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June 26, 2017 — U-14 Futures: Squaw Valley beats the heat, Grenoble

The way the schedule fell for the medal round for the U-14 National Futures Tournament, the finalists had to earn their medals.

Squaw Valley was required to finish off Pool N play at the outdoor pitch at Spooky Nook, then had to wait an hour as Pool A first-place team Grenoble beat cellar-dwellers Antwerp for the top of the pool, also at the outdoor pitch.

And minutes after that game, the final began at high noon under the bright skies of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Rare has been the time that a semifinal and a final were played back-to-back in Futures play.

In the final, Squaw Valley beat Grenoble 3-2. Squaw Valley, like the other teams in the U-14 Division, did not have a cluster or concentration of players from any single Futures region. It is notable, however, that Squaw Valley boasts U-17 indoor national team Ryleigh Heck, whose older sister Kara was one of the nation’s leading goal-scorers last year for Voorhees Eastern (N.J.).

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