04 Girls Punch Their Ticket To Regionals & Automatically Qualify For 2019-20 National League
The 2004 Girls continue to make history by earning their automatic qualifications for the 2019-20 USYS National League and punching an early ticket to the Region II Championships through their play in the Great Lakes Premier I Conference. The 04s were the only team from Minnesota in the Great Lakes Premier I Division for any age group.
The girls did this through a grueling 5 week stretch where they played 9 games vs the top teams in Region II traveling to Cincinnati once and Indianapolis twice. The ten team division included four 2018-19 National League teams.
The girls started off their league campaign by defeating 2018 National Semi Finalists Cincinnati Development Academy by a score of 3-1. The result vs CDA was the beginning of a six game unbeaten run to start the league.
Going into their final two games the team needed to tie or beat Ohio North State Cup Champions- Pacesetter- and defeat Arsenal (PA). Eclipse played well and scored early vs Pacesetter but Pacesetter equalized the game heading into halftime. Then Pacesetter opened the second half with two goals to put the Eclipse girls in a 2 goal deficit with 25 minutes to play. The girls came roaring back with two goals and almost won the game in stoppage time hitting the crossbar. The girls all said after the game that they knew there was no way they were going to lose that game. They knew they were going to come back. That confidence carried into the final day of the league and the girls scored four goals in the first 30 minutes to blow away Arsenal.
This has been an incredible accomplishment by the girls that revealed the quality, grit, and team unity that this group has.
It is very special to be a part of what this group has accomplished and watch them continue to grow. They were playing against the top teams in the region and in each game they had a target on their back.
A huge part of this team’s success is due to the entire club. We were very happy to have players from our second team step in and be an important part of the team during our final weekend of games.
Plus our coaches each have specialties and throughout the year they have been able to work with this group and add different parts into their game as a team and as individuals. It also has been incredibly important for our girls to constantly play and train both with and against the older girls in our club. The girls are used to playing with and against girls who are 3-5 years older than them which has allowed them to improve at a much faster rate than only playing kids around their own age.
-Eclipse Select MN Director Andy Kaasa
About the US Youth Soccer National League
The US Youth Soccer National League competition is for the nation's top teams in the 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U and 19U boys and girls age groups. The National League offers additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches, as players compete in meaningful matches. Teams in the National League are competing for a place in the US Youth Soccer National Championships, as well as earning requalification into the National League for the following season.
About USYS Region II Championships
2019 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships | Saginaw, Mich.
Round Robin: June 21-23
Semis: June 25
Finals: June 26
The Region II Championships are the final step in US Youth Soccer National Championship Series to earn a place in the National Finals. The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament, providing approximately 185,000 players on over 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer State Associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships cap a yearlong series of competitions for boys and girls teams in multiple age brackets as teams earn their way from the top teams in their state to the regional championship tournaments. US Youth Soccer State Champions and selected wildcard teams through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues in most age groups are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. The champions in the 13U through 19U age brackets from each regional event will converge in July for the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
Annually the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. In 2017, over 600 coaches attended the US Youth Soccer Regional and National Championship events