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Academy teams win two, draw three over busy weekend

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The U-18 and U-16s both beat Baltimore Bays Chelsea and tied PA Classics while the U-14s battled to a scoreless draw with Cedar Stars Academy.

By Matt Ralph

The U-18s scored three times in the first half to beat Baltimore Bays Chelsea 3-1 on Saturday and drew PA Classics 1-1 on Sunday.

Conor Bradley scored in the 13th and 34th minutes in the Baltimore Bays Chelsea match. The goals were the first for Bradley this season after rejoining the Academy along with twin brother Shane Bradley from playing high school soccer with Haverford School in the fall.

Ryan Raheem Miller added a goal in the 30th minute to give the Union a 3-0 lead at halftime and all the offense they would need. Hunter Jarmon scored in the 58th minute for Baltimore and the defense held firm after starting goalkeeper Cameron Keys was red-carded in the 60th minute.

The starting XI also included Shane Bradley, Will Campbell, Kevin Carvalho, Frederick Gil, Morgan Hackworth, Nicholas Jachwak, Sean Wilson and Garrett Keys. Mohamed Conde, Chidi Iloka, Brandon Levano, John Schroeder and Abu Bakkar Winter came off the bench.

Substitute Mohamed Conde scored a late equalizer for the U-18s in another road contest with PA Classics on Sunday. Erik Rishel opened the scoring in the 71st minute for PA Classics.

Conor Bradley, Shane Bradley, Oliver Calvo, Will Campbell, Morgan Hackworth, Chidi Iloka, Zach Perez, Yosef Samuel, John Schroeder, Johann Weatherly and Sean Wilson were in the starting XI.

Up next, the U-18s play Players Development Academy Saturday at 3 p.m.

U-16s

The U-16s had their second straight offensive explosion over Baltimore Bays Chelsea followed by a letdown draw at PA Classics over the weekend.

Following up a 6-0 performance last Sunday at the PPL Park training fields, the U-16s made it 11 goals in two games on Saturday behind a first-half brace from Raheem Taylor-Parkes, a 50th minute goal from Colin Brezniak and goals just two minutes apart in the 66th and 68th minute from Patrick Murphy and Jerren Nixon.

Justin Bajek, Brezniak, Joseph DeZart, Kalil Elmedkar, Evan Godfrey, Isaiah Holquist, Mark McKenzie, Murphy, Jake Silverstein, Alexander Soto and Taylor-Parkes started in the 5-0 win. Juan Pablo Infante, Nixon, Kurtis Orrson, Max Silberg and Ryan Trapp came off the bench.

Sunday's 1-1 draw with PA Classics snapped a seven-game win streak for the U-16s dating back to December and was the first draw of the season for a team that dropped points for only the third time on the year (their record is now 18-2-1).

Tiger Graham scored in the 20th minute to give the Union the lead but a 49th minute equalizer Aramis Kouzine earned the home side the point.

Andrew Aprahamian, Robert Campbell, Lamine Conte, Anthony Fontana, Graham, Dawson McCartney, Mark McKenzie, Justin McMaster and Josue Monge, Jack Skahan and Andrew Verdi started the game. Joseph DeZart, Jerren Nixon, Kurtis Orrson, Alexander Soto and Raheem Taylor-Parkes came off the bench.

The U-16s play Players Development Academy on the road at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

U-14s

The U-14 team battled to a scoreless draw on the road against Cedar Stars Academy on Saturday afternoon. Three Union players were carded in the game - Blaire Barber, Giovani Jimenez and Andrew Taber.

The starting XI for the Union included Brenden Aaronson, Barber, Daniel Bloyou, Iverson Brisma, Christian Contreras, Carter Emack, Kevin Escobar, Chad Letts, Tomas Romero, Nykolas Sessock and Taber. Kenyatta Collins Jr., Vilbert Fortulus, Giovani Jimenez, Seth Kuhn and Antek Sienkiel made appearances off the bench.

The team travels to Harford Community College to play Baltimore Bays Chelsea Friday at 4 p.m.