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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.

VHSL Group 5A All-State soccer teams

Francois Bernard of Briar Woods High School is the Coach of the Year on the Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State boys' soccer team. Bernard guided the Falcons to their first state championship in 2017. Briar Woods, Broad Run, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora are each represented by players on the All-State teams.

VHSL Group 4A All-State soccer teams

Players from Heritage, John Champe, Loudoun County, Park View and Rock Ridge high schools earned selection on the 2017 Virginia High School League Group 4A All-State soccer teams.

Briar Woods soccer players are all smiles following their victory in penalty kicks against Mills Godwin in the Virginia 5A state final.—Times-Mirror/Buzz Covington

Briar Woods nips Mills Godwin in penalty kicks to wear state crown

With a hard-fought 1-0 victory June 10 that took penalty kicks to decide, the Briar Woods Falcons became the Virginia 5A state champions for boys' soccer. Not bad for a team that entered the postseason sporting a record of 7-6-5. Briar Woods head coach Francois Bernard appeared to get a kick out of watching his players celebrate on the Westfield High School pitch.

The Riverside Rams capped an unbeaten season by defeating the Blacksburg Bruins 1-0 in the Virginia 3A state boys’ soccer final.—Times-Mirror/Jeff Vennitti

Zhang’s late goals lifts Riverside to 3A soccer title

The 2017 Virginia 3A state boys' soccer championship game featured a budding program in second-year Riverside versus a Blacksburg team that has won 12 state titles. As it has throughout the season, Riverside proved up to the challenge June 10 at Roanoke College.

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