SOCA's Select Girls program successfully closed out its 2013 campaign over the February 16/17 weekend with a perfect record of four wins and no losses, claiming the U17 Girls Championship at the highly regarded Williamsburg President's Day Cup and College Showcase in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Under the direction of former US Women's National Team assistant coach Lauren Gregg and SOCA staff coach Jason Fargo, SOCA's top elite girls players from the U-15 through U-17 age groups completed six intensive weeks of training and preparation culminating in the President's Day Cup title.
"The girls were spectacular throughout the tournament,” praised Fargo. “They stayed very organized defensively, allowing only two goals all weekend. Abby Davison was a defensive standout. Her composure and confidence at center back were very important reasons why the team did not concede many goals. Offensively, Carmen Thomas and Sarah Grupp were big contributors scoring multiple goals each on the weekend. The team stayed disciplined, motivated, and focused despite the poor weather conditions and few substitutes. Their behavior and professionalism was world class. Lauren did a fantastic job or preparing the girls and maximizing their performance this weekend.”
Along with the President's Day Cup, the Select Girls took part in SOCA's inaugural Select College Showcase on February 9 and 10 in Charlottesville, VA. With some of Virginia's top Division I and Division III college program coaches in attendance, SOCA's finest female players were able to showcase their talents without leaving Charlottesville.
"The two primary goals of the Select Girls program are to provide our very best girls players with the best training, coaching and mentorship available as well as providing great exposure through high-level college showcase opportunities. We couldn't be more pleased with the quality education and mentorship provided by Lauren Gregg and Jason Fargo," said SOCA Director of Coaching, Brian Kuk.
SOCA's Select Girls program is made available each year and players are selected based on overall performance during the fall season. Members of the 2013 SOCA Select Girls program are:
Taylor Anne Berry
Head Coach: Lauren Gregg
Assistant Coach: Jason Fargo
Team Manager: Christina Hucek