SCU teams win record six Florida Cup soccer championships
Event hosted at Viera Regional Park
Members of the Space Coast United U12 girls team pose with their medals and their Florida Cup championship trophy after beating the West Florida Flames 3-0 on Sunday at Viera Regional Park.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
There’s no doubt this past weekend was a historic success for the Space Coast United Soccer Club … on multiple levels.
Hundreds of soccer players from all over the state came to Brevard County this weekend to take part in the Florida Cup at Viera Regional Park.
Not only did Space Coast United and Brevard County make a good impression, but a record six SCU teams walked away with Florida Cup championship trophies.
“The Florida Cup tournament was a fantastic weekend for Space Coast United,” Scott Armstrong, SCU Executive Director of Coaching, wrote in an email. “We have had a stellar year and won more state championships than ever, which is a testament to our players, parents and coaches for all their hard work. We have three more teams in the FYSA state final four this weekend, and we are excited to compete another weekend.
“Hosting the tournament is a big step for the county and Space Coast United Soccer Club. We had over 300 families stay overnight and over 800 people play at the parks.
“The event ran very smoothly and the hosts were happy and will look to return next year.”
The weekend started with 11 SCU teams in the semifinals, seven of which advanced to the Sunday’s finals.
Here’s a look at how those championship games played out:
* U13 Boys: Space Coast United claimed the title with a 4-2 win over Pinecrest Premier on Sunday.
Ethan Castes scored the first goal of the game for SCU. Majed Abdullah and Landon Campos then converted on penalty kicks to put Space Coast up 3-0 at the half. Pinecrest would get a pair of goals early in the second half to cut the Space Coast lead to one, but Marcel Lorente put the game out of reach with a goal to make it 4-2.
* U15 boys: Johann Moise provided the assist and Yorgen Torres converted the goal as Space Coast United defeated CNTBU Tampa Bay United 1-0 to claim the title in what Armstrong described as a “fantastic team performance by all the players.”
* U12 girls: Space Coast United dominated the West Florida Flames 3-0 to bring home another championship.
Anita Mahindra, Bella Bolin and Brooke Voorhees all scored for SCU.
* U13 girls: This was the only final that didn’t end in favor of Space Coast United as the West Florida Flames came away with a 2-1 win.
Gigi Lopez had a goal for SCU.
* U14 girls: The third matchup of the day between Space Coast United and the West Florida Flames went down the wire as SCU won the title 2-1 on penalty kicks.
Bree Ehmer had the goal in regulation for Space Coast United. Sophie Boss, Piper Miller, Taylor George and Erica Parker all converted their penalty kicks to give SCU the win.
* U16 girls: Another overtime thriller, this time against Boca United, ended in a 2-1 win decided by penalty kicks.
Victoria Wehner scored for SCU in regulation off an assist from Adrienne Gutman. Penalty kicks were made by Reese Pulliam, Jess Martin, Madison Ainbinder, Allie Worley and Logan Humbert.
A day earlier, Space Coast United defeated the PBG Predators 2-1. Pulliam scored one of the goals on an assist from Worley. The other goal came from Martin on an assist from Humbert.
U19 girls: In what was essentially the final home game for a number of high school seniors on the team, Space Coast United scored a 1-0 victory against the Chargers SC.
Frances Espinoza scored the game’s lone goal for SCU.
A day earlier, in the semifinals, Space Coast United won 3-0 on the strength of goals by Carolina Santos, Bella Ruggiano and Mary McCaleb.
By winning the Florida Cup, all six SCU teams have advanced to the National Cup XVIII Finals, which will take place July 19-23 in Commerce City, Colorado.