Over the Thanksgiving break, the Richmond Strikers U11 and U12 Girls Elite Teams traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete in a national event at the Disney Girls Junior Showcase. Both teams made an impact on their divisions with the U11 Girls Elite Team going undefeated and taking home first place and the U12 Girls Elite Team taking home second.
The U11 Girls Elite Team coached by Cris Lowe compiled an impressive 19-2 goal differential in just 4 games on the way to their championship.
“Disney was a fantastic experience, but the professional feeling of it all is what sticks out for me the most. The facilities, organization, and scale are all top-notch,” U11 Head Coach Cris Lowe said about the experience. “The girls had never played under the lights or had a pregame walkout before and I think they’ll remember those firsts as much as all of the theme parks they visited. And you obviously can’t beat playing in 80 degrees in November!”
U11 Schedule and Results:
11/29: Richmond Strikers – 4, Florida Elite – 1.
11/29: Richmond Strikers – 5, Florida Hawks – 1.
11/30: Richmond Strikers – 6, Orlando City YS – 0.
12/1: Richmond Strikers – 4, Florida Premier – 0.
The U12 Girls Elite Team coached by Kimmy Cummings went 3-1-1 on the weekend. Theirloss and tie came to the number one and two teams in Florida respectively.
“Overall an absolutely incredible experience for players, parents, siblings, and coaches. The facilities were top notch, weather was incredible, and playing under the lights was an experience the girls will never forget. Being able to play top notch competition made the event both exciting and stressful in the best possible way,” U12 Head Coach Kimmy Cummings said about the weekend. “Having Disney World just a few minutes away from where we played and stayed just added to the entire trip. Overall, the atmosphere made everyone feel on top of the world. Incredible experience.”=
U12 Schedule and Results:
11/29: Richmond Strikers – 1, Aubry Team Boca-Sabr – 1.
11/30: Richmond Strikers – 5, West Florida Flames – 1.
11/30: Richmond Strikers – 3, Concorde Fire – 2.
12/1: Richmond Strikers – 3, Florida Elite – 2.
12/1: Richmond Strikers – 1, Sunrise Sting – 3.
“It was a wonderful experience which provided high-quality competition at a world class venue. This allowed the girls to bond improve as a team while competing in the shadows of the larger than life Disney empire,” Clavio Ascari, father of Francesca Acari, of the U11 Elite team said about the Disney Girls Junior Showcase experience. “This type of experience on this type of stage will be cherished by these girls for years to come.”
Congratulations to both teams on not only their excellent finishes at the Disney Girls Junior Showcase, but the wonderful experience they gained this past weekend!