'00 Girls Pictured with Mayor Goodman
Championship Day at the Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Tournament October 26 was dominated by Neon Girls’ teams with three making the finals and two coming away victorious. Mayor Carolyn Goodman took note of the Neon players at Bettye Wilson on Sunday afternoon and roared, “Coach Cartledge, Neon is everywhere! You must be very happy.”
Nevada’s No. 1 ranked girls U15 Neon Academy team shut out Downtown Academy 3-0 in the semifinals and then cruised home for the Mayor’s Cup championship with a win over Arizona’s second-ranked Ahwatukee Foothills 2-0. The U15 Neon Girls are now ranked No. 19 in the nation.
The girls U13 Neon Blue beat four teams from three different states, giving up only two goals while scoring nine during their championship run. They were matched up against a larger, physical Crossfire Alaska in the Sunday semifinal, winning 3-1, and then came back in the afternoon to beat Northern California Woodland 3-1 for the Cup. The U13 Neon Blue had been a Mayor’s Cup finalist twice before.
The girls U11 Neon Blue made the finals as well. The girls worked together throughout the weekend, showing great teamwork, ball movement, and toughness but lost a hard-fought 2-1 decision to Barcelona Bay Area Academy.
The “Platinum Ranked” Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Tournament featured teams from 14 different states’ associations as well as Canada and Mexico.