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Keeping up with the 2019 Girls NPL Finals

By US Club Soccer, 07/10/19, 1:30PM EDT

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COMMERCE CITY, Colorado | The 2019 Girls NPL Finals takes place July 11-15 at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park, featuring 13-U through 19-U teams that have all earned the rights to compete for national championships after successful qualification from their respective NPLs around the country.

Stay tuned for ongoing coverage every day of the tournament via this daily log, a photo gallery on Facebook, expansive Twitter coverage, videos on Instagram and more.

Monday, July 15:

We've reached the culmination of this weekend's finals event and of 2018-19 NPL season, in today's championship round!

Here is the schedule of championship matches:

  • 13-U: 9 a.m. on field 14 – Tonka Fusion Elite ’06 (Minnesota Girls NPL) vs. Sporting St. Louis Academy ‘06 (Central States NPL)
  • 14-U: 11 a.m. on field 14 – NY Surf ’05 (NYCSL NPL Division) vs. LA Fire ‘05 (Gulf States Premier League)
  • 15-U: 11 a.m. on field 7 – Clovis Crossfire ’04 (NorCal NPL) vs. South Shore Select ‘04 (NEP NPL Division)
  • 16-U: 9 a.m. on field 7 – NEFC ’03 (NEP NPL Division) vs. EW Surf SC ‘03 (Washington NPL)
  • 17-U: 9 a.m. on field 9 – Lou Fusz SC ’02 (Central States NPL) vs. Campton United ‘02 (NISL NPL Division)
  • 19-U: 11 a.m. on field 9 – Cajun SC 00/01 (Gulf States Premier League) vs. SLSC Cosmos ‘01 (Red River NPL)

Stay tuned for score updates and championship results as they come in. 

UPDATE (3:30 p.m. MT): Six national champions and six national finalists have been awarded. The final two games of the day - the 15-U and 19-U games - finished in penalty kicks after both games saw 1-1 results at the end of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.

Be sure to browse through tons of coverage on the @USClubSoccerNPL Twitter page.

Here are all the results:

  • 13-U: Sporting St. Louis Academy ‘06 (Central States NPL) 4, Tonka Fusion Elite ’06 (Minnesota Girls NPL) 0
  • 14-U: LA Fire ‘05 (Gulf States Premier League) 2, NY Surf ’05 (NYCSL NPL Division) 0
  • 15-U: South Shore Select ‘04 (NEP NPL Division) 1 (5), Clovis Crossfire '04 (NorCal NPL) 1 (4)
  • 16-U: EW Surf SC ‘03 (Washington NPL) 1, NEFC ’03 (NEP NPL Division) 0
  • 17-U: Lou Fusz SC ’02 (Central States NPL) 4, Campton United ‘02 (NISL NPL Division) 1
  • 19-U: South Lakes SC Cosmos ‘01 (Red River NPL) 1 (4), Cajun SC 00/01 (Gulf States Premier League) 1 (3)

Stay tuned for video highlights of all the winning teams and a full recap of the tournament.

Sunday, July 14:

The journey here in Colorado is approaching its final phase with a condensed tournament field participating Sunday. Then, that field will be cut in half by the end of the day with only 12 teams left to compete for national championships on Monday.

UPDATE (4:30 p.m. MT): The championship matchups are all set for tomorrow, and they are as follows:

  • 13-U: 9 a.m. on field 14 – Tonka Fusion Elite ’06 (Minnesota Girls NPL) vs. Sporting St. Louis Academy ‘06 (Central States NPL)
  • 14-U: 11 a.m. on field 14 – NY Surf ’05 (NYCSL NPL Division) vs. LA Fire ‘05 (Gulf States Premier League)
  • 15-U: 11 a.m. on field 7 – Clovis Crossfire ’04 (NorCal NPL) vs. South Shore Select ‘04 (NEP NPL Division)
  • 16-U: 9 a.m. on field 7 – NEFC ’03 (NEP NPL Division) vs. EW Surf SC ‘03 (Washington NPL)
  • 17-U: 9 a.m. on field 9 – Lou Fusz SC ’02 (Central States NPL) vs. Campton United ‘02 (NISL NPL Division)
  • 19-U: 11 a.m. on field 9 – Cajun SC 00/01 (Gulf States Premier League) vs. SLSC Cosmos ‘01 (Red River NPL)

It's a diverse finale with only three qualifying NPLs having multiple teams playing tomorrow. Central States NPL, Gulf States Premier League and the NEP NPL Division have two teams each.

Saturday, July 13:

Today was a crucial day, as teams either survived and advanced to the semifinal round tomorrow, or they saw their seasons come to a close.

Here are the semifinalists by age group:

  • 13-U
    • Fever United vs. Sporting St. Louis
    • Dash South vs. Tonka Fusion
  • 14-U
    • Cal Odyssey vs. LA Fire
    • FC Edmonds vs. NY Surf
  • 15-U
    • PDA Barcelona vs. South Shore Select
    • North Central United vs. Clovis Crossfire
  • 16-U
    • Eastern Washington Surf vs. USA Mt. Pleasant
    • Northern Steel Fusion vs. NEFC
  • 17-U
    • Campton United vs. Quickstrike FC
    • Lou Fusz SC vs. GPS MA
  • 19-U
    • Great Falls Reston vs. South Lakes SC
    • IMG Academy vs. Cajun SC

Best of luck to all those who earned the rights to continue playing tomorrow!

Friday, July 12:

The group stages march on into their second day at all the age groups of the Girls NPL Finals. It's an accomplishment to make it this far, but we know the teams in attendance aren't complacent. Emotions are running as high as the temperatures and altitude in Colorado, as a critical second day awaits.

UPDATE (3:30 p.m. MT): After two games, here are the clubs that have positioned themselves atop their divisions with perfect 2-0 records:

  • 13-U: Sporting St. Louis Academy '06 & Empire SC '06
  • 14-U: Louisiana Fire Red '05
  • 15-U: Clovis Crossfire '04, South Shore Select '04 & Northern Steel Fire '04
  • 16-U: NEFC '03 & USA Mt. Pleasant '03
  • 17-U: GPS MA Elite '02, San Antonio City Red '02 & Quickstrike FC '02
  • 19-U: Cajun SC 00/01, Great Falls Reston '01, Soccer Vision Academy 01/02 & SLSC Cosmos '01

Thursday, July 11:

Two teams are recently familiar with Girls NPL Finals success, having achieved national champion or national finalist status in 2018.

SUSA NPL '03 (of the NYCSL - NPL Division) won the 15-U title last summer and returns to Colorado intent on going back-to-back. GPS MA '02 (of the NEP - NPL Division) came up just short last year in the 16-U bracket, finishing as national finalists. This year, GPS looks to take the next step and claim the 17-U championship.

UPDATE (5:45 p.m. MT): The opening day of the Girls NPL Finals is in the books. All 80 teams competed among three time slots: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. MT. Kickoffs are a little earlier than typical US Club Soccer tournaments in an effort to get the games finished before the heat of the day. Not only are players battling a dry heat, but most are not accustomed to the higher altitude in Colorado.

The 16-U age group had the most tightly contested slate of games today. Of the six total games, four were decided by one goal, one ended in a tie and the other was a 2-0 result.

NOTE: Be sure to view this document provided by Players First partner Player's Health, which is on-site with athletic trainers to assist all athletes. This document outlines important guidelines for ensuring athletes are properly hydrated.

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