Sporting '97 Girls Bring Home the Copa Real Nike Cup

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Photo by Stephanie Magellan

The Santa Clara Sporting 97 Girls survived torrential rain storms and a superbe field of nationally ranked teams in Southern California to bring home the 2010 Copa Real Nike Cup trophy on Sunday, January 18th.  On Saturday, the U12 Sporting girls tied Slammers FC (ranked #10 in US) 0-0 in a tough battle, then pounded three goals into their opponents net and defeated the Irvine Strikers 3-0.  On Sunday, they tied the host team Real So Cal White Team 1-1, which set them up to play Arsenal FC (ranked #12 in US) in the Semifinal game. Sporting and Arsenal played a wild game in stormy wet weather to win 1-0 over. The victory over Arsenal pitted the team against the San Diego White Team; the number one ranked team in the US. Sporting had never beaten Surf duing their last two games. The weekend long Pacific storm prevented the game from being played, and the championship game was decided straight-away in a penalty kick shoot-out. Sporting outscored Surf 5-3 in pks and won the 2010 tournament. Congratulations to the players, coaches and parents! Check-out the action photos