Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks runners-up at 3rd straight US Youth Soccer National Championship final

Back row, L-R: Coach Felicia, Shelby, Dominique, Hailey, Riley, Angel, Hannah, Brooklyn, Kristen, Sam, Melissa. Front row: Lili, Natalie, Crystal, Huli, Zisi, Jordie, Adriana, Gianna, Sydney. Courtesy photo
Back row, L-R: Coach Felicia, Shelby, Dominique, Hailey, Riley, Angel, Hannah, Brooklyn, Kristen, Sam, Melissa. Front row: Lili, Natalie, Crystal, Huli, Zisi, Jordie, Adriana, Gianna, Sydney. Courtesy photo

Tulsa, Okla., was hot, humid, and showed the So Cal DMCV Sharks team lots of beautiful lightning shows as they competed in their third straight US Youth Soccer National Championship final.

But most of all, it provided a great setting for the final week of games for this group. The Sharks won their bracket with 3 wins, scoring 7 goals and giving up 0. KC Metro Dynamos were unable to match up with the Sharks winning 5-1 in the semifinal game.

This win set up an all-Cal South championship game against Carlsbad Elite. It was a well-played game and Carlsbad was able to place a set piece header into the goal for the lone score and to win the title.

The final game brought to a close six years that Felicia Kappes has coached this Sharks team. The bond that the team has created over the years shows on and off the field. This last game and the tournament have allowed the Sharks girls to make memories to cherish for the rest of their lives.

DMCV Shark Director Shannon MacMillan stated, “This team will always be champions and I have no doubt they will all be so successful in their new chapters. They have set the bar high for the club and been amazing role models to all of our teams.”

The team and parents are grateful for the support of MacMillan and the entire club for their emails, Twitter and Instagram posts all the way to the special gifts waiting for the girls in Tulsa.

“First of all, I want to thank everyone who has supported us: from our local Shark community, our friends and family, club teams from all over the country, as well as college coaches who have enjoyed not only our competitive team mentality but our possession style of play,” said Kappes, head coach of the DMCV Sharks U18 team.

“What I am most proud of as a DMCV Shark coach and the director of the college program is that our players are prepared to be impact freshmen at the collegiate level. We would have loved a storybook ending, winning three US Youth Soccer National Championships in a row, but we also recognize the priority was developing our players for the next level technically, tactically, physically and mentally.

“These girls know they are ready and are forever champions. They were disappointed, but not defeated or defined by this one loss today. We tip our hats to Carlsbad and their success in this incredible tournament. The fact that we have inspired so many teams like our competitor to strive to be as successful (as we are) is a true testament of our incredible accomplishments through the years. Their DMCV Shark legacy is bigger than this one game.”

One final key point to acknowledge is the manner in which they represented themselves in youth soccer, said Kappes. “We not only played great soccer but truly appreciated and cherished the special bonds of friendship and loyalty on and off the field. Our camaraderie was the key ingredient to our success and for the life lessons learned on and off the field these six years together.”

Hailey and Sam were named to the Tournament Best 11 players for the GU18 age group.

Best wishes to the entire team as they head off to colleges across the country and share their talents with new teammates and coaches. Everyone is so proud of them.


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