Diablo FC 94 girls head to US Club Soccer National Cup XI in Chicago
U17 girls facing teams from across the country at Nationals
Diablo FC 94 girls are headed to Waukegan, IL near Chicago for National Cup XI July 27-30 representing the West Region of US Club Soccer in the U17 finals against teams from Illinois, New York, Virginia and Nevada.
Coach Jeremy Hull’s team lost the championship game at the US Club Soccer West Regionals last month in Turlock 2-1 in double overtime to Lamorinda United 94. However it turned out not to be the end of the road for the Diablo FC 94 as they earned a place in US Club Soccer National Cup XI. The 94 girls are the first team from Diablo FC to go to USCS National Cup since Diablo FC 92 girls in 2009.
Diablo FC had a number of standout team performances in US Club West Regionals this year. The U17 boys Diablo FC 94 and U15 Diablo FC 96 boys lost in the Regional finals on penalty kicks while the U16 Diablo FC 95 team also lost on penalty kicks in the semi-finals as Diablo FC boys won lost only two of 15 games before the knockout round heartbreakers.
The Diablo FC 94 girls beat both Marin FC 95 Blue and Ajax United Elite 95 3-1 in the preliminary rounds in the Regionals Super Group. After being shut out by Lamorinda in an earlier game, coach Hull’s girls tied the championship match 1-1 in the final 10 seconds on a stunning header by Anna Carter. Diablo FC goalkeeper Brianna Rosselli was outstanding in the nets.
The team won the Diablo Cup tournament in March and was a semi-finalist in the Players Showcase the same month in Las Vegas. They also won the Regional Academy League fall Premier 2 division.
In Chicago Diablo FC 94 will be facing top-flight teams from Illinois, New York, Virginia and Nevada.
“Jeremy Hull has led the girls through a very successful season, his first as head coach of Diablo FC 94. This is a great opportunity for the girls to be seen on a National level in front of college coaches and establish themselves as one the top teams, not only in the state, but across the country. Jeremy and Scott Alexander (Diablo FC older girls coaching director) have been very busy preparing these girls for the next level,” says Diablo FC director of coaching Brian Voltattorni.
The roster includes players from 11 cities including Melanie Hines, Emily Heinzmann, Samantha Boeger, Jasmine and Janelle Bandayrel, Julia Rogers, Marisa Baros, Daisy Bonilla, Sofia Martinez, Carter, Linnea Wikander, Rosselli, Gabby Withers, Jennifer DeLeon, Larissa Rodrigues, Kylie Caponio, Monica Lazorik and Pilar Souder.
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