Playing up an age group isn’t easy. It generally means competing against bigger, stronger and faster opponents. When the FC Alliance 98 Girls Black registered for the Tennessee United Adidas Cup, playing up the U14 Silver bracket seemed like the best situation for the team to prepare for the upcoming state tournament. After all, beating older teams usually means you have to play with more skill and better overall execution. For four games in the Middle Tennessee tournament, Coach Burak Er’s team did just that. The result? A championship in an older division of a strong tournament.
The 98 Girls Black dominated the tournament, defeating their four opponents by a combined score of 18-0. Goalkeeper Miranda Burt registered a clean sheet in every game. The entire defense stood out, especially Emily Camfield, who appeared unbeatable against older opponents.
Coach Er was ecstatic at the result, as the team knocked off teams from TNFC, Brentwood, and Bartletsville (Memphis) on their way to the title.
“The girls are coming together and peaking at the right time for the state cup,” said Er, also an FC Alliance director.
In the same event, FC Alliance also experienced success with the U9 Boys. The 02 Red team won the championship and the 02 Black team earned finalist honors.
John Giles, one of the coaches, was proud of both teams.
"We faced some adversity," the coach said. "The boys, however, fought hard and had a great weekend."
98 Girls Black (TUSC champions) 02 Boys Red (TUSC champions)
02 Boys Black (TUSC finalists)