Washington Rush GU93 Nike Team Top Row - In order Left to Right: Coach Ben Somoza, Sofia Vargas, Tasha Pabisz, Makaela Nellams, Breonna Countryman, Miranda Head, Becca Lentz, Stephanie Conard, Kris Nelson, Assistant Coach Guillermo Somoza. Bottom row: Lauren Luke, Taylor Hauck, Kelly Gould, Cara Wegner, C. J. Shaver, Sadie Hitsky, Ashley Saracino, Lindsay Licht.
A team of 17-year-old girls from Everett-based Washington Rush Soccer Club are national champions after soundly beating an Oregon team 4-0 in the U.S. Club National Cup in Boise, Idaho on August 1.
Despite 100 degree temperatures, the Washington Rush Girls U18 team breezed through the top “Super Group” division and gave up just one goal in four games.
The team started strong with a 6-0 victory, each goal scored by a different player. Two more highly competitive games followed (2-1 and 1-0) before the resounding 4-0 victory over Eugene Metro FC. The team qualified for the National Cup in June by winning the U.S. Club Regional Championship at the 60 Acres field complex in Redmond.
“It was a challenge in 100 degree weather,” said Coach Ben Somoza, Technical Director for Washington Rush and a former Seattle Sounders and University of Washington player. “The halves are 45 minutes long and there is a strong fatigue factor. Their fitness, preparation, and readiness to play were second to none. They gave their best performance of the year in the (National Cup) finals.”
The team, known as Washington Rush G93 Nike, is a stand-out in many ways. National Cup was its seventh straight tournament win this year. Nearly half the players, who will be high school seniors this year, are already committed to play soccer for Division 1 or Division 2 colleges. Others will also likely play college soccer as they firm up future plans.