Tiger Graham opened the scoring 14 minutes in with his 21st of the season from the spot, but the Philadelphia Union Academy U18 team was unable to overcome a Montreal Impact offense that put five into the back of the net in a 5-2 loss on the road on Saturday.
Max Sakiewicz added his first goal of the season in the 61st minute to make it 3-2 but a first half brace from Gabriel Wiethaeuper-Balbinotti along with a penalty kick from Mathieu Choinieri and a late insurance goal from Don-Junior Bobe were too much to overcome.
The loss was the second in the last four games for the U18s (17-5-2), which are still in good position for the playoffs (fourth overall) and in first place in the Atlantic Division with two games remaining this weekend against D.C. United and New York Red Bulls.
Lineup: Matthew Freese, Brandon Golden (Isaiah Holquist 70’), Rayshaun McGann, Evan Godfrey, Nykolas Sessock, Omar Ayala (Darius Lewis 70’), Anthony Fontana (Max Sakiewicz 61’), Alexander Soto (Emmanuel Perez 34’), Issa Rayyan, Kalil ElMedkhar, Tiger Graham
The U16 team nearly overcame a four-goal deficit with three second half goals but came up short in a 4-3 loss at Montreal.
Brenden Aaronson started the comeback with his fifth of the year in the 64th minute and Aziz Saidi and Liam O’Brien made things interesting with two late goals. Both goals were the seventh of the season for Saidi and O’Brien, who are tied with Chad Letts for second on the team.
Lineup: Kristopher Shakes (Tomas Romero 41’), Kevin Escobar (Aziz Saidi 64’), Sean Smolyn (Andrew Taber 57’), Lukas Burns, Olu Ogunwale, Marco Bla (Michael Pellegrino 59’), Brenden Aaronson, Seth Kuhn, Nick Blacklock, Axel Picazo, Chad Letts (Liam O’Brien 64’)
The U14s overcame some stellar goalkeeping from Keegan Murphy to keep them off the board and scored four goals in the second half to beat Loudoun Soccer 4-1 at home on Saturday.
Tianshuo Yang had a brace and Dante Huckaby added a goal. Click here for a photo gallery and more on the game.
Lineup: Chay Kaplan, Cole Sotack, Tiron Shatku, Ian Graham, Zach Golden, Ennis Stewart (Selmir Miscic 41’), Dante Huckaby, Arnel Miscic (Zachary Wagner 58’), William Burnett (Adam Lenges 23’), Zephyn Brockert-Kress (Justin Shaffer 69’), Tianshuo Yang
Jarman Reilly had a brace and Nathan Bradway, Mateo Infante, Jack Roberto and Marco Silva added goals in a 6-1 win over Loudoun Soccer.
Jason Grandizio recorded the clean sheet in goal.
Lineup: Jason Grandizio, Nathan Bradway (Edow Asomaning 45’), Callaghan Walsh (Mateo Infante 45’), Brandon Craig, Quinn Sullivan (Jason Barragan 36’), Mason Carrico, Matthew Bowes, Asher Laackman (Anthony Zucchero 36’), Sean Bettenhausen (Christopher Hackley 45’), Jack Roberto, Jarman Reilly (Marco Silva 45’)
The U12 team lost a rare game 5-4 to Lehigh Valley United but followed it up with a 6-1 win on Saturday.
Beckham Aiman, Marcello Mazzola, Nelson Pierre and Nicolas Rubio scored in the first game. Ian Abbey and Andrew Johnson each had a brace and Conrad Brady and Timothy Madden added goals in the second game.