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The girls soccer team is young this year, with just two seniors, but sixth-year coach Paul Hopkins said they’re fast, they’re good ball handlers, and have solid experience to lead in key positions. Thirty-one students came to play this year, so the team will have 16 varsity players and a JV squad, as well.

Their toughest opponent, as always, is expected to be La Conner, jokingly referred to as “the evil empire” by Friday Harbor coaches.

“Every year it’s a battle to see who’s going to win the league,” said Hopkins. Just two teams from the league get to compete at districts, and the team that wins the first round at district gets a better first-round seed at state championships. The Wolverines played their first game at home against Evergreen Lutheran on Saturday morning, Sept. 2.

 

 

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MAMARONECK – For members of the 2016 Mamaroneck boys soccer team, the what ifs will last a lifetime.

Those Tigers earned the No. 1 seed in the Class AA playoffs and technically tied rival New Rochelle in the quarterfinals, but they were eliminated by the eventual state champions on penalty kicks. The Huguenots went on to win a New York state title while Mamaroneck players had no choice but to watch from afar.

“For the seniors from last year and everyone on the team, we’ll always think, ‘If we had beaten them, what would have happened?’ ” goalkeeper Max Vicinelli said. “We beat them twice in the regular season and they beat us in PKs, so we’ll always think about that season and what could have been. But it made us hungry for this game and this season, and we used it to our advantage.”

With a chance for a measure of revenge on Saturday in their first meeting of 2017, the Tigers channeled their disappointment into a 1-0 win which will reverberate around the state.

 

 

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Two years after Hartford’s last attempt to revive Dillon Stadium collapsed in scandal, city and state leaders are again seeking proposals to redevelop the facility.

Two years after Hartford’s ardent attempt to revive Dillon Stadium fell apart in scandal, city and state leaders are taking another run at the facility, hoping once again to draw a professional soccer team and convert the ailing property to a community asset.

The Capital Region Development Authority, partnering with Hartford in the effort, is seeking proposals to upgrade or rebuild the storied South End structure, which has fallen into disrepair.

The idea gained momentum after a volley of calls came in from soccer league representatives.

Michael Freimuth, CRDA’s executive director, said the agency received “some interest” from teams looking for a home at Rentschler Field, but “frankly, it was just too big and too expensive for soccer.”

 

 

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The U.S. women’s national team take on New Zealand on Friday in the first of two friendlies at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, in Commerce City, Colorado.

The two teams will then clash again on Tuesday at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The friendlies are the beginning of a run of games taking the team through until the end of the year, with the U.S. team set to face the Korea Republic twice in October before two games against Canada in November.

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LONDON — A few weeks before last November’s presidential election in the United States, Matthew Barzun, the country’s ambassador to Britain at the time, hosted a party.

When all of his guests had arrived, Barzun clinked a glass and asked for silence. A confidant of the man who had appointed him, President Barack Obama, he said he knew that — whoever won the election — this would be one of his last chances to host such an evening.

So, he said, he wanted to use it to celebrate something that he, and particularly his children, cherished: the special relationship between the United States and English soccer. This was the first time, he joked, that his children had been disappointed that they were not allowed to stay up late to join the party.

 

 

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The United States women’s national team is officially back on track.

Julie Ertz scored two first-half goals and Alex Morgan added another in the 79th minute as the USWNT earned a 3-1 victory over New Zealand in their friendly Friday night.

Hannah Wilkinson added a goal in the second half for New Zealand, which was overmatched throughout the match. The United States held possession for 65 percent of the match, took eight shots on goal and committed only one foul in what was a near-flawless performance at times.

USWNT has now won three straight matches since its July 27 loss to Australia. The U.S. has outscored its opponents 10-4 in those contests and has given up just one goal in its last two matches.

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With the historic fifth season of the National Women’s Soccer League nearing the end of its 24-game schedule, the postseason is quickly approaching. Four teams will battle in the playoffs for the title of 2017 NWSL Champion, which in turn means several U.S. Women’s National Team players will be competing for club glory. Two teams are locked in for the 2017 playoffs – the North Carolina Courage and the Portland Thorns — but two spots are still up for grabs, making the upcoming games for the Chicago Red Stars, the Orlando Pride, Seattle Reign and FC Kansas City crucial.

With WNT head coach Jill Ellis naming her 22-player roster today for the upcoming friendlies against New Zealand on Sept. 15 and Sept. 19, seven players on this roster are already guaranteed to play a playoff game in October for their clubs: Abby Dahlkemper, Samantha Mewis, Lynn Williams and Taylor Smith of the North Carolina Courage and Tobin Heath, Allie Long and Lindsey Horan of the Portland Thorns.

 

 

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New Manchester City star Bernardo Silva has revealed what his Portugal teammate Cristiano Ronaldo told him before his move to the blue side of Manchester.

Read: The Top 10 Goalscorers In 2018 World Cup Qualification

The 23-year-old, who joined Pep Guardiola’s side from Monaco for a fee €50 million (R771 million) in the recent window, has revealed he spoke to national team colleagues Ronaldo and Nani before completing his move to the Citizens.

“At the Confederations Cup, I asked Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani about Manchester and they told me how much they enjoyed it here,” he told FourFourTwo.

“They said that all of the people were great and that it’s a real football city.

 

 

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The former and the new coach of Mahwah girls soccer have crossed paths in two areas.

Courtney Carrelha and her replacement, Justin Saputski, often have conferred as instructors in the school system’s enrichment program for top students.

They also have shared the high school field, as Saputski coached boys soccer the past three years, serving as interim head coach in the late stages of last season.

Carrelha’s final season of coaching was a beauty as the team went 16-4-1 and won the North 1, Group 2 state sectional championship and the Patriot Division title. She has retired from coaching and has handed over a multi-talented roster consisting of many of last year’s stars.

 

 

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Bethel’s Paulo Belato plays a ball upfield during a game against New Milford on Friday, September 8th, 2017. Bethel won 2-1.

NEW MILFORD — The Bethel boys soccer team didn’t create a single meaningful chance in the first half of its season opener Friday at New Milford.

The Wildcats more than made up for it in the second, though.

Led by a pair of goals by senior Jacob Bohrman, Bethel claimed a 2-1 win over the Green Wave in a battle between SWC heavyweights.

Bethel’s attacking quality shined through in the second half as it created several chances.

“We came out with the intensity in the second half,” Bethel coach Tony Fernandes said. “Our key players really stepped it up. The pressure in the first 15 minutes of the second was ferocious; we deserved it today.”

 

 

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