A goalkeeper can make or break a championship. Fortunately for the 98 Girls Red, they have a great one in Jasmine Rizk. When the team’s state championship game against Chattanooga United went to penalty kicks after 90 minutes of scoreless soccer, there was little doubt Rizk would be a factor. She had made several outstanding saves in the game to keep her team alive. The gutsy FC Alliance keeper did not disappoint, coming up with two huge stops in the shootout to lead her team to their first state championship.
Although the shootout win was the highlight of the tournament, Coach Carrie Ollom’s squad put together an impressive tournament run over the three days they were in Murfreesboro. They went the entire weekend without conceding a goal, a defensive effort spearheaded not only by Rizk, but also a stout back four.
It all began with a thrilling 1-0 win over Harpeth FC Black in the first game. The top team from the large Nashville club would be the first team to see their attack completely stifled by the 98 Girls Red. Next up was Brentwood Elite, which also came up empty, as FC Alliance rolled 2-0. The tournament culminated with the slugfest against rival Chattanooga United, who needed penalty kicks to become the first team in 240 minutes to put one past Rizk.
To see the video of the play which won the state championship for 98 Red, click here: