Columbia United FC U11 Girls East Blue won the U11/U12 division of the Savannah Girls Rock Tournament. Eight teams from three states were in the U11/U12 division. Our U11 girls went through to the finals undefeated having beaten the U12 Hinesville Gators (3-1), the Coastal Georgia Shockers (2-0), and the Atlanta Fire Gold (3-0). The other bracket was won by a very strong U10 team from GSA (Gwinnette County GA). Columbia United won the final 4-1 on the strength of a hat trick by Amber Tanner.
Katie Cousins scored in each game totaling 5 goals. Savannah Purvis scored three times and Savannah McCaskill scored once. Millie Womble was the assist leader with three. A sturdy defense allowed only one goal in the pace of play. The only other goal was on a PK in the final. The defense was anchored by Leanna Dwyer in the center, flanked by outstanding performances by Alex Baker, Skylar Tieben, Irina Briquet, and Katie Bell. The goal was ably defended by Grace Smith who made 15 saves (most in the final), organized the defense and started many attacks from the back.
After the win, Coach Joel Smith commented, "The team showed great mental toughness. We were down a goal in both the first game and in the final. The girls kept their composure and came back in both games. This is a great start for the our Academy’s spring season."