Under-16 Girls: Carlsbad Elite 99 (CA-S) 1-0 La Roca Premier PO (UT)
Carlsbad Elite 99 (CA-S) held on to a one-goal advantage for nearly the entirety of its matchup with La Roca Premier PO (UT) to earn a 1-0 victory on Sunday and claim the Under-16 Girls National Championship.
Carlsbad’s Jessica Wright gave her side a sixth-minute lead when she unleashed a right-footed blast from 20 yards that flew just inside the right post. The Cal South side held La Roca in check for the remainder of the half, as Carlsbad went into the break holding on to the 1-0 lead.
La Roca, the 2015 National finalist, nearly generated an equalizer midway through the second half. 2015 National Championships Best XI player Anna Escobedo made her way into the top of the Carlsbad penalty area and cut onto her right before sending a quick shot curling toward the upper-90. However, Carlsbad keeper Avrie Fox lunged to her left to push the La Roca forward’s attempt wide for a corner.
Fox and the Carlsbad back line proved to be vital to the Cal South side’s run to the title. Each of the side’s four wins in Frisco came by 1-0 score lines, as Carlsbad conceded just once throughout the entire week. Behind the strength of the defense and timely scoring, Carlsbad secured the victory to claim the club’s second National Championship in as many years.
La Roca’s Macy Martinez was awarded the Gold Ball and placed on tournament Best-XI team with Olivia Wade, who won the tournament Golden Ball in 2015. In addition, Agusto Asensio and Isai Medoza, from La Roca South, Celso Santos, were named to the U-16 Boys Best-XI team.