out.  At the end of regulation, Tillman’s lone early goal was the difference as the VYS Bonfire earned champion standing for the tournament. 

Everyone was proud of the outstanding performance and efforts by the VYS Bonfire and each of the girls was awarded a championship trophy. These superior VYS U14G Bonfire All Stars are: S. Bhagat, H. Blaine, S. Franklin, M. Grigson, M. El-Hage, H. Hibbs, M. Huffman, S. Marroquin, C. Maroney, K. O’Brien, B. Sexton, A. Garcia-Soler, Y. Sprague, L. Tillman, B. Thornberry, E. Wasilewski, and A. Williams.  These great girls were coached by: Neeraj Bhagat and Jill Maroney.


joint pasta dinnerThe weekend started with a joint pasta dinner with the 2-U13G, Vienna Red and Vienna White, all-star teams where they played wiffle ball, corn-hole, and did some funny tricks on the trampoline.  Thirty girls relaxing, living in the moment in a time they will never forget and four coaches who are lucky enough to share this experience with them.  
Great weekend for soccer.  Vienna White finished second in our bracket.  We did not have a championship game like the other brackets.  We played four games and all were very close in score but not in play.  The VYS Vienna White provided some of the best soccer I have seen in a long time.  Patient and controlled with a flair of teamwork that rivaled all.  Parents and opposing players were amazed at how our group of girls with interrupted practices due to extreme weather could play at a level that surprised themselves.  Overall, Vienna White finished 2-1-1 with an amazing display of skills against the 1st place team, beating them 2-0.  A Father’s Day I will never forget -- Coach Joe Jenkins.

VYS U19B did very well. We were 1-1-1. We tied our first game 0-0, but definitely dominated and held a majority of the possession. Our second game, we won 6-2. In our third game, we were ahead 2-0 at half time, but we ran out of gas, losing 4-2. This was the best all-star team I have ever coached. Our boys should be very proud, especially given the fact that we played in the U19 division (our boys’ age range was 14-16) -- Jay Bienkowski

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