13U Girls: San Diego Surf 05 Academy Select (CA-S) 1-0 KHA 05 Red (KY)
San Diego Surf 05 Academy Select (CA-S) defeated KHA 05 Red (KY) 1-0 to claim the 13U Girls National Championship title in a rematch of the first group play of the event.
Surf dominated the opening half, controlling most of the game but could not create any real scoring chances out of its possession. That finally changed in the 23rd minute as Maiya Soleil Dimry broke down the right side of the field, split two defenders and then hit a hard shot at goal. Dimry’s shot deflected off a KHA defender lunging for the ball and the ball re-directed from close range and flew by the keeper.
With KHA down at half, the team started pushing for an equalizer. Amanda Schlueter almost leveled the teams as she dribbled left to right across the top of the Surf box and then rocketed a low shot toward the back post but the shot flashed just wide. KHA had another great chance a few minutes later but Surf’s Sage Webb made a big save to keep her team ahead.
Surf had a couple of great counter attacking opportunities but the best came when a long through ball put an attacker through on goal. The ball got tapped around the keeper, but the wide angle caused by the onrushing keeper made for a difficult shot and the ball went hit the side of the goal.
As the final whistle blew, Surf had held its 1-0 lead and become the 2018 13U Girls US Youth Soccer National Champions.
“Lots of emotions right now as this is my last game with these girls,” said Surf head coach Craig Barclay. “I’m really proud of them and a little bit speechless to be honest. I’m really proud that they get to feel the physical rewards of all the hard work they’ve put in.”
Highlights from www.usyouthsoccer.org