Philadelphia Union Academy kept is unbeaten start to MLS NEXT play alive with a pair of dominating performances from the U14s and U13s against the Cedar Stars Academy of Monmouth over the weekend.
The Union Academy’s U13 squad put together another blistering performance, routing their opponent by a 10-0 margin while extending their shutout streak that has been ongoing since the opening kick of the fall.
Gunnar Graham and Cavan Sullivan led the way as goal scorers with each tallying a hat trick on the day. James Soler found the back of the net twice, while Pedro Guimaraes and Brett Seemuller each contributed one. Cavan brought the intensity right from kickoff passing forward very well and making smart decisions close to the attacking third. Peter Doran also brought a dynamic presence, dodging opponents in 1v1 situations in center field and frequently trying to score in front of the opponent goal.
The U14s once more saw a stellar performance from forward Kellan LeBlanc as he netted his second hat trick of the season in line to a 6-0 score line for the Academy. It was a back and forth opening half with Andrew Craig and Jordan Griffin finding LeBlanc for the first half goals. Things opened up in the final half as the Union’s press forced turnovers and scoring opportunities for the Boys in Blue. LeBlanc completed his hat trick while Joshua Rick, Stefan Chirila and Griffin added tallies to their personal totals.
Both squads look to continue their winning ways in their next match this weekend as they host PDA on Sunday October 4th.
Also in action this weekend was the U12 squad put together another win in the Acela League this weekend beating Alexandria SC 4-2. Jax Novodor led all scorers converting twice and picked up an assist along the way, William Ferreira added a goal and an assist, and Shea Harrington rounded out scoring after finding the back of the net once. The score does not fully reflect the game however, as the team was in control the whole game. A pair of loose goals in the second half put Alexandria on the board, but had the Union converted on some great looks at the goal this could have been a run-away. Both pressing and defensive shape have improved greatly since the beginning of the season forcing turnovers high up the field. There remains work to be done with movement off of the ball as well as finishing on chances around the goal.
The U12 boys take the field next this Saturday October 3rd when they take to the road against Sporting Delaware.