July 2nd, 2019, Waltham, MA; GPS would like to congratulate the GPS MA 2002 Elite Red Boys and the GPS MA 2002 Elite Red Girls who qualified for the ENPL National Finals and US Club Soccer National Cup XVIII respectively.
The 2002 Boys spent this past weekend in Rockford, Illinois competing in the ENPL Playoffs against some of the best NPL and ECNL teams from around the country.
The Playoffs were hosted at the Mercyhealth Sportscore Two Park in Rockford, Illinois from June 28th to July 3rd Eight teams will qualify from the event at each age group for the ENPL National Finals to be held in Colorado in July, with the exception of U14 which will see four teams advance.
The GPS MA 2002 Elite Red Boys finished their group stage undefeated winning 2 and drawing 1. Their offense fired on all cylinders during the group stage scoring a total of 10 across the three fixtures.
The 02 Boys lead off group play with a tough 2-2 draw against Eclipse Select SC. They would follow this up with an impressive 3-1 win over CESA ECNL before clinching top spot in their group with a 5-3 victory over San Juan Lightning.
Playing against TSCH ECNL with a spot at Nationals on the line, the boys went up 2-0 in the opening ten minutes of action. They would go on to concede moments before halftime but regrouped at the beginning of the 2nd half to take a 3-1 lead.
TSCH ECNL would grab another goal late on in the game but didn’t have enough left in the tank to complete the comeback with the 02 boys winning 3-2 at the final whistle.
The ENPL National Finals to be held in Commerce City, Colorado from July 11-15, running alongside the Girls NPL Finals.
Last year the 2002 Boys were inaugural winners of the U16 ENPL National title and they will now look to defend that title at the ENPL National Finals.
The GPS MA 2002 Elite Red Girls booked their spots in the US Club Soccer National Cup Finals XVIII later this summer also being held in Commerce City, Colorado.
The team earned their spot via winning their group at the US Club Soccer Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Somerset, New Jersey this past weekend.
This marks the second year in a row that the GPS MA 2002 Elite Red Girls have qualified for the National Cup Final via winning the Mid-Atlantic Regional.
The 2002 Girls finished their weekend undefeated winning all three of their fixtures. During those three matchups they conceded only one goal while scoring 10.
The ENPL Playoffs will be kicking off beginning July 11 in Commerce City, Colorado. The GPS MA 2002 Elite Red Girls will also be traveling with them to Colorado to compete in the NPL National Finals with they qualified for earlier last month.
The US Club Soccer National Cup Finals XVIII will be held in July the following week, July 19th to July 23rd.
For more information on the MA Elite Program please contact Rohit Gautam at email@example.com
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