Academy Results from May 21:
U16 Academy vs. U16 North Mecklenburg SC 2-1 W (Goals scored: Alan Harwell, 2)
Line up (4-2-3-1): Vedel (41. Louis) - Reimann, Basilico, Blackmon, Mulvaney - Vargas (70. Adler), Irvin, Dempsey (57. Early/70.Carpenter), Schnuelle (57. Barry), Holcombe (41. Sproull) - Harwell.
U18 Academy vs. U18 North Mecklenburg SC 0-1 L
Line up (4-2-3-1): Fisher - Thomas, Diehl, Echols, Davis - Burris, Castro (46. Dresbach), Harbison, Haberstroh (55. Kovacs), Maciel, - Iverson (80. Kanneh).
North Mecklenburg Match Reports:
A good effort by both squads on a warm afternoon at Davidson College’s training field.
The U16 team won in terrific fashion against a good North Meck team. Scoring two unanswered goals by Alan Harwell after trailing 0-1 early in the match, proved to be the difference in this game. A very solid team effort combined with some clinical finishing secured 3 points after a long draught signals that the future of the U16 team is bright.
The U18 team fell also behind 0-1 early in its game after a defensive error. Unlike the 16s, the older team had many chances to equalize and even possibly win the match, but lack of quality on the final third despite a Chris Burris header against the post, was the reason why the 18s came back empty handed form the match.
Again, these matches were the first games for either team since December 19. Both teams will be better off next weekend when they have trained a few more times together after the Alabama high school season just concluded its season on May 15.
Results from May 22:
U16 Academy vs. U16 Charlotte Soccer Academy 0-5 L
Line up (4-2-3-1): Louis (60. Vedel) - Reimann (60. Adler), Basilico, Blackmon, Mulvaney - Schnuelle, Dempsey (41. Barry), Irvin, Vargas (67. Early), Sproull - Harwell (67. Carpenter).
U18 Academy vs. U18 Charlotte Soccer Academy 1-4 L (Goal: Robert Thomas)
Line up (4-2-3-1): Wilson (71. Colbert-Sanders) - Dresbach, Diehl, Echols, Davis (58. Holcombe) - Burris (78. Castro), Maciel (46. Haberstroh), Kanneh (46. Kovacs), Harbison, Thomas - Iverson.
CSA Match reports:
Both Academy teams were playing fresh CSA teams who did not have a game on Saturday. The difference in these games was the second half when both Birmingham United squads felt the heat and it was clear that fatigue amde it difficult to keep up with two extremely talented and well coached CSA teams.
The 16s were tied 0-0 at the half and saw two great saves by goalkeeper Brad Louis that prevented the NC opponent from getting a lead. However, early in the second half Charlotte went ahead 1-0 and shortly after made it 2-0. The 16s tried their best and played tenaciously, but could never regain control of the game and the floodgates opened late in the game when fatigue settled in with every player.
The 18s were tied 1-1 at the half and had a good portion of the possession in the first 45 minutes, but the same factors kicked in during the 2nd half as with the 16s. lack of concentration and just not being able to keep up with a fresh set of players, made it hard for us the 18s to get at least one point out that match.
Overall, probably not the results anyone was looking for on Sunday, but both teams have to take it with the grain of salt. Charlotte SA and North Meck SC have been playing together for 6 months and our Academy teams just came together 10 days ago for a couple of training sessions. With that in mind it was a good weekend for both teams and one everyone can build on for next weekend when both squads return to divisional play which has an more of an impact on the league standings and potential playoffs spots.