The Gwinnett Soccer Academy 04 Girls won the prestigious Elite Club National League national championship in Richmond, Va., over the weekend.
Parkview girls head coach Judson Hamby headed up the GSA team, which qualified for the ECNL National Playoffs in June by being one of the nation’s top 32 girls teams in under-15. GSA won its second ECNL national title — the first was in 2001 — with a 2-0 victory over New Jersey’s PDA Soccer Club in the finals.
“We are super excited for GSA to be taking home this honor,” Hamby said. “The players have done an amazing job of representing GSA now and building the continued success of this tremendous soccer program. It is a hard road to get here and we are blessed to have this great opportunity to be named national champs. This is what players grow up dreaming about and these players and their hard work have made it reality.”
After advancing from group play, GSA won its quarterfinal 3-1 and reached ECNL Final Four in Richmond last weekend. It scored a huge win in the semifinal round, defeating reigning national champion and No. 1-ranked MVLA Soccer Club (Calif.) 2-1.
Gwinnett-based players on the championship team were Mill Creek’s Alexa Aronoff, Buford’s Carley Borgelt, Greater Atlanta Christian’s Micah Bryant, Grayson’s Njeri Butts, Archer’s Ines Obradovac and Providence Christian’s Heidi Whitten.
Others on the roster were Elizabeth Barnhart, Maci Dunlap, Ashlyn Fernandez, Kate Garth, Ashlyn Joyner, Sarah King, Kai Laguines, Leslie Lewallen, Katie Oakley, Bailey Wagenknecht and Katie Zailski.