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  • The Dyamite tore through the Bethesda Cup, compiling a 4-0 record and winning the tournament championship.
    The Dyamite tore through the Bethesda Cup, compiling a 4-0 record and winning the tournament championship.

Boom Goes The Dynamite: SP U9 Girls Decimate Field In Bethesda Cup

Colin Murphy
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December 6, 2017

The Severna Park Dynamite U9 select A girls soccer team represented its home town in championship fashion over the weekend of November 11 and 12, going 4-0 in a resounding run to the championship of the Bethesda Premier Cup tournament.

The team of Reagon Cotgreave, Lily Mosher, Izzy Burleson, Lauren Broseker, Harper Wallace, Rilynn Kusiak, Keira Wittlinger, Ella McLaughlin, Brooke Nobleza, Audrey Smith, Elli Fleming and Molly Koistinen outscored the opposition by an astounding 19-0 margin in winning the tournament in Bethesda. Burleson scored a whopping 11 goals in four matches while Mosher scored four and McLaughlin, Fleming, Wittlinger and Koistinen added goals. Fleming led the team with three assists, while Wallace had two and Mosher and Kusiak each had one. Wittlinger had five saves and Kusiak had one as the team rotated goalie duties.

The team beat squads from Alexandria, Bethesda and Loudoun before topping Alexandria again in the final, 2-0.

The team, coached by head coach Kiley Kusiak, assistant coach Aaron Burleson and trainer John Brady, finished third in the Central Maryland Short-Sided League U9 Division 1 with a 5-3 record during its regular season, with Burleson leading the team with 18 goals. The team entered the more competitive CMSSL this season after going .900 with an 80-5 scoring advantage in winning the Anne Arundel Youth Soccer League U9 Division 2 last season as 8-year-olds.

“I’m super proud of these girls and how they played this season,” said coach Kusiak. “Not only have they grown as individual players, but they have grown tremendously as a team. The way they work together and help each other out at this age is just outstanding.”

Kusiak added that the team overcame tough, cold playing conditions to dominate the Bethesda Premier Cup.

“They wanted the ball, they wanted to win these games and come out with the trophies, and it shows,” Kusiak said. “We don’t have a goalie yet — we had players step up and play this weekend to help us out with a shutout, and that alone to me is amazing. I can’t wait to continue to watch these girls and be a part of their growth in the game of soccer.”

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