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June 28, 2018 — To no-one’s surprise

As has been usual when the National Futures Tournament teams have been broken down into regions, Pennsylvania had the whip hand when it came to the medals in the U-16 and U-19 divisions.

And even in the “melting pot” that is the U-14 division, there was some pretty significant Pennsylvania representation. That representation is in the form of rising freshman Macy Szukics, who has made the U.S. junior national indoor team and has scored 45 goals in a middle-school season in the Allentown Parkland (Pa.) school district. She will play at Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) this fall.

In the U-16s, Cortina won the gold medal thanks to performances by Sofia Acosta, Lauren Wadas, and Annike Herbine, who have been teammates with Szukics on the W.C. Eagles club team. Cortina defeated a Great Lakes team from Region 9 that had players from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and western Pennsylvania.

The U-19s, to nobody’s surprise, went 1-2 as Sochi defeated Amsterdam 2-1. Sochi was a very loaded side, including last year’s national scoring leader Mackenzie Allessie, 50-goal scorer Sammy Popper, and Popper’s U.S. senior women’s indoor national teammates Paitlyn Wirth and Madison Orobono. Amsterdam was led by U.S. age-group national teamer Charlotte de Vries, indoor national teamer Anarose McDonough, Penn Manor luminary Emma Deberdine, and the attacking midfield sisters from Downington (Pa.) West, Ciana and Romea Riccardo.

There’s one tournament left to go, the Young Women’s National Championship, and it finishes tomorrow. Should be interesting to see how these eight teams shake out.

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