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U13 Girls Bring Home Bolton’s First USA Cup

 With a challenging start to the season an away trip is just what the doctor ordered for the Bolton Wanderers U13 girls. The location - Blaine, Minnesota home of the Schwan’s USA Cup. This week long tournament hosted 917 teams from 19 countries worldwide.

On Tuesday July 13th, Bolton played its first game of the preliminary round against another Canadian team from Winnipeg.  The girls looked well rested and happy to be playing away from home.  These two things combined had the Wanderers playing their best soccer of the year.  They displayed great possession soccer, something they have been working on all year.  The result was a 3-0 win and a sigh of relief for better things to come.

Later that evening was the opening ceremonies, a spectacular event like no other tournament.  Teams filled the stadium one by one until the very last team joined them, coming from Haiti.  The waving of hundreds of team banners and country flags on the field and in the stands was an incredible sight to see. The ceremonies continued with the lighting of a torch, similar to the Olympic torch, two skydivers parachuting their way to the stadium from a plane flying above, fireworks lighting up the skies and a live band to entertain the youth while they met each other and traded club pins, flags and shirts. Thousands of players and coaches from around the world coming together for the love of one sport - SOCCER.  This was definitely something the Bolton players would never forget.

Wednesday the Wanderers went back to business against a local team from Blaine, Minnesota. The opponents put up a difficult challenge putting pressure on Bolton’s defence.  The outcome however was a 2-0 victory for the girls due to hard work from all positions.

Later that evening the playoff schedule was announced.  The organizers had the quarter final matches scheduled for 7:00 a.m. Friday morning.  The girls had planned to go to a dance Thursday evening.  The players needed to make a decision, go to the dance or go to bed early and try to win the tournament.  They chose the latter.

The team still had one more qualifying game on Thursday against the number 1 ranked team in Minnesota, Minnesota Thunder Academy.  This team is made up of the best players in Minnesota and surrounding areas.  The girls not only had to battle the heat but a stacked Minnesota line up.  The outcome was a 3-2 loss.  A loss the girls could not accept.  With the loss, Bolton finished 2nd in their group and needed to play the third place team in the other division at 7:00am Friday morning.

Despite 5:00 a.m. wake-up calls, the Wanderers were ready for the playoff round.  Again the girls showed off their ability to play possession soccer against the Woodbury Fusion and when the final whistle was blown the score-line read Wanderers 2, Woodbury 0. This win gave them a date in the semis against the number 1 ranked team in Hawaii.

Leahi Maile finished first in their group surrendering no goals and outscoring their opponents by a minimum of five goals, definitely the Wanderer’s toughest opposition.  In several parts of the game you could see why Leahi were ranked number one in Hawaii, but the Bolton squad was not going to be denied. The heart displayed by the girls would make any coach proud.  The game finished 1-1 at the end of regulation. Two 5 minute overtime periods needed to be played and both teams had their chances, still the game finished tied. This game needed to be decided by penalty kicks.

The intensity in the stadium could be cut with a knife.  The final score was Wanderers 2 – Leahi 1, a game that was televised on the internet and watched around the world. The team was off to the final and a re-match with the only team that beat them, Minnesota Thunder Academy.

The girls were not happy about their preliminary round loss and were motivated to get a different outcome.  The Wanderers looked nervous in the first half and had to defend well against an attacking Thunder squad.  Although, Minnesota had their chances they could not put one in the back of the goal.  The second half the girls came out with confidence and a sparkle in their eyes scoring early. 1-0 Wanderers. Despite some pressure from the Thunder, the Bolton girls added another and finished the game 2-0.

The result presents some firsts. The first time the Thunder were held scoreless all year and the first time a Bolton team won the Schwan’s USA Cup.

Congratulations to Vanessa Fiore, Amanda Scarafile, Cassandra Amponsah, Jennifer Smith, Sabrina Canini, Sierra Amico, Victoria Bozzo, Valentina Gonzalez,  Kennedy Bechard, Maddaline Horner, Logan Hanczyk, Amber Bateman, Nikole Valkanas. You have made your Club and Town proud!


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