NEW YORK CITY, NY – The New York City FC Academy played their second round this past weekend. Results were mixed, but mostly positive.
The NYCFC Girls Academy opened their season by completely dismantling Empire United last week by a combined score of 27-2. The U19 Girls’ 8-0 victory began in just the fourth minute with the opening goal scored by Katrina Kurtz (who would add another before the end). Emma Hou would add another two minutes later, and the match snowballed from there. Other goalscorers included Rebecca Jarrett (29′, 33′), Zoe Maxwell (58′) and Nicole Thomas ( 64′, 82′).
In match week two, the girls were a little more subdued, but nonetheless remain undefeated after traveling to central Connecticut to play Oakwood Soccer Club.
The Girls U14, 15 and 16/17 squads all won their matches (3-0, 2-1 & 3-1, respectively), while the U18/19s played to a scoreless draw. Each age group has a difficult weekend coming up, as they all play their first match at home this Saturday only to have another round of matches the next day in Massachusetts.
While the Squabs haven’t enjoyed the success of their counterparts top-to-bottom, the U18/19s – the very first iteration of the NYCFC Academy – are also undefeated.
Week One saw the NYCFC Boys go 2-3 vs. Blau-Weiss Gottschee, with the U13s and U19s winning (the U13s by a margin of 7-3) and the U14s, 15s, and 17s all losing.
Goal scorers for the U19s in week one included newcomer Joseph Koroma (6′) – as well as familiar names Will Sands (39′) and Gio Reyna (82′).
Reyna would find himself on the score sheet again in the U19s’ Week Two home-opening victory against Seacoast United. The US U15 Captain would net a second-half hat trick (49′, 79′, 90′) as the 15-year old put the match out of reach. Also scoring were newcomer Dante Polvara – who opened the scoring in the 20′, and veteran academy defender Veljko Petkovic (85′).
The NYCFC Boys will also have a double-match weekend coming up this Saturday and Sunday. All matches will be away.
Author’s Note: I will not be including any player names beyond those playing with the highest-tier age group.