The Virginia Alliance U13 girls Super Y team, coached by Total Futbol Assistant Director Todd Hamlin and assisted by Director Nadir Moumen, and Jay Margulis, competed in the National Championships from December 6-11, 2012 in Bradenton, Florida. The team had a fantastic weekend, highlighted by their National Runner-Up finish.
The tournament was held at the beautiful IMG Academy in Bradenton, about 45 minutes south of Tampa. Virginia Alliance’s preliminary group consisted of New Jersey Stallions, Cleveland Internationals, and VSI West Florida Flames. All 3 of these teams had fantastic regular seasons to get to Nationals, combining to have a 22-3-3 record with 83 goals for and 17 goals against. Virginia Alliance qualified as the South Atlantic Region Champions, boasting a record of 9-0-1 with 28 goals for and 7 against.
New Jersey Stallions were the first game and scored the opening goal to take a 1-0 lead midway through the 1st half. As the game went on, Alliance settled into a rhythm and were able to put 4 goals past the Mid-Atlantic Region Runners Up who had only allowed 6 goals all year. Game #2 was against Cleveland Internationals who had also won the day before. They too, were able to get the early lead but Virginia battled back again and was able to tie the match late before narrowly missing a couple of clear chances to win the game. On the final day of group play, Alliance proved to be too much for VSI and finished with an emphatic 3-0 win which gave the girls first place in the group.
The semifinals pitted Virginia Alliance versus Alliance Academy from Michigan. Alliance Academy had gone 10-0-0 in regular season play and 3-0-0 in the tournament. Virginia Alliance was able to secure a 1-0 victory to clinch a spot in the Championship match where they would play Long Island Rough Riders, last year’s National Champion. Long Island had followed up their title with an undefeated regular season and Nationals tournament while only conceding 3 goals over 14 games due to the outstanding play of their center back and goalie. Alliance went down 1-0 on a goal 10 minutes into the game and was able to produce numerous quality scoring opportunities as they pressed for an equalizer but couldn’t quite knock one in against last year’s title holders. The game finished 1-0.
Overall, Virginia Alliance finished 2012 as National Finalists, South Atlantic Region Champions, and an overall record of 12-1-2 with 37 goals for and 10 goals against. Congratulations on a fantastic year!!