2018 Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Team of the Year: Philadelphia Soccer Club Coppa Swarm
To celebrate the 2018 year in soccer, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer is introducing a new annual award: Team of the Year. The Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Team of the Year Award will go to a club team that succeeded at the state, regional and/or national level, while positively representing the state association on and off the field.
Congratulations to the four candidates: Keystone FC Premier 03 (2003 girls), Philadelphia Soccer Club Coppa Swarm (2004 girls), Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals Black (2005 boys), Vereinigung Erzgebirge Green Gunners (2002 boys).
We'll profile each team before announcing the inaugural Team of the Year Award winner on Tuesday, December 11. The winner will be recognized at the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, February 22, at the Sheraton Valley Forge.
|Team of the Year: Coppa Swarm went where no Philly Soccer Club team had gone before
Club: Philadelphia Soccer Club
Team Name: Philadelphia Soccer Club Coppa Swarm (04 girls)
- Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup Champions
- US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Champions
- US Youth Soccer National Championships Runners-up
It was a banner season for Philadelphia Soccer Club Coppa Swarm. The team won its second consecutive Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup and then went on to take the Eastern Regional Championship as well. Defense keyed the Swarm's run as they posted a remarkable 10 clean sheets in 13 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series games, culminating in a trip to the U14 girls final. Alas, they came up short in the title game, falling, 2-0, to Michigan Jaguars. But the team did set a new mark for a storied club: no Philadelphia Soccer Club team has made it farther in US Youth Soccer national competition than the Swarm.
They said it
"Everybody's been posting the team picture with #RoadtoTX2019. They've been there, and they know what they're capable of doing." - Karla Schacher, head coach of Philadelphia Soccer Club Coppa Swarm, on the team's drive to return to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
The Swarm incorporated community service into its team's efforts: Upon returning from Texas and the national championships, they volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia, helping to serve and cook breakfast for children, and their families, who were getting treatment at CHOP. In addition, Swarm ran clothing drives in Philadelphia. On the field, Madison Crozier, Olivia Myers and Mary Trudea were named to the Best XI team at nationals, with Madison finishing as the age group's joint top scorer.