The Coral Springs United F.C. 96/97 Ladies returned home Champions of the 2013 Tampa Bay Labor Day Showcase Soccer Tournament held in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The brutally hot weather conditions were only matched by the hot play on the pitch by our CSUFC Ladies squad. The team started the first day of the tournament with a dominating 5-0 victory over a Florida Spirit squad that was simply overwhelmed by CSUFC’s technical precision and dynamic style of play. The second game of the day was much more closely contested as the West Pasco squad matched CSUFC’s desire and hard work through the first half of competition. However, the second half saw an early goal by CSUFC and then a late goal to close out a 2-0 victory. Solid defense and goalie play was evident in both games.
With a successful first day, the second day of the tournament was lacking suspense as the United Ladies had already locked up a spot in Monday’s Championship game before they took the field for the third and final pool play game. Although disappointing, the team’s 0-2 loss to Tampa Bay United did result in a strengthened team bond and increased player focus going into the Championship game.
Championship Monday brought with it the normal nervousness from the Coaches and Parents. However, the CSUFC squad appeared mentally sharp and focused on successfully capturing the opportunity in front of them. As the whistle blew to start the game, CSUFC came out with a level of energy that resulted in a beautiful goal within the first 15 minutes of the match and another goal before halftime. Space Coast United started the second half putting a significant amount of pressure on CSUFC’s goal. Again, the team banded together to survive the relentless pressure and mounted a well executed counter attack resulting in the game ending third goal of the match. The 3-0 victory was a significant accomplishment as it marked the ninth consecutive year in which the team has won one or more tournaments and was a great start to the 2013/2014 campaign.
Game 1: 5-0 Win (Goals: Agudelo (2); Burden (1), Driscoll (1), Davis (1)); (Shutout: Downie and Mera)
Game 2: 2-0 Win (Goals: Burden (1), Davis (1)); (Shutout: Downie)
Game 4: 3-0 Win (Goals: Agudelo (2); Leite (1)); (Shutout: Downie and Mera)
Roster: Agudelo, Burden, Davis, Downie, Driscoll, Gaglio, Goldstein, Leite, Leslie, Mamane, Mera, Reyes, Sofianos, Yibirin