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November 3, 2012
High School Players of the Week, Development Academy roundup

By Charles Cuttone
Executive Editor

NSCAA High School Players of the Week
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Senior Morgan Reuther from Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.) and senior Brad Almquist from Madeira High School (Maderia, Ohio) were named NSCAA High School Players of the Week for the week ending October 28.

Morgan has had a great season, with 29 goals and 12 assists after collecting three goals and two assists last week. Morgan and the Bishop O'Connell varsity girls are coached by Alberto Starace.

Almquist, a starting center back, has led a defense that has given up only eight goals all season, while contributing on offense with 13 goals in 19 games.

Last week, he scored the first goal of the district semifinal win to lead his team to a 4-1 victory. Almquist is in his final season under head coach Ole Jacobsen.

Other girls' finalists included Andrea Reuther of Monroe Woodbury (Central Valley, N.Y.), Krisitie Klein of Cazenovia High School (Cazenovia, N.Y.), Valerie Enge of Marian High School (Framingham, Mass.), and Mackenzie Brunke of Olentangy Orange High School (Lewis Center, Ohio).

Other boys' finalists included Jeff Tyron of Montville High School (Oakdale, Conn.).

Development Academy Roundup
Justin Dhillon scored three second-half goals and the LA Galaxy U-17/18 team routed Strikers FC on Saturday, October 27. Oscar Sorto scored twice in a span of three minutes in the first half for the Galaxy (4-0-1, 13 points) which leads the Southwest Division with 18 goals and is trying to keep up with first-place Real Salt Lake AZ (5-0-1, 16 points).

Both San Jose Earthquakes teams earned a victory against Santa Cruz Breakers Academy. Nicholas Perez had the lone goal in the Earthquakes’ 1-0 victory at the U-15/16 level, and Jesus Garcia scored two goals as the U-17/18 team prevailed 3-1. The San Jose Earthquakes U-17/18 team leads the Northwest Division at 4-0-0 and 3.00 points per game, and the U-15/16 team is second at 2.25 points per game.

Crew Soccer Academy Wolves swept their Michigan-based counterparts Crew Soccer Academy with a pair of 2-1 victories on Saturday at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Hunter Barone scored the winning goal in the game’s final minute of regulation as the CSA Wolves U-15/16 team improved to 6-0-1 to lead the Mid-America Division. The U-17/18 team overcame a one-goal deficit as Oliver Harris and Ali Cheaib tallied back-to-back goals in the second half for CSA Wolves (3-2-2).

The Colorado Rapids U-15/16 team notched its fourth shutout victory of the year and Victor Rolph and Gustavo Montes each scored a goal during its 2-0 win against Andromeda FC. The Rapids have outscored their opponents 16-2 this season and improved to 5-1-0 in the competitive Frontier Division, where nine of the 13 teams have a .500 record or better.

Georgia United’s U-15/16 team (4-0-1, 13 points) posted two shutout victories this past weekend. Jad Arslan scored four goals during a 4-0 win against Kendall SC on Saturday and Kevin Barajas had the lone goal in a 1-0 victory against Weston FC on Sunday. Georgia United has outscored its opponents 12-1 this season and is second in the Southeast Division in points per game (2.6), trailing only Orlando City (3-0-0, 9 points, 3.0 points per game).

IMG Soccer Academy’s U-17/18 team swept its weekend set with a 5-0 victory against North Meck SC and a 2-0 win against Charlotte Soccer Academy. Brett Gravatt and Yussuf Olajde each scored two goals against North Meck SC. IMG Soccer Academy’s Pablo Aguilar and Raul Gonzalez scored in the 88th and 89th minutes, respectively, to gain three points against Charlotte Soccer Academy to move into a third-place tie in the Southeast Division with 1.8 points per game.

D.C. United’s U-18 academy squad opened up the scoring early in a 3-0 defeat of the Baltimore Bays. The first goal came just 15 minutes into the contest after Abdi Yusuf made a strong individual effort that finished with a 20-yard blast to the far post. Yusuf again scored in the 59th minute to double the lead and Michael Seaton capped off the scoring in a dominant team performance that saw United best its local rivals 3-0 at Prince George’s Community College.

D.C. United’s U-16 academy matchup with the Baltimore Bays was a little bit tighter than the U-18’s, but the Black-and-Red came away with a 1-0 defeat. The lone goal of the match came in the first half when Chrisophe Koffi finished a rebound on Gerson Umana’s shot inside the 18-yard box.

The squad showed a lot of discipline and heart as the team was forced to play a man down for the remaining 30 minutes of the game after a United player was shown a second yellow and subsequently was sent off. Despite being down a man, the Black-and-Red continued to push forward, creating scoring chances but failing to put one away.

The Colorado Rapids Under-18 squad earned a 1-1-0 record in last weekend’s Development Academy play, bringing them to a 4-2-2 (W-L-T) record and 3rd in points with 14 in the Frontier Division. The team first defeated the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Saturday, Oct. 27 with late goals from Kurt Young and Austin Seifert, who leads the team with four goals this season. Goalkeeper Andrew Epstein had a standout game, including a dramatic save in the 90th minute to preserve the shutout (pictured above). The team then fell 2-0 to Texans SC Houston on Sunday. The Under-18 squad will have a bye this weekend, facing FC Dallas, last year’s Development Academy champions, on November 10 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

The Colorado Rapids Under-16 team remains in first place in total points (16) in the Frontier Division, tied with Solar Chelsea SC, and a 5-2-1 (W-L-T) record. The squad dropped a 2-0 result to the Houston Dynamo on Oct. 27, and earned a 1-1 draw with Texans SC Houston with a goal from Remington Ellis. The boys have a bye this weekend and will return to action on November 10 against FC Dallas at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

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