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The Girls Academy Jul 19, 2021

Girls Academy Finals conclude in North Carolina, league champions crowned

The inaugural Girls Academy (GA) season came to an end on Sunday in North Carolina as the 2020-21 league champions were crowned across the U15-U17 age groups.

The GA Finals were held July 16-18 at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C. starting with the semifinal round on Friday, a rest day on Saturday and the title matches on Sunday. Following a weekend of intense competition, NEFC (U15), Cincinnati United Premier (U16) and Nationals (U17) were crowned as national champions.

Cincinnati United Premier (CUP) emerged as the only club to capture more than one GA national title, as they also won it all at the U14 level earlier this month. Oklahoma Energy FC (U13) and FC Bay Area (U19) previously captured league titles as well, at the GA National Playoffs in Oceanside, Calif.

Sunday marked the final day of competition for the GA’s 2020-2021 campaign, and the U15-U17 title matches did not disappoint.

NEFC defeated IMG Academy 2-1 in the U15 Final, marking their third consecutive victory by a one-goal margin. The Massachusetts side dominated on defense throughout the knockout stage, earning 1-0 shutout victories in both the quarterfinals against Nationals in Oceanside, and in Friday’s semifinal against Oklahoma Energy FC.

At the U16 level, CUP secured a 2-1 win over Utah Royals AZ in the title match on Sunday, in another contest that came down to the wire. CUP reached the title match after an offensive explosion in the semifinals on Friday, as they defeated Oakwood SC 5-3.

Michigan club Nationals finished their remarkable run to the U17 championship with a thrilling win over The St. James FC Virginia in a final which was decided on penalty kicks. Battling through inclement weather and a mid-game lightning delay, Nationals edged TSJ FC Virginia 5-4 in the PK shootout after a scoreless draw.

Nationals did not concede a single goal during the entire GA postseason, finishing with six consecutive shutouts. They swept their three group opponents by a combined 5-0 scoring margin. In the knockout stage, Nationals beat Michigan Jaguars 1-0 in the quarterfinals. They defeated CUP 3-0 in the semifinals on Friday, and held off a talented TSJ FCV attack in Sunday’s title match.

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