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Malorie Joseph, Liz Lazzaro, Hannah McShea and Hailey Shaw are joined by Raider soccer coaches Kirk Smith and Mary Grace Doyle.—Courtesy Photo

Next level soccer: Four Raiders commit to play collegiately

Four members of Loudoun County High School's girls' soccer team - Malorie Joseph, Liz Lazzaro, Hannah McShea and Hailey Shaw - finalized plans Feb. 3 to continue their soccer careers at the next level.

Local standout Brittany Basinger, right, vies for the ball during Penn State’s NCAA Tournament second-round game versus Boston University.—Photo Courtesy/Penn State Athletics

Basinger helps Penn State win first national title

Penn State University's women's soccer team claimed its first-ever national championship Dec. 6 with a 1-0 victory against Duke in the College Cup final. Woodgrove High School alum Brittany Basinger started on the Nittany Lions' stout back line.

Woodgrove alum Basinger helps Penn State advance to College Cup

Woodgrove High School alum Brittany Basinger and the Penn State Nittany Lions are headed to the College Cup, as one of four teams remaining in the 2015 NCAA Division I women's soccer tournament. Basinger, a redshirt sophomore defender, helped Penn State post its sixth consecutive shutout in a 2-0 home victory Nov. 28 versus West Virginia.

A trio of Loudoun Soccer teams won 2015 Virginia State Cup titles.—Courtesy Photo

Three times the charm for Loudoun Soccer Club

Three teams representing Loudoun Soccer Club won Virginia Youth Soccer Association State Cup titles Nov. 1 in Fredericksburg. On the boys’ side, both ’99 Red and ’98 Red were crowned champions. On the girls’ side, ’98 Red took home a state title.

Murielle Tiernan has now scored 38 career goals in less than three full seasons at Virginia Tech.—Photo Courtesy/Virginia Tech athletics

Bulldog alum Murielle Tiernan adds to career scoring mark in Hokies’ win

Stone Bridge High School alum Murielle Tiernan netted her 13th goal of the season to help Virginia Tech defeat Pittsburgh, 4-2, in Atlantic Coast Conference women's soccer action Oct. 25 at Thompson Field in Blacksburg. Tiernan, a junior forward, pushed her school record of career goals scored to 38.

Soccer: Golan signs with Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.

Loudoun Soccer standout Sam Golan has signed a two-year agreement with Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., who play in the English Football League Championship. Golan, a defender, is the first male player from Loudoun Soccer to sign a scholar contract overseas.

Stone Bridge alum Murielle Tiernan, left, was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection last fall after leading Virginia Tech with 14 goals.—Photo Courtesy/Virginia Tech athletics

Tiernan named to MAC Hermann Award watch list

Stone Bridge High School alum Murielle Tiernan has been named to the 2015 Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Award watch list in advance of her junior season at Virginia Tech. The prestigious NCAA soccer award is presented annually to one male and one female athlete.

Giovanni Vasquez, right, found the back to net twice - once in each half - during a 4-2 loss to Baltimore Celtic in the national semifinals.—Courtesy Photo

Loudoun 98 Red makes waves at national event

For a second consecutive year, Loudoun 98 Red secured a coveted spot in the semifinals at the 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer Championships, contested July 21-25 in Tulsa, Okla.

VHSL Group 4A All-State soccer teams

Loudoun County High School swept top honors on the Virginia High School League Group 4A girls' soccer team with senior Emily Littell (Player of the Year) and Kirk Smith (Coach of the Year).

FCV Explosion take home State Cup title

The FCV Ashburn Explosion are 2015 Virginia State Cup champions in the U12 girls' division. In an all-FC Virginia final, the Explosion defeated FCV United 1-0 on the strength of a first-half goal by Abby "Ajax" Jackson. The two sister teams will merge to form the FC Virginia U13 Pre-ECNL team for the 2015-2016 season.

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