June 8th 2021
The conclusion of both the US Club Regional Cup and USYS State Cup came to a head this weekend, which marked an extremely busy one for FC Stars teams as they competed in semi finals and finals as well as culminating league games in the ECNL, ECNL RL and NEP. Nevertheless, it was a dominant showing for FC Stars teams as they won SEVEN Championships to close out the spring.
Earlier in the month, FC Stars ECNL U-19 Composite booked their tickets to US Club Soccer’s National Cup in Colorado by winning the NEP Regional Cup. Goals from Ella Cormier (Merrimack commit) and Jill Stone helped defeat a strong NEFC team in the final. After the game, Coach James Blackwell praised the togetherness of the group, stating “In tight games where we play strong teams, we don’t have one superstar. There’s a lot of balance around the group and every player contributes.” Blackwell picked up his second NEP Regional Cup Championship this weekend with his ECNL RL Blue u17 Girls beating another NEFC DPL team. Goals from Waverly Sumner (x2), Ava Murphy and Rebecca Doucette were enough to win, despite going behind early in the game. “Seven or eight times we’ve gone down in games this season but in recent weeks we’ve overturned a 2-0 deficit twice to win 3-2.” Blackwell said. “This group are good at managing the emotional side of the game whilst keeping the intensity throughout.”
More US Club Regional Cup Championships came for FC Stars through the White ECNL U14 Girls after winning the final in Mendon 6-1. Caroline Kelleher received praise from Coach Mike Foley after the game due to her hattrick in the final. “The 2007 ECNL White is an outstanding group of players,” Foley said after their win. “The team have come a long way over the last year, developing a great togetherness which shows on the field. Every player keeps themselves to a high standard in training which make them a pleasure to coach. I am very proud of the players.” Additional goals from Cailyn Wandyes, Maile Lung and Emma Fitzpatrick sealed a place in Colorado.
It was also a busy weekend at Massachusetts Youth Soccer Associations’ Progin Park, where FC Stars earned four more State Championships in the U18, U17, U16 and U15 divisions. The East 2003 Girls Secured the crown after scoring five goals in the final. “This year has been super successful because our team works hard in practice and are always hungry to win games” finals MVP Emilia Tutun said. She added, “We worked really hard in the final and focused on possessing the ball as much as possible as it was so hot. Winning State Cup was just the beginning for our team and we hope to make it to Nationals to continue to play together for as long as we can.” Emilia finished with a hattrick alongside goals from Jordan Sheehan (x2) and Njuere Ewah.
The U17 Championship was secured by FC Stars Central Lancaster 2004 Elite Blue with a close 4-3 victory over Seacoast MA. “I couldn’t be prouder of this group after watching the hard work they’ve put in over a 4 year period which has contributed hugely to this State Cup win” Coach Ricky Newton said after the game. Scoring four goals in the semi-final and four more in the final speaks to the attacking capabilities of the team, but Newton insisted it was a whole team effort saying, “It took the entire roster to arrive in the final. Finishing top of the NPL and winning the State Cup doesn’t happen with one or two individuals; it’s a testament to the camaraderie and ability of the entire group.”
The U16 and U15 Championships belong to ECNL RL 05 Blue and ECNL RL 06 White respectively. The firepower of the U16 girls was too much for their opponents to contend with, as they comfortably won both their semi-final and final games. Finals MVP Sofia Manne said “Our team has been working incredibly hard this season and it’s paying off. It’s not just the desire and passion behind what we do, we went in wanting to win – and that was our result.” Manne, who has been an anchor in the middle of midfield this year went on to say, “We have an incredible goalie, a strong back line and midfield, and really hard working forwards - despite all of that, it is our connection off of the field that make us special.” Coach Mike Foley was thrilled with his ECNL RL 06 White team after winning their ECNL RL division as well as the State Cup. “This team are a pleasure to coach and I am very proud of all the girls. The girls always find a way to get the job done – a sign of a good team. The girls are great teammates on and off the field and it has been important to the team’s success this year.”
Here is a list of the FC Stars State Cup Champions:
02/03 winners - FC STARS EAST 2003 GIRLS
04 winners - FC STARS CENTRAL GIRLS LANCASTER 2004 ELITE BLUE
05 winners - FC STARS BLUE RL U16 Girls
06 winners - FC STARS WHITE RL U15 Girls
US Club Soccer
02/03 winners - FC STARS BLUE COMPOSITE U19 GIRLS
04 winners - FC STARS BLUE RL U17 Girls
07 winners - FC STARS WHITE ECNL U14 GIRLS