Four teams capture 2023 Dallas Cup Girls’ Invitational titles
DALLAS, Texas – The 2023 Dallas Cup Girls’ Invitational concluded Friday at Toyota Stadium with a quartet of title matches.
Champions were crowned in the girls’ 15U, 16U, 17U and the 19U divisions to wrap up the third edition of the Dallas Cup Girls’ Invitational.
2023 Dallas Cup Girls’ Invitational Finals Recaps
Champion: Solar SC 08 ECNL
Finalist: USYS ODP 08 National Select Team
The first match of the day featured Solar SC ECNL 08 squaring off against the 08 ODP (Olympic Development Program) National Select team for the 15U Dallas Cup Girls’ Invitational title. In the 11th minute, Solar’s Jordan Hill scored the first goal of the match. After breaking through the ODP defense, she had a 1-on-1 opportunity against the keeper and confidently slotted the opening goal into the left side of the net. Hill’s goal would be all the local side needed, as the Solar backline and keeper, Evan O’Steen, kept a clean sheet through the final whistle. The match ended 1-0 in favor of Solar SC ECNL 08, who hoisted the first “Boot & Ball” championship trophy of 2023.
Champion: FC Dallas ECNL 07
Finalist: USYS ODP 07 National Select Team
The second match of the day was the 16U Girls final between FC Dallas ECNL 07 and the USYS 07 ODP National Select Team. Holly Storer, who scored a hat-trick in last year’s triumph in the 15U girls final for FC Dallas, had another big day on Friday. On the stroke of halftime, Storer stepped in from the right corner of the box and delivered a strike that flew just inside the left post and into the back on the net. Storer padded the FC Dallas lead with another goal in the 57th minute, making the score, 2-0. Kylie Maxwell got the ODP National Select side on the scoreboard in the 72nd minute, but it was a little too late. The match ended 2-1 in favor of FC Dallas ECNL 07, who was crowned the 16U Dallas Cup Girls Invitational champion.
Champion: Solar SC ECNL 06
Finalist: USYS ODP 06 National Select Team
At noon, the 17U final kicked off from Toyota Stadium with Solar SC ECNL 06 taking on the 06 ODP National Select team. The Solar SC side, who was looking to three-peat at the Dallas Cup Girls’ Invitational, showed their class early and often with a barrage of goals. Emeri Adames entered the game with seven goals in the tournament and she added to the tally in style with a hat-trick at Toyota Stadium (5’, 30’, 67’). Lola Foley (7’), Amalia Villarreal (13’), Micayla Decker (16’), and Ana Cedeno (76’) also put their names on the scoresheet throughout the match, as Solar SC ECNL 06 cruised to a 7-1 win and the 17U Dallas Cup Girls’ Invitational title.
Champion: Solar ECNL RL 04
Finalist: Australian School Girls
The 19U final between the Australian School Girls and Solar ECNL RL 04 kicked off at 2:30pm and put a cap on the 2023 Dallas Cup Girls’ Invitational. Emma Yolonski scored from the penalty spot in the 32nd minute to put Solar ahead 1-0. With time dwindling down in the match, Solar added a trio of late goals to pad the 1-0 lead. Charlie Codd converted from the penalty spot in the 80th minute and a few minutes later, Yolonski bagged her hat-trick with goals in the 84th and 87th minute making the lead 4-0. The final whistle blew and Solar ECNL RL 04 hoisted the final girls’ “Boot & Ball” trophy of 2023. Emma Yolonski was the recipient of the Toyota MVP award following the match.