RECAP

In the heat and humidity, Loudoun 98B Red fell 4-2 to a disciplined and speedy Baltimore Celtic side on Saturday in the U16 Semi-final. Celtic would eventually go on to win the National Championship in the age group. After some great team work, Giovanni Vasquez would score both goals in the loss and end the competition with the Golden Ball Award.

Loudoun ends the Tournament with a 2-2-0 record.

Day 2 – Scully Scores In Key Match

Mohawk Soccer Complex – Despite the heat, Loudoun 98B Red again found a way to win, taking a 1-0 victory over a stingy Penn Fusion side in what many saw as the marquee match-up in Group B.

Loudoun looked up for the match right from the opening whistle and held that resolve to the end. The goal came right after the second half water break. Gio Vasquez had just been fouled and our side given a free kick when the whistle was blown for the break. Upon the restart, Sam Golan lobbed the ball into the box from near the halfway line. His ball found the head of Michael Scully, who flicked it on and in for the goal (starts at the 1:19:00 mark below).

Loudoun would hold out for the win, and now sits atop Group B with 6 points from two games – enough to seal passage into the semi-finals on Saturday. There is one group game left to be played – against Sporting St. Croix from Minnesota. The game will be streamed LIVE for free here at 10:30 AM ET on Thursday.

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Day 1 – Late Goal Seals Victory for 98B Red

Tulsa, OK – As mentioned by Head Coach Mark Ryan in the post-game meeting taking place to one side of the field at Mohawk Sports Complex, one of this teams greatest strengths is they never give up.

At the opening match for 98B Red, that was one trait that came in very handy.

A tough 80′ eventually fell to the side as one shining moment determined the outcome of the match, with Gio Vasquez slotting home the winner in added time as Loudoun 98B Red won 1-0 over a stout and resolute CESA 98 Premier team from South Carolina.

The match began with CESA holding much of the momentum but unable to convert several chances. Loudoun produced a few of their own, but neither side looked settled in until late in the first half. After 40′, the match was scoreless (and rainless!).

The second half started with Loudoun producing several chances and taking over momentum. They never would relinquish it. In the 75′ the team began pouring on the pressure and chances came. Jacob Labovitz had a golden opportunity 1v1 with the keeper but the CESA stopper somehow got a hand on it and pushed the ball wide. Five minutes later the game was decided.

In added time (80’+1), Justin Sugatan and Aayush Raman combined to bring the ball up the field. It was passed off to Kosta Nika, who delivered a sensational ball into the box. Michael Scully played a ‘dummy’ (meaning he let the ball roll through his legs) and Gio caught onto the end of it. He quickly beat his man and delivered a low, hard shot that found the net, and the game was won.

The team now turns their attention to Penn Fusion in a rematch of the Region I semi-final a few weeks back, which Loudoun lost in a tight affair. Penn also won today, 2-0, and sit atop the group on goal differential.

The game is a highlight of the National Championship tournament and is said to be attracting viewers nationwide. Kick-off is at 1:30 PM CT (2:30 PM ET) and streamed LIVE online for FREE at championships.usyouthsoccer.org/live.