So Cal Blues, West Coast FC, PDA earn ECNL Champions League titles
The U-15, U-16 and U-17 ECNL National Champions were decided on Saturday in Richmond, Va. So Cal Blues U-15, West Coast FC U-16 and PDA U-17 captured titles at the ECNL National Finals, held at West Creek.
U-15 | So Cal Blues 3:1 Michigan Hawks
Ashley Soto, Chloe Boice and Sydney Duarte netted for So Cal Blues to build up a 3-0 lead, while goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy and the back line held Michigan Hawks off the board until the closing minutes of the match. Alexa Spaanstra scored the lone goal for Michigan on a free kick just before the final whistle.
U-16 | West Coast FC 3:2 FC Stars of Massachusetts
Lake Duerkson opened the scoring for West Coast FC , and assisted her running mate Sophia Serafin to re-capture the lead after Mackenzie Viachos had found equalizer for FC Stars. Remy Mathews extended the lead to 3-1 for West Coast FC on a converted penalty kick, an insurance goal which would come in handy late in the match. Forward Gabrielle Brummett pulled FC Stars within one in the final minutes but the West Coast defense held strong the rest of the way.
U-17 | PDA 1:1 Crossfire Premier (PDA wins in penalty kicks 4-2)
Emma Smith found the net for PDA, putting her team on top late in the first half. As the PDA defense continued to hold strong late into the second half clinging to a 1-0 lead, Asia Brisco scored a late equalizer for Crossfire to send the match into overtime. After two periods of scoreless extra time, PDA emerged victorious in penalty kicks by a score of 4-2.