Editor's Note: The following Recreational Division game summaries were submitted by the Lawrence Hamnett Soccer Association.
Strong offensive efforts by Alexa Brown, Addison Chess and Sammy Lambdin helped the Washington Freedom kick off their season. Rugged efforts were also turned in by Camilla Ordonez, Maya Abrams, and Kate Coyer.
Mia Quattrochi’s and Sarah Birkenstock’s ball control mastery sparked a great kickoff weekend for the San Diego Spirit. Alise Orent, Paige Van Hise, and Noelle Go demonstrated great passing skills.
Julia Ciccone scored a bevy of goals and Molly Romaine and Coco Lutolf registered multiple tallies as the San Jose CyberRays had a great opening weekend. Sarah Fosina distributed two assists.
In the Boston Breakers debut weekend, numerous scoring opportunities were created by Lily Bowes, Kira Jolly and Kayla Bridgers. Nothing got past the strong defensive presence of Kendall Jodoin and Lexie Loughran and Mia Scarlata showed her newly learned soccer skills as she dribbled furiously deep into her opponent’s end.
The Chicago Red Stars came out firing this weekend as Siani Saunders, Melissa Bridge, and Anne LeMorvan were relentless on the attack. Emily Jorgensen and Julia Roman showed their defensive prowess in front of goalies Claire King, Trinity Fier, and Elena Weingarten.
FC Indiana had a very successful opening weekend. Its opening contest witnessed an impressive offensive attack led by Skylar Seidenfrau, Jordyn Vazquez, Reese Gallagher, and Gianna Timberlake. Jacqueline Chen, Abigail Duncan, and Isabella Timberlake provided a formidable defensive effort to keep the opponent in check. Ava Andrew had an outstanding day at goalkeeper. In Sunday’s match, Jenna Galla, Julianne Malyszka, and Katie Sullivan fueled the attack while Grace Dowd, Gabrielle Martinez, Ayanna Jaikishen, and Riley Burns turned in a sizable effort on defense.
New Zealand opened with strong performances in two friendlies over the weekend. Veteran Haley Lestician led by example on both ends of the field, scoring multiple goals and anchoring the defense. Fellow veteran Amyiah Fulmore provided a steadying presence at midfield and on defense. Kickin’ Kiwis’ goals were scored by Emma Paxton, Kathryn Hendry, and Abby Duff. Katie Toole shined with exquisite passing and great possession on the flanks. Molly McLaughlin’s and Caroline Wiehe’s tireless efforts at midfield provided multiple assists. Sarah Smith provided stellar defense and Sarah DeFalco notched the save of the weekend in goal.
The Vancouver White Caps played a great opening day game with superb ball control exhibited by Tobie Mitchell and Gabriel McNamara. Quincy Rose and James Sannella displayed determination on defense. On Sunday, John McKill-Murphy and Matthew Prawdzik led the way on offense, while Alexio Gonzalez and Jake Moog scored exciting goals.
Real Salt Lake started the season off right with some great teamwork to set up fantastic goals. Oscar Brajczewski and J.P. Claffey showed everyone their strong foot skills while Yohathan Fura moved up and down the field with lightning speed.
Opening weekend proved to be a great success for the LA Galaxy. Strong defensive play was provided by Owen Craig, Jaiveer Sunda, and Vivaan Sood. Parker Weiss, Jaedyn Cartwrig, Odin Cooper, Patrick Kenah, Jake Gaudino, Shaan Choudhri, and Evan Green all demonstrated strong offense and recorded goals.
DC United opened the season on Sunday and were more than eager to get started. Alex Knab was aggressive with several goals and a beautiful crossing pass for an assist on another goal by Mateo Rubio. Carson Daniell was sturdy on defense with goal stopping kicks.
Everton enjoyed a positive opening weekend as Bryan Fan paced the squad with multiple goals and Jihad Dicks dazzled on attack. Eric Bruestle provided pinpoint passing and ball movement, while Nate Duff, Will DeFalco, and Tommy Carpinelli displayed strong play at both ends of the field. Ben Lilly shined in net and was supported by stout defensive efforts from Matthew Adzima, Mike Pirone and Amar Virdee.
Liverpool opened its season with excellent soccer. On offense, Rahul Nair and Matthew Smith provided strong dribbling and shooting. In the midfield, Jason Romero Silver and Matthew Tran made key steals, followed by great passes forward. Caleb Solidum and Stephen Gilton supported their teammates through skilled goalkeeping and aggressive defense.
Korea began its season with a pair of scrimmages. Against Brazil—without any substitutes—Korea suffered a 5-1 setback despite an impressive goal from Max Lobben. Sanshal Bhayana played a great all-around game and kept the team energized. On Sunday, Jack Stinson’s goalkeeping and defensive efforts and Brian Callejas’ excellent play helped Korea prevail over Japan, 1-0, in a nail-biter.