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2014 U17 Girls Preview

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Group A

DMCV Sharks

DMCV Sharks Elite (CA-S)

        Kings Hammer Academy

Kings Hammer Academy (OH-S)

         MAI_Maitland

MAI Maitland 96/97 Krush Black (FL)

  VSA heat

VSA Heat 96 Blue (VA)

National League Blue Champ National League Red Runner Up Region III Champ Region I Champ

 

The Defending Champ
 
For the second straight year, DMCV Sharks (CA-S) will be heading to the US Youth Soccer National Championships thanks to a first place finish in the National League Blue Division. DMCV scored 13 goals and gave up only four en route to a 6-1 record. DMCV Sharks will hope their National League victory isn't the only thing that stays the same from last year as a stacked Under-17 Girls group awaits them at the 2014 National Championships. Last year, DMCV had to go through 2012 National Champion and Cal South rival, Legends FC 96 (CA-S) on the last day of group play, and needed penalty kicks to get past 2012 national finalist Kings Hammer Academy (OH-S) to win the title. DMCV Sharks will need similar efforts this year if they are going to hoist the trophy for a second straight time.
 
The Veterans
Kings Hammer Academy will join DMCV in Group B as a result of a second place finish in the National League Red Division, and have had their fair share of drama over the last two years at the National Championships. In 2012, a late goal from Peyton Perea lifted Legends FC over Kings Hammer in the final. In 2013, an early goal from Lauren Nemeroff in overtime seemed to have put Kings Hammer in line for a victory, but a late goal from Natalie Saddic and a penalty kick loss resulted in a second straight silver medal for Kings Hammer. The 2012 national champs, Legends FC narrowly missed out on qualifying for the National Championships via the National League, but repeated their Region IV Championship title in order to clinch a spot in their third straight National Championship. NSA Jaguars (IL) are the final veteran in the group, as the Illinois squad narrowly edged out Legends for the runner up position in the National League Blue Division, but also repeated as Region II Championship winners.
 
 
The Newcomers 
 
Carlsbad Elite (CA-S) turned a lot of heads at the 2013-2014 National League when it won the red division while sporting a perfect 7-0-0 record and scoring 20 goals while surrendering just one. Carlsbad led every team in points, goals for and goals against, and will look to ride that momentum into the National Championships. VSA Heat Blue (VA) has placed third once and fourth twice in its respective National League divisions in the last three years, but finally clinched a spot in the National Championships by winning the 2014 US Youth Soccer Region I Championship. Maitland 96/97 Krush Black (FL) will join VSA, DMCV Sharks and Kings Hammer Academy in Group B. The Florida state champs won their first US Youth Soccer Region III Championship this year by defeating the defending Region III champ, 97 Louisiana Fire Navy (LA), 2-1, in the finals. KC Metro Dynamos (KS) will round the age group as the Kansas squad made it to the finals of the 2014 Region II Championship off a 4-0 victory over FC United Select (IL) in the semifinals, before falling to NSA Jaguars 4-2 in the final. KC Metro advances to nationals as a Region II Representative.

 


VSA heat

 

How they got to Nationals

After many close calls in either the US Youth Soccer Region I Championship or US Youth Soccer National League, VSA Heat Blue (VA) qualified for the National Championship. VSA first qualified to the Region I Championship by winning its third Virginia State Cup. At the Region I Championship, VSA advanced out of the group stage with a 3-0 record. VSA took care of business against YMS Premier Wildcats (E-PA) 3-1 in the semifinals before taking down the defending region champs, Toms Rover FC United (NJ) 3-0 in the finals.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2010 2012, 2014

Region Champs: 2014

Region Semifinals: 2012

National League Blue 4th Place: 2014

National League Red 4th Place: 2013

National League Blue 3rd: 2012

Key Players

State ODP: Madeleine Watson, Kristin Schnurr 

Region ODP: Kristin Schnurr

2012-2013 National League leading scorer: Kristin Schnurr (8)

College Commitments

Micaela Barreda George Washington University
ERIKA. BLEVINS U.S. Military Academy
Kelli Burney Longwood University
Taylor Decker University of Mary Washington
Zoe Foxhall Lehigh University
Olivia Korhonen Northwestern University
Karina Lacey North Carolina State University
Michele Micciche High Point University
Isabella Muzo Virginia Commonwealth University
Ava Roth Lehigh University
Kristin Schnurr Pennsylvania State University
Lauren Short Jacksonville University
Sarah Strachan Messiah College
Erika Tomayko James Madison University
Maddie Watson East Carolina University

Interesting Facts

2014 Adidas Blue Chip Cup champion 2013, 2012 Bethesda Thanksgiving Showcase 

Coach Info

Steve Smith

USSF A License

2001 Virginia High School Coach of the Year

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How they got to Nationals

KC Metro Dynamos (KS) won its fourth Kansas State Cup to advance to the Region II Championships. KC Metros went 3-0 in group play with a 12:4 goal differential. KC Metro made quick work FC United Select (IL) 4-0 in the semifinals before losing to the defending region champs, NSA Jaguars (IL) 4-2. Since NSA already qualified to the National Championships through the National League, KC Metro will advance as a Region II Representative.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 

Region Finals: 2014

Region Semifinals: 2010

Key Players

State ODP: Parker Roberts, Jamie Kutey, Isabel Kurzban

Region ODP: Parker Roberts, Jamie Kutey

College Commitments

Taylor Hughes   Washburn University - Topeka
Paige Prondzinski   Missouri State University
Taylor Reynolds     Southern Illinois University
Jamie Kutey  Marquette University
Mary Disidore Missouri State University
Katie Sullivan     Indiana State University
Linda Fiorito  Drake University
Kelcy Fiser  Ball State University
Parker Roberts   University of Miami (Florida)
Emily Griffin University of Central Missouri
Macy Dodd   University of Missouri Kansas City
Kimberly Gleason  Indiana State University
Brooke Prondzinski   Missouri State University  

Interesting Facts

The KC Metro Dynamos are the only Kansas and Kansas City area girls club to win a US Youth Soccer Girls National Championship. In 2001, the KC Metro Dynamos won the U14 Girls National Championship.

Coach Info

Derek Shoare

Kansas Competitive Coach of the Year 2005, 2010

Region II Coach of the Year US Adult Soccer Association

 
GIRLS U17 Finalists (0059)------KC Metro Dynamos (KS) (SC)-L
 
 


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How they got to Nationals

Maitland 96/97 Krush Black won its first Florida State Cup with 3-0 wins in the both the semifinal,s and the finals against Boca United 96/97 Gold (FL). Maitland then headed to the 2014 Region III Championship, where it advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-1-0 record in group play. Maitland defeated Tennessee SC 15 (TN) 3-2 in the quarterfinals and GCUFC 97 (MS) 3-1 in the semifinals setting up a finals match with defending region champ, 97 Louisiana Fire Navy (LA). After a 1-1 tie, Carrie Lawrence scored the game winner for Maitland to secure a spot in the National Championships.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2014

Region Champs: 2014

Key Players

Both Alana Hockenhull and Ruvimbo Mucherera scored four goals at the 2014 Region III Championships

College Commitments

Chelsea Burns Duke University
Kelli Crowley University of Central Florida
Gabriella English San Diego State University
Alana Hockenhull Clemson University
Caroline Jeffers East Carolina University
Carrie Lawrence University of South Carolina, Columbia
Ruvimbo Mucherera University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Stevie-Marie Mullins Samford University
Jill Richards Elon University
Nicole Roseland Western Kentucky University
Briana Solis University of Florida
Emily Tipton University of Central Florida

Coach Info

Hue Menzies
 

Executive Director of Central Florida Kraze/Krush

One of the founders and Directors for the Lonestar Soccer Association in Austin,TX

Director of Coaching for the Warrior Soccer Association in Austin, TX

14 years Olympic Development Coaching experience at the National, State & Regional level

Former Assistant coach at the University of Texas Women Soccer

 

U17 Girls - Champions - Maitland 96-97 Florida Krush Black (FL)
 

 
Legends FC

 

How they got to Nationals

The 2012 National Champions Legends FC 96 (CA-S) needed to win its second straight Region IV Championship to secure a spot at nationals after failing to qualify via the National League for the first time in three years. Legends began that quest with its first Cal South National Cup title. At the Region IV Championships, Legends went 3-0 in group play before dominating La Roca PO (UT) 5-0 in the quarterfinals. Legends cruised past San Tan 97 Legacy Red (AZ) for the 4-0 victory in the semifinals, and defeated Pride Predators 97 (CO) 2-0 in the finals to make it three straight trips to the National Championships.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2014

Regional Champions: 2013, 2014

Nationals: Champions: 2012

National League Red Champ: 2012

National League Red Runner Up: 2013

National League Blue 3rd Place: 2014 

Key Players

State ODP: Mikayla Flores, Peyton Perea, Ally Prisock

Region ODP: Mikayla Flores, Peyton Perea, Ally Prisock

National Team: Peyton Perea, Ally Prisock 

2013 Best XI: Peyton Perea

2012 Best XI: Peyton Perea, Michelle Alozie 

Coach Info

Richard Young

Coaching Experience:  Knoxville FC, TN (Director of Coaching), Slammers FC, OJSC (Assistant Director of Coaching),

Celtic FC, CA, Troy High School Girls, Chino High School Boys. Don Lugo High School Boys, Northwood High School Girls

 
FWR14-U17G (CA-S) Legends FC 96
 
 


DMCV Sharks
 National League Blue 1: DMCV Sharks (CA-S)

 

How they got to Nationals

The defending National Champion DMCV Sharks (CA-S) began their hunt for a second championship the same way as their first title run by winning the National League Blue Division. DMCV Sharks sported a 6-1 record while scoring 13 goals and only surrendering four. DMCV lost to rival Legends FC 96 (CA-S) in the finals of the Cal South National Cup to end DMCV's run at three straight state titles.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2012, 2013

State Finals: 2014

National Champion: 2013

National League Blue Champ: 2013, 2014

Key Players

State ODP: Melissa Lowder, Maegan Gibson, Hailey Harbison, Hannah Keogh, Crystal Cordova, Brooklyn Gonzalez, Angel Meriwether, Shelby Lee

Regional ODP: Melissa Lowder, Hailey Harbison, Maegan Gibson

National Team Players: Melissa Lowder, Hailey Harbison

2013 Best XI: Crystal Cordova, Melissa Lowder, Maegan Gibson

2013 Golden Ball Award: Melissa Lowder

College Commitments

Jennifer Ballez Point Loma Nazarene
Mari Briggs Cal Poly
Rachel Carroll Utah State
Crystal Cordova North Carolina State
Julianne DeArmas San Diego
Dominique DeCoy Fullerton
Maegan Gibson Fordham University
Brooklyn Gonzalez                                Loyola Marymount
Hailey Harbison Pepperdine
Hannah Keogh North Carolina State
Shelby Lee UC Irvine
Melissa Lowder Santa Clara
Kirsten McBeain Mercer
Angel Meriwether Nevada - Reno
Gianna Montini Auburn
Natalie Saddic UC Davis
Jordan Sanders Long Beach State
Samantha Stabb Clemson
Sydney Wootten North Carolina State
Coach Info

Felicia Kappes

USSF National "B" License and NSCAA Diploma

2013 Cal South Coach of the year

Assistant coach at USCD, UMass and Head Assistant Coach at San Diego State University (1994-99)

Played collegiate soccer at UCSD and won a National Championship in 1989

 
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NSA
National League Blue 2: NSA Jaguars (IL)

 

How they got to Nationals

After barely missing out on qualifying to the 2013 National Championships through the National League, NSA Jaguars (IL) finished as the runner up in the National League Blue Division to ensure a spot in the 2014 National Championship. NSA ended up with a 5-2 record while scoring 11 goals and giving up eight. NSA won its fifth Illinois State Cup title, and advanced past the group stage at the Region II Championship with a 2-0-1 record. NSA defeated Iowa Rush Nike (IA) 2-0 in the semifinals before defending its region title in the finals against KC Metro Dynamos (KS) 4-2.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2009, 2010 2012, 2013, 2014

Region Champs: 2013, 2014

National League Blue Runner Up: 2014

National League Red 3rd Place: 2013

National League Blue 4th Place: 2012 

Key Players

Alexa Pelafas led NSA with four goals at the 2014 Region II Championships

2013 Best XI: Alyssa Kovatchis

Interesting Facts

2013 Midwest Premier League Champion

College Commitments

Abigail Boswell Ball State University
Lauren Ciesla University of Illinois, Champaign
Erin Fitzgerald Cornell University
Ashley Ingolia Stetson University
Kelly Keckler Western Illinois University
Morgan Kemerling University of Iowa
Alyssa Kovatchis Colorado State University
Megan Kozlow Illinois State University
Alexis Pelafas Central Michigan University
Meredith Tunney College of Charleston (South Carolina)
Emi Yamamoto University of Illinois at Chicago

Coach Info

Bonnie Young

North Central College Head Coach and Director of Strength and Conditioning Program

 

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 National League Red 1: Carlsbad Elite (CA-S)

 

How they got to Nationals

Carlsbad Elite (CA-S) stole the show in the National League Red Division with a perfect 7-0-0 record  while tying for the most goals in the group with 20. On top of that, Carlsbad only conceded one goal in seven games and won the division by six points. Carlsbad got a spread out effort in the goal scoring department, but Bridget Daley and Nola Prickett in particular shines with five goals each.

National Championship Series History

State Semifinals: 2013

Region Semifinals: 2013

National League Red Champ: 2014

National League Red 5th Place: 2013

Key Players

State ODP: Genesis Lucero

Bridget Daley and Nola Prickett tied for the third most goals at the 2013-2014 National League with five.

College Commitments

Miriam Bloom Sonoma State University
Chelsea Churchill Boston University
Renee Gonsalves Westmont College
Megan Grant Brown University
Genesis Lucero Stanford University
Hannah Miller University of Nevada
Haley Parzonko Westmont College
Makayla Presgrave University of San Francisco
Nola Prickett McNeese State University
Hannah Wyatt California State University, Northridge
Sydney Yates California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Interesting Facts

Champions of 2013 Southern California National Premier League

Coach Info

Adam Skumawitz

USSF A License

Playing Experience: Cornell University

 
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Kings Hammer Academy
National League Red 2: Kings Hammer Academy (OH-S)

 

How they got to Nationals

The two-time National Champion finalist Kings Hammer Academy (OH-S) will make their third appearance at the National Championships thanks to a second place finish in the National League Red Division. Kings Hammer finished with a 5-2 record while scoring 19 goals and giving up eight. Kings Hammer won its seventh Ohio South State Cup, but failed to make it out of the group stage with a 2-1 record. 

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

State Cup finalists: 2009

Region Finals: 2011

National Championship Finals: 2012, 2013

National League Red Runner Up: 2014

National League Blue Runner Up: 2013

National League Blue Champ: 2012

Key Players

State ODP: Katie Murray, Payton Atkins, Bayley Feist

Regional ODP: Katie Murray, Payton Atkins, Bayley Feist

2013 Best XI: Lauren Nemeroff, Katie Murray

2013 Golden Ball Award: Lauren Nemeroff

2012 Best XI: Lauren Nemeroff, Bayley Feist, Payton Atkins

College Commitments

Mary Alf University of Cincinnati
Payton Atkins University of Kentucky
Madison Baumgardner Wake Forest University
Haley Best Morehead State University
Bayley Feist Wake Forest University
Sydney Goins University of Cincinnati
Taylor Greene Northern Kentucky University
Sydney Kilgore Indiana University, Bloomington
Makenna Lavatori Morehead State University
Brittany Mahoney Kent State University
Caroline Mink University of Dayton
Katie Murray University of Illinois, Champaign
Lauren Nemeroff University of Kentucky
Kelly Polacek Indiana State University
Lauren Rice University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Maria Schriebeis Winthrop University
Sarah Seedhouse Morehead State University

Coach Info

Jon Pickup  

USSF National "A" License

USSF National Youth License

Multiple NSCAA diplomas and licenses

English Football Association Preliminary Coaching License

2006 USL Division 2 Coach of the Year

 
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