DENVER — The Catawba Valley Youth Soccer Association 04 Blast Blue Girls won the United States Club National Cup Premier National Championship this past Tuesday, defeating Salvo Football Club from Eagan, Minnesota, by a 2-1 final in the title contest. The 04 Blast Blue Girls previously emerged victorious during all four of their matches in the Southeast Regional Championship tournament held June 12-15 at Truist Sports Park in Advance.
The national tournament was held at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. The 04 Blast Blue Girls beat 04 Dynamos Gold from Houston, Texas, by a 3-2 score on July 16 behind three goals from Ava Hartman, two assists from Skylar Georges and one assist from Juliette Hessong.
The 04 Blast Blue Girls followed their opening-round victory with a 1-1 tie against Eden Prairie Soccer Club 04 (Minnesota) on July 17. Georges scored the team’s only goal on a free kick from 19 yards out with five minutes remaining.
Last Sunday, the 04 Blast Blue Girls met Salvo FC for the first time, winning 3-0 behind one goal apiece from Hessong, Hartman and Georges and an assist from Alexa Lopez. Hartman and Georges each scored on penalty kicks.
After a day off last Monday, the 04 Blast Blue Girls played Salvo FC again this past Tuesday, falling behind for the third time in four contests before rallying for the 2-1 triumph. Georges scored off a cross from Lopez for the tying goal, while Lopez registered the match-winner with six minutes left off a through pass from Hartman.
Kaylee Ollis and Alexis Wolgemuth were the goalkeepers for the 04 Blast Blue Girls during the national tournament. Sue Schellenberger served as head coach, while Jeff Schellenberger was the director of coaching.
Other players for the 04 Blast Blue Girls not mentioned above included center back Olivia Beane, defenders Abby Bryant and Molly Chang, midfielders Harper Everly, Mira Fogle and Masha Johnson, forward Meredith Jones, midfielder/wing back Maddie Mosteller, midfielders Yurani Regino and Sydney Sparks, midfielder/wing back Sophie Van De Klashorst, defender Katie Whalen and midfielder Kylie Yang.