The PSC Girls U14 Tornadoes won the McLean Cup in dramatic fashion over the weekend of March 7-8 in Virginia.
Playing with only two subs all weekend, the girls had not allowed a goal going into the championship game. In the final match, they took a 1-0 first-half lead on a cross from Lindsay Cavey to Megan Strevig and held it until 1:50 left in the game when the opposing team finally got one in. Tired and bruised, the Tornadoes built up for one more push, and after earning a place kick from the 35-yard line, Kayley Paugh served in a perfect ball to Kelsie Payne, who volleyed it into the left corner with 16 seconds to go to put her team ahead 2-1 and complete the tournament win.
“This was an incredible win for the team,” said head coach Sam Campbell. “Short-handed, missing key players, the girls didn't give an inch. Their desire to win and push through adversity and fatigue was inspiring to me as a coach.”
The PSC Girls U14 Tornadoes are (pictured above, left to right) Rori Campbell, Kayley Paugh, Sarah McWilliams, Lexi White, Bella Will, Fiona Panzer, Megan Strevig and (bottom row) Veronica Lowry, Lindsay Cavey, Nora Stankard, Kelsie Payne, Lexi Cook and Nia Howell.