Three Space Coast United teams win Florida Cup, advance to nationals
The Space Coast United U18 girls team is one of three SCU teams to win the Florida Cup and advance to this month's National Cup XVI Finals.
photo courtesy of Cal Dixon
The Space Coast United Soccer Club has once again proved it’s one of the top programs in the state.
Now it’s time to remind the country just how good it is.
When the National Cup XVI Finals take place at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind. this month, SCU will have three teams playing for the championship in their respective age groups.
The boys U13 team along with the girls U14 and U18 teams all advanced to the national tournament by winning the Florida Cup in May at Ellis-Methvin Park in Plant City.
Christian Guirgis scored both goals to lead the SCU boys U13 team to a 2-1 victory against Tampa Bay United and a spot in the National Cup XVI finals, which are set for July 21
Other members of coach Dean Flexton’s U13 boys team include: Alexander Bennett; Lucas Bennett; Nathaniel Chapman; Logan Collins; Matteo Dal Vecchio; Conner Floyd; Nathan Goyer; Chase Jansen; Daniel Mata; Sebastian May; Van McCaleb; Diego Sanders; Samuel Son; Logan Supernaw; Austin Tarbet; Yordan Torres; Yorgen Torres and Carson Zander
The SCU girls teams both won their Florida Cup title games by scores of 3-0.
In the U14 girls game, the team had to play without goalkeeper Emma Pruett, who was injured in the semifinals. Savannah Oxley, a field player who has some experience in goal, stepped up for Space Coast United and recorded the shutout.
Piper McHenry figured prominently in the first two goals for SCU. Her direct pressure led to an own goal to put the U14 team up 1-0, then Mai Jensen found the back of the net from 25 yards out to make it 2-0 after a great layoff from McHenry. The third goal was another own goal after a cross from SCU’s Allie Worley was deflected into the goal.
Other members of the team include: Madison Ainbinder; Hannah Atchison; Karianna Baumhover; Julia Callard; Adrianne Gutman; Logan Humbert; Samantha Miller; Reese Pulliam; Aislin Scully; Emily Tizol; Ariana Valentin; Victoria Wehner and Serena Zarzana.
“The girls have worked extremely hard all season and continued to show improvements all the way to the end,” coach Cal Dixon wrote in an email. “I am extremely proud of the girls for not only this accomplishment but for the entire season.”
The U18 girls game saw Elena Barr score twice — once on a through ball from Rachel Jones, and again on a cross from Layne Greenfield. Abbey Foster scored the third goal following a free kick by Alison Tosches.
Other team members include: Emily Bodi; Camille Castillo; Kristen Clark; Hannah Dearing; Stephanie Glass; Hannah Howe; Brooklynne McGonagle; Alexis Peri; Mollie Roe; Jordan Ulp; Rachel Van Meir; Aimee Vance; Haley Walker and Morgan Zuhlke.
“I was extremely proud of the girls in the way they adapted to a new style of training this season and a new formation,” Coach Dixon wrote. “They took it in stride and showed tremendous improvements throughout the season and got everything they deserved in the way we ended it by winning the Florida Cup.”
Now it’s on to the National Cup for those three SCU teams.
“Winning U.S. Club Soccer’s state championship Florida Cup is an exciting accomplishment,” Space Coast United President Ann Fuller wrote in an email. “To have three teams win, which is more than any other club in our state, is a phenomenal achievement for Space Coast United.
“The players worked extremely hard with our exceptional staff all year to make a state championship a reality. State championships start with parents who encourage their child’s goals, invest their time and resources into the pursuit of those goals, and then step back to let the child do the work necessary to achieve them. Space Coast United is grateful to coaches, managers, players, and parents for being a supportive community in which children can excel at soccer, but more importantly, where children can have fun playing a sport they love.”