96 Lunachicks Advance to Final FourLeague Wizard | February 1, 2011
The 96 MYSA Lunachicks, coming off an undefeated season in the U13 Girls Triad Challenge League this Spring (7-0-2), participated in the NCYSA Challenge State Cup in Raleigh to wrap up their season. Facing teams from CASL and North Meck, the Lunachicks won their preliminary group with a 2-1 record and were the only U13 Girls TCL team to advance to the NCYSA Challenge Cup Final Four. The NCYSA Final Four weekend sees teams from across North Carolina playing to win the State Cup for their level and age, so it was exciting to play this match while almost a dozen other semifinal matches were underway across Bryan Park in Greensboro, NC.
The Lunachicks faced off against the CASL Rockets G on a cool grey morning at beautiful Bryan Park. Both teams mounted numerous attacks on goal, with neither team leading by more than a point. As regulation drew to a close, the game was tied 2-2 and overtime seemed likely. However, the CASL team setup a far field attack off a throw in in the final minute of play and snuck the ball just inside the left post to win the game in the final minute of play. While the Lunachicks were disappointed at not advancing to the championship match, they held their heads high knowing they were the first MYSA team to advance to an NCYSA Cup Final Four and had such an exciting and close match against the eventual Challenge Cup champions from CASL.
Below are some pictures from the event. Many others can be viewed on their website