In the final game of the 2012 National Club Championship, the U19 WC Eagles won their second Club Championship of 2012, beating Xcalibur 4-2. Lat week WC Eagles won the inaugural U14 National Club Championship. The Eagles, led by Head Coaches Richard and Jun Kentwell, took control of their pool from the get go, beating Conn Revolution, ADK, and PA Mavericks by a combined score of 27-2. In their quarterfinal match, the girls from Spring City, PA rolled over The Gaels 16-0 to advance to the semifinal versus Spirit of USA. Advancing in a tighter match 3-1, the Eagles entered the Final aiming to go one better than last year, in which they were runners up in both the U16 and U19 divisions.
"Having been runners up last year in the U16 the team set themselves the goal of winning the U19 this year," said Richard Kentwell. "The team has worked very hard and their efforts paid off. This was a real team performance, everyone played a strong role whether they started or came off the bench. They have supported each other on and off the field and we are enormously proud that this team achieved their goal playing attacking hockey."
Xcalibur entered the U19 tournament with high hopes, and they definitely lived up to their expectations. Three strong performances in group matches against Spirit of USA, WCUFHA and Charlotte Ambush saw Xcalibur advanced to the semifinal in dramatic fashion with a 5-4 shootout win over Focus and rode their adrenaline rush to the final with a 3-1 victory over PA Mavericks. However, in the final they came up just short as the WC Eagles took home the gold.In an exciting bronze medal game, the Spirit of USA took home their 3rd medal of the 2012 campaign with a 2-0 win over the PA Mavericks.
The 2nd National Club Championship hosts the 16 best clubs in America in Virginia Beach, VA on two Astroturf pitches at the National Training Center. The facilities provide the three divisions the ideal proving ground to have the athletes compete at their peak performance levels. Full updated Club Rankings will be posted in the coming days.