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Beach FC 15U Girls’ Win National Championship

The Beach FC 15-Under Girls’ Development Player League team used a double-overtime goal to win the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championship last weekend. It is the fifth national championship for the club since Long Beach State women’s soccer coach Mauricio Ingrassia started Beach FC in 2008.

“It was a great feeling to know that all our hard work and the hard work by a lot of people in our club paid off for the team,” coach Robert Demelo said. “This is something they will never forget, and I’m thankful to have been a small part of it.”

Beach FC won five games in three days in Frisco, Texas by a combined score of 10-2. They lost a player to a red card in the first overtime of the championship game, but Amanda Scott scored the game-winning goal with about five minutes to play in the 1-0 victory over Cleveland FC.

U15 Girls National Championship – Cleveland FC 03 vs. Beach FC DPL – 10:30am – Field 7

U15 Girls National Championship – Cleveland FC 03 vs. Beach FC DPL – 10:30am – Field 7 Watch the Awards Ceremony:

“I told the kids at halftime of the overtime not to worry about it, that we were going to win and it was going to taste way better because we won with 10 on the field,” Demelo said.

Sydney Saypack led Beach FC and the tournament with six goals in five games. She and Amelia Abusham both scored in the 2-1 semifinals victory.

Beach FC 15-Under Girls’ Development Player League Team

Amelia Abusham, Sophia Cole, Ava Dykstra, Casandra Gomez, Olivia Guilford, Madison Ingrassia, Marissa Marquez, Olivia Ocampo, Gabrielle Pack, Emily Robertson, Macy Rood, Sydney Saypack, Devin Schoenberger, Sophia Schrock, Amanda Scott, Zora Standifer, Samantha Thompson, Delani Travis, Adelia Villasenor. Coach Robert Demelo.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.