For the 13th consecutive season (since the tournament’s inception), BRYC will be sending a host of recreational All Star squads to the Herdon Cup tournament, sponsored by Herndon Youth Soccer. Two squads of U8 Boys, coached by Erin Silks and Mike White, will be playing at Floris Elementary School while the U8 Girls, coached by Alan Simpson, take to the pitch at Coates ES...all in Herndon. The U9 Boys, coached by Mike Essig, will be at Baron Cameron Park in Reston. The U9 and U10 Girls, coached by Mitch Bennet and Joe Wiley, respectively, will be together at Patriot Park. while the U10 Boys, coached by Mike Cranna, are at Clearview ES. The U11 Boys, coached by BRYC Recreational Soccer alum Hernan Contreras, will be in the opposite corner of the county at Lee District Park. The U11 and U12 Girls, coached by Andy Seamans and Siobhan Starrs, respectively, will play their games at Pine Ridge Park, while the U12 Boys, coached by Tracy Seamans, will be far away at Nike Park. The U14 Boys, coached by Todd Cryblskey, will play their games at Herndon High School while the U14 Girls, coached by Tom Small, are at Poplar Tree Park. Rounding out the BRYC entries, the U16 Boys, coached by BRYC veteran Bob Heyer, are at South Run Park; the U16 Girls coached by Josh Rock are playing on the beautiful Arrowbrook turf field; and the U19 Girls, coached by Martin Quiroz, are also on the turf at Lake Fairfax Park. All the coaches and their teams are hard at work since the regular season ended. We wish them well.
Meanwhile, six of the Fall’s eleven new ODSL squads didn’t want their seasons to end and have entered the Hunt Country Classic, co-sponsored by the Fauquier County and Northern Virginia Soccer Clubs. Coach Yong Kim’s U9 Boys Strikers, Coach Carlos Merino’s U11 Boys Lions, Coach Mohamed Diaw’s U11 Boys Gunners, Coach Mike Newman’s U10 Girls Panthers, Coach Tim Poole’s U11 Girls Avengers, and Coach John Decker’s U12 Girls Lightning will all travel a little further to participate at fields in Prince William and Fauquier Counties on the same weekend as the Herndon Cup tournament...which is only fitting as many of these boys and girls would have been playing as All Stars.
And finally, Coach Jim Clark’s U13 Girls Rage ODSL squad, who were BRYC Recreational Soccer’s first ODSL squad and won the West Virginia Mountaineer Open in their first post-season appearance last Spring, a precursor to a great fall season with a record of 7-0-0 and no goals against (heading into their final game of the season on Saturday, November 9), have entered the Atlantic Cup tournament, sponsored by the Virginia Rush Athletic Club in Virginia Beach, in early December. We wish them continued success.
The webmaster is hoping a few of these teams will provide him with stories and action photos following their tournament activities.