Academia Camp Nou from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, plowed through their group-play opponents during their Schwan’s USA CUP debut, easily making their way to the U16 girls’ gold division championship on Saturday. But emerging from an early defeat and ready for redemption was Fusion FC of Plymouth, Minn., who’s only loss came from their Haitian opponents on the first day of the tournament.
Fusion FC and Academie Camp Nou faced off for a second time during the U16 girls gold bracket final on Saturday.
Fusion picked up momentum throughout the week, shutting out every opponent they faced leading up to the championship. But this all came to a screeching halt when the dominant Academia Camp Nou team got their first USA CUP championship with a convincing 4-0 victory.
“We were very trained and very ready for this tournament,” Academia Camp Nou head coach Florda Charles said. “They had great moments, but there is room for better play.”
Rachelle Caremus led the Haitian squad with two back-to-back goals at the beginning of the first half, setting the tone early for the rest of the match. Their aggressive defense was enough to fend off any challenges from Fusion SC, and a late goal from defender Dougenie Tabita Joseph set them up with a 3-0 lead heading into the second half.
Despite an early deficit, Fusion SC didn’t go down without a fight, and there was a clear shift in momentum during the second half of play.
“We had a lot of energy in the first half, which helped us score those goals,” Charles said. “During the second half, there was a lack of energy, and the Fusion team was tactically better.”
Despite several scoring opportunities, Fusion couldn’t get a point on the board and Haiti was able to tap out one more goal from Fetina Petit-Frere, making the final score 4-0.
Academie Camp Nou continued their dominance, winning the championship with a score of 4-0.
Although the score doesn’t show it, both teams put up quite a fight, and Charles was quick to give Fusion credit for their efforts.
“I congratulated the Fusion coach because they did a very good job,” she said. “They are a very good team. We are the champions, but it could have been them also. Now we are looking forward to getting better.”
Academia Camp Nou couldn’t have had a stronger showing in their USA CUP debut, allowing only one goal in their six games. But Charles is remaining focused and still sees room for improvement.
“We appreciate all the teams that we played against because even if we did win, they still compete until the last minute,” she said. “That’s something that I appreciate and I hope that our girls will learn a lot from that.”
Tag(s): July 22, 2017