Columbus Day weekend, the Lakes Region United U-13 Dvision 1 girls soccer team won the 2013 Capitol Cup. The tournament was played Saturday, Sunday and Monday at NHTI in Concord. This LRU team is a combination of Belmont, Gilford and Canterbury residents.
On Sat LRU beat John Stark United 4-0 and tied the Hampton Attack 0-0. There were 2 brackets of 3 teams in the girls U-13 division, LRU was the 1 seed in their bracket after the Saturday games. They played Seacoast United in the semi-finals on Sunday and won 3-0.
That win put LRU in the finals on Monday at 9 a.m. where they faced The Loudon Freedom who were 3-0 on Saturday and Sunday. After a 0-0 tie through the first half, 12 minutes into the 2nd half Laurel Normandin scored the 1st goal of the game with a perfect shot to the top right corner of the goal from the 18 yard line. About 8 minutes later Elise Hall scored the 2nd goal for LRU to seal the 2-0 victory.
LRU played the tournament with just 12 regular players from their normal roster, two were unable to play Columbus Day weekend. They grabbed two 10 year-olds who play on the U-11 Lakes Region United team, Becca Fleming and Morgan Hall, to help give the older girls some very much needed rest throughout the tournament. LRU was led by their outstanding defense, sweeper Chloe Sottak, stopper Lizzie Fleming and outside backs Katie Galambos and Haley Treamer along with goalie Hannah Perkins. This unit did not give up a goal the entire tournament and the team is 7-0 in the Division 1 NH Soccer League where they have only given up 1 goal the entire regular season. Center Midfielders Kenzie Donovan and Laurel Normandin did an outstanding job controlling the middle of the field the entire weekend and center mid Kaitlynn Delisle and striker Katie Gagnon did a fantastic job distributing the ball. Striker Elise Hall led the team with 3 goals for the tournament and outside midfielders Zoe Zimmermann and JuJu Estremera were amazing all 4 games running up and down the field.
Head coach Brett Sottak would like to thank Seacoast Express United for putting on such a great tournament. He would like to thank his parents for their support and commitment to this team. He would like to thank coaches Christian Zimmermann, Chris Gagnon and Jason Record for all their help and dedication to the team. Most importantly, he would like to congratulate the girls on a phenomenal tournament, he has coached most of these girls for the past 4 to 5 years and is amazed at how well they have performed and is so proud of them.