Virginia Legacy Soccer Club

Legacy U17 Elite Wins Virginia State Cup

This past weekend marked a historic day for the Virginia Legacy Soccer Club as they were able to capture their first state championship since becoming the Virginia Legacy in 2006.  The last team from the Peninsula to win a Virginia Youth Soccer Championship was the Williamsburg SC Wizards in 2005. Since that time the Legacy has placed multiple teams into the state semi-finals and championship match but the U17 Elite Boys are now the first to turn the feat. Technical Director and U17 Head Coach Bobby O'Brien had this to say -  "Its a great day for the Virginia Legacy.  To not only have 2 teams represented this weekend in the Final 4 (U17 and U18 Boys) but to be able to get over that hurdle and bring home a championship to the Peninsula is a testament to the work ethic all our teams and coaches possess at Legacy, this is a club achievement."

Those sentiments are primarily because based on the Virginia Legacy's developmental philosophy teams begin to peak at the older ages. Through coaching and the environments that players are placed - it fosters a growth that is hard to see at a young age through results. "This team at U12, U13 and U14 rarely won a game and was average as a team but that doesnt cause us to stray from our methods.  We know if we teach them the right foundations at an early age that once the players develop mentally and physically they will have the tools to compete with the best at the most crucial time (U16-U18). We have seen this for years and now it has reached its pinnacle" says O'Brien.  The U17 Elite was one of the first teams under the Virginia Legacy umbrella when it changed its name in 2006 - starting out as a U10 group.

Heading into the State Cup Final 4 Weekend - the U17 Elite had conceded only 1 goal in the first 3 matches of the state competition that is a single elimination event played over 2 months. This trend continued; on Saturday they defeated SOCA (Charlottesville) 1-0 on a goal by Max Poelker (York HS). SOCA was last years runners up and were the Club Champions League Champions last year - the top league in the state -   Legacy finished 2nd.  On Sunday, Legacy took the field against the heavily favored Arlington Impact.  Arlington were the 2 time defending state champions and defeated Legacy 4-1 the year before in league play - however this was a new Legacy team a year later with an even better understanding of the game and how to compete.  Legacy was able to shut down the high powered team from Northern Va and after regulation & overtime (120 minutes) they were deadlocked at 0-0.  Penalty kicks were going to decide the Virginia State Championship.  

After 5 kickers a piece the scored was tied at 4, each team missed a kick early.  From then on it would be sudden death - kicker after kicker made it until they reached the 11th rd.  All field players had taken their penalties already and it was down to each teams Goalkeepers.  

Click Here to See what Ensued and for more perspective on the win!!

Jay Fox - who had been incredible all tournament (4 shutouts and 1 goal in 5 matches) - who made 4 incredible saves during the match to keep the score tied and saved 2 penalty kicks during the shootout was called upon to kick the game-winner.
 
A massive celebration ensued and the Virginia Legacy were able to bring home a championship to the Peninsula.  We were able to catch up with Team Captain - Reeves Trott to get his take on the team, the club and his development over the past 7 years with Legacy - "Winning a state title has been the best moment of my time at Legacy. Our team over the past year or so our team has become more like a family than I ever thought we would which has translated on to the field so it feels great to bring back a well deserved state cup title to Virginia Legacy. I think I have progressed as a player by learning all the little tendencies my teammates have and reacting/making decisions based on those tendencies in games. The technical aspect of soccer is something that a lot of players have success in, but the mental aspect of the game is hard to teach and learn so I really try to focus on that aspect so I have the upper hand on my opponent. One thing I've learned since being at Legacy is that the coaches provide their players and teams with the best chance to succeed while progressing their technical and tactical ability and I wouldn't be surprised to see more state titles in Virginia Legacy's future. Practices provide a competitive atmosphere which gives every player that will to win and for that I'm proud to play for Virginia Legacy. "
 
Below are the members of the U17 Elite team - covering 11 high schools in the area from Chesapeake, Newport News, York and Williamsburg.  
 
Jay Fox, Ben Carper, Gavin Homan, Brad Malarkey, Connor Massaro, Matt Beatty, Michael Wilson, Reeves Trott, Derek Cook, Dylan Lorio-MacNamara, Juan Garcia, Cameron Dail, Jalen Johnson, Max Poelker, Nevalle Ocasio, Yousef Al-Sarraf, Duncan McDevitt, David Domalski and Jason Eckenrode.
 
We wish the team luck as they will move on to the Regional Championships in West Virginia in Summer 2015!

Click here to read more from Potomac Soccers Coverage - http://www.soccerwire.com/news/ccl-teams-highlight-va-state-cup-championships-with-late-game-heroics/

Click here to read more coverage from the Soccer Wire - http://www.soccerwire.com/news/youth-boys/boys-champions-crowned-at-2014-virginia-youth-state-cup-finals/?loc=psw

Click here to read more coverage from the Daily Press and HR Sports - http://www.dailypress.com/sports/highschool/dp-spt-virginia-legacy-1108-20141107-story.html

 

    

 

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