Brief reports of United Soccer Leagues play this weekend.
USL First Division
Thursday, June 22
Seattle Sounders 1 at Virginia Beach Mariners 0
Rookie Cam Weaver rescued the Sounders from a five-game losing skid in their sixth of seven straight road fixtures. He moved within two of Romario for the league lead in scoring with his seventh of the campaign in the 90th minute, spoiling Matt Nelson's bid at a seventh shutout. Chris Eylander made three stops for Seattle.
Friday, June 23
Atlanta Silverbacks 1 at Charleston Battery 0
The Silverbacks stole a full three points out of a match that looked like a certain draw in the waning moments after the Battery dominated most of the match with a 14-6 advantage in shots. Midfielder Scott Buete snatched the point from the Battery in the 90th minute when he charged down the left flank and put a shot past Dusty Hudock that led to an own goal from Brandon Curran, who attempted to clear the ball away from goal.
Saturday, June 24
Montreal Impact 0 at Rochester Raging Rhinos 0
The Rhinos played to their sixth consecutive draw after opening with five wins and remain the lone unbeaten in the league as Scott Vallow saved four for the shutout. Andrew Weber needed only one stop for Montreal, whose defense limited the Rhinos to seven shots to the Impact's 14.
Seattle Sounders 2 at Minnesota Thunder 2
Cam Weaver erased the gap between himself and Romario atop the scoring table with his eighth and ninth goals of the season to give the Sounders a surprising 2-0 lead on the road 27 minutes in. Jordan Harvey, on loan from the Colorado Rapids, set up both strikes in the 15th and 27th only to see Minnesota defender Dustin Branan cut the lead in half two minutes after on an assist from Kiki Lara, who added the equalizer in the 38th.
Sunday, June 25
Puerto Rico Islanders 0 at Vancouver Whitecaps 1
Twenty minutes after losing defender Marco Velez to a red card on a second yellow, the Islanders saw the home side take the lead in the 73rd minute. Second half sub Jay Alberts provided an immediate spark since entering at the hour mark with Dave Morris, who set up the winning strike and put the Whitecaps at the top of the league table.
USL Second Division
The Richmond Kickers continue to dominate at 8-1-2, picking up a pair of road wins on the week 4-2 at New Hampshire and 2-0 at Western Mass with Robert Ssejjemba moving his league-leading goal total to nine with three. Mike Burke also had a pair. Also registering two wins were the City Islanders, who doubled their win total and moved within four points of second place. They downed Long Island Sunday 1-0 after topping defending champion Charlotte earlier in the week 3-1.
Charlotte rebounded from the loss in Harrisburg with a 1-0 win at home over Pittsburgh in which Dustin Swinehart scored his 100th career goal two minutes in for the win. Pittsburgh had won earlier in the week 2-1 over visiting Wilmington, who dropped two on the week, falling 3-0 in Cincinnati as well. Almir Barbosa, who scored two in the loss to Richmond, also had a goal for the Phantoms in a 3-1 win over Long Island Wednesday.
Premier Development League
Two of the four unbeatens suffered their first defeats of the season this week. The Laredo Heat fell 2-1 on the road to DFW while the Augusta Fireball were hit hard, dropping a 4-2 decision at Bradenton and playing to a 1-1 draw at Central Florida as division foe Carolina upped their unbeaten record to 10-0-1 with a 1-1 draw against West Virginia. Cape Cod remains the other club without a loss at 6-0-2 with a pair of road wins 3-0 at Vermont and 1-0 at Ottawa.
The other big results came in the Central Conference, where the Boulder Rapids Reserve dropped two of the top Northwest Division sides, downing BYU 3-1 and the Ogden Outlaws 2-0 on the week. The Indiana Invaders moved to second in the Great Lakes with a surprising 3-0 win over rival Michigan and a 2-1 win over Fort Wayne.
The Atlanta Silverbacks registered a pair of impressive wins over the weekend, downing the 2005 semifinalist Central Florida Krush 4-2 and the current division-leading Charlotte Lady Eagles 2-1. Sarah Steinmann had three goals and an assist for the Backs. In the other half of the Central Conference, Minnesota kept within striking distance of Chicago and Michigan with a 1-1 draw against Michigan and a 3-1 win at London after falling early in the week to Chicago 5-2.
On the Canadian front, the three-time W-League semifinalist Ottawa Fury were handed their first defeat of the season, falling 2-0 in Hamilton on a pair of goals in the last six minutes from the Avalanche's late sub Heather MacDougall. Vancouver was nearly shutout at home for the first time in their six-year history, and to, of all teams, last place Fort Collins. The Force nearly pulled off the stunning result only to see a 90th minute penalty converted by Tiffeny Milbrett to preserve the streak in a 1-0 win.