The 16 girls traveled this past weekend to Las Vegas for the season finale of the National league games. The national league is comprised of the top 16 teams in the country. The top 2 teams in each group get an automatic bid into the national championships in July.
Coming into the weekend the girls were in third place behind Beach FC (Cal South) and opened up play against them on Friday. KHA started the scoring on a free kick delivered by Payton Black to Sophie Gorman, who scored the header. A great defensive effort by the whole team got the girls the 1-0 win, to move into second place in the group.
The next day, the game didn’t get any easier facing the national semi-finalist Pride Predators (Colorado). KHA opened the scoring quickly as Ally Brown delivered a great cross to Sarah Schuh for a first time finish one minute and fifteen seconds into the game. The girls continued to battle the 80-degree temperatures and stay strong defensively, but gave up a late goal off a set piece as the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
The last and final day we competed against the Syracuse Development Academy (NY West). Going into the game KHA needed to win and get some help from Pride Predators in the other game against Beach FC. Both games being played right next to each other made for an intense environment. The girls beat Syracuse DA 4-3, with goals from Jess DeJesus, Sarah Schuh, Sophie Gorman, and Payton Black! Pride Predators came through to tie Beach FC and the KHA girls finished second in the group.
The team will now compete in Oklahoma July 21-26 for a National Championship. Best of luck to the KHA Girls U16 Red!