SOCA Elite teams swept three State Cup matches on Saturday, September 28, with each advancing to the semi-final stage of the statewide, single-elimination, championship event. The U15 Girls, U18 Girls and U18 Boys all marched to the final four in their age group.
The U15 Girls Elite posted a thrilling win via penalty kick shootout over FC Richmond, while on the road at Huguenot Park in Richmond. With the match tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, that score held through the over-time periods. SOCA prevailed in the penalty kicks, 4-3, with Devon Higginbotham clinching the win on the fifth kick from the mark. In the semi-final match-up, the U15’s will face top-seeded SYA Cardinals.
The U18 Girls Elite enjoyed the most comfortable margin of the day with a 3-1 win over NVSC at home. The U18’s will face Virginia Beach City FC in the next round.
The U18 Boys Elite also played at home where they dramatically came from a 0-2 deficit with 15 minutes remaining to post a 4-2 overtime win over VBR Star. The U18 Boys will play Barca Academy NoVa in the semi-final.
All semi-final matches are scheduled to be played October 26 at the Virginia Soccer Training center in Spotsylvania. For complete State Cup scores and scheduling, visit: https://www.vysa.com/Default.aspx?tabid=2519875
On October 5, four more SOCA Elite teams will play quarter-final matches; the U15 Boys (away at Alexandria), U16 Boys (home vs SYA Cardinals), U16 Girls (home vs SYC Pride), and U17 Girls (home vs Loudoun) will all seek to reach the semi-finals with wins next week.