International SC teams had plenty of reasons to celebrate. (Casey Brooke Photography/Super Y League)
The Internationals SC Under-13 and U-14 teams finished as national champions at the recent Super Y League Finals at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Both teams finished with 5-0-0 records.
“This was a total team effort from our groups,” Internationals SC founder, president and director of coaching Zdravko Popovic said. “They showed tremendous heart and determination to battle through the five-day event and some very tough games. It is an amazing accomplishment to win two Super Y League National Championships and a memory these girls will never forget.”
The U-13’s outscored their opposition, 21-2, a plus 19-goal differential. Their undefeated record included a 5-0 win over Arlington SA (Arlington, W.Va.), a 3-0 over Chicago City (Chicago, Ill.), 7-0 over Atlanta Metros (Atlanta, Ga.), 2-0 over Atlanta Fire United (Atlanta, Ga.) and 4-2 over Nationals 1 (Pontiac, Mich.).
“Both teams showed a tremendous amount of quality throughout the event,” Popovic said. “They competed with some of the top clubs throughout the country. We were able to establish our style and rhythm, which created some very good goals. We were tough and organized defensively, which made it very difficult for teams to not only score, but create quality chances. We as a club only gave up four goals in the event while scoring 41.”
The U-14’s outscored their foes, a plus 18-goal differential. Their undefeated record included a 2-0 win over West Side Alliance (Tulsa, Okla.), 3-0 over Nationals Tri Cities (Pontiac, Mich.), 7-1 over Arlington SA (Arlington, W. Va.), 5-0 over Pittsburgh Riverhounds (Pittsburgh, Pa.), and 3-1 over Rebels Soccer Club (Chula Vista, Calif).
“We are very proud of our teams,” assistant director of coaching Jared Rose said. “It takes a lot of work to achieve what they have. A big thank you goes to our managers Kristin Sugar and Sarah Schork for keeping families organized and on schedule with our itinerary. Thank you to the parents that take the time to love and support their daughters while they compete in the game we love. Thanks to the coaches that work with these teams and demand a higher standard. And thanks to the players that push themselves day in and day out to become better individually which drives everyone to be better collectively.”