State champion Lady Eagles have strong showing at Texas tourney

The Mebane Youth Soccer Association's U-14 Lady Eagles won the Kepner State President's Cup in Wilson on May 19, which earned them a trip to a USA Youth Soccer national regional tournament in Round Rock, Texas earlier this month. The Lady Eagles played well in Texas, defeating teams from Alabama, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Team members include Sydney Rogers, Katelyn Van Mater, Meredith Doi, Grace Ferrante, Abby Brinker, Audrey Hupman, MacKenzie Webber, Makayla Merritt, Elayna Dilello, Molly Widderich, Ryen Gibbs, Kennedy Flowers, Madison Lewis, Jenna Standafer, Sydnie Barfield, and Maggie Hales. 

The Mebane Youth Soccer Association’s Lady Eagles 05 (14-and-under) squad won the U14 North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) Kepner State President's Cup championship on May 19 in Wilson, earning a spot in a prestigious regional tournament where they faced similar state championship teams from the likes of Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, and Oklahoma. 

Despite some injuries, the Lady Eagles persevered and came from behind for a 2-1 victory in the final ten minutes of the North Carolina State Cup finals, earning a berth in the Southeast Regionals in Round Rock, Texas.

Playing from June 12 through June 15, the Lady Eagles put up a strong showing in the Lone Star State, winning three out of four matches and narrowly missing earning a spot in the championship finals. 

On June 12, the Lady Eagles crushed Oklahoma, picking up a 7-0 victory. 

The following day, the Mebanites played a team from Florida that presented the Lady Eagles with their greatest challenge in the tournament. With a couple players down with illnesses, MYSA’s U14 champs up put up a very good fight. In a back-and-forth match, however, the Lady Eagles fell to the Floridians, 5-3. 

Mebane’s promising young group of youth soccer standouts picked themselves up following the Florida loss, earning an impressive 5-0 shutout over the state champions from Alabama on June 14. Then, in the final match of the opening round, the Lady Eagles dominated Tennessee, 4-1. Despite a 3-1 overall record, however, it wasn’t quite enough to give the Lady Eagles a chance to play on the field for a shot at Nationals. 

However, this group of MYSA athletes represented Mebane, and the entire state of North Carolina, very well at this particular tournament. The future appears bright indeed for Kyle Shave’s women’s soccer program at Eastern High School with this group of talented arrivals on the way in the coming years.