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RDA Weekend Recap - 10/30

By Riverhounds Staff, 10/30/19, 2:00PM EDT


While the Pro Team won 7-0 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals over Birmingham Legion FC, the Riverhounds Development Academy notched a few good victories of its own with a light weekend schedule.

The 2007 Boys battled for the top spot in the Boys ECNL Midwest Conference in a home game against Ohio Premier. After a scoreless first half, the visitors caught the Hounds on a break and later added two more goals with the RDA throwing numbers forward, sending the Hounds to a 3-0 defeat.

Quick to shake off their first setback of the league season, the 07 Boys got goals from Garrett Chandler, Ethan Voight-Cherna, J.J. Vozar and Dante Sartori to take control Sunday in a 4-1 win against Ohio Elite. The Hounds built up well all match, and Sam Wessel added a penalty kick save for the Hounds.

The 2006 Boys also tried to knock Ohio Premier off the top spot in the conference Saturday, but after falling behind by two goals, a lone J.J. Simms strike with 15 minutes remaining wasn’t enough in a 2-1 defeat. The next day, it was Henry Gaston and Jackson Suski finding the net for the RDA in a 2-0 win over Ohio Elite, which puts the 06 and 07 Boys at 4-1-0 to end October.

Meanwhile the Academy East’s 2008 and 2009 Boys each hosted an exciting match in Connellsville on Sunday in the Great Lakes Alliance. The 08s went up and down the field with the Cleveland Force in a 4-4 game, and the 09s had half the goals but the same result, 2-2.

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Sunday, Oct. 27

In Boys ECNL games at Montour Junction in Coraopolis:

• After being shut out the day before, the 07 Boys got back to producing goals in a big way with a 4-1 victory over Ohio Elite. Garrett Chandler, Ethan Voight-Cherna, JJ Vozar and Dante Sartori finished off the scoring plays, but quality build-up play led to all four strikes. Sam Wessel had a penalty save in addition to allowing just the one goal for the Hounds.

• Battling increasingly windy conditions, the 06 Boys also hit the win column with a 2-0 triumph over Ohio Elite. Henry Gaston scored just before halftime to give the Hounds a deserved lead after a strong first half. The posts denied the Hounds three times over in the second half, but Jackson Suski avoided the metal and hit the net to finally give the RDA a more comfortable lead.

In Great Lakes Alliance matches in Connellsville:

• The 08 East Boys went end-to-end with the Cleveland Force, starting out with a strong first half before falling behind in the second. The Hounds battled to pull even late, and the final was an exciting 4-4 draw.

• Like their elders, the 09 East Boys finished with a draw against Cleveland Force, 2-2.  The result was a little disappointing, however, as the Hounds played a strong match and had plenty of chances to nab a winning goal.

• The 07 East Boys had a down match on the wrong day, falling 6-0 to a good Soccer Vision Academy (Ohio) side. 

Saturday, Oct. 26

In Boys ECNL games at Montour Junction in Coraopolis:

• The 07 Boys met Ohio Premier in a top-of-the-league matchup that was scoreless at halftime. The visitors caught the Hounds on the break for the opening goal in the second half, and that forced the RDA side to open up. Gambling for a tying goal, Ohio Premier added two late and sent the Hounds to a 3-0 defeat.

• A first-half set piece by Ohio Premier put the 06 Boys behind, and they trailed by two after conceding again in the second half. JJ Simms got the Hounds on the board with 15 minutes to play, but a second RDA goal was not to be, and Ohio Premier stayed atop the conference with a 2-1 win.