National Champions - JFC U15 Girls
2014 US Youth Soccer National Champions crowned in Germantown, Md.
Under-14 Girls | NEFC Elite (MA)
GERMANTOWN, Md. (July 27, 2014) — The remaining champions were crowned Sunday at the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by the National Guard, at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. The country’s top teams in the Under-14 through Under-18 Boys Girls age groups met to conclude the final stage of the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. Sunday’s final matchups featured teams who earned the right to play for their respective National titles through success in group play and victories in their semifinal games.
Beach FC (CA-S) was the lone club to claim two National Championship titles (Under-16 Girls and Under-18 Girls), while DMCV Sharks Elite (CA-S) was the only defending National Champion to successfully defend its crown in 2014.
On Saturday night, the Under-13 and Under-19 National Championship finals were played, as Under-19 Concorde Fire Elite (GA) claimed the 79th James P. McGuire Cup title. A complete recap of last night’s games is available here.
Stories, photos and videos are available following games at http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org.
A few highlights from Sunday’s final matches…
Girls Championship Finals
NEFC Elite (MA) won the Under-14 Girls Championship, after defeating 2013 champs Legends FC 99 (CA-S) 2-0 with overtime goals. Both teams had chances during regulation but the score stayed at 0-0 resulting in overtime. NEFC reentered the field focused, and produced quick results a minute into overtime. Taylor Kofton attacked through the midfield, went around Legends’ defense, and crossed to Taylor Sherman who put it away in the back of the net. The goal lifted NEFC’s spirits and in the 82nd minute Makenna Hunt won a tackle, passed to Marykate McGuire, and McGuire worked her way around the keeper and tapped it in for the win. The shot was McGuire’s seventh overall goal making her the leading goal scorer in the U-14 Girls age group.
Jacksonville FC 98/99 Elite (FL) took home the Under-15 Girls championship after defeating YMS Premier Xplosion 98 (PA-E) 1-0. Sophia Thompson scored for the lone goal for Jacksonville in the 64th minute and their backline protected the tally for the remainder of the match to win. Jacksonville FC was undefeated in all five tournament matches.
Beach FC 97 Academy (CA-S) defeated Tampa Bay United 97 Premier (FL) in penalty kicks to take home the Under-16 Girls championship. After regulation and overtime, the match remained scoreless resorting to penalty kicks to determine a winner. Keeper Imani McDonald was the heroine of the match making four big saves for Beach FC in the first, second, fifth and sixth deciding round. Beach outscored Tampa Bay 3-2 in PK’s with goals by Jessica Johnson, Maxine Nagramada and Rocio Rodriguez.
DMCV Sharks Elite (CA-S) earned back-to-back national titles after defeating VSA Heat 96 Blue (VA) 1-0 in the Under-17 Girls final. The Cal South side retained their crown with a goal halfway through the second half from a corner kick play. Julianne M De Armas sent the corner to the middle of the box and DMCV midfielder Gianna Montini headed it into the back of the net for the win. National League team DMCV Sharks Elite finished the tournament undefeated in all matches.
Beach FC Ingrassia (CA-S) beat defending champion Cleveland United White (OH-N), 2-0, with a pair of goals by Ashley Gonzales to earn the Under-18 Girls championship. National League opponents Beach and Cleveland finished the first half of the match scoreless. Ashley outshined for Beach at the end of the match when she broke the stalemate in the 72nd minute of play. She kept the momentum going and got an additional goal in the 89th minute to secure the 2-0 win for Beach FC. Beach got through preliminary play with a perfect 3-0-0 record, scored 13 goals in five tournament matches, and conceded zero goals to merit the U-18 Girls Frank Kelly Cup.
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