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Va Beach Columbus Day Tournament: 2 Championships & 5 Finalists

VAFC Xpress Green teams traveled this past weekend for our annual trip to Virginia Beach to participate in Beach FC's Columbus Day Soccer Tournament. Escaping the poor weather here in Roanoke, players and parents alike had a wonderful time.

Xpress families were treated to the beautiful beach, good food, great company and, most importantly, competitive soccer!

Overall, the Xpress teams had 2 championship winners and 5 finalists. All 17 teams in attendance, though, were involved in close battles against teams from all around Virginia and beyond.

Congratulations to those receiving medals, but a bigger congratulations and thank you to every player and parent who attended the event. It is our families and friends who ensure that when the Xpress teams travel en masse that an enjoyable time is had by all!

Champions

  • Xpress 03 Girls Green
  • Xpress 02 Girls Green

Finalists

  • Xpress 03 Boys Green
  • Xpress 01 Boys Green
  • Xpress 98 Girls Green
  • Xpress 97 Boys Green
  • Xpress 96 Girls Green

Xpress 03 Girls Green

Congratulations to the Xpress 03G Green for winning the Championship this past weekend in Virginia Beach.  The team has been playing great soccer in the Skyline Premier League and was looking for their second championship since winning the Region 2000 Labor Day Tournament in Lynchburg, VA.  The girls powered through Saturday winning both games on and then had a blast off the field enjoying the amenities of VA Beach with even a few girls braving the ocean water then back to the pool for more fun.
 
Sunday was a more challenging day with the first game being tied 2-2 an advancement into the championship match.  The team came out flat and before they new it they were loosing 4 - 0 in the first half with 5 minutes left before the girls placed one in the opposing team's net.  The second half was all Xpress scoring an additional 3 goals to force overtime.  After two periods of overtime the score remained tied so a shoot-out took place where the Xpress won with outstanding goal keeping and pin-point shots.  But the greatest compliment was from the other team's coach and other team's players parents on congratulating the girls for their play, tenacity and outstanding sportsmanhip.    A remarkable comeback for a remarkable team!


Left to Right: Coach Steve Simon, Jacqueline Farthing, Mikel Johnson, Gentry Carle, Lindsey Carter, Charlotte Miller, Emily Thacker, Reagan Davis, 
Campbell Neel, Megan Eller, Ella Tkachenko, Summer Smith, Caelin Rich, Coach Evan Tkachenko

Xpress 02 Girls Green



Congratulations to the Xpress 02G Green for winning the championship in the top flight at Beach FC's 2014 Columbus Day Soccer Tournament.

The team went undefeated, 4-0-0, outscoring their opponents 14-4. The team had to face a strong Stafford team for their third game and then again in the championship game, beating them 2-1 & 3-1.

This makes 5 straight tournaments they have won, going undefeated in that span (19-0-1). They have also gone undefeated in the Skyline Premier League (23-0-1).

They will be playing in the top flight at the Richmond Striker's 2014 Fall Capital Classic in November.

Well done ladies



Back Row (Left to Right): Coach Paul Davenport, Reagan Kidd, Anna Lemon, Sabine Hosny, Aubrey Billings, Cam Davenport, Catherine Thacker, Dylan Copeland, Kayla Fedison, Coach Tom Brown
Middle Row: Maddy Chitwood, Sophie Saunders, Macey Harder, Lauren Davenport
Front Row: Emma Janes, Makayla Metzler

Xpress 03 Boys Green 

After losing both games on Saturday, the boys rebound to win both games on Sunday giving them second place in their division.


Back Row (Left to Right):  Riley Geddes, Trevor Ermel, Maddox Haskins, Lawson Simmons, Rees Wenk, Coach Andrew Gentiluomo
Front Row: Christopher Gentiluomo, Dylan Williams, Bryson Mitchem, Eddie Sanders, Holden Blanton
Not Pictured: Buddy Reed, Jackson Haskins, Maddox Fisher

Xpress 01 Boys Green

Congratulations to the Xpress 01B Green team who were finalists at Beach FC's 2014 Columbus Day Soccer Tournament.

The team went 2-1-1, losing a hard fought championship game 2-1 to CVU.

The boys earlier this season won the championship at CVU's 2014 Region 2000 Cup in Lynchburg.

Great job boys!!


Back Row (Left to Right): Nathan Banning, Drew Lucktong, Armin Berkovic, Gavin Curfiss, Carson Cain, Kobey Simon, Brailen Burch, Coach Randall Kaminski
Middle Row: Ian Rich, Nick Henritze, Will Henritze, Brennan Micheal, Nick Jenkins, Ryan Rigatti, Cameron Killinger, Dalton Kaminski
Front Row: Rowland Neel
 

Xpress 98 Girls Green

Congratulations to the Xpress 98G Green who were finalists at Beach FC's 2014 Columbus Day Tournament.

On Saturday they went 2-0 outscoring their opponents 10-2. On Sunday they faced Beach FC twice, losing 2 hard fought games.

Way to go girls! 

Back Row (Left to Right): Coach Alan Crowder, Margaret McDaniel, Keara Henry, Jessica Lachowicz, Sarah Poggendorf, Natalie Huebschman, Julia Lucktong
Middle Row: Emily Taylor, Edana Colegrove, Lauren Janes, Coach Jason Huntley
Frown Row: Abby Rigatti, Sally Greenberg, Madelyn Gibbs, Kendra Huntley, Carla Risser

Xpress 97 Boys Green

Congratulations to the Xpress 97B Green who were finalists at Beach FC's 2014 Columbus Day Tournament.

They went 3-0, with 3 shutouts, before losing in a hard fought championship game 2-0.

Nice job gentlemen!



Back Row (Left to Right):  David Garcia, Marcus Villegas, Ben Sherer, Alex Ford, Will St. Onge, Montana Vest, Chase Zegarski, Michael Innacelli, Coach Jay Roberts
Middle Row:  Jordan Oliver, Darren Wollam, Adam Mitchell, Justin Hedrick, Dylan Jones, Tyler Kaminski, Andy Waldo
Front:  Connor Williams

Xpress 96 Girls Green

Congratulations to the Xpress 96G Green who were finalists at Beach FC's 2014 Columbus Day Tournament.

They went 2-1-0, with 2 shutouts.  They lost 2-1 to won to CVU, the tournament champions.

Well done!