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U14 Storm: Julio Cruz dribbles at midfield.MCSC U14 Storm narrowly defeated

The U14 Storm fell to the RCSA Rutherford Rumble, 2-1, in a close, physical match on March 16. The Rumble had the Storm on the defensive early, and scored two in quick succession in the first half - one on a fast break throw-in and one on a touch foul in the box. The Storm raised their game in the second half, leading to an Angel Chavez score on an assist by Kyle Knop. Despite the improved play and several promising attacks, the Storm did not find the net again.

The Storm plays HFC Black in Asheville on Saturday, April 6, at 4 p.m.

MCSC U16 Panthers fight through hardships on the road

U14 Storm: Angel Chavez gains possession at midfield.Misfortune and injury continue for the U16 Panthers, who dropped two games on the road last weekend. The Panthers were defeated 6-2 by MUFC White (Charlotte) on Saturday, March 16, after starting shorthanded with 10 players and eventually dropping to seven after injury and penalties. Jesus Zalapa scored for the Panthers, and the second goal came off a penalty kick.

On Sunday, the Panthers played a great game against a strong Charlotte United Green, but fell, 3-0, in the final moments. The game remained scoreless until the final 10 minutes, when goalie Samuel Vargas was taken out of the game with a concussion.

“The Charlotte United Green coaches, fans, and players displayed the ultimate sportsmanship and caring at what could have been a very serious head injury,” remarked Randy Ruffer, assistant coach of the Panthers. “Fortunately, Samuel was released a few hours later.”

Head coach Isidro Vargas feels that the team can build on Sunday’s strong performance.

“The Panthers have had a rough start, but we're confident about the remainder of the season.”

The Panthers faced RCSA Rutherford Rumble on Saturday, March 23, and PRAA Harrisburg in Charlotte on March 29.

About MCSC

The Macon County Soccer Club (MCSC) is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization providing children and families in Western North Carolina with both recreational and competitive soccer programs.

In addition to a Recreation League for ages 4 to 14, the club has competitive teams in the Challenge League and Classic League. The Classic League features travel teams that compete against some of the top soccer clubs in the state.

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