WC Eagles gave an outstanding performance at the Disney Showcase Tournament last weekend with the Under 19 repeating as Champions for the third consecutive year and the Under 16 team repeating as Champions for the fourth consecutive year, while the 2nd Under 16 Team repeated as Champions of their division.
Overall our four teams played 32 games, winning 31 with only the WC Eagles Blue and White U19 teams meeting in the Final of the Under 19 preventing a clean sweep with WC Eagles U19 Blue, led by Moira Putsch winning her 5th Disney Gold Medal and Michelle Thompson and Becca Zamojcin collecting their 4th Disney Golds, coming out on top.
The Under 19 Blue and White teams both swept through the top division of the U19 tournament with U19 Blue scoring 57 goals while conceding only 3 and U19 White scoring 29 goals and conceding only 2 on their way to meet in the Final. Kelly Goggins worked tirelessly in midfield to lead her U19 White team to the final and Sophie Graeff was solid in defense. In goal, Erica Miller made some tremendous saves against Jersey Intensity in the cross-over rounds and Katie Wyman played with agility and poise in the semi-final shootout against the strong Focus Club from Virginia to pull the team through. Michelle Thompson had an outstanding tournament for the U19 Blue, strong and consistent in midfield and defense, and Nikki Freeman and Millie Stefanowicz controlled the midfield.
Our WC Eagles U16 Blue adapted well to the conditions playing fast open hockey, dominating their pool and cross-over games scoring 47 goals while conceding just one. In the semi-final they beat IFHCK from Kentucky to take them into the Final against the always strong Spirit USA from New Jersey. An early goal put Spirit USA in front, but with Erin Matson taking control of the midfield, it was not long before Megan Duverois found Erin open in the circle with a pinpoint pass to tie the game and almost immediately Matson fired home a beautiful reverse stick shot to give her team the lead and WC Eagles pressed on to a comfortable 8-2 victory.
Jenna Davison played consistently well in defense, Elizabeth Farrell and Samantha Swart controlled the midfield, and Mayv Clune created scoring opportunities as part of a strong overall performance by the WC Eagles U16 White Team. Their solid defense conceded only one goal in their pool and cross-over games while scoring 30 goals. In a close and exciting semi-final W C Eagles came back from a goal down against Hershey Alley Cats to lead 2-1 for most of the game but gave up a late goal which took the game into a shootout where Rachel Bliss stood firm and confident to deny the Ally Cats at every attempt and send her team into the Final against Jersey Elite. Applying constant pressure WC Eagles White scored 4 goals in the first half and ran out 5-1 winners to bring home the third WC Eagles Gold Medal.
Congratulations to all the WC Eagles players on an outstanding Disney Showcase Tournament