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Apr, 2018

Internationals SC ECNL Teams Continue Fight for Playoffs

All Internationals SC ECNL teams remain in the hunt for a playoff spot after yet another weekend of tough competition.  This weekend was a particularly busy one with seven matches taking place at Pinnacle Sports in Medina, Ohio over two days.   

“After the indoor season, it took us a while to get going,” Internationals SC Founder, President, and Director of Coaching Zdravko Popovic commented. “Now that we had a chance to play in Phoenix and have an away conference weekend and a home conference weekend, we see things coming together and the players are starting to understand their roles.  But at the same time, we are dealing with a bunch of injuries.  Our U17s are missing four key players due to injuries.  That breaks our chemistry.  We are constantly dealing with the challenges, conditions, and adversity, but we still remain competitive, which is a positive reflection of where we are at.  We’re looking to get everyone healthy and are anticipating a strong finish.  As of right now, everyone is in the running for the ECNL playoffs.”

Sunday featured a high level of play and several positive results.  The U13 ECNL squad collected an impressive 4-0 win over Ohio Premier (OP).  The U14 ECNL team collected a 0-0 draw with OP, while the U15 ECNL squad finished with a 1-1 draw with OP.  The weather was in the 40s with gusty winds at the start of the day, but it gradually improved.

The weather certainly was a factor on Saturday with rain, wind, and near freezing temperatures making things difficult for all involved.  The U16 ECNL squad fell 2-1 to OP and the U17 ECNL team was defeated by OP by that same 2-1 margin.  The U18/U19 ECNL squad lost to OP 1-0 in a close match, while the U18/U19 Composite ECNL team fell 6-0 to OP. 

“While we didn’t get the results we wanted on Saturday, the performance on the field, there were some good moments,” Popovic added. “There were some things coming off of it that we know we need to fix in the coming weeks of training.  In terms of their game understanding and style of play, they have positive momentum moving forward.”

The U13 ECNL team currently sits in first place in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 7-2-3 record, 24 points, and a +16 goal differential.  The U14 ECNL squad is in fifth place in the Ohio Valley with a 6-4-2 record, 20 points, and a +16 goal differential.  However, only four points currently separate the top five teams at the U14 level.

The U15 ECNL team has a 3-4-3 record and 12 points, good enough for fifth place in the conference.  The team finds themselves just one point from fourth place and five points from third.  The U16 ECNL squad, currently in third place in the Ohio Valley Conference, have a 5-1-4 record to go along with a +14 goal differential and 19 points. 

The U17 ECNL team has a 3-6-1 record and is currently in fifth place in the conference with 10 points.  The U18/19 ECNL squad, currently in sixth place in the Ohio Valley, has a 4-5-1 record with a +7 goal differential and 13 points.  The U18/19 Composite ECNL team has a 1-7-1 record and four points, good enough for eighth place in the conference. 

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