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BRYC's Coaches Know How to Play the Game Too!
Girls' Coaches Humble Boys' Coaches 6-1 in Season Ending Challenge
BRYC truly appreciates all our coaches for the countless hours that they put into planning, practices and games for their teams. And it's not just the coaches who give... it's the whole family that has to adjust their schedules during soccer season to allow the coaches to be able to work with our teams.
To celebrate and thank our coaches for their dedication, at the end of each season for the past several years, BRYC has hosted a Coaches' Challenge, organized by our indefatiguable Training Director, Joan Smith. The Coaches' Challenge pits the coaches of our boys' teams against the coaches of our girls' teams.
On Sunday, December 6 the coaches met in the stadium at Woodson High School for the 4th Annual Fall Coach's Challenge. Historically, the boys' coaches have come out on top... but THIS season the girls' coaches won in a decisive 6-1 victory! It was a GREAT game... we have some really good soccer players in our coaching ranks!
After the game, the coaches and their families enjoyed pizza and cake, networking, and of course, raffle prizes! Prizes this season were donated by Dick's Sporting Goods, DC United, and the Washington Spirit.
Although the girls' coaches came up with the numerical win... when everyone walks off the field (that's a good thing in itself!) with a smile on their face, we know that EVERYONE has won!
THANK YOU to all our coaches for your hard work and dedication. BRYC could not function without you, and we truly appreciate all you do! See you back on the pitch in the Spring!!
(For a small gallery of photos from the exciting matchup, see below. For a gallery of over 100 higher resolution action and family photos, suitable for downloading, follow this link.)
The Fall Season Just Won't End!
Alumni Take the Pitch for Old Times' Sake
Every year for more years than he cares to remember, on the weekend before Christmas, Senior Division Deputy Commissioner Doug Alcorn organizes and BRYC hosts the Winter Alumni Game for women and men. Current players and alumni are invited back to get back on the field, share hot chocolate, catch up, and remember good times. Playing on Woodson HS Stadium turf, on the women's side, this year the Alumni fell to the current players 5-3. Meanwhile, the men, pictured below, playing on the Woodson HS West furf in ideal December conditions, played two simultaneous 30-minute small-sided games, mixing up the alums and the current players, before a final competitive game "between the 18's". For the men, like the women, it was a chance to catch up with old friends, appreciative of the opportunity provided by BRYC's host John Kelleher.
With a bit of wry wit, one of the girls' alumni player said, "It wouldn't be so bad if we could still run." Her dad, cheering on from the sideline as he undoubtedly did many times over his daughter's participation with BRYC, suggested it was the "Freshman 15" that probably did them in. No matter the score, everyone wins when they come off the field smiling, and of course, it's always great to see our alumni back on the field.
Fall 2015 Coaches Challenge
U19 Girls Win Herndon Tournament Highest Honors
Three Other Squads Also Bring Home Trophies
BRYC had its best tournament showing in several seasons, reaching the finals of in four different divisions, winning top honors as the best of 15 teams in the U19 Girls Division. Josh Rock''s girls won the tournament championship for the second consecutive season with a team that included many of the same players who just two weeks earlier had fought it out for the HSGHSL Championship. Meanwhile, coach Ryan Leary's U12 Boys were seeded into the second tier on Sunday but made the most of it, winning both their games and taking home Championship trophies.
Coach Keow Essig's U9 Boys hadn't allowed a goal in five consecutive games before reaching the finals against a powerful team from host Herndon who outmatched them in the championship game, but the boys proudly claimed finalist trophies, as did coach Dalila Belmadani's U12 Girls with a couple of Sunday victories before bowing out in the final match of the day
The U19 Girls were the only trophy-winning team to provide a photo taht proves it! The webmaster looks forward to posting a story of their championship run when they provide it because unfortunately he didn't make it to any of their games. Meanwhile the webmaster was lucky enough to see and photograph the U12 Girls and the U9 Boys...and the U12 Boys provided their own photo as well.
U9 Boys U12 Boys U12 Girls
Fall Season Comes to Exciting Conclusion for High School Girls
Two BRYC Squads Square Off in Tournament Finals
Fall 2015 season came to an exciting end on Saturday night for the High School Girls when, for the first time in memory, two BRYC squads squared off against each other for the HSGHSL championship…Coach Josh Rock’s Psyche vs. DANGER!, coached by BRYC Commissioner James Sullivan and his assistant (and wife), BRYC’s Training Director Joan Smith.
It was quite a season for both teams, with Psyche finishing the regular fall schedule with a 9-0-1 record…near perfection marred only by a tie with, you guessed it, DANGER! On the way to that record, Psyche amassed an amazing league-best 47 goals, allowing only 7 goals against. In 7 out of 10 of their games Psyche scored five or more goals. Meanwhile, their BRYC opponents finished regular season play with a record of 7-1-2, allowing only three goals all season with all seven of their wins coming by way of shutout.
After winning their Saturday semi-final matches vs. talented teams from SASA and SYC, the BRYC girls were destined to face each other for the second time this season and it promised to be an epic battle. Both sides of the field were packed with friends and family, all there to cheer their team on. The girls on both teams are school mates, friends, and some team mates from All Star teams. Although it’s been a rivalry for years, it’s friendship and respect that underlies their battles.The scene was set…the scoring juggernaut vs. the stingiest defense in the league. It was going to be a great game…and it was! After 90 minutes of regulation play and two five-minute overtimes the score was just as it was when the game started, knotted at 0-0, so by league rules it fell to penalty kicks to decide the victor. Finally, after each team converted on their first five PK shots, when the 6th player came to the line for Psyche, her foot hit the turf and the ball rolled into the goalie’s waiting hands. All that remained was for DANGER! to make their last PK… and they did.
Coach Smith observed that she originally thought that an all BRYC final was great! Following the game she noted somewhat ruefully that it’s “impossible to really enjoy the moment and the victory when you look at the faces of the girls on the other team, girls we truly care about. The juxtaposition of emotions just wreaks havoc on the heart of a coach.”
Many, if not most of the girls on both Psyche and DANGER! will be graduating in May 2016. No doubt they are both looking forward to a rematch in the spring, maybe even in the tournament championship game! But it’ll be hard to top this one for excitement. Congratulations to all the girls and coaches of both squads.
Another Weekend, Another Championship!
BRYC Thunder Last Team Standing in SFL Tournament
BRYC Thunder, a U16 Boys team coached by Scott Sarratt, entered the SFL Tournament facing an uphill battle. Just to make it to the Championship Game, they had to face two fast and determined teams from Prince William. To make matters tough, two players were out for the morning game and others got lost and arrived late. Within the first two minutes, Thunder was down 0-2. It looked grim. But then the late arriving players showed up, the team got back to their normal positions, and by halftime the score was 3-3. At the end of the second half the score was tied 5-5! It was time for PK’s to determine who went on…and Thunder came out on top, 2-0.
Next up was a higher ranked, well rested, team from Prince William that had had a bye the first round, facing a tired Braddock Road squad. At halftime Prince William led 2-1. Remarkably, the second half was all Thunder, who wore down and demoralized the Prince William boys, notching four more goals while holding Price William scoreless for a final score of 5-2.
In the Championship Game against a team from Vienna, Thunder chose field disadvantage in the first half hoping they could hold off the opposition and use the sun to their advantage in the second. Vienna pressed. Thunder played more defense than the coach liked. When the Thunder pressed, Vienna had counters. After several close shots from both teams in the second half, the game was still scoreless at the end. On to PK’s for the second time.
Once again the Thunder prevailed, notching four out of five attempts while the Thunder goalie stood tall, blocking one Prince William shot while another went over the goal for a 4-3 shootout win and the Tournament Championship for the second time this calendar year. Congratulations to Coach Sarratt and the BRYC Thunder for their great SFL season-ending performance!
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BRYC, the Braddock Road Youth Club, is a non-profit organization in Fairfax County, Virginia, established in 1968 to offer a variety of youth sports activities in the Burke/Annandale/ Springfield, Virginia area. BRYC Soccer is divided into two programs, Recreational Soccer (including ODSL) and Elite (Travel) Soccer. This web site is devoted exclusively to BRYC's Recreational Soccer program. consisting of neighborhood-based teams. Any youth that signs up to play in the recreational league will be placed on a team. For information on BRYC Elite Soccer, go to "http://www.brycsoccer.com". For links to all the BRYC sports programs, from football to fast-pitch softball, go to "http://www.bryc.org/".