19/20U Girls: ASA Coyotes (MD) 0-3 98 CR Academy (NC)
98 CR Academy (NC) took home the 19/20U Girls National Championship title with a 3-0 victory over ASA Coyotes (MD), redeeming itself from the semifinal loss at the 2016 National Championships. While CR Academy maintained a lot of the possession in the beginning, both teams began to generate chances, including shots from ASA’s Hailey Bicknell and Paula Germino-Watnick.
CR Academy soon gained a momentum boost when the team earned a penalty kick. Kursten Von Klahr stepped up to the mark and put CR Academy in the lead when she slotted the ball to the bottom right corner. Just two minutes later, CR Academy’s Faith Adams dashed downline with the ball and played a low pass across the goal to find Ashlynn Serepca, who found the back of the net.
CR Academy had a couple close chances and nearly increased its lead before the half, yet the North Carolina team continued the offensive push, making it a 3-0 game when Molly McGarry finished her shot from inside the 18-yard box. ASA showed fight to get into the game, but everything seemed to go CR Academy’s way as it went on to claim the National Championship crown.
“We talk about it a lot as team—finding the common goal, finding the moments and the opportunities to be composed, take chances and feel comfortable with the ball—and the girls have been able to do that the entire week,” said CR Academy head coach Nathan Williams. “You think when you start State Cup with all of those teams and you come here to make it down to the final two, you hope those moments go your way. We were able to finish our chances. For these girls to finish their youth soccer careers as National Champions, it’s pretty impressive.”