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Leesburg native trains with Nigerian soccer team

Last month, Ben Ogedegbe stood up from the bench, paced the sideline and prepared to enter a game in Atlanta. His father, Nathaniel, watched on and attempted to record the moment on his phone. He was unable to, as the sight of Ben hitting the pitch was too emotional for him. Of course, this wasn’t just a normal soccer game.

Updated: Loudoun 99B Red claim national soccer crown

The nation's best Under-16 boys' soccer team calls Loudoun home. Evans Moyo headed home a cross from Gabe Splett for the decisive goal in Loudoun 99B Red's 1-0 victory over Dix Hills Hurricanes (N.Y.) in the U16 boys' championship game of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series July 31 in Frisco, Texas.

Area teams playing in youth soccer championships

Three Loudoun based teams are competing in the 2016 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships this week in Texas. Loudoun 98B Red, Loudoun 99B Red and FCV Ashburn Elite 01 are vying for national supremacy in separate boys' age divisions.

From youth to club to high school and soon to be college, Liz Lazzaro and Hannah McShea have and will continue to spend a lot of time together on and off the soccer field.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat

A special bond: McShea, Lazzaro are lifelong soccer teammates

Hannah McShea and Liz Lazzaro aren't actually each other's sisters. They just really act like it. The two recent Loudoun County High School alumnae have known each other since age 6, been teammates since age 12 and friends since becoming teammates.

VHSL Group 5A All-State soccer teams

Briar Woods, Broad Run, Potomac Falls, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora high schools are each represented on the 2016 Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State boys' and girls' soccer teams.

VHSL Group 4A All-State soccer teams

Loudoun County High School junior forward Allyson Brown in the Player of the Year on the 2016 Virginia High School League Group 4A girls' soccer team. Arturo Jimenez of Park View and Kirk Smith of Loudoun County were selected as Coaches of the Year on the boys' and girls' teams.

VHSCA Group 4A All-State boys’ soccer team

Arturo Jimenez of Park View High School has been selected as Coach of the Year on the 2016 Virginia High School Coaches Association Group 4A All-State boys' soccer team. Jimenez guided the Patriots to the Virginia 4A state championship this spring.

Park View players and coaches are all smiles as the Patriots claimed their first state championship in boys’ soccer since 1992.—Times-Mirror/Jeff Vennitti

Virginia 4A boys soccer final: Park View strikes gold in state championship

For the first time in 24 years, the Park View Patriots have a state-champion boys' soccer team. In the 66th minute of the Group 4A title match against Chancellor, Hector Hernández found open space as Obdulio Funez kicked a hard roller which the Chargers’ keeper dove to deflect. It ricocheted straight toward Hernández for the game’s only goal – and just the second of the season for the first-year junior.

The Loudoun County Raiders rejoice after winning a second consecutive state soccer championship.—Times-Mirror/Jeff Vennitti

Virginia 4A girls soccer final: Loudoun County repeats as state champs

The Loudoun County Raiders successfully defended last year’s Virginia 4A state girls' soccer championship June 11, repeating the feat this spring with a 1-0 win over Salem in the title game. In the 28th minute, Loudoun County’s Liz Lazzaro booted a long free kick, sending the ball off the crossbar where Allyson Brown headed it into the back of the net. After the trophy presentation, those two players shared a hug and a laugh.

Dominique Davis rises to play a header during the Virginia 5A girls’ soccer final.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Virginia 5A girls soccer final: Mills Godwin outlasts Tuscarora in overtime

The defense bent over exhausted and bewildered. Goalkeeper Courtenay Kaplan sat just outside the box and watched Mills Godwin celebrate a 4-3 overtime victory in the Virginia 5A state girls' soccer championship game. For Tuscarora, its magical postseason ended on a sour note. The Huskies fell one goal short of a state championship June 11 at Robinson Secondary School.

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