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Game recap: U14 SWVA Elite Girls vs CVU

U14 SWVA Elite Girls vs CVU

Final Score 3:1

The SWVA Elite U14 Girls hosted CVU on Sunday, September 15th. The team, playing under the NRU umbrella, is comprised of 22 players from Christiansburg Soccer Club, New River United and Radford Soccer Club, and is coached by Erin Lycan, VT women’s assistant coach, and assisted by B.J. Flack (NRU) and Jason Mahugh (CSC). In the first half, the CVU girls found some early chances on goal while SWVA sorted out their defensive shape, bending but never breaking, and while the latter part of the half was played fairly evenly the first half ended scoreless. In second half, SWVA gained majority of possession, while allowing few chances on goal defensively, and the girls went up early in the half on a converted penalty by Morgan Mullens. A few minutes later, Simonne Guenette got behind the CVU defense on the right flank and sent a lovely cross to Morgan Mullens, who banged it home with one touch to put the girls up 2-0. Later in the half, Emily Southern scored to make it 3-0. CVU converted a chance in the closing minutes, and the girls ended up with a 3-1 win. In addition to the goal scorers, special play was also provided by Tori Shimozono and Taylor Spence in the midfield. The future looks bright for the SWVA Elite 99 Girls squad as they begin their first season of Skyline play together.

This article was written by B.J. Flack and was originally published on the NRU website.

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Valley Sports Now – 8/1/13

Christiansburg Soccer Club Hosts British Soccer Camp

Last week, for the third consecutive year, the Christiansburg Soccer Club hosted a Challenger Soccer Camp, bringing eight British coaches to Christiansburg. The camp was held at Christiansburg Middle School and more than 100 soccer players, ranging from ages 3 to 16, attended to increase their skills and spend time on the field with British Coaches.  continue reading…

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One goal is to keep kids playing in the communities they live and go to school.

By Liz Clark
Special to The Roanoke Times

Photo courtesy of Renee PoffKarley Poff races past a defender as she plays for the Radford Soccer Club’s Christiansburg Ladycats. The Ladycats were the first Christiansburg girls travel soccer team.

A new youth soccer club is set to kick off in the New River Valley, and it already has a great home field advantage: a supporting community.

A board of five founding members joined efforts to create the Christiansburg Soccer Club to meet the lack of opportunities for children who desire to excel in soccer.

The club hopes to make the sport more convenient for families and establish social and school identity among youngsters in the Christiansburg, Riner and Shawsville areas.

“We expect to be able to become a bridge between the recreational elementary school program to the competitive high school level,” said Dennis Nagel, president of the club. “And that’s what historically has been missing in this part of the county.”

According to Nagel, current youth soccer clubs in the New River Valley do not cater to the demographics and interests of the whole community. As a result, many children have no foundation upon which to build their soccer skills.

The soccer club aims to meet these challenges by making soccer more affordable and accessible — and parent interest a top priority.

The community has quickly jumped on the club’s efforts.

The club anticipates exceeding its goal for registration, which ends Feb. 20. Nagel expects some 150 players from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade to take the field in the club’s first spring season and estimates 250 in the fall.

Riner resident Karen Phillips registered her first-grade son for the club after participating in a different soccer club last year.

“It’s lopsided right now,” Phillips said. “The club we were with feeds into the Blacksburg school district, and we want our kids to have the opportunity to play at the high school level in their own district.”

At Auburn High School, where Phillips’ children will attend, girls who want to play soccer have to try out for the boys soccer team because there is no girls team. Phillips hopes to see the soccer club change that.

Other areas within the community are also showing their enthusiasm for the club.

Businesses, such as Imaginetics and Carilion Clinic Family Medicine, stepped up to sponsor the club after it became a nonprofit organization in the fall.

“We reached out to support them because we haven’t seen a local soccer club in the Christiansburg area,” Imaginetics Principal Tim Gillow said. “This club has so much enthusiasm; we hope to see it blossom.”

Nagel said coaches of at least a dozen soccer teams in the area contacted the club and expressed their desires to also assist in their efforts.

Volunteer coaches will assist with the club’s four recreational age groups: pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first and second grade, and third and fourth grade. The recreational level will focus on developing technical skills in an enjoyable environment so children will want to continue in the sport.

“The goal is making it fun and having them learning while not realizing it,” Nagel said.

The recreational program will prepare youngsters to transition into a more competitive level, the travel program. The travel program will begin at fifth grade and continue up until high school.

“If we have done our job right,” Nagel said, “then in seven years we will have a core of well-trained high school players supporting the school’s run in the state championship.”

The vast community support may be proof enough that the club is already on track to doing great things for Christiansburg and the surrounding area.

Registration is $20 for pre-kindergarten participants and $35 for other ages. To register for the soccer club this spring or more information visit the Christiansburg Soccer Club Web site at csoccer.org.

Youth recreation and competitive soccer in Virginia's New River Valley

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