VIRGINIA UNION ECNL
The ladies received an invite to play one game in the Maryland United College Showcase on February 26. They faced a strong side in Virginia Union ECNL. Within the first minute, the attack by VU created a chance and they scored to go up 1-0.
Undeterred, the Lightning struck back, scoring 2 in the second half to take the game 2-1.
The first goal was scored by Liza Suydam after Alex Murphy, working hard on the outside all day, sent a ball into the box. Liza was there to finish and level the score at 1. Late in the game, Melanie Love finished a cross sent into the box by Jamie Swartz after she won a ball and took it down the outside. This is the 4th opponent in a row against an ECNL or Girls Academy opponent and has offered the ladies some challenging games.
Liza hit the cross bar multiple times. She is know for clanking the woodwork so her great finish was well deserved.
The coaches made a “call up”, adding 3 players from the 2005 team for the game; Melanie Love, Abby Renaldi, and Lindsey Husic - all made a positive impact on game play.
Virginia Union, aka McLean Youth Soccer, is currently mid table in the ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference.
Keeper Kayla Proch should get much credit for the win, saving multiple chances by a strong attacking opponent.
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