SAN DIEGO — Albion soccer club’s under 16 girls team just won their first Girls Academy National Championship ever, capping off a dream season where the club only lost once.
Kaela Martinez, a team captain and winner of the Golden Boot for the most goals scored on the season, described their journey as “incredible.”
“Last year we lost in the Quarterfinals, that was a stinger for us, but it was ultimately the turning point in our mentality that this was going to be our season,” Martinez said.
A 10-month season resulted in a 2-0 victory in the championship game held in St. Louis.
“It was a clinical finish with a celebration that was magnified intensely,” head coach Jen Lalor said.
Kailey Carlen, the team’s goalkeeper, says that she allowed just one goal past her the entire season.
“Mentally, it’s a challenge but it was also fun going through the challenge,” Carlen said. “I love overcoming those obstacles. I love embracing that leadership role.”
Albion SC U16 also got help from Lizzie Boamah, another captain, and not only one of the team’s most talented defenders, but also a member of the U.S. Youth National Team.
“We deserved to win,” Boamah said. “It wasn’t luck, we won by pure skill, talent and hard work.”