The Aztec girls soccer program is going Cup crazy as of late, after recently returning from a historic run just north of the Mile High City.
Groton native Hope MacDonald and the U14 Girls Aztec North Super Group leveled Lake County 3-1, to capture the Impact Cup at the National Premier League Finals, July 18 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado.
It marked the second straight national championship for the U14 program, who were also victorious at the National Cup XXI Finals the following week.
“It’s a feeling that can’t be replaced,” said Molly Vana of Boxford. “Our team worked so hard this past year. We lost two people, but our team overcame it and now we’re here. We won the national championship.”
The difference between the two tournaments was the way teams qualify. The NPL Finals is league-based, while the National Cup Finals is cup tournament-based. Those two titles, coupled with the U15 team’s NPL victory, July 11, represent the first three titles in Aztec soccer program history.
“It is an impressive feat,” said Aztec Team Manager Becky Blaeser.
Based out of Bishop Fenwick in Peabody, the Aztec U14 girls swept the first three days of preliminary round action in the Centennial State, July 16-18. With a balanced attack of offensive explosiveness and defensive smarts, the team defeated Dynamos Soccer 2-0, and Iowa Central 4-0, before blanking Lake County 2-0, earning the top-seed of the B Division bracket.
In semifinal action, the Aztec eliminated local favorites Colorado Elevation 2-1, July 17, setting the stage for its championship rematch with Lake County. The Aztec didn’t disappoint pulling out the 3-1 victory.
Also representing the U14 Super Group were Ella Heckman, Avery Fogarty (Beverly), Olivia St. Pierre (Danvers), Giada Antidormi (Lynnfield), Courtney Hitscherich (Marblehead), Isabella Strong, Sophie McElligott (Melrose), Wylie Roossien (Nahant), Sydney Rech, Alison Lanciani, Reilly Tassinari, Kiersten Higgins (North Reading), Shawn Sewell, Shalyn Sewell (Saugus), Sophia Kueffler (Stow) and Margot Bryce Morris (Wenham). The team was coached by Mo Keita (Medford).