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A bioengineering major, Emily Littell dished a team-high seven assists in 2017 for George Mason’s women’s soccer team.—Photo Courtesy/GMU athletics

Former Raider soccer standout earns academic all-america honor

George Mason University junior midfielder Emily Littell was selected on the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America Division I Women's Soccer Team. Littell, a Loudoun County High School alum, is the first George Mason women's soccer player in program history to earn the honor.

Sporting Virginia 08 team members from left: Riley Nicholson, Sadie Peterson, Lily Stevens and Olivia Mason.—Courtesy Photo

Sporting Virginia wins national soccer event

A team of four girls from the Sporting Virginia Futsal Club won the 2008 U10 age division at the 3v3 Live Soccer National Championships, contested Nov. 25-26 in Nashville, Tenn. Sporting Virginia went 6-0 in the tournament, outscoring opponents from Ohio, Alabama, Tennessee and Illinois by a combined 53-8.

Loudoun County High School alum Gabby Gillis recently received all-american honors for athletics and academics at Christopher Newport University.—Photo Courtesy/CNU OCPR

Gillis excels on and off soccer field

Postseason accolades continue to roll in for Loudoun County High School alum Gabrielle 'Gabby' Gillis following a stellar junior season for Christopher Newport University's women's soccer team. Along with her athletic prowess, Gillis is also earning honors for her work in the classroom.

Briar Woods High School alum Jimmy Grace led the Capital Athletic Conference in scoring during his senior season at Christopher Newport University.—Photo Courtesy/Patrick Dubois, CNU OCPR

College Corner: Grace repeats as conference’s top soccer player

Christopher Newport University senior midfielder Jimmy Grace earned Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors in men's soccer for second consecutive year. Look inside for more on Grace, along with entries highlighting Connor Jessop, Wanya Allen, Brandon Grayson, George Cross V and Daniel Smith.

Oliva Mackey will guide Loudoun County High School’s varsity girls’ soccer team.—Times-Mirror File Photo/Kate Murphy

Loudoun County selects Mackey to lead soccer program

Following a couple of seasons as an assistant coach, Olivia Mackey is making the move to head varsity coach of the Loudoun County High School girls' soccer team. Mackey, a Raider alumnus, takes the reins from longtime coach Kirk Smith, who relocated to Florida after the 2017 season.

Tryouts and announcements: Sept. 26 listings

Dominion High School's volleyball team will host its fourth annual Military and First Responders Appreciation Night on Oct. 5; an information meeting for the Centurions homeschool wrestling team is Sept, 30; and team registration is open for the Central Maryland Soccer Association’s Inaugural Delmarva Soccer Cup.

HP Elite & Beyond 12U boys soccer team.—Courtesy Photo

A summer trip to remember for youth soccer teams

HP Elite & Beyond in Chantilly, through partnership with Loudoun Sports Center, Ecco Advisors and NGS Infonet Inc., sent two select teams on a competitive and cultural tour of Italy in July. A 12U boys team and a 15U girls team from HP Elite & Beyond competed in the San Marino Cup, the largest youth soccer tournament in Italy.

Members of Loudoun Soccer’s 98 Red boys team work on a drill during a practice earlier this summer.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

A tight bond for Loudoun 98 Red soccer team

Raw talent, intelligence and athleticism. These traits are often considered the perfect recipe for success in sports. The trait often overlooked is team cohesiveness and friendship: think LeBron James without Dwayne Wade, or Sydney LeRoux sans Alex Morgan. Enter Loudoun Soccer's 98 Red boys club team, who are the perfect example that it doesn’t just take pure ability to achieve lofty goals.

Sporting Virginia’s 10U team went undefeated at the Challenge Sports 3v3 Soccer National Championships.—Courtesy Photo

Sporting Virginia wins national youth soccer crown

Sporting Virginia, a team of six girls representing the Sporting Virginia Futsal Club in Leesburg, won the Under 10 Gold Division at the Challenge Sports 3v3 Soccer National Championships, held July 28-30 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

Emory University captains Nikki Batt, left, and Madison Phaneuf have built a tight bond since first meeting each other on the soccer field seven years ago.—Courtesy Photo

Batt, Phaneuf build a special bond through soccer

Emory University juniors Madison Phaneuf and Nikki Batt know all too well the power of fate. The ever-present force in life, it created their unforeseen friendship and directed their lives in places each never thought it would go.

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