After an absence of several years, BRYC has returned to the Old Dominion Soccer League (ODSL) in the form of the U12 Girls "Rage", coached by Jim Clark, assisted by Fred Welther. BRYC’s ODSL participation, managed within the Recreational Soccer program. is expected to grow in the coming years, but it took a daring first step by Coach Clark, taken after the Spring 2012 FPYC All Star Tournament, that set the wheels in motion when he chose six girls from BRYC All Star squads to participate in the BRYC Elite Fantastic Four tournament. With time for only one practice, the girls went on to win the tournament in their age group before returning to their recreational teams for the Fall 2012 season.
When two U12 Girls teams both won their divisions at the Herndon All Star tournament last fall, Coach Clark floated the idea with BRYC Recreational Soccer about the possibility of returning to the ODSL, which represents a step up the competitive ladder from the traditional recreational soccer program to the professionally coached BRYC "Elite" travel program. Rec Soccer saw it as the perfect time to get our feet wet once again, with a willing coach and a strong group of potential players, but without a lot of time to build a roster and select and purchse uniforms, let alone handle the administrative tasks. BRYC named John Davis, our Referee Director and a BRYC Board Member, to be our ODSL Club Representative, working with Coach Clark to make it happen. And it has. Rage is alive again!
After winning its innaugural match, beating the SYA Cardinals by a score of 4-0, the girls played a very tough Stafford squad on April 21, losing by a score of 0-1. In the coming weeks the girls will face teams from Reston, Loudoun, Front Royal, Burke and Springfield. Congratulations to Coaches Clark and Welther, and to Taylor C., Ruthie F., Rebecca R., Mackenzie M., Jocelyn P., Claire K., Camille Y., Bella R., Anna S., Adriene S. and Abby G. for leading BRYC back into the ODSL, and setting the standard for future BRYC teams to follow.
For a complete set of action photos from the team’s tremendous effort against Stafford, click on Rage.