The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series Eastern Regional Championships will take place from June 27-July 2 in Barboursville, WV. Leading up to the event, EDP will be profiling several of the qualified teams and looking at their journey to this point. The next team featured in the “Road to Regionals” series is STA-MUSC 2002G USYS (NJ), which earned its Regionals berth through its performance in the US Youth Soccer National League EDP Mid Atlantic Club v Club Conference.
Every player on STA-MUSC 2002G USYS takes pride in her defense. And it’s easy to see why. The team went 24 games without conceding a goal and posted seven clean sheets in eight US Youth Soccer National League EDP Mid Atlantic Club v Club Conference contests.
“We are all extremely competitive,” team captain Savannah Rode said. “We want to win every game and defensively we don’t want to concede a goal. That attitude comes from the whole team.”
This year’s success is a contrast to a 2018 campaign in which the team struggled at times. After that disappointing season, STA brought a new sense of determination and a different mindset into 2019. And that new focus has paid tremendous dividends.
STA went 7-1-0 in the National League EDP Conference, clinching first place with a 2-0 victory over PSA National (NJ) in its regular season finale. That was yet another shutout win for a side that has kept its opponent off the scoreboard in more than half its games. STA’s success has carried over into tournament play, as well. The team has placed in every event in which it has played this year.
“Our goals for this season were to win the league and make sure we secured a spot in some big tournaments,” Rode remarked. “As a team, we far exceeded our expectations!”
Winning the National League EDP Conference meant an automatic bid to the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships. STA is happy to see its success rewarded and excited for the challenge. But mainly, the team is looking forward to just getting the opportunity to play together one more time.
“Qualifying for Regionals showed us that all our hard work and dedication paid off,” Rode exclaimed. “Before summer really starts with all the vacations and road trips, our team is just excited to get together and do what we love—play soccer.”
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