Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Honors Keystone FC Premier with 2018 Team of the Year Award
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer is proud to announce that Keystone FC Premier (2003 girls) is the inaugural winner of the state association's Team of the Year Award. In 2018, Keystone FC Premier won the club's first State Cup and US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championship and qualified for the US Youth Soccer National Championship.
The Mechanicsburg-based team also engaged in multiple volunteer efforts throughout the summer, which shows the club is committed to developing quality people in addition to quality players.
"It’s a rare feat when a community and volunteer-based club like Keystone reaches the US Youth Soccer National Championships, let alone one that had never won a state cup before 2018," Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer CEO Chris Branscome said. "It’s a tremendous achievement. Along the way, the players and coaches carried themselves with class. We are grateful for the way the team represented the club, the Mechanicsburg area and Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer on the national stage."
The Team of the Year was selected by the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer office staff in close consultation with the Board of Directors. Congratulations to the three other Team of the Year candidates: Philadelphia Soccer Club Coppa Swarm (2004 girls), Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals Black (2005 boys), and Vereinigung Erzgebirge Green Gunners (2002 boys).
Keystone FC Premier will be honored at the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, February 22, at the Sheraton Valley Forge.
Read more about the Keystone FC Premier's accomplishments below.
|Team of the Year: Keystone FC put club on the map with run to Nationals
Club: Keystone FC (Mechanicsburg)
Team Name: Keystone Premier FC 03
- Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup Champions
- US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional League Division Champions
- US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Champions
- US Youth Soccer National Championships participants
Prior to 2018, Keystone FC, as a club, had never won the Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup. That changed in a big way. Keystone FC Premier 03 not only defeated FCUSA Philadelphia, 3-2, to take the State Cup, they won the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championship as well and went on to represent Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer at the US Youth Soccer National Championships. Keystone was a tough out in close games: the team went 6-0-1 in state and regional play, winning five one-goal results in the process. Elena Hinkson and Sophie Goretski were named to the Best XI team at the national championships.
They said it
"Coming into a lot of these games, no one expected us to play this hard. So doing this for Keystone really puts us on the map, and sets the stage so (our) other teams can make it into these big tournaments as well." - Elena Hinkson, forward, Keystone FC Premier
In addition to cup play, Keystone FC players could be found on various soccer fields throughout the summer. Lauren Costello, Hinkson, Grace Sibert and Morgan Wood were part of the U15 Girls Eastern Pennsylvania ODP team that won the East Region ODP Championship in June. Wood was named to the East Region ODP, while Costello and Hinkson were named to the East Regional pool.
Several of the players also volunteered at Harrisburg Free Kick Soccer at the Kipona Festival. The team also volunteers at Project Share, a foot pantry based out of Carlisle, and referees games at the Keystone FC Friendlies, an in-house tournament for younger players.