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National League Girls Preview: Solar Chelsea 00 Bates

November 29, 2016 09:18 PM

With the opening weekend of the US Youth Soccer National League around the corner, we preview all of the North Texas Soccer teams competing in the competition.

Solar Chelsea 00 Bates

Age Group: Under-17 Girls

The Breakdown

Solar Chelsea enters its first National League season having already stacked up plenty of achievements in North Texas and Region III. The two-time US Youth Soccer North Texas State Cup finalists won a US Youth Soccer Southern Premier League (SRPL) West title last season, and placed second behind Dallas Kicks SC 00 in the 2016-17 season. The two-time Lake Highlands Classic League champions have yet to get out of the group stage of the US Youth Soccer Region III Championships, but will look to qualify for its first US Youth Soccer National Championships by winning the National League White Division.

Player Accolades

North Texas ODP: Ryley Andrews, Kara Bates, Ann Claire Blalock, Melissa Blanchette, Bailey Bylotas, Ashley Carter, Madison Drenowatz, Jenna Kirk, Josephine Knight, Amelia Krusinski, Michelle Slater

Region III ODP: Ann Claire Blalock, Bailey Bylotas, Madison Drenowatz, Josephine Knight, Michelle Slater

The Opponents

Legends FC 00 Academy (CA-S)

Solar will have its hands full from the very beginning when it takes on 2015 US Youth Soccer Region IV and National Champions Legends FC 00. The Southern California side has already played two seasons in the National League and has intentions of using a National League title to return to the National Championships after failing to qualify in 2015.

Greater Seattle Surf 00A (WA)

Solar’s second straight Region IV test will be against Washington side Greater Seattle Surf. Like Solar, Surf is a National League newcomer, and both sides will look to get the upper hand heading into day three.

FC Alliance (TN)

FC Alliance and Solar will square-off on the third day in a battle of teams with a lot in common. Like Solar, FC Alliance is playing its first National League season, won a 2015-16 SRPL division title and reached the group stage of the 2016 Region III Championships.

Cleveland FC (OH-N)

Solar will wrap up the weekend with a match against Region II side Cleveland FC. After a brief hiatus in the 2015-16 season, the 2016 US Youth Soccer Ohio-North State Cup winners will look to build off a third place finish in the 2014-15 National League Blue Division.

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