Sarah Spencer reports that a group of WPIAL standouts helped the Riverhounds U-19 girls soccer team win a national tournament.
"With three starters out with injuries from the season and two more players hurt throughout the U.S. Club Soccer National Cup, the U-19 Riverhounds women's team entered the championship with one bench player.
A slim margin for error for the injury-plagued team.
The Riverhounds offense had dominated its way through the tournament in Westfield, Ind., which it entered as a wild-card team, but was stumped by Lake Grove-Newfield SC Tsunami's physical defense in the first half.
"We were a little fatigued from the tournament, too, and that's another thing I said to the girls before the game is to be patient, keep it simple," Riverhounds coach and academy director Scott Gibson said. "Let the ball do the work kind of thing. And they're all very technically gifted soccer players.""