All championship matches were aired live on ESPN3 from Toyota Stadium; Local girls soccer powerhouse Solar Soccer Club wins three “Boot and Ball” trophies
DALLAS, Texas (Thursday, April 1) – Dallas Cup, the oldest and most prestigious youth soccer tournament in the United States, played its first four championship matches today. The inaugural Dallas Cup Girls Invitational presented by Mary Kay wrapped up at Toyota Stadium with champions being crowned in the newly formed girls Under 16 through Under 19 age groups. All championship matches were aired live on ESPN3.
The Under 16 girls final was a clash between D’Feeters Kicks Soccer Club ECNL U16 and Solar U15 ECNL. On an early corner kick, Vivian Geesbreght scored the first goal of the day for Solar in the 10th minute. Throughout much of the game, DKSC had an edge in possession creating several attacking opportunities, but in the end, they were unable to find the equalizer. Solar’s Emeri Adames scored a second goal in stoppage time with a beautiful left-footed strike from outside the box to put the game out of reach. The final whistle blew with Solar U15 ECNL up 2-0 as the local side was crowned the first Dallas Cup Girls Invitational presented by Mary Kay Under 16 champion.
The Under 17 final kicked off next with Solar ECNL 04 squaring off against FC Dallas ECNL U17. In the 8th minute, Solar’s Tyler Isgrig was fouled in the box resulting in a penalty shot. Sydney Becerra calmly stepped up to the mark and slotted away the first goal of the game for Solar. In the 37th minute, Solar’s Zoe Calyer cleaned up a bouncing ball in the box and tucked away the second goal of the game. In the second half, Jaedyn Shaw bagged a pair of goals of her own in the 61st and 63rd minute helping Solar 04 FDL cruise to a 4-0 win and the Dallas Cup Girls Invitational Under 17 title.
The third match of the day was the Under 18 girls final between FC Dallas 03 West Red and Solar 04 FDL. It was not until the 54th minute that Solar had their breakthrough in the match. Delaney Daly swung a perfect ball in from a corner kick that landed on the foot of Kalista Hough who put the ball in the back of the net. In the 60th minute, Hough scored her brace as Solar once again broke down the FC Dallas West Red defense. Just three minutes later, Amelia Leggett added a goal to put Solar ahead 3-0. Solar held onto the lead on their way to being named Under 18 champions.
The final match of the 2021 Dallas Cup Girls Invitational presented by Mary Kay was the Under 19 final between Washington’s Crossfire Premier U19 ECNL and FC Dallas 03 ECNL. Crossfire Premier jumped ahead quick with a smooth left-footed finish by Maia Tabion in the 2nd minute. In the 13th minute, Kate Toomey notched a second goal for Crossfire, curling a shot past the outstretched FC Dallas keeper. FC Dallas’ Valerie Flores cut into the deficit with a goal in the 39thminute, bringing the score to 2-1. In the 70th minute, Crossfire Premier’s Ashly Berge cushioned the lead for the Seattle-based club before Alexandra Akers and Maia Tabion added on two more goals in the 89th and 90th minute, respectively. The match ended with a score of 5-1 in favor of Crossfire Premier ECNL Under 19. Maia Tabion was awarded the Toyota MVP award following the game.
The finals of the 2021 Dallas Cup boys divisions will be played beginning on Saturday. ESPN3 will provide live coverage from Toyota Stadium of the finals of the U13 through U19 Boys divisions on April 3rd and 4th. Pete Stein and Dev Reeves of the Dallas Sidekicks broadcast team will be on air for the seven boys finals at Toyota Stadium.