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RDA Weekend Recap - 5/28

By Riverhounds Staff, 05/28/19, 5:45PM EDT


Memorial Day weekend was loaded with game action for most of the Riverhounds Development Academy's (RDA) teams from both Pittsburgh and the Academy East, and it was a memorable weekend for many of those teams.

One of the youngest teams in action brought home a trophy for the Academy East, as the 2009 East Girls powered through the competition at the Columbia (Maryland) Memorial Day Invitational to the tune of four wins and a championship. The team's run saw them score 19 goals and allow just three, culminating with a 3-1 championship game victory over fellow western Pennsylvania club Northern Steel.

The 06 East Girls nearly duplicated the 09s' feat, rolling through their first three games to the final. The title game saw the Hounds and MSI Academy (Maryland) battle to a 2-2 draw, but the Maryland club claimed the championship on penalty kicks.

Also posting an undefeated weekend were the RDA's 02 Boys, which were one of three Hounds teams competing at the Boys ECNL Philadelphia Showcase in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. The boys defeated the Atlanta Fire, 2-1, Carolina Elite (North Carolina), 2-1, and Mustangs SC (California), 4-0, to complete their 3-0 holiday. Luke Peperak had three goals for the Hounds, while Nino Civitate scored twice on the weekend.

Some of the Hounds' older girls teams traveled to the PDA Girls College Showcase in Somerset, New Jersey, and while none of them could match the undefeated weekends posted by some other RDA teams, there were still plenty of highlights.

The 02 Girls, which had been battling injuries for a number of weeks, closed the weekend with some strong play, defeating Davis Legacy (California), 4-0, and losing narrowly on a potentially offside goal to Orlando City SC. Meanwhile, 03 Girls player Tessa Dellarose, coming off her invitation last week to a U.S. Youth National Team Indentification Center, scored thrice to continue her high-scoring run.


Monday, May 27

At the Columbia Memorial Day Invitational in Columbia, Md.:

• The 09 East Girls are coming home as unbeaten champions after knocking off fellow Western Pa. side Northern Steel in the final, 3-1. The RDA East side finished their tournament with four wins, 19 goals scored and just three allowed.

• The 06 East Girls also come home from the tournament with an unbeaten 3-0-1 record, but after a 2-2 draw in the final, the Hounds fell on penalty kicks to MSI Academy (Md.).

At the PDA Girls College Showcase in Somerset, N.J.:

• The 04 Girls closed the weekend with their strongest performace of the event against their best opponent, Orlando City SC. Unfortunately, the RDA side squandered two easy chances, while Orlando cashed in on a chance when the Hounds believed the offside flag should have been raised, resulting in a 1-0 loss for the Hounds.

• The 03 Girls also came up short after briefly holding a second-half lead, going back-and-forth in a 4-3 loss to Continental FC (Pa.). Sarah Schupansky, Sydney Lindeman and Sarah Powell scored for the RDA.

• Two late goals by Orlando City sent the 02 Girls to a 2-0 defeat after the teams played evenly until the Lions finally broke through.

At the Boys ECNL Philadelphia Showcase in Downingtown, Pa.:

• The 02 Boys closed out a perfect weekend in Eastern Pa. with a 4-0 win over Mustang SC (Calif.). Nino Civitate, Darek Panucci, Nick Tanner and Luke Peperak scored to bring the Hounds to eight goals for and two allowed in their three wins.

• A back-and-forth game saw Anders Bordoy, Bubby Towns and Johnny Dragisic score goals for the 04 Boys, who finished with a 3-3 draw against FC Stars (Mass.).

Sunday, May 26

At the Pocono Cup in Delaware Water Gap, Pa.:

• The weekend ended with disappointment by the narrowest of margins for the 06 Boys, after Bethlehem SC claimed the title on penalty kicks after the two teams played the final to a 1-1 draw. The Hounds end the weekend with a 3-0-1 record and only one goal conceded in four matches.

• The 06 Boys are into the final of their age group after a comprehensive 5-0 win over Abington SC. Henry Gaston and Peter Notaro each scored free kicks, and Jackson Suski, Gavin Morrisard and Liam Donahue also found the net.

At the Boys ECNL Philadelphia Showcase in Downingtown, Pa.:

• For the second day in a row, the 02 Boys produced a 2-1 win, as the RDA topped Carolina Elite (N.C.) in front of a host of college coaches. Austin Rocke and Nino Civitate had the goals for the Hounds.

• Bubby Towns scored, but the 04 Boys left too many chances on the table and fell, 3-1, in a physical contest against the Boston Bolts.

At the PDA Girls College Showcase in Somerset, N.J.:

• A healthier 02 Girls team showed what they are capable of at close to full strength by winning 4-0 over Davis Legacy (Calif.).  Justine Appolonia scored her first RDA goal, while Jordyn Kowalkowski, Taylor Hamlett and Casey Briar also scored.

• The 03 Girls fell behind by a goal early in the first half and conceded again in the second half. The RDA girls eventually found possession and pulled a goal back, but they couldn't complete the comeback against Eastern Pa's FC Bucks.

• World Class FC (N.Y.) snagged the only goal just before halftime, and the Hounds' 04 Girls fell in a defensive struggle, 1-0.

At the Columbia Memorial Day Invitational in Columbia, Md.:

• The 09 East Girls are in the final after a trio of convincing wins. In group play, they defeated VYS Black (Va.), 7-2, and topped Pipeline SC (Md.) with a 6-0 shutout. That put them into the semifinals, where they won 3-0 over Broadneck (Md.). Monday's final is an all-PA West affair, as the RDA will face Northern Steel.

• Also reaching the final was the 06 East Girls, who needed three group stage wins over the past two days to qualify directly to the title game. The Hounds beat Lake Grove Newfield (N.Y.), 4-1; Salisbury United (Md.), 1-0; and Global Premier South (N.J.), 2-0. Those wins set up Monday's final against Maryland's MSI Academy.

• The 03 East Girls still have one group match remaining Monday, but they are off to a 2-0 start with wins over FC Copa (N.J.), 4-0, and FC Frederick (Md.), 5-1. The Hounds face Baltimore Union next, and a win or draw would secure the top spot in their group.

Saturday, May 25

At the Boys ECNL Philadelphia Showcase in Downingtown, Pa.:

• Luke Peperak found the net twice, and the 02 Boys got out to a hot start with a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Fire.

• Johnny Dragisich scored twice and the game hung in the balance until the final three minutes, when Players Development Academy (N.J.) snagged the winner to top the 04 Boys, 3-2.

• The 03 Boys were topped 4-0 in their opening match against Braddock Road Youth Club (Va.).

At the PDA Girls College Showcase in New Jersey:

• The 02 Girls took an early lead through a Taylor Hammett goal, but the Hounds allowed a soft goal before halftime against Match Fit Academy (N.J.). The RDA girls, stuck with a short bench as a result of injuries, ran out of steam after the break in a 3-1 defeat.

• Falling behind by three goals, including a PK, was a less-than-ideal start for the 03 Girls. The Hounds battled to make it a game, but they couldn't finish enough of their chances in a 4-2 loss to SUSA Academy (N.Y.). Tessa Dellarose continued her strong scoring run with both goals.

• The 04 Girls ran into a very strong PDA side, and the home team came away 4-0 winners.

At the Pocono Cup in Delaware Water Gap, Pa.:

• Zachary Nash scored the lone goal, set up by Cam Loveland's ball to change the point of attack, and the 06 Boys knocked off PSC Dynamo (Conn.), 1-0. Later in the day, the team added a 2-0 win over Latham Circle SC (N.Y.). Jackson Suski opened the scoring on a ball over the top by Michael Fry, and Liam Donahue added the second after Ben Truesdell made a run down the line, setting up Logan Pappert to lay the ball back.