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u19 Boys Arsenal Crowned State Cup Champions
The Black Watch Premier-Buffalo u19 Boys Arsenal pulls off a State Cup Championship on goal differential. The Arsenal, United FC and Lancaster FC all finished the weekend 2-1 and 6 points. With the Arsenal knowing that only a 2-0 win or better on the final day vs Lancaster FC would give them the championship, they came through and got the victory with the much needed score of 2-0. Through the tie-braking procedure the Arsenal advance to the Regioal Championship on a +5 Goal differential. United FC finished with a +4 while Lancaster FC finished +3. The Arsenal will now head to Kingston, Rhode Island June 26 - July 1 for the 2014 US Youth Soccer Region I Championships.
The u18 Girls Saints and u19 Girls Jags saw their State Cup hopes dashed on the final day finishing runners up. The Saints needed a win on the final day but unfortunately found themselves in a tie and a second place finish. The Jags needed a 2-0 win to secure their third straight State Cup Championship, but were only able to end the final game with a 1-0 win.
High School Team: Williamsville South, 2 time High School All-American, 4 time All-WNY 1st team selection
Years playing for Black Watch: 3
Most memorable Black Watch moment: My most memorable Black Watch moment was winning State Cup in 2012. That was the first time I had ever been to State Cup and the Empire Academy team was supposed to win the championship. We ended up beating them 5-1 as well as beating all of the other teams. Overcoming adversity with my team mates and lifting the cup for the first time is a moment I am never going to forget!
Most memorable Non Black Watch Soccer moment: My most memorable soccer moment was playing in the 2013 High School All-American game. 44 girls from across the country met in North Carolina to play in this game. It was a great experience being able to meet and play with girls who share the same passion for soccer as I do.
College committed to: Colgate University
National Team/Regional Team/ ODP experience: u16 National Team Pool, 4 years playing for Region 1 Team, 5 years playing for New York West State Team
Favorite thing about Black Watch? My favorite thing about Black Watch is the passion for soccer everyone part of this club has. From players to coaches, it is evident how much soccer means to them. Showing up for practice is the highlight of my day as I am able to connect with people who share the same love for the game as I do. We battle on the field as competitors but all the while we connect as teammates. I have loved playing for Black Watch the past 3 years and I will always remember it as a highlight when looking back at my youth club soccer years.
What would you tell to younger players interested in joining Black Watch? Black Watch is a unique soccer club as it combines technical and tactical training, fitness, small sided games, and larger games in order to provide the players with the best training possible. The wide variety helps to create the best overall soccer player. It is important to play for a club like Black Watch because this club will help you achieve your soccer goals for the future.
Other Important information you would like to add: All of the Black Watch coaches are committed to their teams and players in order to help you succeed as a soccer player and person. Playing for Black Watch has helped me achieve my goal of being able to play at a Division 1 college and I am very excited to share what I’ve learned from this soccer club with my teammates next year!