August 7th, 2016 -- The Methacton Blue Crush won the 2016 West Chester United Summer Classic Elite division in their first tournament as a team after the USA soccer age group realignments. Throughout the tournament the girls demonstrated a commitment to playing together as a team both on offense and defense.
The 1st game against FC Brandywine Premier started off tense with 5 Methacton shots hitting the cross bars and uprights leading to a 0-0 tie at half time. The team’s fitness showed in the second half when they opened with two quick goals on the way to a final 3-0 victory.
In the 2nd game, the Lionville Blues opened scoring less than 30 seconds into the game with a beautiful shot, the Blue Crush quickly responded by scoring on a penalty kick that was awarded for a foul in the penalty area. After the initial score, three more players scored on the way to a 6 - 1 victory.
Sunday bright and early with an 8 AM game against Harleysville Rangers. The girls were a bit groggy in the 1st half but did enough to give themselves the lead and keep the opponent off the score sheet. The Blue Crush awoke in the 2nd half, the game ended as a 6-0 victory for the Crush which earned them a spot in the championship game.
The Blue Crush met the Lighthouse Crunch who came into the final with a 3-0-0 record with 21 goals for and 5 goals against. Lighthouse came out quick with an initial attack, but the Blue Crush absorbed the pressure and responded with possession and team defending. The Blue Crush had a number of good attempts in 1st half with a sequence where both the initial shot and follow up hit the side bar. The match was tied 0-0 at the half. Lighthouse came out energized in the 2nd half and scored the opening goal of the match early in the 2nd half. Blue Crush quickly responded with a number of dangerous attacks including the equalizer. With approximately 15 minutes left, Methacton scored the go ahead goal through quickly building out of the back and a give and go leading to a through pass that opened up the defense. The Crunch tied the game up 2-2 in the final minutes of regulation leading to the game being decided in penalty kicks. The Blue Crush prevailed 3-2 with an outstanding save from their keeper being the difference maker. Overall, the girls showed how a smaller team could dominate by keeping possession and wearing the other teams down. Team defense slowed the quick counter attacks they faced and allowed them to become the 2016 West Chester United Summer Classic Elite division champions.