by Kevin Darcy


Early Season Travels Bring Mixed Results for First Year Franchise

June 22, 2021; Yorktown, VA – They say timing is everything and for the first year UWS club, VIRGINIA FA, having last weekend off could not have come at a better time.  Jumping out to a fast start with an opening season draw on the road vs NOVA FC and a convincing 4-0 win in their home opener vs LESC Internazionale, the upstart VIRGINIA side got a taste of life on the road with the franchise’s first two game away trip last weekend in Maryland.  With 3 of the first 4 matches away from home, the team sits 3rd in the table of the Mid-Atlantic South Division poised to kick-off a 3 game homestand on Sunday June 27th vs Coppermine United.

The visiting VIRGINIA squad got off to a slow start in their last match, conceding a 1st half penalty kick to host Maryland Elite SC, but found their rhythm pulling back the equalizer on a well-placed finish by Ava Veith heading into the break at 1-1. The home side scored the go-ahead goal mid-way through the second half and put the game away with a late tally and a final score of 3-1.  “I give a lot of credit to our group playing with 1 sub and only 3 from our normal starting lineup available for the match, competing for 90 minutes against a quality opponent.” Says coach Darcy. “Road trips in minor league soccer are especially difficult fielding a consistent roster, totally different from home matches when all players become available. We knew going into the weekend this would be the case, providing an opportunity for others to gain experience with the goal of staying super competitive in our approach.” On the back end of the weekend trip, the talented Annapolis United side led 1-0 at halftime on their way to a 3-1 victory over VIRGINIA FA.  Nyle Nwainokpor scored the lone goal for the visitors and was a bright spot in the match pressing the United’s backline throughout the game. “Annapolis is the most talented team in the division and a real tough matchup, especially in the second game of a back-to-back weekend.  Nyle had a great effort along with Page Frantz, Alaina McKnight, Ava Veith, Camille Pereira and Savyon Hammond keeping us in the match and competing on both sides of the ball till the final whistle. We are happy with our ability to compete on the road but look forward to the next 3 games at home and taking hold of the division.”

VIRGINIA FA returns home to the friendly confines of Cooley Field (Williamsburg) to host league leading Coppermine United (Baltimore, MD) Sunday June 27th at 5:00PM.  Tickets to the home matches will be $8, free for children 6 & under and will be made available through the team website at www.virginiauws.com. Interested sponsors can also contact the team through the site to gain exposure on the website, social media and at our home stadium Cooley Field.

UWS is a national pro-am league comprised of professionally operated clubs within the United States & Canada. UWS provides high level competition for college players, aspiring & former professionals, and international stars. The season runs from May until the end of July, culminating in a National Championship. Since the league’s inception in 2016, UWS has filled the gap between the college & professional ranks and has over 17 NWSL draftees & 100 professional contracts to its name.

United Women's Soccer (UWS) launched League Two in 2020 as a developmental pathway for U20/23 players. UWS League Two serves as the official league for UWS Reserve Teams. For new clubs, it provides an opportunity to introduce themselves to the standards-driven national pro-am league and can serve as a launch point for a UWS First Team. The season runs during the summer and teams play matches in a regional-friendly format.

Home to the Peninsula and the Hampton Roads region, VIRGINIA “FUTBOL ALLIANCE” UWS provides competitive summer matches in a national league platform for current and former college players as well as top club talent from the region. With the goal of moving into UWS in 2022, VIRGINIA FA will compete in the Mid-South Atlantic Division of League Two for its inaugural 2021 season with NOVA FC, Coppermine United, LESC Internazionale, Maryland Elite SC and Annapolis United FC. Through a strategic partnership with VAFC and GBSA youth clubs, VIRGINIA FA serves as the top of their club’s pyramid and boasts a platform that includes grass roots to professional level teams as well as affiliations with strategic partners CCL National & Regional League, EDP “Elite Development Program”, VSL “Virginia Soccer League, Southampton FC International Academy, Richmond United’s ECNL National Academy program and PUMA.