TAMPA, FL - After a long 2011 season of league games, State Cup, Regional playoffs, and the Super Y season that extended into the summer months, the U14, U15, and U16 girls from Seacoast United took two months off for their high school seasons. The teams knew in August that they had qualified for the Super Y North American Finals in Tampa in December. Regular training began again in early November and the hard work paid off: The U15s and U16s brought home the Super Y National Championship trophies.
Seacoast United last brought home a Super Y North American Championship two years ago under head coach David Burgess with the U14 girls. The majority of the ’09 championship squad returned to Tampa as U16’s, this time with head coach Ian Burgess, David’s older brother. The ’09 title was the 2nd Super Y Championship for the Club, its first coming in 2004 (U15 Girls). The team includes midfielder Lydia Simmons who will participate at the U17 US National Team training camp in California later this month.
The 16’s won each of their three preliminary games from Friday through Sunday over teams from New Jersey, Canada, and Michigan. In the semi-finals, they faced local rival MPS Renegades from Massachusetts, who they had lost to 3-1 as recently as last weekend at the MPS Thanksgiving Showcase. Seacoast proved to be the better team this time however, coming back from 0-1 to earn the 2-1 victory and secure their place in the U16 Final vs. Long Island Rough Riders (NY). In Tuesday’s Final, the score was even at halftime 1-1 before Abby Smith’s 2nd half goal proved to be the game winner.
David Burgess led this year’s U15 girls into the tournament after finishing league play as the first seed from the New England region. In Tampa, the girls advanced to the semifinals on a record of 2 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie against opponents from New Jersey, Florida, and New York. The semifinal matched Seacoast United with Rage SC of Pennsylvania, where SUSC took an early lead and never let up, winning 2-1. The victory placed them in the U15 Final against TSF Academy (NJ). Down 0-1 in the first half, the girls battled back to equalize, going to the break even at 1-1. Seacoast took a commanding 3-1 lead in the 2nd half, but it was short-lived. TSF equalized with just minutes remaining in regulation, forcing overtime. The game finished a thriller, with Seacoast edging its opponent 4-3 for the crown.
The U14s just missed out on advancing to the playoff round, needing a favorable result in another bracket to go through as the wildcard. Finishing with a record of 2 wins, 0 losses and 2 ties, head coach Tony Karibian and Girls Director of Coaching Chris Scott couldn’t be more pleased with their efforts. This was the team’s 2nd trip to Tampa after participating in the North American Finals as U13’s in 2010.
The Club’s three teams finished the tournament with a record of 11 wins, 0 losses, and 3 ties.
The 2011 USL Super Y North American Finals held in Tampa, Florida from December 2-6th hosted 135 boys and girls teams in age divisions ranging from U12 through U17. Teams participated in group play beginning on Friday, December 2nd, with championship matches scheduled for each age group on Tuesday, December 6th. Seacoast United’s teams qualified for the Super Y North American Finals by finishing as first (U15’s) or second (U14 & U16’s) seeds in the New England Region after completion of June-August league play. USL’s Super Y League hosts divisions within six regions across the United States & Canada (Mid Atlantic, Midwest, New England, Northwest, South Atlantic, and Southeast).