Girls Academy National Finals Recap

Girls Academy National Finals Recap
by Travis Clark
July 11, 2022
Players featured in this article:
GK | Rebels Soccer Club
Kara Harris |  2024
MF | Lonestar SC
Lily Jeakle |  2027
F | Nationals
F | Michigan Hawks
F | Oakwood SC
Lilli Lubic |  2025
MF | FC Virginia
GK | FC Virginia
MF | ALBION SC San Diego
MF | SC Wave
Maren Swan |  2026
MF | Nationals
Mya Townes |  2025
F | FC Virginia

St. Louis was the site of not just the Girls Academy Talent ID Center, but also four title clashes over the weekend.

The 2021-22 GA season wrapped with four teams coming away with national championships. Storied clubs captured crowns on Saturday and Sunday.

In a clash at the youngest age group, two of the top GA teams squared off when Nationals Blue matched up against Tophat Gold. A Lily Jeakle strike opened the scoring, putting the Michigan side up early. Micayla Johnson, who won the Golden Boot for the tournament, added a second goal.

After Tophat got a goal back, making it 2-1 late in the game, Nationals took advantage. Jeakle, the Golden Ball winner, setup Johnson’s second and her team’s third goal. Hope Pierfelice kept the two-goal advantage at the end, while Sloane Popov, Maren Swan, Grace Battershell, Conamora Ndana and Danielle Wisser excelled at the back for Nationals.

It was a series of nailbiters at the U15 age group. Both TSJ FC Virginia and NEFC advanced to the national championship on the back of 1-0 wins in the semifinals, seeing off Lou Fusz and Cincinnati United respectively. Lilli Lubic's goal provided the winner in the semifinal. It was the same score line in the final, as a lone goal by Mya Townes led to a 1-0 victory for TSJ FC Virgina's talented 07 squad.

A Southern California side shined brightest in St. Louis in the U16 bracket. After besting Lonestar SC by a 3-1 score in the semifinals, Albion SC San Diego backed that up with a 2-0 win in the national championship against South Shore Select.

Aubrey Kulpa’s breakaway goal provided the winning margin in Oakwood SC’s Under-17 triumph over Florida United. It was enough for the Northeast side to come away with the crown, capping an excellent season.

GA Finals Individual Award Winners

Golden Gloves

U19 - Isabella Banuelos, FC Bay Area

U17 - Kaitlyn Dedame, Oakwood SC

U16 - Kailey Carlen, Albion SC

U15 - Lillian Mitchell, TSJ FC Virginia

U14 - Hope Pierfelice, Nationals

Golden Ball

U19 - Elise Evans, FC Bay Area

U17 - Aubrey Kulpa, Oakwood SC

U16 - Ashlyn Puerta, Albion SC San Diego

U15 - Bree Bridges, TSJ FC Virginia

U14 - Lily Jeakle, Nationals

Golden Boot

U19 - Devin Lynch, Sockers FC

U17 - Tyler Coker (Lonestar SC), Anna Sikorski (SC Wave), Kara Harris (Lonestar SC)

U16 - Kaela Martinez, Albion SC San Diego

U15 - Mya Townes, TSJ FC Virginia

U14 - Micayla Johnson, Nationals

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