Seacoast United U14s finish 4th at NCCs

We weren't able to cover both Seacoast United and Northeast Elite, as they were playing at the same time, until the last day of the tournament. To recap Seacoast United's tournament, we'll start with their semifinal match up.

Seacoast United was ranked 22nd in the country going into the tournament. They finished second in their pool with a record of 1-1-1 (W-L-T). Their first bracket game was against Milwaukee Field Hockey Club, who they beat in a shootout to advance to the semifinals.

In their semifinal matchup, they played Freedom Hockey, who was ranked #6 in the country coming into the tournament. Seacoast didn't cross midfield until 16 minutes to go in the first half, but even with the tremendous amount of possession Freedom had they couldn't score as it went into halftime at 0-0.  Five minutes into the second half Freedom finally scored, and that's all they needed. Seacoast started to pick it up in the second half having some chances, but Freedom's defense was just too good, and Seacoast couldn't manage to get past them. Goalie Meredith King picked up five saves. Seacoast earned three corners and had four shots on goal.

For their last match of the tournament, Seacoast played Xcalibur Field Hockey Club. Xcalibur started quickly as they scored three minutes into the game. They would score another with 18 minutes to go in the half, then another 90 seconds later, to take it into halftime 3-0. With 11:33 left in the game Samantha Crochetiere connected with Madeline Mullaney to get on the scoreboard, but it wasn't enough against a powerful Xcalibur team, who would score one more with 2:16 left, to take a 4-1 lead, and take home the win and 3rd place. Meredith King made 18 saves. Seacoast earned three corners and had only one shot on target.

Seacoast was made up of 19 athletes from around New England, Meredith King, Sage Works, Maeve Clark, Grace Michael, Alida Oak, Anna Ricci, Carolyn Thompson, Samantha Crochetiere, Madeline Mullaney, Maguire Sturgis, Madison Medeiros, Nina Husak, Grace Mullaney, Addison MacNeil, Ciara Ryan, Isabel Alarcon, Emily Aucella, Callie Beauparlant, and Ashlyn Toupin. They were outscored 7-18, finished with a 2-3-1  (W-L-T) record, taking home 4th place.

Seacoast United. 2017 U14 National Club Championships.  Photo cred Seacoast United.

Seacoast United. 2017 U14 National Club Championships. Photo cred Seacoast United.