2013 NPL Champions Cup | Washington State Premier League | List of qualified teams
After deciding its first eight champions in December, the Washington State Premier League has crowned its remaining four.
A quartet of girls teams — from the U-15 through U-18 age groups — clinched titles this spring to join the WSPL’s list of teams qualified for the 2013 NPL Champions Cup, which will be held July 18-22 at Aurora Sports Park in suburban Denver.
They’ll be the first-ever participants from the brand-new WSPL, which joined the NPL in the fall and is managed by the Puget Sound Premier League, one of the largest competitive soccer leagues in the Northwest.
“We are very pleased with the competitive level of the clubs in the first NPL in Washington state,” PSPL President Stanley Holmes said. “For the first time, the Washington State Premier League is offering clubs a direct pathway to a national tournament based on league play, and our teams that have punched their ticket to Colorado can hardly wait to play in the NPL Champions Cup.”
SoccerEdge Academy joined that list twice, coming away with titles in the two oldest age groups, while the U-15 and U-16 divisions came down to the last weekend before FC Edmonds and Central Washington Soccer Academy prevailed.
"We would like to thank US Club Soccer for the opportunity to participate in the NPL," CWSA Director of Coaching and U-16 coach Marty Lakey said. "It was a tough and competitive season that forced my girls to dig deep. We faced top teams in Tynecastle, Sting and the MVP Marauders, and we had to be at our best. Having had a chance to bring home a championship to a small community has created a buzz here."
From CWSA’s home in the Yakima Valley to Edmonds, a Seattle suburb on the shores of the Puget Sound, the pride is the same.
"FC Edmonds Quiet Riot G97 has always been told what it couldn't do — how we couldn't retain our players and how we couldn't play at the highest level possible,” head coach Alvin Little said. “US Club Soccer allows our girls to fulfill their dreams of playing a high level of soccer, competing with the best players and teams, and establishing a tradition of winning and development. Winning the NPL is the pinnacle of the hard work, dedication and training these young women have strived for.”
Here’s a look at the WSPL’s four spring champions:
Girls U-15: FC Edmonds Quiet Riot (10-2-0)
FC Edmonds got off to a 6-0 start, including what proved to be a huge 5-3 victory over Northwest United FC, who finished three points behind the Quiet Riot in the standings. The second-place squad came away victorious in their second meeting, but FC Edmonds closed out the year with three straight wins to wrap up the title despite losing two starting defenders to injury.
Girls U-16: Central Washington Soccer Academy Navy (9-2-1)
Though CWSA dropped two games and tied a third, the team won the matches that mattered most, coming away with victories in both meetings with second-place Tynecastle FC to win the league by a three-point margin. The CWSA Navy also boasted the league’s top defense with just 11 goals allowed in 12 games.
Girls U-17: SoccerEdge Academy FC (11-1-0)
FC Crush finished with comparable numbers to SoccerEdge Academy and even notched a head-to-head victory, but the first-place squad’s consistency paid off in the form of a near-perfect season and a league title. SoccerEdge finished with 26 goals scored and only four conceded in 12 games.
Girls U-18: SoccerEdge Academy FC (7-0-1)
The only team to go undefeated through the spring season, SoccerEdge Academy’s lone blemish came in the form of a 0-0 tie in its next-to-last game. But the club’s sturdy defending (three goals allowed) and scoring rate of more than two per game was enough to secure the championship by four points.
A list of teams that have qualified for the NPL Champions Cup can be viewed here. Be sure to check back in with NationalPremierLeagues.com for updates throughout the spring as more leagues crown their champions.