CFC Chelsea Piers strike gold at Needham Soccer Tournament

Memebers of the Chelsea Piers CFC U-13 team pose for a team photo with the Needham Memorial Day Tournament trophy.

Memebers of the Chelsea Piers CFC U-13 team pose for a team photo with the Needham Memorial Day Tournament trophy.

It was a banner Memorial Day for Chelsea Piers Connecticut, as the Connecticut Football Club Chelsea Piers Girls U-13 team traveled up to Needham, Mass. and captured the Needham Memorial Day Soccer Tournament.

The team put on an impressive performance during the tournament, including allowing just one goal throughout the entire 300 minutes of play.

After defeating Alliance FC of New Hampshire, FC Stars of Massachusetts, and New England Football Club Central in the first round of the tournament, CFC Chelsea Piers moved on to the semifinals where they faced Alliance FC of N.H. once again.

CFC Chelsea Piers won the second match-up 2-0, setting them up for the final game against the GPS Lady Cavaliers Elite, which they also won,  3-0.

“We could not be happier with the girls’ performance in the tournament,” said head coach Ross Stride. “Every player on the team has been training extremely hard and it’s great to see their dedication and teamwork pay off.”

The town of Greenwich is well-represented on the CFC Chelsea Piers premier team. Samantha Sias and Sophia Ruelle are from Old Greenwich, while Nicole Huber is also a Greenwich resident.

The group of Samantha Page, Lily Gubernick and Keri Gallagher are from Stamford, while Libby Markham, Libby Branca, Ellen Harnish, Anna Edwards, Anna Fox, Sophia Cortalessi, Hannah Mathew and Nathalie Bravo are from Darien.

Olivia Cosco and Kendall Patten are from New Canaan, while Mikavla Fosina and Tara Hufangel reside in Norwalk. Rounding out the team is Sierra Clarke from Stratford.

As the longest standing soccer club in Connecticut, CFC is widely recognized as the most competitive and successful soccer program throughout the region.

Since partnering in May of 2013, CFC and Chelsea Piers have created the most innovative services for young soccer players in this area. CFC Chelsea Piers aims to develop the individual to his or her highest potential, resulting in teams that successfully compete at the highest level.

“When we partnered with CFC, our goal was to bring Westchester and lower Fairfield County boys and girls the most unique and competitive soccer training experience,” said Dave Flower, Director of Soccer at Chelsea Piers Connecticut. “By combining CPCT’s state-of-the art indoor facility with a top coaching staff, plus elite brand-name recognition and entrance into the region’s best tournaments, the program has attracted dedicated athletes that are committed to the sport. We knew the combination could create great results, and it’s exciting to see the program’s success.”

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