Late goals highlight final day, ECNL Nationals

Late goals highlight final day, ECNL Nationals
July 17, 2011

AURORA, COLORADO – The best season yet of Elite Clubs National League closed here Saturday with four national title games and plenty of optimism for a league with the best clubs around the country. Following are some details of the finals and comments from players and coaches. Check our 91st Minute Blog later in the week for some more videos of some of the more interesting scenes from around the finals.

U16 Final: CASL 4, Real So Cal 1

The Southern Californians went on top early as the excellent Kristiana Konkol-Mroczkowski scored again. CASL equalized when Paige Reckert headed home a corner from Claire Wagner.

After a delay for lightning and the halftime break, CASL went up early in the 2nd half when Joanna Boyles headed in another bullet corner from Wagner to make it 2-1.  Damon Nahas’ North Carolina side seemed to be dealing with conditions better and the score went to 3-1 when Reckert converted a grounded cross from Alexis Degler. CASL kept running and Reckert finished her hat trick from short range on a deflected setup from Alexis Shaffer for a final scoreline of 4-1.

Wagner, Reckert and Boyles were happy campers after the win.

U17 Final: San Diego Surf 1, PDA Charge 0

Played in the hottest part of the day, this match was a bit more scratching and clawing then you might like to see, but Stephanie Hamilton’s excellent near-post run and header from an Allie Bailey cross gave Surf a late goal and a national championship.

Surf had squandered a few chances earlier, but showed great patience in front of the net on the buildup to the goal, as Hamilton and Bailey discuss here.


The nervous moments I mentioned came in the form of a Rachel Cole shot that Surf goalkeeper Michelle Craft kept out with a diving save, a header from PDA’s Carly Black off the crossbar, and a cross that whizzed untouched through the 6-yard box.
Surf coach Colin Chesters said such a late rally from his opponents was to be expected, and also credited his team’s commitment to winning


Surf got good play from defenders Jackie Friedman, Maya Theuer, Cassie Callahan and Laura Liedle. Midfielder Katie Perry was excellent with her surging runs, and Sarah Adams was another dynamic attacking option along with Bailey’s wing play.

U15 Final: Lonestar SC 1, Carmel United 0
A late goal from Lonestar’s Mikaela Harvey provided the difference in this one, as she fired home from the edge of the area after a good cutback from Jessica Johnston.

The team celebrated with a throwback to U8 days, running through a human tunnel.


U18 Final: KCFC 6, Bethesda SC  1

Other Results

West Coast defeated Slammers 3-2 for 3rd place, PDA defeated Eclipse Select on penalties for 5th place and San Diego Surf defeated Mustang 2-0 for 7th place.

FC Dallas and Atlanta Fire United won the Promotion/Relegation bracket and will be in Flight A next season. San Juan SC and Real Colorado will play in Flight B.

KCFC won Flight B for 2011, defeating Sereno SC in the final.

FC Virginia beat Concorde Fire 3-1 for 3rd place, Real Colorado beat Eclipse Select 3-1 for 5th place and Michigan Hawks beat Scorpions SC 5-4 for 7th place.

San Juan SC and Freestate Soccer Alliance won the Promotion/Relegation bracket and will be in Flight A next season. Carolina Elite and Sereno SC will play in Flight B.

Carmel United win Flight B for 2011, defeating FC DELCO 2-1 in the final.

Stars of Massachusetts defeated Solar SC 3-2 for 3rd place, Albertson Fury beat Minnesota Thunder Academy 4-1 for 5th place and Mustang SC defeated Challenge SC 3-0 for 7th place.

Colorado Rush and SC Del Sol won the Promotion/Relegation bracket and will be in Flight A next season. D’Feeters and Utah Avalanche will play in Flight B.

Carmel United won the Flight B championship for 2011, 2-1 over Carolina Elite.

Eclipse Select defeated Lonestar SC 4-1 for 3rd place.

Ohio Premier Eagles beat FC Stars of Mass 2-1 for 5th place.

San Diego Surf defeated SC Del Sol 4-0 for 7th place.


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