Penalty kick shootouts. The glory. And.... the heartbreak. After an amazing weekend of soccer for some of the youngest FC Alliance girls teams, two earned trips to championship games and two fell just short of their goals in shootouts. Regardless, playing against some of the top teams in the state, the girls showed well. The 00 Girls Pool 1 and 01 Girls Pool 1A were finalists. The 00 Girls Pool 2A and 01 Girls Pool 2A were semifinalists. All told, all four U10 and U11 FC Alliance teams in the tournament were competing for championships on Sunday.
00 Girls Pool 1 earned finalist honors after falling in a shootout in the championship game to one of the top teams in the state. Towards the end of regulation and the score tied, the team thought they had a chance to take the title when Gwen Breslin was taken down inside the penalty box and the referee blew the whistle. Instead of awarding a penalty kick, the official decided to award a free kick just outside the box, which ended up sailing over the goal. Earlier in the day, the 00 Pool 1 team knocked off TUSC 4-0 in the semifinals.
01 Girls Pool 1A also took finalist honors, defeating Signal Mountain 3-0, but coming up just short against a powerful Tennessee United team (2-1). In the Signal Mountain win, Maggie Zibas recorded a pair of goals to lead the way.
The 00 Girls Pool 2A and 01 Girls Pool 2A both advanced out of pool play to the semifinals, but their runs ended there. The U11 girls, coached by Sarah Van Sickle, defeated Brentwood 7-3 and tied TNFC 2-2 in pool play, but couldn't overcome an athletic Royals FC team Sunday morning. The U10 girls also lost in a penalty kick shootout. They won their pool and was a #1 seed after winning both games on Saturday by scores of 2-1 and 1-0.
Gwen Breslin (white jersey) is mauled inside the box.