Sunrise SC Wins Unprecedented 3 Disney Showcase Championships

The Disney Soccer Showcase girls event was played over the holidays in Orlando, Fla. where over 300 of the top U-15 to U-19 teams in the United States and Canada competed for division titles at one of the most challenging showcase events of the year.

Teams representing clubs from 17 U.S. states captured division championships, including California (1), Colorado (1), Florida (10), Illinois (1), Maryland (2), Michigan (2), New Jersey (3), New York (3), North Carolina (2), Ohio (3), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (1), Rhode Island (2), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (2) and Virginia (1).

 

Florida’s Sunrise Sting led all clubs with three division titles, claiming the U-15 Showcase Red Division, U-16 Showcase Gray Division and the U-17 Showcase Black Division. The Sunrise 00/01 squad earned four straight clean sheets, going 3-0-1 while outscoring their competition 7-0. U-16 Sting 99/00 Black netted 12 goals in their four matches and shut down in-state foe Florida Kraze Krush 2-0 in the title match. U-17 squad Sting 98/99 racked up 13 goals throughout the event, narrowly defeating New Jersey side FC Copa Academy 3-2 in the championship.

 

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Sunrise 99/00 Black Wins CASL Showcase

Sunrise SC 99/00 Black opened the CASL Showcase with a 3-0 win over East Meadow ECNL. Sunrise struck early in the 13th minute with a goal from Allison Breed. The led was quickly doubled when Chloe O'neill scored off a cross in the 20th minute. In the second half Sierra Rincon increased the lead in the 75th minute. 

In game 2 of the CASL Showcase Sunrise faced Charlotte SA ECNL from North Carolina. Charlotte opened the scoring in the first half with a goal in the 29th minute. The score went unchanged until a late equlaizing goal from Allison Breed in the 77th minute. The game finished with a 1-1 tie.

In the 3rd and final game Sunrise SC squared off with FC Stars NPL from Massachusettes. Being tied with Charlotte with 4 points, Sunrise SC needed a convincing win to top the group. Sunrise jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first 18 minutes of the game. Sunrise opened the second half with a quick Chloe O'neill goal in the 42nd minute. FC Stars got on the board with a goal 8 minutes later. Sunrise responded with 3 more unanswered goals to close the game with a 6-1 victory. 

Sunrise 99/00 Black Wins State Cup

The Sunrise Sting's under-14, under-15 and under-18 female age groups captured divisional titles at the recent Florida Youth Soccer Association State Cup Championships in Auburndale. It brings to 10 the total number of State Cup titles the club has won in the past six years.

The winning teams advance to the U.S. Youth Soccer Region III Championships, where they will compete against other state champions from the southeast United States.

The under-14s made it back-to-back State Cup championships by defeating the Clay County Sol, 2-0, in the finals. That Sting squad went undefeated and outscored its opponents 16-2 in the tournament.

Taylor Dobles and Gabi Santora each had a goal, while the defensive performances of Alanna Lutchmansingh, Maya Gordon, Sydney Waiters and Maya Johnson made the shutout hold up.

 

The state's top-ranked under-15 team also did not lose a game and netted 24 goals, while only giving up five. The Sting defeated Maitland, 3-2, in the championship and is currently ranked fourth in the Southeast Region with a 20-2-2 record.

Allison Breed had the winning goal, and goalkeeper Alana Watson was stellar with clutch saves. The team is led by captains Chloe O'Neil, Kassidy Neysmith and Jeanel-Angelle Leon.