EAGLES U23 TO SEEK RECORD 4TH NATIONAL TITLE NEXT WEEKEND AT USASA NATIONAL CUPS FINALS
July 07, 2011
Originally published at TopDrawerSoccer.com:
Article written by ESNN [Elite Soccer News Network]
An extraordinary group of young women - representing the Eagles Soccer Club of Camarillo, California - are reuniting this summer to do what has never been done before… win a fourth age-specific national soccer championship.
Under head coach Vince Thomas and assistant Michael Alexander, the Eagles won two US Youth Soccer National titles - the Under-14 crown in 2004 and the Under-17 championship in 2007. They are also a six-time Cal South National Cup champion (the state championship tournament for Southern California, which they won in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011) and a two-time state finalist (2005 and 2006).
In 2010, on summer break from college, the Eagles defeated Arizona Rush Nike in the U23 final to become only the second side in the 32-year history of women's youth and adult championships ever to win three United States national titles. The first team was Colorado Rush of Littleton, Colorado, who won the US Youth Soccer U17, U18 and U19 National Championships in 1999 through 2001. On July 15-17, at Lovers Lane Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the Eagles will attempt to repeat as the U23 titleholders, and in doing so, win an unprecedented fourth U.S. title.
"It is amazing what this team has accomplished starting when they were just thirteen," notes Thomas, "and now, as young women, they have a chance to do what no other team ever has. To win a fourth national title would secure their legacy. However, there are so many incredibly talented teams in Cal South (Southern California), to be crowned state champion six times is remarkable in its own right. I am so appreciative to have coached Emily, Amelia, Sid, KC, Coco, and Panda - who have been the heart and soul of our past championships - as well as the incredibly talented girls on the roster who we have added over the years. They understand that you must play as a team to win at the highest level. That's the reason they are champions on and off the field, and why they are truly deserving of this historic opportunity."
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