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2014 U18 Girls Preview

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Under 18 Girls Full Schedule

 

 
Group A

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Players SC 96 Elite (NV)

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Beadling Thunder (PA-W)

         Cleveland United

Cleveland United White (OH-N)

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BRYC 95 Elite (VA)

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

 

Group B

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Sting (N-TX)

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Beach FC Ingrassia (CA-S)

   Match Fit Academy

Match Fit Beat (NJ)

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Gretna Prima 95/96 Green (NE)

Region III Champ National League Blue Champ National League Red Runner Up Region II Rep

The Defending Champ
 

Cleveland United White (OH-N) is back at the National Championships after winning each of its four games last year in Overland Park, Kan., to claim the Under-17 Girls National title. As it did last year, Cleveland qualified for the 2014 National Championships through the US Youth Soccer National League — finishing second in the Blue Division. Cleveland picked up some added momentum heading into Nationals by claiming the Region II Championship, outscoring opponents 17-3 in the process. The Ohio side features 2013 Golden Ball winner Kelly Novak, as well as fellow Best IX honorees Sydney Elinsky and Alexis Manoa. There are several talented teams in the Under-18 age group, but with its talent and experience, Cleveland has a real chance to defend its title.

The Veterans
 

The Under-18 age group features another former National Champion in BRYC 95 Elite (VA), which won the Under-16 crown in 2012. BRYC is making its third consecutive trip to Nationals and has developed a few National Team players along the way. Potential U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup players Carlyn Baldwin and Kaleigh Riehl will be available for the knockout rounds after returning from the U-20 Women’s National Team camp. The 2013 National finalist, Match Fit Beat (NJ), is also in the field and returns three players named to the last year’s Best XI, including Golden Glove winner Rachel Egyed. The Match Fit keeper continued her high level of play during a solid National League season — helping her side come away with several tight victories. Beadling SC Thunder (PA-W) won its second straight Region I Championship to make its way to consecutive National Championships, and 2013 Best XI forward Maggie Scott could be a player to watch. Meanwhile, Sting (N-TX) is making its second trip to Nationals in three years after playing as an Under-15 side in 2012.

 
The Newcomers 
 

After putting up some historic numbers in the 2013-14 National League, Beach FC Ingrassia (CA-S) looks like a serious contender in its first trip to Nationals. Kimberly Keever led all Under-18 Girls scorers in the National League with eight goals, and the team tied the record with 26 goals scored during the season as it posted a 7-0-0 record. Players SC 96 Elite (NV) maneuvered through a talented group of teams at the Region IV Championships to earn a National Championships berth, while Gretna Prima 95/96 Green (NE) nearly knocked off Cleveland United en route to claiming a spot as the Region II Representative.



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How they got to Nationals

Beadling SC Thunder (PA-W) went 2-0-1 to finish first in Group A at the Region I Championships in Kingston, R.I. The PA West side followed that up with a 3-0 semifinal win to advance to the Region final, where it faced National League side PDA Ginga (NJ). Beadling used goals from Amber Fichter, Margaret Scott and Katie Alexander to hold on for a 3-2 win, which helped the squad win its second straight Region I title and punch its ticket to the National Championships.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014

Region Champs: 2013, 2014

National League Red 4th Place: 2014

National League Red 6th Place: 2013 

Key Players

2013 Best XI: Maggie Scott

College Commitments

Katie Alexander Miami University (Ohio)
Eleni Carr Loyola University (Illinois)
Rachel Collage Fordham University
Malea Fabean University of Pittsburgh
Amber Fichter Duquesne University
Lauren Kelly Winthrop University
Veronica Latsko University of Virginia
Cassidy LeDonne Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ashley Mutkus Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Sydney Schipani University of Akron
Maggie Scott Miami University (Ohio)
Macey Thomas West Virginia Wesleyan College
Mary Kate Zahorchak Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Coach Info

Erik Duffy
 

Beadling Coach since 1996

Played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh

 

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How they got to Nationals

Gretna Prima 95/96 Green (NE) has earned its first trip to the National Championships as the Region II representative, and it nearly knocked off the defending National Champions along the way. After starting its week in Beavercreek, Ohio, with a 2-2 draw, Gretna won its next three games by a combined score of 9-1 to set up a matchup with Cleveland United White (OH-N) in the Region II final. Gretna came up just short, falling 3-2, but it advances to Germantown due to Cleveland United having already qualified through the National League.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2014

Region Finals: 2014

Key Players

Emily Stuaffer tied for second at the 2014 Region II Championships with six goals.

College Commitments

Maureen Bigsby University of Missouri, Kansas City
Bailey Dervin Missouri Western State University
Holly Hild Hastings College
Anna Hurlbut Oklahoma State University
Grace Iaquinta Augustana College (Illinois)
Audra Keehn Washburn University of Topeka
Summer Khalil Creighton University
Megan McCashland Notre Dame de Namur University
Laura Ney Truman State University
Alexis Rienks New Mexico State University
Taylor Siedel Fort Hays State University
Emily Stauffer Washburn University of Topeka
Michelle Xiao Stanford University

Coach Info

Doug Trenerry

USSF A License

Nebreaska Boys Coach of the Year 1991 and 2000

 
Girls U18 Finalists (0044)--------Gretna Prima 9596 Green (NE) (SC)-L
 


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How they got to Nationals

Sting (N-TX) claimed the Region III Championships title to earn its second trip to the National Championships in the last three years. The North Texas side put on a dominant showing during group play in Baton Rouge, La., as it outscored opponents, 12-0. Sting continued its high-scoring ways in the quarterfinals and semifinals before pulling out a 2-1 win over a talented Tophat 14 Gold (GA) team in the final. Sting finished fifth at Nationals in 2012, and the squad will aim to improve on that mark this year in Germantown.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2011, 2012, 2014

Region Champs: 2012, 2014

National Championship 5th Place: 2012

Key Players

2014 Region III Championship leading scorer (tied): Sydney Kingston

College Commitments

Savannah Brown Dallas Baptist University
Cassandra Conarty Texas Tech University
Sydnie Dolzine Utah State University
Allison Ganter Texas Christian University
Emma Heckendorn Texas Christian University
Bailey Johnston University of North Texas
Amy Kelly Texas A&M University, College Station
Sydney Kingston University of Memphis
Hannah Neece University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Vianei Sanchez Fort Hays State University
Sara Summers Texas Tech University
Kathleen Summers Texas Tech University
ABBY TISDALE Trinity University (Texas)

Interesting Facts

2014      Lake Highlands Girls Classic League Champions Div 1

2013      Lake Highlands Girls Classic League Champions Div 1

2012      Premiere League West Champions

Coach Info

Beau Brown
 
USSF C License
 
Playing Experience: West Texas A&M
 
U18 Girls - Champions - Sting (N-TX)
 

 

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How they got to Nationals

Hopes of advancing looked slim for Players SC 96 Elite (NV) during its last group game at the Region IV Championships. With the team needing a win to advance, it found itself in a scoreless tie with just minutes remaining in the match. However, Jennifer McCaw netted a game-winning goal in the 90th minute to put Players through to the quarterfinals. From there, the Nevada side went on to win three close games, capped by a 2-0 win over Albion SC White (CA-S) in the final, to claim the Region IV title and punch its ticket to the National Championships.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2014

Region Champs: 2014

Key Players

2014 Region IV Championships second leading scorer (tied): Sydney Sladek

College Commitments

Breanna McCallum California State University, Northridge

Coach Info

Joe Sladek 
FWR14-U18G (NV) Players SC 96 G Elite
 


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How they got to Nationals

A historic run through the US Youth Soccer National League helped Beach FC Ingrassia (CA-S) punch its ticket to Germantown. Beach FC became one of just five girls teams in the history of the National League to finish a season with a perfect record, and it also tied the team record with 26 goals scored in 2013-14. The Cal South side capped its perfect Blue Division campaign with a 4-1 win over defending National Champion Cleveland United White (OH-N) on the season’s final day to give it even more confidence for the games in July.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2013, 2014

Region Semifinals: 2011, 2013

Region Quarterfinals: 2012

National League Blue Champ: 2014

National League Blue 5th Place: 2012

Key Players

State ODP: Shannon Simon

2013-2014 National League leading scorer: Kimberley Keever (8)

College Commitments

Chidera Akubuilo University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Mckenna Doyle Boston University
Allison Emmons Long Beach State University
Winona Frishette Wake Forest University
Ashley Gonzales Long Beach State University
Kimberly Keever University of Washington
Kayla Lombardo Long Beach State University
Amanda McKeegan University of California, Davis
Katherine Pratt-Thompson Princeton University
Michelle Reed Boise State University
Samantha Reinhard University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Shannon Simon University of Washington
Jessica Vincent Long Beach State University

Coach Info

Mauricio Ingrassia

USSF A License

Five-Time California State Coach of the Year

Playing Career: San Diego State

Coaching Career: Long Beach State Head Coach, Long Beach City College Head Coach

 

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Cleveland United

 

How they got to Nationals

A second-place finish in the National League Blue Division helped Cleveland United White (OH-N) return to the National Championships with a chance to defend its title. The Ohio side went 5-1-1 in league play, with its lone loss coming on the season’s final day to Beach FC. However, Cleveland is heading into the National Championships with momentum after it claimed the Region II Championship while winning all five of its games in Beavercreek, Ohio.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2007, 2013, 2014

Regional Champs: 2012, 2014

Nationals Champion: 2013

National Championship 4th Place: 2012

National League Blue Runner Up: 2014

National League Blue Champ: 2013

National League Blue 6th Place: 2012 

Key Players

State ODP: Nicolette Griesinger, Kelly Novak, Seyla Perez

Regional ODP: Nicolette Griesinger, Kelly Novak, Seyla Perez

2014 Region II Championship top 2 scorers: Sydney Elinsky (8), Kelly Novak (6)

2013 Best XI: Sydney Elinsky, Alexis Manoa, Kelly Novak

2013 Golden Ball Award: Kelly Novak

2012 Best XI: Seyla Perez

College Commitments

Paige Amodio Bowling Green State University
Katie Bainbridge Cleveland State University
Jaycie Brown University of Cincinnati
Alexis Carpenter Miami University (Ohio)
Natalie Coury University of Cincinnati
Elizabeth Ehrnfelt University of Cincinnati
Sydney Elinsky University of Illinois, Champaign
Nicolette Griesinger University of Dayton
Anna Haverchak University of Cincinnati
Maddie Kresevic Southeastern Louisiana University
Julie Lacock Ashland University
Alissa Lisi Elon University
Alexis Manoa Bowling Green State University
Madeline Novak Walsh University
Kelly Novak University of Kentucky
Seyla Perez University of Pittsburgh
Kaleigh Piscioneri University of Cincinnati
Emily Rogers Lipscomb University
Rachel Schirripa University of Akron
Katherine Zalar Miami University (Ohio)

Coach Info

Marko Raduka

Cleveland United Club Director 
 
Girls U18 CHAMPS (0047)------Cleveland United White (OH-N) (SC)-L
 

 
 
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How they got to Nationals

Two years removed from its Under-16 Girls National Championship, BRYC 95 Elite (VA) is out to reclaim its place at the top of the podium. The Virginia side was dominant in winning the National League Red Division, and scored a record-tying 26 goals. BRYC has produced several US Youth Soccer ODP and National Team players, including Carlyn Baldwin and Kaleigh Riehl, who are part of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s World Cup preliminary roster. That talent has helped the Virginia side qualify for three consecutive National Championships.

National Championship Series History 

State Champs: 2012, 2013

Regional Champs: 2012

National Champs: 2012

National League Red Champ: 2013, 2014

National League Red 8th Place: 2012

National League 7th Place: 2011 

Key Players

State ODP: Christina Cardamone

Region ODP: Christina Cardamone, Elysse Branton

National Team: Carlyn Baldwin, Kaleigh Riehl and Natalie Larkin

2013 Best XI: Carlyn Baldwin

2012 Best XI: Annaugh Madsen, Carlyn Baldwin, Christina Cardamone

College Commitments

Carlyn Baldwin University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Elysse Branton College of William and Mary
Katherine Bukovsky James Madison University
Madison Card Butler University
Christina Cardamone University of Iowa
Robbins Claire College of William and Mary
Natalie Larkin Princeton University
Annaugh Madsen University of Virginia
Rachel Moore College of William and Mary
Devon Peck College of William and Mary
Kaleigh Riehl Pennsylvania State University
Kahla Seymour Wake Forest University
Dakota Stephens North Carolina State University

Coach Info

Larry Best

VYSA Competitive Soccer Coach of the Year (2012)

Region I Girls Competitive Soccer Coach of the Year (2012)

US Youth Soccer Competitive Soccer Coach of the Year (2012) 

 
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Match Fit Academy

 

How they got to Nationals

Match Fit Beat (NJ) is no stranger to close games. En route to finishing second in the National League Red Division, the New Jersey side came away with six one-goal victories and a 1-1 tie with group winner BRYC 95 Elite. Match Fit’s defense helped it come out on top in so many close games, as the side allowed just two goals during the seven league games. The side has experience at Nationals, including a runner-up finish last year, and it will aim to get that final win this year in Germantown.  

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014

National Championship Finals: 2013

National Championship 6th Place: 2011

National League Red Runner Up: 2014

National League Blue Runner Up: 2012, 2013

National League Runner Up: 2011

Key Players

2013 Best XI: Alexis Dellapietro, Victoria Pantaleo, Rachel Egyed

2013 Golden Glove Award: Rachel Egyed

College Commitments

Victoria Ahde Rutgers, State Univ of New Jersey, New Brunswick
Kelsey Burke Fairfield University
Alexis DellaPietro University of Maryland, College Park
Laura Dramis Seton Hall University
Rachel Egyed University of Maryland, College Park
Lauren Hall Seton Hall University
Danielle Krachie American University
Morgan LaDuca Seton Hall University
Margaret Larsen Seton Hall University
Rachael Lieberman University of Rhode Island
Tyler Madison Montclair State University
Amanda Nardella University of Rhode Island
Taylor Palmer University of Vermont
Victoria Pantaleo Lehigh University
Alyssa Riporti Lehigh University
Brianna Robinson Marist College
Taylor Shannahan Stonehill College
Kelly Wieczerzak Monmouth University

Coach Info

Dominick Bucci

USSF National "A" License and NSCAA Director of Coaching certificate

Girl's Director of Coaching since 2009

Former New Jersey ODP Head State Team Coach

 
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