2005 Louisiana Fire Red Girls repeat as 05 US Club Soccer National Champions – Crescent City Sports
This summer is now a new milestone in state football history for the Louisiana Fire 05 Girls Red team.
In the final against Kansas City Fusion, both teams crouched down, but Fire’s Northshore Grace Green managed to score what turned out to be the game-winning goal behind Kuyper’s clean sheet in a 1- win. 0 last weekend in the decisive US Club Soccer Premier League National Finals in Denver.
Mandeville goalkeeper Rylie Kuyper came to help them along the way.
The victory was the second in a row for the girls’ program.
In their group stage, the Fire had no challenge from a Chicago team, 6-1. Then their next game against a Utah team wasn’t a challenge either, with the Fire taking a 3-0 victory.
It was in the third game that the team’s courage was tested. Rhode Island’s Bayside FC took the lead early on, forcing the Fire to make adjustments. Changes from head coach Doug Freeze started the attack to fuel a 4-3 win.
In the semi-finals where they found themselves down again against an enemy from Pennsylvania, the Fire had to respond over and over again. Behind a brace from Green plus goals from Nya Bridgewater, Shelby Wallace and Lainey Connell, the Louisiana girls escaped in a 5-4 thriller. A late-overtime stoppage from Kuyper helped preserve the victory after the Fire recovered 2-0, 3-2, 4-3 in the game.
All would have been lost for most teams, but as Freeze said in her Monday Night Futbol podcast interview, these girls used to winning big events are usually at their best when they’re down. Green scored the game-winning goal in the Fire’s last two championship wins.
The 05 girls will then play in the USYS national championships where they will again be the outsiders. Would you bet against them?
Alan de ritter
Football analyst / coach
2013 – Present… Head Football Coach, De La Salle High School 2007 – 2011… Head Football Coach, Archbishop Shaw High School 2004 – Present… Director of Coaching for Soccer Innovations of America 2006… Asst. Head Coach of the St. Martin Women’s Team in 2006… ODP Louisiana 1986-2005 Staff Coach… Brother Martin High School; Head Coach 1986; 1994 -2004 State Champions 2000 2000 District 10 Div. I Coach of …