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RDA Weekend Recap - 1/2

By Riverhounds Staff, 01/02/20, 9:15AM EST


The RDA has put the year 2019 to rest, but not without one last big trip for the Academy's boys sides.

The 2001/02, 2003 and 2004 ECNL Boys competed last weekend at the ECNL Florida Showcase, where they closed out the year with some warmer weather and some stiff competition from up and down the East Coast.

In total, the three teams posted a combined 3-2-4 records, as close games were the order of the weekend just north of Orlando.

Two of those wins belonged to the 03 Boys, who defeated South Carolina United, 3-2, and the N.C. Fusion, 3-0, before falling in their Monday finale, 1-0, in a game that could have gone either way against Maryland United. Gabe Norris and Lucas Hammerle each had a pair of goals on the weekend, and goalkeeper Michael Francus earned one clean sheet for the weekend that included a penalty kick save against the Fusion.

The 04 Boys, meanwhile, came out of the gates flying with a 7-1 win over Alabama FC that wasn't as lopsided as the score would indicate, but the Hounds couldn't miss the net.

Bubby Towns had four goals in the 04s' win, but scoring became harder to come the rest of the weekend. The team battled in rough weather with only 10 men to get a 0-0 draw with the Charlotte Independence, and it closed the weekend falling behind by two goals, only to power back for a 3-3 draw with the Boston Bolts behind two goals from Caden Carpenter.

The 01/02 side couldn't snag a win, but they bounced back from a 1-0 loss against Manhattan SC (N.Y.) on Saturday to draw with FC Alliance (Tenn.), 0-0, and with FC Bucks (Pa.), 1-1.


Monday, Dec. 30

At ECNL Florida in Sanford, Fla.:

• The 03 Boys were tripped up for the only time on the weekend in a 1-0 loss to Maryland United, a game that could have broken for either side in a high-quality matchup.

• A poor first half saw the 04 Boys trailing by two goals, but the Hounds battled back for a 3-3 draw against the Boston Bolts. Caden Carpenter and Johnathan Dragisic scored to tie the match at 2-2 before Boston pulled ahead again with a long-range strike. Carpenter got his second of the game late to allow the RDA to share the points.

• The 01/02 Boys let a week-ending win slip away on a defensive error in stoppage time and settled for a 1-1 draw with FC Bucks (Pa.). The Hounds had the better of play and led through a Nino Civitate goal assisted by Austin Rocke, but they couldn't find a second goal to pad their advantage.

Sunday, Dec. 29

At ECNL Florida in Sanford, Fla.:

• The 01/02 Boys battled a strong FC Alliance (Tenn.) side and sloppy field conditions, which made finishing a tall order that neither side could accomplish in a 0-0 draw.

• The 04 Boys also ended up with a scoreless match against the Charlotte Independence, as they not only battled the conditions, but also some dubious officiating that left the team battling to the finish with 10 men.

• Lucas Hammerle scored twice, and Gabe Norris scored for the second straight day to send the 03 Boys to a 3-0 victory over the N.C. Fusion. Goalkeeper Michael Francus provided the critical moment of the match when he stopped a penalty kick with the score at 2-0, preserving the shutout and keeping N.C. at bay.

Saturday, Dec. 28

At ECNL Florida in Sanford, Fla.:

• The 04 Boys opened the weekend with a flourish against a good opponent, as they raced to a 7-1 win over Alabama FC in which the Hounds couldn't seem to miss the net. Bubby Towns scored four times for the RDA, while Caden Carpenter added a pair and Luke Lenz also notched a goal.

• While the 04s couldn't stop scoring, the 01/02 Boys were on the other end of the spectrum, creating chance after chance in the second half but eventually falling, 1-0, to a Manhattan SC (N.Y.) team that made its first-half goal stand up.

• The 03 Boys were the last of the teams in Florida to take the field, and they came away as 3-2 winners over South Carolina United. The Hounds were strong in the first half with Ross Hartley, Will Sangpachatanaruk and Gabe Norris scoring, Norris' goal coming from the penalty spot after drawing the foul himself. The team took its foot off the gas after the break, allowing S.C. back into the match, but the boys held on for the victory.