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 chsampionship for the second consecutive time 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 haven't provided a photo at press time but the webmaster looks forward to posting it and a story of their championship run soon. 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.
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Action photos will follow in about a week. Please be patient.
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!
It's Tournament Time!
SFL and Herndon All Star Action Scheduled Mid-November
The Fall 2015 Regular Season has ended for the U4-U12 age groups. but action continues for the U14-19 Boys and Girls participating in Surburban Friendship League (SFL) Tournaments on November 14 and 15. No matter how the regular season went, every team in the SFL has a chance to cap off a successful one or redeem themselves in post-season play against teams with similar records. One BRYC squad last year which hadn't won a game all season wound up with four consecutive victories, including three in tournament play, to turn their entire season around.
And then there's the Herndon Youth Soccer All Star Tournament the following weekend, November 21 and 22. BRYC has entered five teams in the U8 division where the kids get their first taste of All Star competition but still play for the fun of it, with no scores being kept and no trophies awarded. Playing seven mini-games over the two days against teams from all over the Northern Virginia area is a great experience for players, coaches, and families. Thanks to boys' coaches Carlos Santizo, Tom Twomey and Dan Sweet, as well as girls' coaches Pierre Martel and Andy Lowden for stepping up to take our youngest All Stars to their first tournament.
BRYC has entered an additional sixteen tournament teams from the U9 to U19 age groups...where winning is taken more seriously. On Saturday each team will play four mini-games for the purpose of seeding them into Sunday's action where it's "win or go home", and the players and coaches just might experience the stress of penalty kick shootouts for the first time, but the weekend is still a tremendous experience, win, lose, or draw. Thanks to U9 coaches Keow Essig, Mike McGinn and John Kenkel; U10 coaches Scott Span, Dino Constantino and Jennifer Oleyar; U11/12 coaches Mike Essig, Ryan Leary and Dalila Belmadani; U13/14 coaches Joe Wiley, Kurt Langenbach, and Tracy Seamans; and U16/U19 coaches Scott Sarratt, Martin Quiroz, Cesar Zambrana, and Josh Rock for shepherding our more experienced playsers in All Star competition. Good luck to all.
Spring 2016 Registration
REGULAR REGISTRATION FOR THE
SPRING 2016 SEASON IS NOW OPEN!
If you need assistance, please email BRYC's Recreational Soccer Registrar, Karen Saunders, at email@example.com. For general information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions click here.
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/".