The Delaware Rush U17 girls soccer squad had a deep run in the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series in Kingston, R.I. over the weekend, earning a berth into the Semifinals Monday.
Unfortunately, the Rush fell to Aztec Soccer Premier IB 95/96 5-3 in the Semifinals to end an impressive performance on the big stage.
The Rush competed for the Region I crown along with 16 other teams spread out in 4 separate 4-team pools. The Rush went 2-1 overall in pool play to advance to the semifinals.
After falling in their first matchup, 1-0 in penalty kicks, to CFC Arsenal our of Connecticut on Friday, they bounced back with a 1-0 penalty kick win of their own over Far Post SC Premier from Vermont on Saturday.
On the last day of preliminary play, the Rush matchup against Empire Revolution State Academy needing a win to avoid any tie-breaking scenarios that could have knocked them out of the tournament.
Entering the game the Rush stood at 1-1 looking to knock out the Revolution who entered at 0-1-1. Meanwhile, fellow Pool B foes CFC Arsenal (who had already beaten the Rush) stood at 1-0-1 meeting Far Post SC who were 1-1-0.
Plainly speaking, the Rush were in a position where a win on the final day of play guaranteed them nothing, but a loss would end any hopes of advancing.
In the spotlight, the Rush were able to produce 3 goals in a 3-0 win over the Revolution. CFC Arsenal and Far Post SC Premier tied 1-1 clinching the Pool for the Rush.
The Rush went on to lose a hard-fought 5-3 battle in the Semifinals, ending their run in Rhode Island.
And while they did come up short in the Semifinals, the Rush can look back fondly at what they’ve accomplished this season.
Along with a solid showing at the US Youth Soccer Championship Series, the Rush took home their third consecutive title at the Jersey Area Girls Soccer Tournament and took home the crown for the sixth straight time in the Delaware State Cup.