March 2, 2012
By Jimmy LaRoue
Sebastian Joly and his Virginia Rush Under-15/16 Development Academy team had a rough start to the season, but the team captain’s strong, evolving play has helped put it atop the South Conference’s Atlantic Division standings.
Joly, a steadying influence in defense, has started every match as a center back in Rush’s 4-3-3, holding his own against older players.
He’s had this kind of impact with his other teams – as a starter for Western Branch High School as a freshman, the Region I Olympic Development Player teams for four events in 2010-2011 and for district, state and Region I ODP teams since 2007.
He also was a team captain on his previous Beach FC Red team, which won the Virginia Youth Soccer Association State Cup in 2011, a Region I ODP champion in 2011 with the Virginia state ODP team as its starting center back and was a standout player in younger age groups with Churchland United Junkyard Dawgs.