The Severna Park Black Thunder 02 girls soccer team had a successful season in the extremely competitive Eastern Development Program, going undefeated at 6-0-1 and winning the EDP U15 second division championship.
In addition to scoring a league-leading 20 goals and allowing only seven in its six wins and one tie, the team of Megan Bast, Lucy Boehringer, Tobin Chambers, Reagan Clark, Sofia Espinoza, Isabella Espinoza, Grace Flynn, Grace Gibbs, Malia Giroux, Abby Grzeskiewicz , Ally Hall, Brooke Hurst, Natalie Kasuda, Alexis Keating, Sarah Lockard, Maddie McDermott, Leah Meyers, Kendall Nagel, Chloe Nagel, Olivia Nicholson, Sydney Nwuli, Rachel Reed, Christina Riffle, Sarah Lockard, Majia Schwartz, Masene Stimey and Molly Wilson further bolstered its fall resume with a championship at the CCL Shootout Tournament in Williamsburg, Virginia on November 20, a tournament in which they went 4-0.
Boateng credited assistant coach Herb Keating and the team’s managers, Mark Nicholson and Kelly Boehringer, for providing crucial support and said the players balanced their club and high school responsibilities admirably.
“I am really proud of my team’s performance,” said Boateng. “What they have accomplished is a feat they will always remember. As this is my second year coaching soccer, I am satisfied with the improvement my players have made since we started practicing last summer. Just like other teams in our division, and across the country, the team had to deal with a lot of players unable to attend practices due to playing with their respective high school teams. This group is a resilient bunch, but most importantly they are wonderful young ladies with a lot of promise on, and off the pitch. I am proud to be their coach.”
Including tournaments, the Black Thunder 02 finished the season 14-10-3 overall and in the spring will compete in EDP Division 1, the top flight of girls soccer in the region.