The MTA Girls had a great weekend at the NSC Fall Cup sweeping the U12-U14 Divisions.
U14 USYS Girls - NSC Fall Cup Champions
The USYS 02 girls followed their NSC Super League champion title with a championship title in the NSC Fall Cup Oct 3-4 at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
The team defeated Tonka United Blue (7-1) and Thunder Bay Chill Selects (4-0) to secure a place in the semi- final against Lakeville Lightning, the reigning MYSA Summer State Champs. At the half, MTA USYS 02 led 2-0 after goals by Sinead Goulding and Jade Phan. Madison Monson added a goal in the second half, while the defense held Lakeville scoreless to advance to the championship game against Tonka United Premier.
The championship game was scoreless until a corner kick by Lindsey Handke resulted in an own goal midway into the first half to give MTA the lead 1-0. The defense and goalie Chloe Johnson limited Tonka to only a few chances in the first half. The second half saw MTA pull away with Ali Fine setting up Mallory Monson twice to seal the 3-0 victory for MTA.
Congrats USYS 02!
U13 Pre ECNL Girls- NSC Fall Cup Champions
Fresh off winning their Fall Super League, the U13 girls entered the NSC Fall Cup full of confidence.
In their first pool game, they faced Edina. MTA managed to possess the ball the entire first half and led 2-0 at halftime. MTA continued to out possess their opponent and created multiple scoring opportunities throughout the 2nd half. MTA converted two additional goals in the 2nd half and finished with a convincing 4-0 win.
Their second pool game pitted them against the Tri City Storm from North Dakota. MTA pressured the Storm early and often and got off to a quick 2-0 start. MTA continued their high defensive pressure off goal kicks resulting in numerous transition scoring chances. Unable to move the ball out of their defensive end, Tri City Storm was eventually overcome as MTA finished tallying 8 goals without yielding a shot on goal.
The semifinal game featured two MTA teams. MTA 04 won both of their pool games to advance to the semifinal. The U13 girls utilized the width of the field to out possess their younger opponent. Multiple scoring chances yielded just a 1-0 lead at halftime. However, the U13 girls converted two more goals in the 2nd half which led to a 3-0 win.
In the final, MTA faced Dakota Rev Academy. Rev had almost cruised through their side of the bracket as easily as MTA had, scoring 13 goals while allowing zero goals. MTA entered the final with 15 goals while allowing zero goals. MTA's first goal came early in the half and set the tone for the game. It was a physical game with both teams fighting for each possession. MTA took a 2-0 lead into the half. Rev mustered a few scoring chances in the 2nd half, but MTA countered and created several scoring chances converting one goal in the 2nd half. MTA finished as Champions with a 3-0 win.
They finished the tournament with 18 goals while keeping a clean sheet allowing zero goals. Coach Dane Obermeyer said, "It was fun watching great team soccer. The girls dictated the pace of play and controlled each game. Their momentum and confidence continued to grow with each win which ultimately resulted in a Championship."
U12 USYS Girls- NSC Fall Cup Champions
2015 NSC Fall Cup was the first big tournament of the fall season for the MTA 04 Swoosh East team and the first tournament these girls have played together as a group. This didn’t stop them from winning the first game against Blaine SC White 3-0. Next, they took on Thunder Bay Chill Elite from Canada winning 2-0.
These two wins placed them first in their bracket bringing them to the Semi-Final against WSR Gold Rush from Iowa. There was a lot of chemistry and scoring opportunities among the girls giving them another 4-2 win.
Moving on to the Final against one of the top MN team, Twins Cities Fire proved the girls can compete. Out of the 12 teams, the MTA 04 Swoosh girls were crowned the champions in the U12 top flight with 4-1 score.
Congratulation to the girls!