The Boston Breakers Academy U17 Premier girls team came back from Long Island Sunday with some hardware after winning the U17 championship in the 11th Annual National Elite Women's Soccer Showcase (NEWSS).
"The competition was solid. Every game required a strong overall team performance," Breakers U17 Premier Coach Frank Teixeira said. "It was a great tournament victory, hard-fought, and well-earned. From our first time out this year, I thought we played a very attractive brand of soccer."
The Breakers run to the championship began Saturday morning with a 0-0 draw against Central Delaware SA Riptide followed by a 3-1 win over South Beach SC Stingrays (New York). Sunday, the girls won their bracket with a 1-0 victory over Princeton SA Premier 96/97 Orange. Later that day, the Breakers beat Quickstrike FC Xtreme (New York), 2-1, in the finals, getting the game-winning goal from Julia Patterson. Corey Murray led the team with three goals, followed by Patterson, Oriana McDonough, and Ciara Forde, who each scored one goal. Keeper Michaela Brickley went 3-0-1 in goal.
Coach and Breakers forward Katie Schoepfer added: "I'm really proud of my team for the effort they gave this weekend. The competition was very good, and the girls came together and worked hard, even though they have only had a few practices since their high school seasons ended. This was a great start for this group, and I'm really looking forward to the upcoming season to see what this team can do."
In other Breakers Academy action over the weekend ...
The Breakers U11 Elite team reached the finals of the MPS Showcase as did the Breakers U12 West Elite team. Breakers U10-U18 teams took part in both MPS and NEWWS tournaments this weekend.
About the Boston Breakers Academy:
The Boston Breakers are one of only two clubs in the U.S. with a youth club structure leading into the women’s professional league, the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), and only club in the nation that begins at the U9 level.
Boston Breakers Academy teams will compete in the following leagues: ECNL (Elite Club’s National League), NPL (National Premier Leagues), NEP (New England Premiership), and MAPLE (Massachusetts Premier League).
Boston Breakers Academy Development Path starts at Under 9 (Junior Academy) and goes through, U19 followed by Boston Breakers College Academy, Boston Breakers Reserve team and finally Boston Breakers Pro team.
The Junior Academy program for those players 12 and under will not have direct conflicts with town programs. Players are still encouraged to train and play within their town. The Junior Academy program is an additional option for families and players who seek that extra elite training environment to help enhance their daughter’s development. Once a player enters the U13 and U14 Breakers Academy teams, the commitment does become greater, however, player conflicts with towns or other sports can be resolved. Only at U15 and up are players asked to make a full-time commitment to the Boston Breakers Academy.
For tryout information, contact the Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org.