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RDA Weekend Recap - 11/27

By Riverhounds Staff, 11/27/19, 11:00AM EST


As one Riverhounds Development Academy team headed across the pond, a few others were defending their home turf.

Girls ECNL action was the big event of last weekend at Montour Junction Sports Complex in Coraopolis, and the 2005 Girls are out to the kind of start that could make this a special season.

The 05 Girls are 3-0-1 on the young season, giving them an Ohio Valley Conference-leading 10 points, after a draw Saturday and a win Sunday against top opposition. 

The team could have a perfect record after Julia Lozowski staked them to a lead in their first match, but a late free kick goal after a foul call that had the Hounds steaming forced a 1-1 draw with FC Pride (Ind.). The next day, the Hounds fell behind against the Indiana Fire, but the team roared back and finished the job with goals by Sophia Spataford and Ava Boyd earning a 2-1 win.

Also picking up wins on the weekend were the 01/02 Girls, who bounced back from a Saturday loss to top the Indiana Fire, 1-0, on a Taylor Hamlett goal set up by Justine Appolonia. The 03 Girls defeated FC Pride in their first match, as Tessa Dellarose continued her high-scoring ways with both strikes in a 2-1 win.

While those matches were going on, the 2007 Boys were packing up to leave for Scotland, where they are spending a week training at the Glasgow home of famed club Rangers. The trip began with a rainy Tuesday night match against the academy side from Dundee United, the first of three scheduled matches on the trip.

To read more about the boys' trip to Scotland, see the story about their voyage. And for periodic updates on the trip and everything else around the RDA, keep visiting our Live Results page.


Tuesday, Nov. 26

In Dundee, Scotland:

• The 07 Boys got the first on-field test of their European trip in rainy conditions against academy boys from Dundee United. Still ahead are matches with St. Johnstone and Rangers before the boys get to take in the Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts in Glasgow on Sunday.

Sunday, Nov. 24

In ECNL matches at Montour Junction:

• The 05 Girls continued their excellent start to the season with a 2-1 win over the Indiana Fire. Sophia Spatafore and Ava Boyd scored for the Hounds after falling behind 1-0. The team is 3-0-1, giving them a conference-best 10 points after their last ECNL match before the new year.

• The 01/02 Girls dug in with an excellent defensive performance to bounce back with a 1-0 win over the Indiana Fire. Taylor Hamlett scored her second goal in as many days with a header set up by a cross from Justine Appolonia.

• Credit the 04 Girls with a mostly solid game, but a pair of errors in the back allowed the Indiana Fire to come away with a 2-0 win. The Hounds were solid in possession and twice hit the crossbar, but a goal wasn't in the cards on Sunday.

Saturday, Nov. 23

In ECNL matches at Montour Junction:

• The 03 Girls had a number of good passages when they controlled play, and Tessa Dellarose handled the scoring with a pair of goals in a 2-1 win over visiting FC Pride.

• Julia Lozowski had the 05 Girls ahead until the late moments of the game, but a foul on what the Hounds felt was a soft call led to FC Pride pulling level on a free kick with two minutes remaining in a 1-1 draw.

• A late lead also slipped away from the 04 Girls in a 1-1 draw with FC Pride. Mary Kate Lape had the Hounds goal, and the team produced a strong defensive effort in front of an excellent goalkeeping day from Emma Van Meter.

• Taylor Hamlett put the 01/02 Girls in the lead, but the RDA girls ran out of steam in the second half after FC Pride scored twice in two minutes before going on to win 3-1.