NSL vs NNESL Champions Cup: 11/17/18
Thanks to all the clubs, players, coaches and parents who participated in our inaugural Champions Cup on November 17th at the Seacoast United Field complex. The NSL has been working with the NNESL to provide an end-of-season event for those teams who win the Premier Division at the 13U to 15U Premier level. They were them matched up against the top division winners from the NNESL and we are thrilled to say that the NSL swept the board. St. Michael’s Youth Soccer 13U and 14U girls, Legacy Pride 15U girls, Mystic United 14U boys, and United Soccer Club 15U boys all claimed the cup after some outstanding performances. Our hosts for this event were Seacoast United and we played at the Epping Field complex in NH which meant an early start and a long drive for several of our teams.
St. Michael’s Youth Soccer 13U girls played Dover FC in the 11.00am game and what an advert for both leagues. The teams could not be separated going into the last minute with the scores tied at 0-0 when with seconds left the referee awarded a penalty kick against St Michael’s for handball in the area. With what was surely going to be the last kick of the game the St. Michael’s keeper pulled off a superb save to send the game to sudden death overtime! With overtime failing to give us a goal it was onto the penalty shoot-out for even more drama. St Michael’s missed their first 2 spot kicks whilst Dover SC converted both of theirs to claim what seemed like an unassailable 2-0 lead. But St Michael’s converted their next 3 whilst Dover missed theirs and St Michael’s claimed the cup 3-2! It was a great game played in great spirits and both teams, players, coaches, and parents were a credit to their league.
At the 14U level St Michael’s girls were playing Dover SC again and in another tight game, the score was 1-0 to St Michael’s who took home 2 cups. On the boy’s side, Mystic United pulled off a 4-0 win against Maximum Velocity Football Club although the game was much closer than the scoreline might suggest with MVFC having their own chances.
The final games of the day saw Legacy Pride 15U girls edge out MVFC with a 3-1 win scoring their final goal in the last minute as their opponents were pressing for the equalizer. Another great game with superb performances from both teams and their coaching staff. On the boy’s side, United Soccer Club claimed a 4-1 win against Exeter FC who also had early chances to take the game but USC were worthy winners in the end.
As the NSL continued to go forward and offer chances for our clubs to compete, develop and succeed we will be offering more end of season events and for Spring 2019 we will be partnering with even more leagues to offer crossover play and regional competition. Thanks again for everyone who made the effort to be in NH this weekend and we would like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday Season to all our clubs and families.