Hudson senior goalkeeper Lily Morgan competed in the National League Championship Series as a member of the Cleveland Futbol Club July 23-28 in Overland Park, Kansas.
This competition is the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. It provides approximately 185,000 players on more than 10,000 teams from the US Youth State Associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills.
A total of eight teams from Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Maryland, Michigan, Florida, California, New Jersey and Ohio qualified for the age-17-and-younger championship series.
Cleveland Futbol Club (2002) finished the week 5-0, which included a 3-2 victory over North Shore United (Wisconsin) in the semifinals and a 6-2 victory over Pipeline Pre-Academy Spirit (Maryland) to win the national title.
Morgan finished with four saves, including two stops on penalty kicks, during the tournament.
Morgan has been training at the Ciornei GoalKeeping Academy in Hinckley for the last four years.
Prior to the national competition, the Cleveland Futbol Club was the runner-up with a 7-1-1 record in the Great Lakes Conference
The club team also played in the National League Black Division and finished 6-0-1 to qualify for the National League Championship Series.
Her Cleveland team won the Ohio North State Cup qualifying for the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championship earlier in the summer in Saginaw, Michigan.
Morgan was selected as a goalkeeper to the 2019 Great Lakes Conference Best XI. Members of the Best XI are selected for their standout play in the most recent season of the US Youth Soccer Great Lakes Conference.
Morgan’s Cleveland squad qualified for regional play and lost in a shootout to North Shore United to finish second with a record of 4-1.
North Shore also qualified for the National Championship Series which set up a rematch in Kansas.
Morgan has been the Explorers’ starting goalie since her freshman year. She plans to continue her academic and soccer careers at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts.