Led by University of Portland star Danielle Foxhoven's hat trick, Colorado Rush Nike captured its record ninth girls national title -- one more than the Dallas Texans -- and third back-to-back championship with a 4-2 overtime win over Eclipse Select in the U-19 final at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships.
Colorado Rush Nike (CO) 4, Eclipse Select 89-90 (IL) 2 (OT)
Rush captured its ninth girls national title -- one more than the Dallas Texans -- and third back-to-back championship with a 4-2 win over Eclipse Select in the Stewart Cup final. The University of Portland's Danielle Foxhoven was the hero with a hat trick -- the first goal of the game in the 83rd minute and goals at the end of each overtime session. Eclipse, which had defeated Rush earlier in the week, 2-1, tied the score on Candace Ruff's goal in stoppage time.
FC Bucks Vipers (E-PA) 1, Ohio Elite (OH-S) 0
FC Bucks Vipers became the first girls team from Pennsylvania to claim a National Championship, capturing the Kelly Cup on Madlyn Evans' goal the 58th minute. With the win, the Vipers would complete their goal of honoring head coach Ed Leigh's son-in-law, fallen Philadelphia police officer John Pawloski killed in the line of duty this February.
Eclipse Select (IL) 4, PDA Fire (NJ) 0
Eclipse Select won its fifth National Championship and the second for Coach Rory Dames. Vanessa Laxgang and Kelsey Hough gave the Illinois team the early lead, and Samantha Scofield clinched the win with two late goals, denying the Fire, three-time National Championships participant and twice runner-up.
De Anza Force (CA-N) 1, Ponte Vedra Storm (FL) 0
De Anza Force advanced to Lancaster as the Region IV runner-up as the Region IV champion So Cal Blues-Dodge had already punched their ticket via the National League. Two minutes into the second half Lorin Hom gave Force the lead, and keeper Emily Kruger then held off the Storm, making eight saves.
San Diego Surf (CA-S) 0 Dallas Texans Red (N-TX) 0 (6-5 penalties)
Surf, which claimed the U.S. Youth Soccer National League title ahead of the Texans, again edged the Texans, this time in a shootout. Ariana Zargarian was the hero, blocking two shots in the shootout.
Mustang Blast (CA-N) 1 CASL Spartans Elite Black (NC) 0
Stephanie Amack's goal in the 26th minute gave the Blast the title in the Elmer Ehlers Cup. Blast keeper Beth Ritterwas solid in goal and preserved the win.