The 40th Virginian Elite Showcase started early Saturday morning with perfect weather conditions and a renewed excitement for another great holiday weekend of soccer.
Returning for the second year in a row, and planning to host many more Virginian tournaments in the future, Evergreen SportsPlex provided a energetic atmosphere on and off the pitch for the Girls Showcase age groups. There was much talk on the sidelines about the newly-opened stadium, snack bar, parking, as well as the newly opened Adventure Course in the background.
A large group of college coaches were filled the sidelines, many still looking for seniors to add to their squads.
Meanwhile on the pitch, Southwestern Youth Association Cardinals 96 defeated Fauquier County Fever 2-0, Panthers United X-Treme beat Culpeper Comets 2-1, SYC Pride Fire beat Loudoun 97 Black 2-1 and Lee Mount Vernon SC edged out Vienna Youth Soccer Falcons 1-0.
Evergreen’s newly opened Adventure Park was also busy with long lines of people waiting to try test their skills on the rope courses and zip lines running through the forest providing a backdrop unlike any major soccer venue in the country.
Over in the Men’s Showcase Division Saturday kicked off at Long Bridge Park in Crystal City, VA. Teams and supporters enjoyed the state-of-the-art facility which features three turf fields overlooking the Pentagon and in sight of the Washington Monument.
In one of the more thrilling matches of the day, SYC United and Northern Virginia SC Arsenal White played to a 3-3 draw in which four the goals were scored in the final 15 minutes.
Annandale United FC 96 scored in the final minute, with a thrilling win over Calverton Revolution 3-2.
Also in the Men’s Showcase, the Takoma Park Rangers win 3-0 over Alexandria Soccer Association Arsenal, Loudoun Soccer Black beat Penn Trafford VICI 2-1, NVSC Arsenal Blue survived Virginia Blackwatch and D.C. Stoddert Red Storm played to a scoreless tie against PWSI Courage 96 White.
Teams in the U-9 to U-15 age groups competed at various facilities across Northern Virginia as well, making up one of the highest level 600-team fields in recent memory for the Virginian Elite Showcase. A new venue at the Virginian Elite Showcase was Morven Park which hosted all U-9 to U-11 boys teams. Lots of great soccer on the 14 fields all weekend long. Loudoun Soccer Park played host to all U-12 (8v8) boys teams, and also hosted championship games on Memorial Day Monday. The U-9 and U-10 girls teams were at various locations in Fairfax County. Hellwig Park and Howison Park played host to all U-11 and U-12 girls teams.