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August 2009 Spirit United Champions

Bottom row: Meghan Wilson, Caitlin Sheva, Bryanna Brueggman, Taylor Caparo, Morgan Jacob
Kneeling: Elizabeth Ricci, Taylor Mohr, (Keeper), Katie Huber, Christine Kindt, Paige Morrison, Alex Levithan
Standing: Katie Miller, Caitlin Wurz, Lisa Roman, Lizzy Kohler, Hannah Whitby, Haley Mangiaruga
Coaches (not shown): Head Coach Neil Johnson, Assistant Steve Whitby, Assistant Bryan Sheva

Montgomery United Soccer Club (MUSC) Premier Girls U15 team wins nationally recognized Spirit Kickoff Classic Soccer Tournament


The Spirit Kickoff Classic, hosted by Spirit United SC of Downingtown, had a total of 28 teams entered in the U15 girls’ competition over the weekend of August 15-16, 2009. The U15 teams were split into three flights, and MUSC Black Storm competed as the 8th seed in the most competitive Championship Flight.

To advance to the Final game on Sunday the MUSC U15 girls first played HBC Intense from Eastern New York (ranked 44th nationally and 2nd in ENY). The game was competitive from the beginning with the Black Storm falling behind 0-1 in the first 15 minutes, and then coming back with goals from Paige Morrison and Taylor Caparo to win 2-1.

The Championship game was versus Lower Merion Heart (ranked 35th nationally and1st in eastern PA, and the 2009 State Champions). The Black Storm girls fell behind 0-1 but were able to tie the game by half-time with a score by Taylor Caparo. In the second half the girls from Montgomery United fell behind again but were able to tie the game on a penalty kick by Paige Morrison. Because of the 2-2 tie score at the end of regulation, the teams played two five-minute overtimes with no further scoring. The Championship was then decided through the taking of five alternating FIFA penalty kicks by each team. The Black Storm prevailed 4-2 (scorers for the Black Storm in the PKs were Hannah Whitby, Alex Levithan, Taylor Caparo and Haley Mangiaruga).

In the FIFA penalty kicks, Taylor Mohr, the Black Storm goalkeeper, delivered two spectacular saves resulting in the chance for Haley Mangiaruga to win the game on the final penalty kick … and Haley calmly and coolly delivered the game winning goal.

Coach Neil Johnson said ‘the girls played really well as a team, despite the 90 degree weather conditions across both days of competition. In the championship game, having gone behind twice to current State Champions Lower Merion, it could have been easy to have quit but the players kept on battling and competing to the final whistle. Scoring the equalizing goal with less than a minute remaining was a true testament of the never-give-up mentality these players put forth against the nationally ranked team.”

Additional details of the other two games include: Beating Southampton SA Sting 1-0 on Saturday afternoon, by a headed goal from Taylor Caparo (assist Paige Morrison). Also Keeper Taylor Mohr saved a penalty kick in the second half maintaining the shutout victory.

The Sunday morning game versus TEYSA FC Europa Wild Kickers was an evenly matched game with very few offensive chances for either team resulting in a 0-0 tie. Coach Johnson was also happy for the girls since their National, Regional and Statewide rankings will certainly increase because of the success they achieved in the Spirit Kickoff Classic.