Seven FC Alliance girls’ teams took the Nashville area by storm on the weekend of September 24-25, with two teams coming home champions, one finalist, and three semi-finalists. The United Cup of Champions, hosted by the Tennessee United Soccer Club, featured over 160 teams from four states.
Two teams from the 00 age group, Pool 1 and Pool 2A, won championships in their respective division. Meanwhile, the 98 Red were finalists, and the 99 Pool 2, 01 Pool 2A, and 02 Pool 1 were all semi-finalists.
“It was a very successful weekend for our teams,” said FC Alliance coach Jeff Wolfenbarger, “Not just from a results standpoint, but from the way we played. All of our teams looked impressive.”
00 Pool 1 used revenge as a motivation in the championship game, knocking off MC Extreme 3-1, a team that beat them 3-2 a day earlier in pool play. Ellie Weekly scored two goals and Lainee Griffin added another. Goalkeepers Elise Denicola and Chaslyn Waldrop combined with defenders Abbie Vibbert, Adysin Beyer, and Emily Patti to stop the powerful MC Extreme attack.
00 Pool 2A, coached by Sarah Van Sickle, also overcame a loss on day one to win it all. Entering the semifinals as a second seed, the team won in a penalty kick shootout to advance to the finals. In the championship game, the girls won 1-0 over Harpeth FC. Marissa Noon drove a powerful shot past the HFC keeper to deliver the title.
The 98 Red advanced to the finals behind a 4-0 win over the 98 Raptors out of Alabama and a 3-2 thriller over host Tennessee United. The championship game, versus TNFC, ended in controversy. With the score tied 0-0 late in the game, the 98 Red goalkeeper intercepted a TNFC cornerkick. As she went to punt the ball, the linesman signaled that it was a goal. His ruling was that the ball had crossed the goal line as the keeper caught the ball. Spectators were not thrilled, but fortunately, the official making the call had the best view of anyone at the field.
Overall, the club can be very proud that six of seven girls’ teams advanced past pool play.
Article Published: September 21, 2010