A key championship victory at the Pennsylvania Classics Mid-Atlantic Cup (MAC) the weekend of July 14th and 15th has propelled the New Jersey Wildcats Lady Strikers team to a higher national ranking. The under-17 Lady Strikers had an exciting weekend in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, taking home first place in the Championship bracket of the tournament while tallying two wins and a draw in the process. The championship game versus rival New Jersey team, FC Copa Real, was a rematch of the state final which occurred earlier in the year. The Lady Strikers won the state cup game 2-1 and beat out FC Copa Real in the MAC once again with a score of 1-0. The winning goal was tallied by speedy forward Shannon Groffie when she finished a rebound off of a shot from teammate Jesse McDonough. The path to the finals was not an easy one as the Lady Strikers played against the PA Classics Academy 94 in the semi-finals, a team ranked in the top ten in the entire state of Pennsylvania. Despite the challenge, the Lady Strikers defeated the PA Classics 3-0.
Winning the Mid-Atlantic Cup only adds to an already impressive resume for the Lady Strikers. This year alone, the Strikers have won the 2012 New Jersey Cup and the 2012 Jefferson Cup Girls Showcase. They also were finalists in several other prestigious tournaments including the 2012 JAGS Tournament and the Columbia Invitational. Prior to the Mid-Atlantic Cup, the NJ Wildcats Lady Strikers were ranked 9th in the nation. Their stellar performance in the tournament has moved up the Strikers to 5th in the nation. The Lady Strikers are now preparing to make a statement at the MSSL Summer Showcase taking place the weekend of July 28th in Hammonton, New Jersey. It is projected that another first place finish in the upcoming tournament will further propel the Lady Strikers to an even higher national ranking of 1st or 2nd.
The NJ Wildcats Lady Strikers are based out of Long Branch, New Jersey in association with USP soccer, which offers young soccer players from ages eight to eighteen the chance to have fun while playing at a high level. Several team members of the Lady Strikers also feed into the NJ Wildcats Pro-Am W-League team. Team manager and USP President Kevin McDermott comments on success of the Lady Strikers, “the NJ Wildcats Lady Strikers are one the best teams in NJ soccer history,” says McDermott. “The best thing about their success is that we have developed this team since they were 8 years old and roster mostly local Monmouth and Ocean county players. The mission of our club is to develop players from the Shore into top soccer players in the nation. PDA is doing the same thing in North Jersey and we now have a home for the top players in Monmouth and Ocean counties. The future of the club is bright! We look to see more and more Monmouth and Ocean county U8 to U18 boys and girls tryout for our teams and join in!”
If you would like more information regarding open tryouts for their U8 to U18 boys or girls teams or ways to support the team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.NJwildcats.com.