Greensboro, NC:

Congratulations to Carlsbad Elite GU15 for being finalists in the NPL Finals.

The girls went undefeated in group play, winning all 3 games against tough opponents. In the semifinal, they beat a tough Northwest United team 2-0.

In the final, they played a very strong Tualatin United Onyx team and lost 3-0. It was hard fought battle where the game was 0-0 for the majority of it. Onyx were eventually able to break down the strong Carlsbad defense to go a goal up in the 56th minute. Carlsbad pushed to get the equalizer but ultimately it just wasn’t their day. Onyx went on to score two more and take the NPL championship two years in a row.

Coach Marisa Zambetti said, “I can’t put into words how proud I am of my team. They gave me absolutely everything they had today. 5 tough games in 5 days in extraordinary conditions, they gave me everything. It’s a shame it ended the way it did. The girls deserved more. We are going to learn from this and they will grow both individually and collectively. This is just the beginning with this team. Well done ladies!”

Congratulations girls on a wonderful NPL Finals performance. We are so very proud of you!