2001 Girls - USA International Cup Champions

 Aurora Stingers Claim Gold at International Tourney

BLAINE, Minn. (July 21, 2012) – Opponents of the Aurora Stingers Blue under-11 girls soccer team have long known the efficiency of the squad, as it has marched unscathed through recent seasons.

Now, the United States is getting in on the not-so-well guarded secret of the York Region Soccer League Premier Division team that has won every game since starting competitive soccer at the under-8 level. The Stingers rode a penalty kick goal by Adrienne Abbaglido in the first half and shutout goalkeeping by Meaghan Phillips to a 2-0 victory over the Alaska Eclipse (Fairbanks) in the championship game of the prestigious Schwan’s USA Cup tournament in Blaine, Minnesota Saturday. Emily Lazenby was credited with a second-half goal to complete the Stingers’ offence. It was the seventh consecutive win for Aurora at the tournament, including a sweep of four pool games in which the Stingers outscored opponents 19-0. After a 4-0 victory over the Cook Island (Alaska) Velocity in the quarter-final round, Aurora survived a semifinal scare against Hawaii’s Kapolei Aces for a 3-2 victory after falling behind 2-0 by halftime.

The tournament is billed as the largest soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere, with 958 teams and more than 14,000 athletes from 16 nations participating in the week-long event. “It’s a pretty unique experience,” Aurora head coach Brent Unger said Tuesday. “It’s incredible ... Even as you’re coaching, there’s another guy in another language nearby coaching his team.”

In other action, the Stingers dropped a 4-0 decision to Japan’s Tokiwagi Gauken High School from Sendai in the final of the under-16 category. The Japanese broke away with three goals in the second half after taking a 1-0 lead in the first. [Era Banner - July 26, 2012]

The 2001 Aurora Stingers went undefeated in all 7 games meeting teams from all over including a tough Semi Final with Hawaii, and the Finals against an Alaskan team.

Victory was sweet and the team was presented with new Puma Cleats, Track Bags, Hardware, and a huge trophy!  Well done Stingers!!