2012 Winter I Recap

HOW THEY FINISHED
United and Munich brought a close to the Winter I season at XL Soccer World in which United won, 5-4, and took second place.  The Hawks captured first by going unbeaten.  Munich took third followed by Papa Lou’s, the Rottweilers, Research Triangle Green, Silver and Newcastle.  While United took second, it took both the official and unofficial scoring title.  Unofficially (XL minimized the team scores so that there didn’t appear to be blowouts) United scored 79 goals and gave up 16, leading to a +63 point differential.  Officially United scored 76 goals, leading to a +60 point differential.  According to the official standings, United edged out the Hawks by a single goal.  Derrick Johnson took the United individual scoring title by scoring 17 goals this season.  George Bournazian and Nico Gutierrez tied for second with eight.  A lot of the setups for those goals came from Colin Attarian, who led the team in assists with 10, followed by Logan Harris with eight and George Bournazian with seven.  Winter II promises to be just as fun and begins the week of January 7, 2013.

Fastest Goal in Team History from Holly Springs United on Vimeo.

Holly Springs United Goals vs. XL Munich from Holly Springs United on Vimeo.

PATRICK’S SAVES VERSUS MUNICH from Holly Springs United on Vimeo.

COLIN CLAIMS ANOTHER ASSISTER’S TITLE

Colin Attarian had 10 assists this season.  Logan Harris dished off eight passes for goals while George Bournazian sent sevin.
Colin Attarian had 10 assists this season. Logan Harris dished off eight passes for goals while George Bournazian sent seven.

DERRICK TAKES SCORING TITLE; NICO, GEORGE TIE FOR SECOND

Derrick Johnson led all scorers with 17 goals in a season where every United player scored at least once.
Derrick Johnson led all scorers with 17 goals in a season where every United player scored at least once.
United players pose after defeating XL Munich to end the Winter 1 season.  From left to right:  Sam  Sanger,  Patrick Hoffman, Sota Hirasawa, Ethan Sheflin, Logan Harris, George Bournazian, Colin Attarian, Stephen Pratt, Nicholas McCullers, Derrick Johnson.  Not pictured: Chris Brown, Nico Gutierrez, Brock Waters.
United players pose after defeating XL Munich to end the Winter 1 season. From left to right: Sam Sanger, Patrick Hoffman, Sota Hirasawa, Ethan Sheflin, Logan Harris, George Bournazian, Colin Attarian, Stephen Pratt, Nicholas McCullers, Derrick Johnson. Not pictured: Chris Brown, Nico Gutierrez, Brock Waters.
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Nicholas McCullers tries to thread the ball to Ethan Sheflin as Derrick Johnson and several Munich players look on. United won 5-4 to remain perfect against XL teams all-time.

UNITED ROARS BACK TO DOWN MUNICH, TAKE SECOND
It was a battle of USA Rank top 15 teams for the second week in a row as number 9 United battled number 11 XL Munich in a battle for second place in the Winter I season.  United and Munich came into the season’s final game with identical 5-1 records in the two teams first-ever meeting.
Munich was a strong and capable team and raced out to a 2-0 lead on United, marking the first time that United failed to score the first goal of the game all season.  But the team crawled back.  Down Nico, Brock and Chris, United got scoring on goals that started from defense.  First, defender Sota Hirasawa passed the ball up to Derrick Johnson who converted to cut the deficit in half.  Later, defender Sam Sanger fed George Bournazian to tie the score.  United almost went ahead before halftime but the shot on a wide open net actually hit Colin Attarian, who was moving into position for a rebound, and bounced wide.  The teams entered the half tied at two.
The second half saw United score first as Derrick Johnson intercepted a pass and converted a goal.  Munich tied the game and went back ahead shortly after in spite of United forwards Stephen Pratt and Nicholas McCullers peppering the net.  Later, Colin Attarian took an Ethan Sheflin pass and ran down the left side of the field and into the corner before crossing to a breaking Logan Harris, who shot far post and tied the game.  With the game hanging in the balance with minutes remaining Bournazian found Johnson one more time for the go ahead goal.  Munich brought everything at United for the remaining minutes but the defense and goalie Patrick Hoffman kept the ball out of the net and United held on for the win.
The victory gave United sole possession of second place as the team finished the season 6-1.  Next up is the Winter II season that begins during the first week of January.

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WHERE THEY STAND AFTER WEEK SIX:  STILL A LOT TO PLAY FOR!
There is still a lot to play for headed into the final week of the Winter I season.  Here’s how United can take first, second of third.

United can take first if…
The Rottweilers on the Floor could beat the Hawks and United could beat XL Munich.  If that happens, both teams would be 5-1.  The first tie breaker is head-to-head competition and, based on the Hawk victory over United on Friday, the Hawks would take first place.

United can take second if…
Friday’s game, the last game of the night in the Winter I season, is for second place.  Both XL Munich and United come into the match at 5-1.  United needs to win or tie to take second place.  A Munich win puts them in second and drops United to third.

United is almost a lock to win the scoring title this season.  The team has scored nine more goals than the Hawks officially and 20 more than them unofficially.  The Hawks could win the scoring title by scoring 20 more than the amount of goals that United ends up with against Munich.

A complete list of the standings is located here.

HAWKS SOAR, DOWNS UNITED (AGAIN), 7-3
United thought the that the third time would be the charm against the Cary Hawks.  In their two previous meetings the team had come up short.  But this season United had been rolling with a high octane offense that had scored at least 10 goals every game.  And against the Hawks, things started off well.  Nico Gutierrez took a Derrick Johnson pass and scored on the first shot of the game, just six seconds into the first half United was up 1-0.  But the Hawks recovered, tying the game three minutes later and then running off four more goals in spite of strong goal tending by Patrick Hoffman by bringing four attackers back and overwhelming the United defense.  On offense, United had chances but was thwarted by the Hawk goalie and bad aim.  Gutierrez, Sota

Nico and Derrick struck against the Hawks quickly, scoring just six seconds into the game.  But it was the Hawks that scored the next five goals to put United back on its heels.
Nico and Derrick struck against the Hawks quickly, scoring just six seconds into the game. But it was the Hawks that scored the next five goals to put United back on its heels.

Hirasawa, Nicholas McCullers and George Bournazian all had shots that were either just wide or just high.  Bournazian had a great chance to cut into the lead moments later but the Hawk keeper came up with the save.  Colin Attarian made a nifty move on the right side of the field and put the ball to his left foot on a shot that the keeper bobbled, but recovered.  United trailed at half 5-1.
The second half United made some adjustments and started scoring.  Derrick Johnson scored off of a Sam Sanger pass to cut the deficit to three.  The Hawks scored again before Logan Harris scored off of a Bournazian pass.  Ethan Sheflin, Stephen Pratt, Brock Waters, Chris Brown and Attarian anchored a line to end the game that generated several chances, including a scramble in front of the goal, but the United effort came up short.  The team ended up having to kill a penalty for the last 1:30 of the game.
United’s last loss was on January 30th, a 4-2 loss to TFC Orange where, coincidentally, United was killing off a penalty at the end of that game as well.  The four goal deficit was the most that United has fallen by since June, 2011, a 6-1 loss to eventual gold medal winning Troutman Tornado at the State Games.  But there is still a lot to play for.  United faces XL Munich for a battle for second place next Friday night.

UNITED HOPES THIS OUTING AGAINST THE HAWKS BETTER THAN IN PAST
United and the Cary Hawks have faced each other twice in the past.  In the spring, 2009, the Hawks played United when the team played as part of  the Triangle Y Soccer Club.  The Hawks came to the Kraft YMCA afternoon game ranked number one in the state and, while United put up a good fight, the Hawks ultimately prevailed, 7-0.

The second meeting came at the 2010 Virginia Legacy Memorial Day Cup.  In that game, played bright and early, an 8AM game at the Warhill complex, United fared better.  The Hawks scored first but United equalized on a set piece goal by Zach Gault (below).

Zach Gault moves in to score off of a set play versus the Hawks in 2010 as Ethan Sheflin moves into position and Colin Attarian, Nicholas McCullers and other team members set in the wall.  United put up a fight but ultimately fell, 4-2.
Zach Gault moves in to score off of a set play versus the Hawks in 2010 as Ethan Sheflin moves into position and Colin Attarian, Nicholas McCullers and other team members set in the wall. United put up a fight but ultimately fell, 4-2.

The Hawks scored again to lead 2-1 at the half.  The second half found Ethan Sheflin in front of the goal to receive a Colin Attarian pass, and United had equalized again.  The Hawks ultimately went on to win, 4-2. The game ultimately solidified Brock Waters’ role in the United net.  In his second game in goal for United Brock made several key saves to keep United in the game.

WHERE THEY STAND AFTER WEEK FIVE
United and the Hawks are both unbeaten at 5-0 and play each other on Friday.  XL Munich is 4-1 and plays against United at the conclusion of the WI season.  United has increased its point differential by another 10 goals and is +63.  The team has now scored 71 goals through five games, surpassing the team’s total output for WII (63).  With Colin Attarian’s pair of goals against the Rottweilers, every active player has scored this season.  According to the standings, United faces its two most difficult games in the final two weeks of the WI season, with the unbeaten Hawks Friday night followed by Munich in two weeks.

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Derrick Johnson, Colin Attarian and United had a time getting it by the Floor goalie in the first half, but succeeded in the second. Johnson had three goals and three assists, and Attarian had a pair of goals and an assist, on the night.

UNITED GETS PAST ROTTWEILERS IN PHYSICAL GAME
14 minutes into United’s game against the Rottweilers on the Floor, the team knew that something was different.  Chris Brown had just finished sacrificing his body to prevent a goal as he kicked the ball away from the goal while getting slammed into the wall and falling to the ground.  Had it not been for that, United would have found itself down for the first time all season as the team had still not scored its first goal and realized that it was in a physical battle against the Rottweilers.  It wasn’t until two minutes later, when Colin Attarian drilled a Derrick Johnson pass past a very capable Floor goal keeper, and United was up 1-0.  The goal continued Colin’s streak.  Attarian has scored in every United season.  But United’s lead was short lived.  The Rottweilers tied the game moments later.

“Chris saved me,” said United goalie Patrick Hoffman of Brown’s play.  “I told him that he could do that any time that he wanted to.”

United continued to have problems getting shots past the Floor keeper.  With five minutes left in the half Logan Harris succeeded, taking a Derrick Johnson pass and converting.

The Rottweilers kept coming, forcing Hoffman to make several key saves.  The game changed whenSam Sanger fed Johnson, who drilled a rocket shot past the Floor goalie right as the half expired, extending United’s lead to 3-1.

United began to click on offense in the second half and things returned to normal.  Brock Waters scored off of a George Bournazian pass.  Johnson scored two more goals in succession, the first coming from Chris Brown and the second from Harris.  Nico Gutierrez scored off of an Ethan Sheflin pass.  Gutierrez returned the favor on Sheflin’s goal moments later.  Chris Brown continued the scoring off of a Johnson pass.  Colin Attarian finished the scoring with his second of the night, off of a Brown pass.

United moves to 5-0 and is set for a showdown with the unbeaten Cary Hawks (5-0) next Friday.

WHERE THEY STAND AFTER WEEK FOUR

United and the Cary Hawks continue to pace the league, both moving to 4-0, after United took care of Papa Lou’s, 11-4 and the Hawks downed Newcastle, 12-1.  There are several teams with a single win.  The complete standings are here.  United has scored 60 goals on the season and has a +53 goal differential.   United’s highest all-time single season scoring output is 64 goals, accomplished last season.  The team has a chance to eclipse that total when it faces Rottweilers on the Floor after the Thanksgiving holiday.  Defensively, United gave up more goals against Papa Lou’s (four) than it had in the three previous games combined (three), but it remains the only team that has given up fewer than 10 goals on the season.

GUTSY PERFORMANCE:  UNITED, DOWN SIX PLAYERS, DEFEATS PAPA LOU’S 11-4

Four of the top five scorers unavailable.  One of the defensive leaders not at the rink.  Two subs.  A strong opponent.  But, thanks to a strong team effort by the players that were there, another victory, as United downed Papa Lou’s 11-4 to remain in first place and move to 4-0 on the season.

Colin Attarian was back and started the scoring with his seventh assist on the season, passing the ball across the goal mouth to a breaking Sota Hirasawa for United’s first goal.  George Bournazian started as the only forward, but gradually shifted to midfield and helped set up many goals, the first going to Stephen Pratt.  Bournazian scored twice more, once from Attarian and one unassisted, and set up Hirasawa for his second in a well-rounded performance from George.  Patrick Hoffman scored his first goal of the season when he took a Hirasawa pass.  Sota scored another goal before Papa Lou’s got on the scoreboard.  But United kept coming.  Stephen Pratt passed to Nicholas McCullers and United went into the half up, 7-1.

George Bournazian anchored the United midfield against Papa Lou’s and was involved in four of United’s 11 goals.

The second half saw Papa Lou’s strike first to cut the lead to 7-2.  In fact, it wasn’t until there were only nine minutes remaining in the game before United scored again, when Bournazian converted unassisted.  McCullers scored his second goal of the game off of a Sam Sanger pass.  United ended team scoring when Pratt scored off of a McCullers pass.  Papa Lou’s scored two more, marking the most goals that United has given up in a game since March 3, when United downed the CASL Fusion 8-4.

The story of the game was the United defense, led by Hirasawa and Sam Sanger.  Sanger played for 44 of the 46 possible minutes in the game.  Combined with help from Bournazian, McCullers, Pratt and Attarian, who all played on defense at some point during the game, United was able to get past Papa Lou’s and move to 4-0, 3-0 lifetime against Papa Lou’s, heading into the Thanksgiving Break.

COLIN, SAM BACK; REST OF TEAM GONE!

That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but United will field, at most, only eight players on Friday night when they face off against Papa Lou’s at XL Soccer World.  United will be down four of the team’s top five scorers as Nico, Logan and Derrick will be playing with their FVAA team in Virginia, and defenders Chris Brown and Ethan have other engagements.  On the positive side, Sam and Colin are both back, and there’s an outside chance that Abdul will be back, as United will have just two substitutes when it kicks off at 7:30.  Through four games, Derrick leads all scorers with 11 goals, George has eight, Nico has tallied six, Logan and Brock have five each.  Logan leads the team in assists with seven while Colin has six.  Complete stats are available on the Game Center/Schedule page.

CHANGE THE RULES!  UNITED RESULTS IMPACT XL CHANGE

Notice anything different on the official XL WI standings page?  United’s 14-1, 18-1 and 17-1 scores have all been changed to 6-1, moving United from first to second place behind the Cary Hawks.  Why?  XL staff said that they changed the scores to make the league look more evenly matched.  But what happens if both United and the Hawks win out and tie when playing head-to-head?  With the new scores and the current rules, the Hawks would take first place.  With the old scores, it would be United’s.  Here are the tie-breaking procedures for the current season:  1.  Head-to-head results.  2.  Most wins.  3.  Point differential.  4.  Most goals scored. 5.  Least goals scored against.  With the new scores, 1-3 are a wash.  The fourth would favor the Hawks even though United put 47 goals in the net, 20 more than the Hawks.  When made aware of the problem XL staff said that they would adjust the scores again, but also said that they would swap tie-breaker four and five, placing an emphasis on defense, not offense.  If that’s done, United’s defense has only given up three goals all season compared to the Hawks 12 and again United would be in first.  This is only in play if both the Hawks and United keep on winning.

This is not the first time that United has directly impacted league rules.  In 2005 United won the Holly Springs Parks and Recreation U-8 playoffs and added a championship logo to their uniform.  It was also the first time “UNITED” appeared on the left sleeve of the jersey.  This prompted a rule change by Holly Springs Parks and Recreation that stated that teams were not allowed to alter their uniforms in any way.  Later in 2005, United played in its first out of town tournament, traveling to Cary to play in the State Games of North Carolina.  Holly Springs Parks and Recreation created a rule that stated that none of their teams were allowed to leave the Holly Springs town limits.  In 2006 United was part of the Triangle Y Soccer Club (TYSC) and went back to Holly Springs to face Holly Springs Parks and Recreation foe the Bandits in a game where United won in a shootout.  Holly Springs Parks and Recreation created another rule that stated that HSP&R teams could not play against teams from other leagues.  In 2007 United was given approval to seek a team sponsor for new uniforms from the TYSC board.  Later that year TYSC created the rule that stated that recreation teams could not have sponsors.  In 2008 United traveled to the Great Carolina Shootout in South Carolina, becoming the first TYSC team to play out of state and to beat an out of state opponent.  By 2009 TYSC had updated the rules to prevent recreational teams from leaving the state.  In 2011 United joined US Club as a single team (not a club), which, at the time, was not common.

For better or worse, United has been at the forefront of soccer regulations in southern Wake County for over seven years!

More than Soccer: United players excel in other sports as well. Against RTPHS – Green United was down Sam Sanger and Colin Attarian, both of whom compete in other sports. Friday Sam was at the Middle Creek High School Cross Country team award celebration. Sam has competed across the state for Middle Creek, with a personal best in the 3K meter run of 11:05 at the Hendersonville Invitational and a 5K meter run of 20:57:00 at the Seahawk Classic. Colin was busy competing on the US Kids Golf Tour and took fifth place at the Kingsmill Classic held in Williamsburg, VA. In addition to Kingsmill, Colin’s played on several other US Open courses including Pinehurst and Bethpage in NY. In the picture Colin’s playing an event at the Jack Nicholas designed Bay Creek course on the Delmarva Peninsula.
Regardless of where Sam and Colin play, notice that they’re both wearing United colors…

WHERE THEY STAND AFTER WEEK THREE

A third strong performance, this time without key players, keeps United remains atop in the Winter I season.  United’s tied for first with the fellow unbeaten Cary Hawks (3-0), who dispatched previously unbeaten XL Munich 10-5 for Munich’s first loss of the year.  United is ahead on point differential with a +43.  For the complete standings click here.

STRONG PERFORMANCE:  UNITED REMAINS PERFECT WITH A WIN OVER RTPHS

United moved to 3-0 with the team’s third strong performance of the season, downing Research Triangle Park High School Green, 17-1.  United, playing without Sota Hirasawa, Sam Sanger and Colin Attarian, was paced by multiple goals from Nico Gutierrez, George Bournazian and Derrick Johnson.  Bournazian started off the scoring with a pair, one from Johnson and the other from Gutierrez.  Logan Harris fed to Johnson who heeled the ball into the net for United’s third goal.  Harris then scored unassisted.  Chris Brown fed the ball to Johnson and Nico Gutierrez did the same moments later for Derrick’s third of the half.  Chris Brown and Nicholas McCullers teamed up with each other to assist the other’s goals and United rolled out to a 8-0 first half lead.

Brock Waters stepped out of net at halftime and, for the second week in a row, had an immediate impact on the first goal, this time assisting Logan Harris.  Logan followed up with an assist to Gutierrez before Chris Brown fed the ball to Brock and United’s 11th goal.  Brown then scored off of his own rebound.  On a free kick, Waters followed it up and scored his second goal of the night.  Nicholas McCullers scored a pair more before Stephen Pratt scored United’s final two.

The United defense, led by goalies Brock Waters and Patrick Hoffman, along with Chris Brown, Ethan Sheflin and Logan Harris, has only given up three goals total this season, while the offense has posted 47 goals over three games, a plus 44 point differential.  A complete scoring update will be posted later on Saturday.  United faces Papa Lou’s without several key players on Friday.

WHERE THEY STAND AFTER WEEK TWO

There are now only three unbeaten teams remaining in WI.  United, the Cary Hawks and XL Munich are all 2-0.  The Hawks and Munich play on Friday.  United defeated the fourth unbeaten, Newcastle, last Friday.  United’s only given up two goals total in two games, and is making it difficult for the other teams to keep pace in total offense.  United is five goals clear of the Hawks with a total of 30 goals scored.  The complete standings are here.

STEPHEN’S BACK!  AND HE HELPS UNITED DOWN NEWCASTLE

Exactly four months and 16 days to the day after Stephen broke is leg in the gold medal game of the 2012 State Games, he was back and helping his team move to 2-0 in the Winter I indoor season.  Getting his first action 12 minutes into the first half, Stephen subbed

WELCOME BACK: Stephen Pratt was cleared to play and United was very excited to add him back to to the lineup. Stephen scored and had an assist on the night just four months after breaking his leg.

on to cheers from his teammates and, shortly after, set up Nico Gutierrez for a goal.  Later on, Stephen scored the team’s final goal off of a Colin Attarian pass in a productive night.

Stephen wasn’t the only player returning from a broken bone.  United goalie Brock Waters was back in net after suffering a broken toe.  Brock made several saves and, when Patrick Hoffman went in net, also scored two playing in the field.  The first of the two was unassisted.  The second came from Colin Attarian.

For the rest of the non-broken-bone-recovering team it was business as usual.  United put together the team’s highest goal scoring output in team history against previously-unbeaten Newcastle.  For a while Derrick Johnson took on Newcastle all by himself, scoring United’s first four, and five of the first six, goals, with help from Sota Hirasawa, Nicholas McCullers, Ethan Sheflin and Logan Harris.  On the other goal, Derrick set up Logan.

Nico Gutierrez scored a natural hat trick, with an assist from Pratt, one from George Bournazian and an unassisted goal to end the first half with United up 9-0.

The second half produced more scoring.  In addition to Brock’s goals, Logan and Sota paired up for a pair.  Nicholas McCullers scored his first goal of the season on an assist from Attarian and Sam Sanger.  Sam scored minutes later unassisted.  George Bournazian scored off of an Ethan Sheflin pass and Logan scored again before Stephen finished up the scoring.

United’s 18 goal output tops the 16 that the team scored last season against the Blasters.  The first tie breaking rule in the XL league is goals scored, and United is attempting to keep pace with the Cary Hawks and XL Munich.  United  (2-0) faces Research Triangle High School’s Green team next Friday.

UNITED SETS PACE FOR WINTER I

After week one United is tied for first with three teams:  the Cary Hawks, XL Munich and XL Newcastle.  United is two goals ahead of the Hawks, each with a goal given up.  For the complete standings click here.

OPENING STATEMENT:  UNITED THROTTLES PAST RTP TO START THE SEASON

Patrick Hoffman was back in net for United after a three year absence. Patrick made several saves, including two in the first few minutes of the game, that kept RTP at bay.

United opened the new season at a new venue with some new faces, new competition  and, in the end, the same results, downing RTP High School’s Silver squad 14-1.  It was United’s first game against a high school team.

United moved from NetSports to play at XL Soccer World in the U16 competitive division as a U15 team.  United is without Martin Benetiz, Jack Donavan, Colton Laviska and Abdul Elmorsi for this season.  Brock Waters and Stephen Pratt are injured. But Logan Harris, George Bournazian, Derrick Johnson, Sota Hirasawa and Patrick Hoffman all joined the team for the season and all played big roles in the opening game.

The game was hotly contested for the first seven minutes before United broke through.  Derrick Johnson scored a pair of goals, one from Nico Gutierrez and the next from Logan Harris.  Gutierrez scored next, on a

The Armenian Connection is back: Colin Attarian and George Bournazian talk after Colin’s assist on George’s goal. George had five goals on the night while Colin racked up three assists.

pass from Colin Attarian.  The defense was led by veterans Sam Sanger and Chris Brown and, along with Patrick Hoffman, held off the strong RTP forwards.  George Bournazian scored off of a pass from Sanger and then assisted Gutierrez for his second goal before closing out the half with two more of his own.  Bournazian had five goals on the night.

“The beginning was messy.  We didn’t play that well,” said Ethan Sheflin, who scored a goal and had two assists on the night.  “But when we got going it was really good.”

One of Sheflin’s assists came on Hirasawa’s goal at the beginning of the half.  Ethan scored again moments later unassisted.

“It was much smaller,” said Colin Attarian, of the XL venue compared to NetSports.  “We have to learn the positions on a more compact field.”

United’s last full season was the winter II season where it went 6-1, scoring 68 goals on the season.  It moved to XL to play U16 instead of in a high school division at NetSports.  The team faces XL Newcastle on Friday.

George Bournazian and Zach Gault were surrounded by Papa Lou’s players in 2011, but it was United that prevailed in both contests against the team.
Ethan Sheflin dribbles by a Cary Hawk player in 2009 but United was under attach all night, losing 7-0. United’s second attempt vs. the Hawks came in 2010 and, although it was a better effort, United lost, 3-1.

Major Schedule Change Brings More Teams, Later Nights

XL Soccer World has completed a major schedule change for the Winter I season that sees United facing more teams but with later start times.

United will face the Research Triangle High School, two XL teams, Papa Lou’s, the Cary Hawks and a team called Rottweilers on the Floor.

United is unbeaten against school teams, beating several teams (3-0) from Raleigh Charter.  United is 7-0 all-time against XL teams, although the Munich team went 7-0 in their last indoor season.  United is 2-0 against Papa Lou’s, first downing them 11-4 on July 14, 2008 and winning the last encounter 7-2 in 2011.

United hasn’t had much luck against the Cary Hawks.  United hosted the Hawks on October 20, 2008, when the Hawks were ranked number one in the state and ran into a buzz saw, losing 7-0.  The second time that the teams met was in Williamsburg at the Virginia Legacy Cup where United did better, but still lost, 4-2.  United is 3-1 all-time against teams named after dogs, losing to then State Champion Indian Trail Bulldogs at the 2007  Wrangler-McDonald’s Classic, 7-2, but beating the Holly Springs Wolfpack three times.  United faces Research Triangle this Friday at 9.  That start time is the latest kick-off in team history, but even 9PM is early compared to a couple of 10:15 start times later in the season.

XL Munich first up for United Inside

The Winter I schedule has been announced and United will face a strong field of XL teams.  The first game is 7:15 Friday vs XL Munich.  Like United, Munich is a rising U15 team.  In its last season the team went 7-0.  United will also face the CASL Hawks, a team that United’s faced outdoors twice, losing to the Hawks when they were ranked number 1 in the state and then again the following year in Virginia.  The complete schedule can be found at XL Soccer World or on the game schedule link on this page.

United Set to Start Winter Campaign

United is set to start its 23rd season since 2003 when it begins play in two weeks.  United will enter its first winter I season, playing this time at XL Soccer World, beginning the week of October 23.  United last played indoor during the winter II season at Netsports, taking second place after a 4-2 loss to TFC Orange.

United brings a strong team to XL.  While Colton, Jack and Martin will not be joining the team for Winter I, United adds outdoor players George Bournazian,  Logan Harris, Patrick Hoffman, Derrick Johnson and Sota Hirasawa into the mix, joining the core of the team of Colin Attarian, Chris Brown, Abdul Elmorsi, Nico Gutierrez, Nicholas McCullers, Sam Sanger, Ethan Sheflin and Brock Waters, that went 7-1-0 last season.  United also hopes for an appearance from Stephen Pratt once he’s cleared to play.  The schedule should be posted on Friday.

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